MVCAN UPCOMING EVENTS
PHONE/TEXT BANKING - Sat, Nov 11, 11am -1pm
Sausalito Office (for Alabama Senate)
|MVCAN ANNIVERSARY EVENT - Sat, Nov 11,
doors open 7pm/show 8pm - A few tickets left! https://mvcan.eventbrite.com/
NATIONAL CLIMATE DAY OF ACTION -
Sunday, Nov 12, 4pm,
RAPID MOBILIZATION -
MVCAN IMMEDIATE ACTION IF TRUMP FIRES MUELLER
(See the plan below)
|MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING
Sunday afternoon, Dec 3 - details coming soon
Scroll down for more details on these upcoming events.
MVCAN PHONE CALLS AND TEXTS PAID OFF IN VIRGINIA!
KUDOS TO OUR ELECTORAL TEAM & DEMOCRACY ACTION.
We are so proud of our determined team of 30 loyal volunteers from Democracy Action Marin and Mill Valley CAN for their herculean efforts in texting and calling. It’s hard to believe, but just in the LAST 4 DAYS, MVCAN members made an estimated 8,000 phone calls to voters! They sent over 20,000 text messages! AMAZING.
A special thank you to our Electoral leadership team: Sylvia Russell, Marti Cermak, Ruth Jaeger, Faybeth Diamond and Margaret Partlow, all headed by the extraordinary Susan Bolle.
In Virginia, candidates had a landslide progressive victory. Democrats held on to the Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor, and Governor seats. Just as importantly, in the House of Delegates (the Virginia state assembly) district after district flipped, resulting in 13 new Democratic members (with 5 districts still in contention). We won those districts with women and many first-time candidates--a diverse group of 10 Latinas, LGBT, and African-Americans. They won against establishment Republican men, some who had served for decades.
In the sweetest victory of all, House of Delegates candidate Danica Roem became the first openly transgender delegate, beating dinosaur Bob Marshall, the proponent of Virginia’s bathroom bill.
"This is not a wave. This is a tsunami," said Virginia Del. David Toscano, leader of the Democratic caucus, "This is a huge, huge sea change here in Virginia."
LET’S TAKE THE MOMENTUM AND RUN!
Join us to phone/text bank for the Dec 12 special election in Alabama.
When: Sat, Nov 11, 11am - 1pm
Going forward, we will be calling/texting every Saturday for the Alabama special election to fill Jeff Sessions' Senate seat. This is an important race to tackle for many reasons. Doug Jones is a truly outstanding Democratic candidate, and he's running against Roy Moore, possibly the most unfit man ever to run for political office (aside from 45). We will also be calling voters in California Congressional District 10, an important swing district for the 2018 mid-term elections.
RAPID MOBILIZATION -
MVCAN has a RAPID RESPONSE PLAN ORGANIZED THROUGH MOVEON.ORG if Trump removes Mueller (or commits some other outrageous act). This way many more people will be able to join us.
It’s always a good idea to plan ahead. MVCAN has signed up to be part of a general mobilization in the event that Trump wakes up and decides that “Today is the day to get rid of my arch-nemesis.”
Firing Mueller would be a constitutional crisis for our country. It would demand an immediate and unequivocal response.
People’s responses in the minutes and hours following a power grab will be critical in dictating what happens next, and whether Congress will do anything to stand up to Trump.
That's why we're working with Moveon.org which is organizing emergency "Nobody is Above the Law" rallies around the country in the event they are needed.
Rallies will begin hours after news breaks of a Mueller firing:
OUR RALLY WILL BE AT THE DEPOT PLAZA IN DOWNTOWN MILL VALLEY.
If Mueller is fired BEFORE 2 P.M. local time —> events will begin at 5 P.M. local time.
If Mueller is fired AFTER 2 P.M. local time —> events will begin at noon local time the following day.
To find details on emergency rallies --just type in your zip code:
NATIONAL CLIMATE DAY OF ACTION
Sunday, Nov 12, 4pm,
MVCAN Eco-Warriors will be there to support the National Day of Action in San Rafael, and MVCAN is co-sponsoring the event. Join us!
