FEATURED IN THIS WEEK’S MVCAN BULLETIN:
EMERGENCY “RELEASE THE MUELLER REPORT” RALLY IN SAN RAFAEL - Thurs April 4, 5pm (tentative date)
STOP TEXT MESSAGE CENSORSHIP- EASY ACTION to do NOW
MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING - Sun. April 7, 5pm
IMMIGRATION/CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM MEETING - Sun. April 7, 4pm
MARIN DEMS 2020 VOLUNTEER TRAINING AND POSTCARD PARTY - Thurs. April 4
TEDxMARIN EVENT - THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY - Thurs. April 18
REPORT FROM “ALL ON THE LINE” MARIN LAUNCH PARTY
REPORT FROM MVCAN CORE LEADERS’ MEETING WITH MARIN SUPERVISOR KATE SEARS
REPORT FROM MV ISLAMIC CENTER VIGIL for NEW ZEALAND
HELP EXPAND THE ELECTORATE - WRITE POLITICAL POSTCARDS AT HOME!
SUPPORT THE CALIFORNIA VIOLENCE INTERVENTION PROGRAM (CalVIP)
MV LIBRARY IMMIGRATION SERIES IN APRIL - BUILDING BRIDGES INSTEAD OF WALLS
SAVE THE DATE! MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING - Sun. May 5
EMERGENCY “RELEASE THE MUELLER REPORT” RALLY TENTATIVE DATE - Thurs April 4 San Rafael
The people will not accept the Barr Summary of Mueller’s Report and demand AG Barr turn over the full report! If the report is not turned over by the deadline of April 2 to Congressman Nadler and the 5 other Democratic Chairs of the House Committees, activists across the country are prepared to hit the streets to demand its release. See #ReleaseTheReport and #MakeItPublic.
Show your support by attending this important rally that brings MVCAN and all the other Marin grassroots groups together as one voice:
RALLY “NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW”
TENTATIVE DATE: Thurs, April 4, at 5pm (sign-up with moveon.org for actual date)
City Plaza in San Rafael
1000 4th St. between A St. & Lootens Place
Please sign up here by entering your zip code at MoveOn.org so that you will be notified of any changes to the time/date of the rally. This rally is part of the nationwide plan for hundreds of protests organized by MoveOn.org.
Previous rally in San Rafael.
HELP STOP TEXT MESSAGE CENSORSHIP!
URGENT ACTION REQUESTED - QUICK EASY ACTION TO HELP SAVE TEXTING!
Many of you texted voters for the 2018 Midterms. Texting is one of the most powerful tools we have to get out the vote. But the Trump Administration/FCC has just given cell phone companies new powers to control our text messages.
Companies like Verizon can now legally raise rates or block text messages they don’t like being sent-- by activist groups, schools, or private companies.
We have a chance to protect texting, but the deadline is Tuesday, April 2. The FCC is taking public input on whether to restore protections against text message blocking. The deadline is April 2 to submit your response, so we urgently need your help to flood the docket with the voices of concerned Internet users.Once you click on this link, all you'll need to do is enter your info and send the message provided. Please act soon!
JOIN US! MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING - Sun. April 7, 5pm - 6:30pm, MV Community Center
"Together we will change this country and this world, sure as the sun rises each morning." --from the Sunrise Movement
SUNRISE SPEAKERS! Join us Sunday, April 7, for a special environmental-themed program at our MVCAN Monthly meeting. Young activists Alex Morrison and Josh Kocher from the Sunrise movement will discuss the Sunrise movement’s recent emergence, give an overview of the Green New Deal and tell us how other groups can work with Sunrise going forward.
In addition, our local Eco expert Max Perrey, former head of Sierra Club Marin and current CA Dem party delegate, will speak on California’s fight to limit carbon emissions.
Plus, hear lots more at the meeting about MVCAN’s broad range of events and actions this spring!
And KUDOS to Chris Lydon, Rebecca Brackman, Carol Korenbot and their team for making every amazing monthly meeting happen!
MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING
Sun. April 7: 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto
Max Perrey, our upcoming April 7 monthly meeting guest speaker (shown at the head of the table), addresses the MVCAN ECO team meeting
IMMIGRATION/CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM MEETING - Sun. April 7
Immigration/Civil Rights Team Meeting
Sunday, April 7 - 4 pm- 5pm (right before the MVCAN Monthly Meeting)
Lobby of Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto
Slides will be presented by Helen Rosen and Barbara Rowe about their Southern border trip in February, including their observations of immigration court and a desert migrant walk.
Also on the agenda will be an update from ICE Out of Marin and the Human Trafficking program recently held at Dominican University.
MARIN DEMS 2020 VOLUNTEER TRAINING AND POSTCARD PARTY - Thurs. April 4
In order to solidify 2018 wins and be ready for 2020, the Marin Democratic Party is getting to work now, focusing on voter registration, both in Marin and in the 7 CA Districts that democrats flipped and need to retain. Building our voting base can only help in the 2020 contests!
A voter registration refresher training will happen on April 4, kicking off our registration drive, then we will be writing postcards to get people to register online.
Voter Registration Training/Postcard Writing
Thurs. April 4, 4:30-6:30 PM
Carpenters Hall, 647 Lindaro Street
Sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEDxMARIN EVENT - THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY - Thurs. April 18, San Rafael
MVCAN members have a special invitation to attend an exciting TED TALK event in Marin with Harvard Scholar Lawrence Lessig and political satirist Will Durst on “The Future of Democracy.”
Thurs. April 18, 7:30 pm - 9 30 pm
Angelico Hall, Dominican University
50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael
MVCAN members will get a special insider discount on tickets, because we are a partner organization for the event, With our VIP discount it is only $24.50 (plus ticket fees).
REGISTER with your discount: Here
Note: This TED event is expected to sell out in advance!
Lawrence Lessig will speak about the corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That’s the argument at the core of his life long work about Democracy. Fundamentally cross-partisan, and incredibly hopeful, Mr. Lessig conveys a roadmap for a democracy we could reclaim.
Will Durst, who will be opening the event, is acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier political satirists in the country. The New York Times calls him “possibly the best political comic in the country.”
Join in this timely TEDx event. It promises to be an inspiring and even humorous look at the Future of Democracy
For further details, see here.
REPORT BACK FROM “ALL ON THE LINE” MARIN HOUSE PARTY
We are thrilled with the enthusiastic launch last Saturday of the “All On The Line” (AOTL) campaign to ensure fair redistricting in 2021. A group of 50 supporters met in Sausalito, including leaders and members from OFA Marin, Democracy Action Marin and Mill Valley Community Action Network. All of us participating in this campaign will now be called All On The Line-Marin.
The AOTL campaign will target 10 priority states to make sure that we get fair redistricting in 2021: AZ, CO, FL, GA, MI, TX, WI, PA, NC, and OH. Our role is to build public awareness, mobilize voters and address gerrymandering at the city and county level. We will phone and text to the target states and support groups in CA who are working to get a fair and accurate census, which is the basis of redistricting.
For more detailed information, please visit the All On The Line website and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee website.
Consider donating here to All On The Line to help them build the team they need to be effective.
ALL ON THE LINE House Party last week in Sausalito to restore fairness to our democracy and ensure every American has an equal say.
MVCAN CORE LEADERS’ MEETING WITH MARIN SUPERVISOR KATE SEARS
MVCAN’s core team recently met with our Marin County Supervisor Kate Sears and had a productive discussion on a range of topics, including:
Marin Housing and renters’ rights
Environmental issues (including passing a single-use plastic waste ban in Marin)
The District Attorney’s Office (regarding lobbying the DA and Sheriff's offices)
MCE (spreading 100% Deep Green sign-ups and other issues)
From left: June Cooperman, Bernard Catalinotto, Kate Sears, Eileen Fisher, Rebecca Brackman.
