MVCAN NEWS HIGHLIGHTS
|MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING
Sunday, Feb 4, 1:00 - 2:30pm
(earlier time due to Super Bowl)
Mill Valley Community Center
REPORT BACK FROM
MVCAN PHONE BANK - TRAINING 101
REPORT BACK FROM MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION
IN MARIN CITY
FEATURED IN THIS WEEK’S NEWSLETTER:
MVCAN Monthly Meeting Feb. 4
MVCAN Phone Bank - Training 101 Feb. 3
Swing Left - Voter Outreach Training Jan. 27
Voter Registration in Tracy Feb. 10
Training: How To Help Immigrants Facing Detention Jan. 30
Help Keep ICE Within the Law
MVCAN Goes to the Women's March
Report from Marin City - Martin Luther King Day Celebrations
Report Back from MVCANers Canvassing in Tracy
Report Back from Marin Leaders Network
Airlift Update on Orange County
MVCAN in the News
MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING
Marin Supervisor Kate Sears speaking at Jan. 7 MVCAN monthly meeting. Photo: Danny Altman
MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING
Sunday, Feb 4, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
(earlier time due to Super Bowl)
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto
MVCAN PHONE BANK TRAINING 101
MVCAN Electoral Team Leader Susan Bolle leading a phone banking training
Saturday, Feb 3, 1–3 pm, Sausalito
The next Electoral event is Phone Bank 101 training for those who are new to phone banking. This is a great way to get started on phone banking to help win the 2018 Midterms!
The training session will be followed by practice calls, coached by our experienced staff of trainers. We'll end the training with a short phone bank so you can put your training to work.
Register here to get more details and the address.
Please bring your charged cell phone AND your laptop, iPad or tablet.
Stay tuned for more information coming soon on our three upcoming REGULAR phone banks taking place on Feb 17, Feb 24, and Mar 3.
SWING LEFT MARIN VOTER OUTREACH TRAINING
Saturday, January 27, 2pm–5pm
Community Room, Corte Madera Town Center, 2nd floor (note new location), Corte Madera
Come to the Marin Swing Left Voter Outreach Training, which will give you the skills you need for effective communication during canvassing and voter registration drives.
The Swing Left Marin training team has developed a program focusing on engagement techniques, active listening skills, and structured communications. This will be similar to the training that we offered in September that got rave reviews!
With insights gained from our experiences in Tracy, we will review practical directions on how to effectively canvass and register voters in District 10. This will be valuable training for those wanting to join one of the Tracy GO Teams or do voter registration.
Sign up for Voter Outreach Training here.
TRACY VOTER REGISTRATION EVENT
Saturday, Feb 10, 9:30 AM - 2 PM
Under the auspices of Swing Left Marin, we will be laying the groundwork for unseating Jeff Denham (R)-CD10 in Nov 2018 by registering voters in Tracy as part of a locally-based effort.Sign up for Voter Registration in Tracy here.
TRAINING: HOW TO HELP IMMIGRANTS FACING DETENTION
The Impact of Immigration Enforcement and Detention on Immigrant Families
Tuesday, January 30, 8:30-10:00 AM
Marin County Office of Education, 111 Las Gallinas, San Rafael
The training will be led by Lucia Martel-Dow, Director of Immigration Legal Services, at the Canal Alliance. Topics to be covered include a “know-your-rights” refresher, patterns of detention and deportation, accompaniment and solidarity, and how allies/rapid responders can use the training to assist immigrant families moving forwards.
Register here: www.canalalliance.org/impacttraining
HELP KEEP ICE WITHIN THE LAW
The Marin Rapid Response Network is offering training to become a Legal Observer to help monitor ICE activity. When ICE activity is reported, trained Legal Observers will be deployed to a specific area within Marin County to "document" the situation. You do not need to have a legal background or be bilingual to become a Legal Observer.
Come help us keep the ICE honest and within the law!
Training Dates for Legal Observer Volunteers:
February 7 and 21, Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 pm
March 7 and 21, Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 pm
April 4 and 18, Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, Canoles Hall
510 Fifth Ave, San Rafael
MVCAN GOES TO THE WOMEN'S MARCH
MVCAN kept its tradition of being a show of force at marches. The 2nd Women's March in San Francisco Jan. 18 was no exception! Our group had a big presence, that included Freedom Singers and Lady Liberty statues, Marin Supervisor Kate Sears, members of core MVCAN leadership and every action team, Big Blue (Electoral) Wave banners, and great signs and spirit, all marching under our MVCAN banner in a terrific show of solidarity with our community and those around the world, showing up for women's rights, human rights, and the rights of all people for dignity and true representational leadership.