In a powerful refutation of Trump’s shameful withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, this event will highlight the local leaders and institutions who have re-committed to upholding our nation’s Paris pledge. They will talk about Marin’s and Sonoma’s remarkable climate actions. These stories, along with those from other U.S. cities, will be sent to delegates in Bonn to send a strong message that most Americans stand with the Paris accords!
Presentations will also provide insight into the recent firestorms in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties and help us understand what happened. What role does climate change play in intensifying wildfires, and what actions are needed?
Where: San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
PROMOTING COVERED CALIFORNIA ENROLLMENT
ACCORDING TO EXIT POLLS -- HEALTHCARE IS CONSIDERED THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE BY VOTERS IN VIRGINIA.
In spite of Trump’s efforts to undermine the ACA, this year open enrollment numbers are soaring.
Starting November 8 you can help people get to the resources they need. Making the ACA work for eligible participants is a critical effort!
Join us at one of three venues to promote Covered California enrollment. It isn’t necessary for you to have attended the training last week, we would still love to have you join us.
The Health Care team will have tables set up to help prospective Covered California enrollees sign up at the following locations:
Santa Rosa Local Assistance Center - Nov 8 to Nov 11
This center has been providing “one-stop shopping” for services to the fire victims. The Health Care Team together with Organizing For Action (OFA) Marin is recruiting volunteers to work between 9am and 7pm to help connect fire victims with the information and counselors they need for open enrollment in Covered California health care coverage. Training and materials are available to prepare you to be an ombudsman. Contact: Elyse Foster
Marin Food Bank Distribution, Saturday Nov 11, 8am–11am
in the Canal district
Every Saturday morning in the Canal district from about 8 am to 11 am the HealthCare Team will have a table to help people find the health care resource they need to enroll. Training and materials are available. There are Spanish speakers at the Food Bank who will help as interpreters. Contact Elyse Foster
Marin City 75th Anniversary Celebration - Saturday, Nov 11, George Rocky Graham Park.
The Team will have a table that requires volunteers from 10 am to 4 pm. It would be great if you would help link people to the information they need. Training and materials are available. Contact Elyse Foster
ACA Open Enrollment began November 1 and extends through January 31
ACTION OF THE WEEK - DEFEAT TRUMP TAX SCAM
The Republican budget and tax bills are now public. Donald Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress are back at it. This time, they’re trying to push through one of the most horrific and destructive budgets and tax proposals in the history of our country.
THIS BUDGET AND TAX PLAN WOULD DO INCALCULABLE HARM to tens of millions of working families, women, kids, the sick, the elderly, and the poor. This Republican budget makes enormous cuts to education, nutrition, affordable housing and transportation.
Meanwhile, while decimating life and death programs for working families, the Republican tax plan provides $1.9 trillion in tax breaks for the richest people in our country and the largest corporations. In fact, about 80 percent of the Republican tax breaks would go to the top 1 percent and 40 percent to the top 1/10 of 1%.
We can stop this morally reprehensible Republican tax scam— just like we stopped the series of attacks on health care—with grassroots energy, steadfast innovation, and total determination.
For more information, go to: http://pol.moveon.org/.
ACTION: CALL OUR SENATORS TO OPPOSE THE TRUMP TAX SCAM
Let's keep at it! If you’ve called earlier, call again. Every call counts in DC, even if from the same individual. Call our Democratic Members of Congress and tell them to gear up for a fight and do everything they can to slow down and expose the Trump Tax Scam for the scam it is.
For call scripts and more actions:
RAPID RESPONSE NETWORK
UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS IN OUR COMMUNITY NEED OUR HELP!
The Marin Rapid Response Network works to safeguard the civil rights of Marin community members targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids and will mobilize immediate support for detainees and their families.
ACTION: HELP DISTRIBUTE LEGAL HOTLINE POSTERS.
The Sanctuary Marin group has developed the Rapid Response Network with Spanish/English posters offering a Hotline number to call for legal assistance.
Hotline Posters can be found at: http://www.marinrrn.org/images/pdf/kyr-flier.pdf
The Immigration/Civil Rights team is distributing posters to restaurants and grocery stores in Mill Valley. You can help us by printing these posters in Spanish and English and distributing them in your "travels" around town. Bring to your child's school, your church/temple, gas station, etc.
