FEATURED IN THIS WEEK’S MVCAN BULLETIN:  

  1. ELECTORAL ACTIONS: PHONE/TEXT BANKING/ CANVASSING/ TRAINING (including Anna Pletcher DA Race Activities)

  2. FUNDRAISING RECEPTION FOR MARIN COUNTY
    SUPERVISOR KATE SEARS SUN. SEPT. 23

  3. REPORT FROM SEPT. MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING

  4. CLIMATE EVENT AT COLLEGE OF MARIN A GREAT SUCCESS

  5. REPORT ON MARIN VOLUNTEER FAIR

  6. SAVE THE DATE! MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING, SUN. OCT. 14,
    5:00 - 6:30 PM

  7. MVCAN PARTICIPATES IN MARIN’S RESILIENT NEIGHBORHOODS PROGRAM

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PHONE/TEXT BANKING, CANVASSING AND TRAINING

Some of the 30 MV CAN-vassers training in Tracy on Sept. 8.

We are gearing up for an intensive fight leading to taking back Congress at the midterms! Let’s all work together and create a more just America for all.


Upcoming Canvassing Opportunities

See the latest MVCAN Midterm Volunteer Weekly Bulletin for a complete list of dates/times for canvassing.

Come join the many MVCAN members who canvass for Josh Harder in CD-10 (Modesto, Tracy and Turlock). You don’t need prior experience – training and an experienced partner will be provided.

It’s not too late to join this Sunday: MVCAN is coordinating a group to travel to Oakdale (2 hr drive) in CD-10 to canvass.

Oakdale Canvass for Josh Harder for Congress

Sun. Sept, 23, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

More info and sign-up with Harder campaign canvass: Here

In addition, let MVCAN know you are coming: Here

If you would like to receive weekly midterm action bulletins, contact MVCAN’s Larry Litvak: llitvak@aol.com.  

Want to Canvass Locally?

In a critical, competitive local race, come support MVCAN’s endorsed progressive candidate for Marin District Attorney, Anna Pletcher, by canvassing in Mill Valley.

Canvass for Anna Pletcher

Sat. Sept. 22, starting at 9:30 am, Whole Foods (414 Miller Avenue)

Please RSVP to petergraumann@yahoo.com

We will meet-up in front of the “old” Whole Foods (414 Miller Ave) then spread out to cover specific neighborhoods. Expect to canvass for 2 hours. First timers are welcome! We will pair experienced canvassers with newer folks. Bring a charged mobile phone because you will be downloading an app that guides your route and records the results.


   Upcoming Phone/Text Banks                                        

See the latest MVCAN Midterm Volunteer Weekly Bulletin for a complete list of the many dates/times for phone/text banking.

Phone/Text Banking will, in general, take place four times a week. Phone bank locations include Sausalito, San Rafael and Corte Madera. Come join in wonderful opportunities to work on key flippable races around the state and country, and to support Marin County DA candidate, Anna Pletcher!

Anna Pletcher (center) drops by the MVCAN phone bank. Photo: Penni Gladstone.

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FUNDRAISING RECEPTION FOR MARIN COUNTY SUPERVISOR KATE SEARS - Sun. Sept. 23

Kate Sears (holding banner) marching in the 2018 MV Memorial Day Parade. Photo: Suz Lipman.

Please join Marin County Supervisor Kate Sears in a birthday / fundraising reception at Ravenscourt in Mill Valley!

This event will benefit Kate Sears, our Marin County Supervisor. Many of us know Kate Sears, who has been a tireless supporter of many activities of MVCAN. In the past two years as Supervisor, Kate has been proud to launch countywide sea-level-rise adaptation and greenhouse gas reduction initiatives, promote age-friendly services and programs, and enhance community fire readiness and resilience.

RSVP today by emailing SearsForSupervisor@gmail.com.

Fundraiser for Kate Sears
Sun. Sept. 23, 4:00 to 6:00 pm
The Ravenscourt, 42 Miller Ave.
Mill Valley, CA

Space is limited for this event, so if you would like to attend, please be sure to RSVP as soon as you can.

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SEPT. MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING

DOUBLES DOWN ON UPCOMING ELECTIONS

August MVCAN monthly meeting. Photo: Suz Lipman.

MVCANers got the latest news about the elections and MVCAN’s comprehensive strategy and activities.

Of special note, we got an exciting report from Danny Altman on MVCAN’s fundraising project, AIRLIFT, which supports progressive grassroots organizations working in swing areas.

Last week Airlift passed its amazing fundraising goal of $200,000!

Congratulations to all the hardworking Airlift team members and to everyone who contributed to make achieving this goal possible.