MVCAN was also featured in the press!
See the terrific photos from Elliot Karlan in the Mill Valley Herald of MVCANers departing for the March.
See MVCAN's Jean Bolte in a photo essay in SFGate on the best signs at the March. (image 3 of 53.)
View many more photos from the March on MVCAN's Facebook page.
See below MVCAN in the News for more March coverage.
REPORT FROM MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION IN MARIN CITY
Civil Rights/Immigration Team Leaders Peter, Diane and Lisa
For Martin Luther King Day celebrations, dozens of MVCAN members attended the exciting events at the Marin City Recreation Center. Our members’ participation was organized through months of work by the MVCAN Civil Rights/Immigration Team. Marin City officials expressed their appreciation for MVCAN participation.
“[MVCAN] contributions were invaluable and we are so very thankful for your thoughtful gifts of time, fiscal sponsorship and participation in our events! I hope you enjoyed both days of celebration as much as I did.” Monique Brown, General Manager, Marin City Community Services District
On Sunday, Jan 14, guests were treated to a wonderful performance by various gospel singers and dramatic readings by Danny Glover and Felix Justice. On Monday, Jan 15, many members participated in roundtable discussions and our voter registration efforts.
Thank you to Lisa Scarsella who designed posters of civil rights heroes that were carried at the candlelight vigil on Sunday night and were displayed on Monday, and thanks to the MVCANers who registered people to vote!
MVCAN members registering voters in Marin City
Photos: Lisa Scarsella
It was a fantastic way to celebrate MLK Day - let’s participate again next year!
REPORT FROM CANVASSING IN TRACY Jan 13
MVCAN members training with Tracy GO Team Jan 13. Photo: Larry Litvak
We had a great start to the Electoral year by participating with Swing Left Marin and the Tracy GO Team to canvass voters in Tracy.
18 MVCANers had a successful day trip with a great training session and a rewarding time door-knocking.
New MVCAN member Robbie Gribble (age 25) said:
I was self-conscious at first knocking on doors, but by the end I was feeling confident. Despite some first-time jitters, I found canvassing energizing and meaningful. I’m looking forward to another opportunity to get back out there and pound the pavement!
Look for many more canvassing opportunities in 2018 as we work to turn CA and the US blue!
REPORT FROM THE MARIN LEADERS NETWORK
The Marin Leader Network (MLN) is a network of the leaders of about 30 groups in Marin working on various progressive agendas. At our recent January 10 meeting, the various groups reported on their recent activities, successes and upcoming events.
Here are some highlights:
The Electoral Subgroup is focused on flipping Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. The participants discussed ways to communicate, cooperate and collaborate so as to maximize efficient use of volunteer member time and avoid overlap. This group is working primarily on the CD 10 race to replace current Republican incumbent Congressman Jeff Denham, as well as assisting in the various Congressional races in Nevada and Arizona.
A Climate subgroup of the Marin Leaders Network is in the planning stages. Other Action Team leaders and members interested in promoting an MLN subgroup for your Action Team area of interest should contact MVCAN leads for the MLN Susan Bolle or Bill Jansen.
AIRLIFT ADVISORY: HELP TURN ORANGE COUNTY FROM PURPLE TO BLUE!
Orange County is ground zero for 4 congressional races! With our help, the groups that are part of the Orange County Civic Engagement Table will train 350 new organizers, register 34,000 new voters, and manage 1,000 volunteers. With large Korean, Vietnamese and Spanish-speaking populations, a lot of this job has to be done from the inside, by groups people know and trust.
Hillary won Orange County in 2016–not many people know that! Now the strategy is to make it happen from the bottom up–running local people for school board, city council, district attorney, county supervisor—so new and unlikely voters have a reason to show up at the polls. How can you help? Go to Airlift.fund and invest in the West by Southwest fund.
MVCAN IN THE NEWS
MVCAN has been getting some cool coverage in the media lately.See the article about MVCAN and Democracy Cafe that just appeared in Dan Rather’s blog!
MVCAN/ Democracy Cafe members readying for the Women's March. Photo: Mary Cosgrove
CONTACT OUR ACTION TEAMS
CHECK THEM OUT! : 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. 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 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.
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.
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Thank you for all you do!
– June, Bernard, Suz, Danny, Eileen, and everyone at MVCAN