IN THIS ISSUE
MVCAN Community BBQ SUN July 16, 4-7 pm! See below
BRAND NEW! Exclusive to MVCAN Members:
WORKSHOPS FOR WINNING ORGANIZING TRAININGS START JULY 23 See below
Important Actions You Can Take NOW
Keep up the pressure on heath care!
Action Team Info
12 MVCAN MEMBERS MARCHED WITH JARED HUFFMAN IN THE CORTE MADERA/ LARKSPUR JULY 4TH PARADE as part of a large and spirited contingent. We continue to have a good relationship with our local representative because he is fighting for many things that we believe in.
Photo by Elliot Karlan
Photo by Lippy
SEVERAL MVCAN MEMBERS ATTENDED THE HEALTH CARE TOWN HALL SPONSORED BY STATE SEN. MARK McGUIRE AND STATE ASSEMBLYMAN MARC LEVINE. A packed house heard about Single Payer Health Care in CA from a panel that included the bill's authors, CA Senator Ricardo Lara and the CA Nurses Association. According to MVCAN's David Donnenfield, who was present, "The bill is important for the country because if it goes into effect, it becomes a proof-of-concept for the nation." He also predicts a "nasty and protracted fight". McGuire and Levine publicly declared their support for the measure.
MVCAN PARTICIPATED IN THE FIRST TUESDAY ART WALK at Once Around in downtown Mill Valley. Highlights of the event included the unveiling of Tiburon artist Diane Green's new protest painting, The Wall, and the completion of the Mad Hatters Knitting Group's giant hat, which was displayed on Lytton Square.
Thank you Once Around and Louise Dockstader for supporting Resistance art and community. Thank you Mad Hatters for your creativity and contributions to MVCAN! We urge you to visit Once Around, 75 Throckmorton Ave., to see The Wall in person.
Top to Bottom: Diane Green, The Wall, Mad Hatter Traci Shiro, Louise Dockstader (left) and the Mad Hatters
Photos: Fabrice Florin // The Wall Photo: Diane Green
BBQ Poster Illustration and Design: Craig Frazier
MVCAN DUMP TRUMP MEMBER DAVID DONNENFIELD TRAVELED TO SACRAMENTO to volunteer as an observer in the CA Democratic Party Review Committee Audit to help ensure the fairness of Democratic Party elections in CA. MVCAN-backed CA Dem. Party Chair candidate Kimberly Ellis is still calling for a forensic audit of the election, and this audit was a precursor to Kimberly's audit, should her case move forward. David reports:
MVCAN ECO WARRIOR TEAM MEMBER BOB HARLOW TRAVELED TO SACRAMENTO to join members of numerous environmental groups to advocate against the "Big Oil friendly" Cap-and-Trade bill that Governor Brown appears poised to renew, and to show support for the California Clean Energy Act of 2017. See below to actions you can take to support these issues.
MVCAN'S MARTHA TURE HAD A LETTER PUBLISHED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES about the need for health care reform.
MVCAN'S EXTENDED LEADERSHIP IS BEGINNING ITS SERIES OF ORGANIZING TRAININGS. The Workshops for Winning Trainings are now open to all MVCAN Members! See below for info.
MVCAN MEMBERS CONTINUED TO PHONE AND TEXT in local phone banks and from home to save the Affordable Care Act.
See below for more actions you can take to protect the ACA.
FEATURED EVENT: MVCAN COMMUNITY BBQ IN BOYLE PARK Sun., July 16!
The 1st 50 attendees receive a free Activist sweatshirt, courtesy of Women Activist Tops and MVCAN member Burr Leonard, or a copy of "Resist" the new political publication from The New Yorker's Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman, courtesy of MVCAN Member Lippy!
Put the next MVCAN Monthly Meetings in your calendar:
Sun., Aug. 6, 5-7 p.m., location TBA
Sun., Sept. 10, time and location TBA
In lieu of a monthly meeting in July, join the MVCAN BBQ - bring your family & friends!
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS INCLUDE:
- Mon., July 17: Phone Bank to preserve the Affordable Care Act- details below
- Mon., July 17: Join MVCAN Eco Warriors to advocate to the MV City Council that MV go Deep Green - details below
- Tues., July 18: MVCAN Women's Rights Team Meeting Full slate of actions planned. Click link.
- Weds., July 19: MVCAN Eco Warriors Hike and Potluck, Alpine Club, Mill Valley
- Weds., July 19: Phone Bank to preserve the Affordable Care Act- details below
- Sat., July 22: MVCAN Dump Trump Team Meeting The topic is hot! Click link.