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REPORT ON SEPT. 15 CLIMATE EVENT AT COLLEGE OF MARIN

Rebecca Brackman, Grace Severtson and Sue Fishman at the Climate Change Conference.

At the Getting to Paris Without Stopping in Washington conference last Saturday, expert speakers explained climate change progress since the Paris Agreement in 2015 from international, national, state and county perspectives.

The news was surprisingly upbeat; Christiana Figueres, the architect of the Paris Agreement, reported that huge strides have been made internationally.

Funding for many initiatives is proving less costly than originally projected, as the prices of solar and wind technology fall. Many countries are increasing their pledges of greenhouse reductions, not because they love Mother Earth but because they are finding it is good for their economies and budgets.

Also heartening is that an international consensus is that growing that “the new order” must address issues of inequality, and social and environmental justice.

State and local reports from CA EPA lead Matt Rodriquez, Marin Supervisor Kate Sears, Mill Valley Mayor Stephanie Moulton-Peters, and Novato Mayor Josh Fryday were far-reaching, demonstrating impressive leadership and vision on many fronts.

The previous week, MVCAN had a large showing at the People's Climate March in San Francisco, which included the Freedom Singers, among others.


Photos: Fabrice Florin.

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REPORT ON SEPT. 16 MARIN VOLUNTEER FAIR

MVCAN Volunteers Attended the Blue Wave Alliance Volunteer Fair Sept. 16, where the organizers provided lots of timely outreach and education. (pictured: Faybeth Diamond, Debra Newton.) Photo: June Cooperman.

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MVCAN MEMBERS PARTICIPATE IN RESILIENT NEIGHBORHOODS PROGRAM

Jenny Tomkins (pictured, right) was the most recent member of the MVCAN Eco-Warriors to participate in Resilient Neighborhoods. She was part of a five-household team called Carbon Cap Crusaders that succeeded cutting their annual carbon output by a staggering 211,840 pounds!

How did they do that? Among other things, four of the five households are getting an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid, and they will all drive more efficiently. Home energy use will be reduced by sealing air leaks and turning appliances off when not in use. They are all now powering their homes with 100% renewable electricity from the sun and wind (through Marin Clean Energy's Deep Green program). Two families will cancel air travel to avoid the carbon pollution from flying! All the households purchased carbon offsets to support CO2 reducing projects around the world.

Eco-Warriors invite MV CAN members to take the  Resilient Neighborhoods challenge. Go to https://www.resilientneighborhoods.org to learn how.



JOIN AN ACTION TEAM

WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED in a specific issue or support area? Much of MVCAN's work is done in one of our 10 awesome action teams. Click the team name to read their latest news and find their next meeting.

Civil Rights/Immigration battles for justice and fair treatment of women, immigrants, working people and followers of all faiths.

Communications works on strategy, branding, messaging and program development for MVCAN. They are looking for bright ideas and people who want to make them happen.

Dump Trump 's 25 active team members work on ways to remove Trump from power, with special focus on Russia collusion.

Eco Warriors are engaged in change at the local, state and national levels, to impact the CA carbon tax, climate change, and community outreach and action.

The Economic Action team runs AIRLIFT, our first national project. AIRLIFT funnels money to grassroots groups in winnable 2018 districts. These are seriously vetted groups that work all year round in their communities–they get tangible results without blowing through millions of dollars. Read about Airlift in the Huffington Post .

Electoral is focused on the 2018 Midterm Elections, when all 435 seats in the House plus 33 Senate seats are up for grabs. We intend to grab as many as possible. The Electoral team works to elect Democratic candidates for federal and state level elections using phone/text banks and travel to targeted districts to talk with voters through phone calls, texts, door-to-door canvassing, voter registration, and campaign volunteering.

The Events team creates special events to engage our friends and neighbors to take political action with MVCAN.

Health Care is forging ahead after their successful fight over the repeal/replace of ACA.

Tech supports MVCAN through technology.

Women's Rights fundraises and canvasses for NARAL and Planned Parenthood; supports women in public office(s); and engages in local, state and federal legislation for women's protection and rights.


NEW TO MVCAN?

Visit MVCAN.org to learn about the organization and strategies, join a team, read past MVCAN newsletters, and gain helpful Resistance tools.

WANT TO VOLUNTEER YOUR SKILLS OR TALENTS?

Numerous positions and jobs are available – one-time or ongoing.  Contact Debra Newton, our Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteer@mvcan.org.

Thank you for all you do!
– June, Bernard, Suz, Danny, Eileen, Rebecca, and everyone at MVCAN

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