COMMUNITY SUPPORTS ISLAMIC CENTER OF MILL VALLEY AT VIGIL, MARCH 15
On short notice nearly 20 MVCAN members joined more than 200 community supporters in the wake of the New Zealand massacre. Many faith leaders spoke to the crowd and made moving statements of tribute and solidarity.
WRITE POLITICAL POSTCARDS AT HOME!
Join MVCAN member Bob Haar in postcarding project to help expand the electorate!
In March, Marin volunteers sent 340 postcards to targeted voters in CD-48, thanking them for voting in one of the close mid-term elections where the Democrat flipped the seat. These postcards went to first-time Democratic voters to encourage them to continue voting!
In April you can again write postcards FROM HOME to Democrats who were first-time voters in a close 2018 election. We want to thank them and urge them to keep voting Democratic.
You will get a package that includes instructions, 20 pre-stamped postcards, 20 names/addresses, and a script.
After you mail the postcards, the package is to be returned to Bob Haar with $8 reimbursement for the 20 pre-stamped postcard. Alternatively, you can avoid the logistics of delivery and return of the postcard package by buying the pre-stamped postcards yourself at your local post office.
To participate in postcarding, contact Bob Haar at email@example.com.
Please encourage your friends or neighbors to join in.
HELP SUPPORT THE CALIFORNIA VIOLENCE INTERVENTION PROGRAM (CalVIP)
Gun safety activists from around the state are lobbying for the California Violence Intervention Program (CalVIP) which is a critical component of our state's public safety agenda and urgently needs additional funding.
Oakland is a prime example of the impact local, community-based organizations could have with funding from CalVIP. From 2015-2017, the state provided $1.5 million to Oakland Ceasefire; since the group's launch, the city has seen a 43% drop in homicides and a 49% drop in non-fatal shootings.
Change starts at the local level, and by increasing CalVIP funding to $39 million, we can create a safer future for communities across California.
TELL CALIFORNIA STATE LAWMAKERS - FUND CALVIP!
To send a message showing your support, click Here
LIBRARY IMMIGRATION SERIES - BUILDING BRIDGES INSTEAD OF WALLS - April 1, 22, 29, 30
The Mill Valley Library is having an April series, "Views and Voices: Immigration: Building Bridges Instead of Walls."
In the first event of the series, Mill Valley Library is partnering with film director Jean-Michel Dissard and Tamalpais High School to share the stories of local immigrant students. “I Learn America,” features stories from high-school students highlighting our shared humanity and challenges. The Library will screen Dissard's film I Learn America.
Immigration Stories and Film
Mon. April 1 - 7pm to 9pm
Mill Valley Public Library - Creekside Room
375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley
Additional dates for the immigration series at the library will be: April 22, 29, and 30. See details below.
In addition to the stories of immigrant youth in Marin, Lauren Markham, author of The Far Away Brothers, discusses the story of the Flores twins' experience from El Salvador to Oakland. Register here.
Markham's book, Far Away Brothers, described by the New York Times as 'impeccably timed, intimately reported and beautifully expressed' is one of the featured selections of the Views & Voices Book Club. Other featured selections include Exit West by Moshin Hamid and The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. Read the featured selections or one of your choosing related to immigration before the discussion. Register here.
Dissard visits the Library on April 30th with a public presentation featuring stories from immigrant students who are attending Tam High. Register here
SAVE THE DATE! MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING - SUN. MAY 5
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.
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 still celebrating the incredible outcome of the 2018 Midterms. Over the past 2 years, our dedicated group of volunteers called, texted and canvassed voters in our focus CA Congressional Districts along with NV & AZ. They helped win all 7 of the 7 flippable CA Congressional Districts, along with the Senate seats in NV & AZ. As we look to 2019, we are weighing many options which include strengthening the position of our newly elected CA House Representatives, voter registration drives and the state level elections in November--and of course, the Special Congressional Elections which will result in Trump Cabinet members being fired and replaced with Congressional Republicans.
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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WANT TO VOLUNTEER YOUR SKILLS OR TALENTS?
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Thank you for all you do!
– June, Bernard, Suz, Danny, Eileen, Rebecca, and everyone at MVCAN
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