- Sun., July 23: Workshop for Winning #1 See below
- Weds., July 26: Sing for a Better World with Reed Fromer at the Redwoods, Mill Valley
- Sun., July 30: Civil Rights/Immigration Team Meeting See above for team news.
- Sat., July 1 - Weds., Aug. 16: Marin Youth Poster Contest for Social Justice
- Thurs., Aug. 3: Workshop for Winning #2 See below
JUST ANNOUNCED! WORKSHOPS FOR WINNING - EXCLUSIVE TRAINING - OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS
Want to strengthen your change-maker muscles so you can make a bigger impact? Participate in MVCAN's upcoming Workshops for Winning, Sun., July 23, 4:30-7 pm; Thurs., Aug. 3, 6:30-9 pm; and beyond! Participate in one or more workshops of your choice. For details and to RSVP, click here.
You'll learn how to keep volunteers, run effective meetings, choose winning strategies and activities, create compelling messaging, and more!
WEEKLY ACTION ITEMS
ACTION 2: Make phone calls and send texts to protect the ACA.
We must keep the pressure up by calling swing Republicans and sympathetic voters in their districts who can directly lobby their representatives. New phone banks just announced!
Monday, July 17
Home of Elyse Foster, Mill Valley
RSVP to Elyse for address.
Wednesday, July 19
Home of Carol Korenbrot, Tiburon
RSVP to Carol for address.
Please continue to check MVCAN's Facebook page for updates about new phone banks as they are scheduled.
ACTION 3: FROM MVCAN's ECO WARRIORS:The Cap-and-Trade bill, AB 398, is out this morning, and it’s our worst nightmare. It has Big Oil's influence throughout and has to be stopped. The bill is replete with offsets, allowances, and tax breaks, and would prevent local Air Districts from regulating GHGs!
We must join our environmental justice allies in making sure that no cap-and-trade extension “preempts” Air Districts (yes, our own BAAQMD) and the Air Resources Board from exercising their authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. AB 398 currently proposes to leave all greenhouse gas regulation to an intentionally weak market mechanism. It’s obviously a counter-move to the almost-successful four-year effort to get BAAQMD to cap local refinery emissions. Regional air districts are the lead agencies for controlling stationary source pollution, and the only organizations with the decades of experience and resources to successfully monitor and regulate the local and global pollutants that are released together from refinery smokestacks.
It can be voted on as early as Thursday at 4 pm on the Senate floor!
Senator Mike McGuire phone: (916) 651-4002
Assemblyman Mark Levine Phone: (916) 319-2010
(These are quick calls. The staff is just taking a count - pro or con)
AND JUST IN from the Eco Warriors:
MILL VALLEY VOTES TO GO DEEP GREEN THIS MONDAY, JULY 17TH!! JOIN US for this historic vote!
This is one of the moments our team has been working toward! Please join us this coming Monday, 7/17 at 6:30 p.m., Mill Valley City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Ave., to show our support for Deep Green.
NOTE THAT WE NEED AS LARGE A SHOWING AS POSSIBLE to encourage Mill Valley to opt up to 100% renewable energy. One designated person will be speaking for our team during the public comment session and they will be asking for those in favor of Deep Green to please stand up, so the more people who stand, the better.
- See the MV City Council Agenda here (DG is item #7).
- Read the Report on 100% Renewable Energy Options that the Council will be reviewing here.
Much of MVCAN's work is done in one of 10 action teams. Click the team name to read their latest news and find their next meeting.
The Economic Action team is here to answer the question: “Where can my money make the biggest difference?” They are focused on finding high leverage “investment opportunities” in the emerging Resistance movement. The team's recommendations will spotlight organizations that are laying the groundwork now for electoral victories in 2018 congressional races. Read more.
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, who 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.
Please note: The Electoral Team will be taking a hiatus until Aug. 4. Please look under the Healthcare group listings for phone banks which will continue for the ACA throughout July. Read more.
Tech supports MVCAN through technology. Read more.
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. Read more.
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.
Got a skill, talent and/or time? We need you! Contact Laura Boles and let her know how you might be able to help our growing Resistance group. We especially seek volunteers with web and video skills, and those who wish to welcome and orient new members. In a few hours a week, you can make a huge difference to multiple Resistance members and actions!
Thank you for all you do!
– June, Bernard, Suz, Danny, Eileen, and everyone at MVCAN