To find out more, make a donation, or to get involved with the Marin Rapid Response Network (a project of the Canal Welcome Center), click this link www.cwcenter.org (scroll down on the page to find Rapid Response network).
If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Olivia Beltran at email@example.com or 415-526-2486.
To attend the next MVCAN Civil Rights/Immigration Meeting:
Event: Civil Rights/Immigration Team Meeting
When: Sunday, December 3, 3:45 pm (before the MVCAN meeting).
Where: to be determined
CANVASSING IN TRACY LAST WEEKEND
Ginna Fleming and Larry Litvak participated in canvassing in Tracy on Sun, 11/5 with a group from Swing Left Marin. They focused on understanding the voters’ individual concerns and issues and worked on mobilizing them to vote as well as participating in other civic actions. Larry says “It was energizing and informative to talk with voters about the local and national issues that concern them. Most people we visited were quite responsive to our knocking on their doors.”
The canvassing activity was hosted and organized by the Democratic Club of Greater Tracy GO Team, which is a multi-stage, long-term effort to engage with Democratic and independent voters in Tracy.
In upcoming issues of the WAG we will be highlighting specific future opportunities to do volunteering and canvassing in Congressional District CA-10.
MVCAN MEETS WITH THE COURAGE CAMPAIGN
Why Isn’t California Further Ahead on Progressive Issues?
The Courage Campaign is a million-strong group based in Oakland that is fighting for a more progressive California. Does that name ring a bell? This week June Cooperman, Danny Altman and Barbara Solomon from the Women’s Rights Team sat down with Eddie Kurtz, Executive Director of the Courage Campaign.
One of the points that Eddie made is that with a Democratic governor and super majorities in both legislative houses, we should be far ahead of where we are on education, the environment, criminal justice, universal health care, to name a few.
He says the problem lies squarely at the feet of certain Democrats because it’s obvious that we can’t blame it on the Republicans. And Eddie has the evidence to back it up. It’s called the People’s Report Card, which looks at every California legislator’s performance measured against standards created by major progressive groups that collaborate with the Courage Campaign.
Want to know where your State Senator Mike McGuire stands? Look it up here. Want a quick read on your State Assemblyman Marc Levine’s voting record? Here it is. And they even made the People’s Report Card into a set of baseball trading cards, complete with bubble gum.
We look forward to working with the Courage Campaign. They are working on some exciting new projects. We will keep you posted.
CELEBRATE WITH US AT THE MVCAN-DO-REVUE !
Join us for an evening of music, dance and storytelling at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley on Saturday, November 11th. Doors open at 7pm, the show starts at 8pm.
The MVCAN-Do Revue will feature talented local performers including Matt Jaffe, Reed Fromer, the Shady Ladies, RoCo Dance and more! We will also honor community members who took political action this year.
Get your tickets here, we are almost sold out!
If you can’t make it, would you like to make a donation to support MVCAN? You can do that right on our ticket page!
Ticket sales and donations will support MVCAN activities such as community outreach, phone banking, canvassing, printing, event rentals and meetings.
For more info about our community celebration, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We hope to see you at the party!
KUDOS TO OUR WEEKLY WAG editorial team for making it happen EVERY WEEK: Annie Cooperman Associate Editor; Danny Altman, Tom Keefe, June Cooperman; and Wag Founder Suz Lipman.
CONTACT OUR ACTION TEAMS
CHECK THEM OUT! : Much of MVCAN's work is done in one of our awesome 9 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. This topic is hot!
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 has launched 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 it in the Huffington Post.
Electoral works to elect candidates for the 2017 state house and governor races, and other targeted races from now through the mid-term elections, following the recommendations of the flippable.org team, which are analyzing and selecting winnable races. The Electoral team uses phone banks and travel to targeted districts to talk with voters through phone calls and door-to-door canvassing, voter registration, and campaign volunteering.
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.
Thank you for all you do!
– June, Bernard, Suz, Danny, Eileen, and everyone at MVCAN