MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING: JOIN US!
Guest Speaker: Nicole Boucher from the Color of Democracy Fund
Nicole tracks and supports the most effective grassroots groups in California, educates people about the importance of DA and other local races, and comes up with strategies for keeping moderate Democrats’ feet to the fire.
Sunday, October 8, 4:30-6 pm
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, MV.
Attend the meeting and learn how local races in California battleground districts will help flip Congress in 2018!
MVCAN UPCOMING EVENTS
Saturday, Oct 7, 10:30-12:30 pm - PHONE BANKING IN SAUSALITO.
Phone bank for important state-level elections held on Nov 7, 2017. https://demaction.us/events/
Tuesday, Oct 10, 7:00 pm - Special “Single Payer” Forum
MVCAN is co-sponsoring a discussion with Peter Arno, an expert on financing Single Payer Healthcare in California (SB 562). https://www.eventbrite.com/e/healthcare-for-all-marin-october-meeting-tickets-3843713049
Sunday, Oct 29, 4:30-7pm - MVCAN exclusive STRATEGY/MESSAGING TRAINING WORKSHOP. Participate in a workshop on framing and messaging for your campaigns and team actions. RSVP to email@example.com
Oct 5 - Oct 15 - AIRLIFT at the MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
Help us introduce AIRLIFT to people waiting on the long lines at the MVFF. To volunteer: email Laura Boles at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, Nov 11 - MVCAN ANNIVERSARY EVENT
Come celebrate 1 whole year year of community action and support MVCAN. Get your tickets before they sell out: https://mvcan.eventbrite.com/
For more information on these upcoming events, see the listings following.
LET’S TAKE A VICTORY LAP!
Governor Brown signed the California Values Act Thursday!
This Act (SB54) helps to protect members of our California immigrant community from arrest and possible deportation. Kudos to the Immigration Team, and to all of MVCAN and partners for months of dogged work.
Marin is the first County in CA to have all municipal electricity accounts powered by 100% renewable greenhouse gas-free electricity! Tiburon, the last Marin municipality to switch to Deep Green, took the plunge last night! We can be very proud of MVCAN’s Eco team, and other members for their work, and a giant thank you to Sarah Loughran and Helene Marsch for pioneering this project county-wide.
ACTION NOW - SIGN OUR GUN CONTROL PETITION TODAY
Last Sunday in Las Vegas was one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. Republicans in Congress – who have fought for years to block ANY legislation that would protect Americans from gun violence – were quick to offer their “thoughts and prayers” in response.
Tell Republicans in Congress: “Thoughts and prayers are not enough!” Republicans must put the safety and welfare of their constituents first, before the National Rifle Association.
We need gun control now. Click here to sign the petition.
CREDO now has more 300,000 signatures on the gun control petition, and along with many additional coalition partners, will deliver a powerful message to the Congress this week.
PHONE BANK FOR IMPORTANT STATE ELECTIONS - Saturday!
Our next target is winning the November 7, 2017 state-level elections in Virginia and Washington. We need to win back state legislatures and governorships so we can regain control of big issues like voting rights, gerrymandering, a woman's right to chose, and yes, gun regulation.
To attend and register for the Sat, Oct 7 and Sat, Oct 14 phone banks (10:30-12:30PM), link to our North Bay/Marin events: https://demaction.us/events/
Our experienced phone/text bank leaders will be on hand to coach you and train you. Every Saturday until November 7th!
SPECIAL SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH FORUM
Contrary to any “fake news” obituaries you may have read, Single Payer Health Care legislation in California is far from dead!
Our Health team is co-sponsoring a Single Payer Healthcare forum:
Guest Speaker: Peter Arno
Come and learn how to truly make healthcare affordable for all!
Peter Arno has co-authored a comprehensive economic analysis of proposed single-payer healthcare in California. He is an authority on the potential savings from lowered costs of care and the payments in taxes and health insurance premiums that can trade off to lower costs to individuals and small businesses.
Single-Payer Healthcare Forum
Tuesday, October 10, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Community Room - Corte Madera Town Center
770 Tamalpais Drive (Above PF Chang restaurant)
This event is sponsored as a collaboration between Indivisible Sausalito and Healthcare for All CA - Marin, plus Co-Sponsors Indivisible Marin and MVCAN. (The next regular Health Care Team Meeting will take place on Sunday Oct 22, details at https://www.mvcan.org/health-care/)
“WORKSHOPS FOR WINNING” FRAMING AND MESSAGING
Continuing their exclusive workshop series for MVCAN members, professional organizers Lucy Litvak and Evan Bissell will facilitate a stand-alone workshop on framing and messaging for your campaigns and actions. Participants will leave with skills for shaping their team communications. Learn how to keep volunteers, run effective meetings, choose winning strategies and activities, create compelling messaging, and more! (Suggested donation of $15-25 per person.)
When: Sunday, October 29th, 4:30-7pm, Mill Valley
Where: Cooperman/Litvak residence (Please RSVP to email@example.com for address)
GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE MVCAN ANNIVERSARY PARTY!
COME CELEBRATE ONE WHOLE YEAR OF MVCAN COMMUNITY ACTION! YOU’VE ALL DONE TRULY AMAZING WORK!
Join us for an evening of music, art and storytelling. The MVCAN-Do Revue will feature community members and local performers including Matt Jaffe, Reed Fromer, the Shady Ladies and many more!
Saturday, November 11th, doors open at 7:00 PM, show at 8:00 PM
Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley
Get your tickets now for our first fundraiser while they’re still available!
They are selling fast: https://mvcan.eventbrite.com/
If you would like to volunteer for this event, we are still looking for help in the following roles: flyer/poster distributor, table greeter, project manager, stage hand, assistant stage manager, talent coordinator, video camera, video editor, video playback operator. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
CIVIL RIGHTS/IMMIGRATION TEAM:
The Marin Rapid Response is up and running!
Consider donating to this important emergency network for Marin immigrants. Click: https://www.gofundme.com/marinrrn/donate
Race Matters Workshops
Attend this great series of workshops sponsored by United Marin Rising (throughout October):
Friday, Oct 13th - Healthcare Workshop
Wednesday Oct. 18th - Jobs and Economics Workshop
Saturday Oct 28rd - Environmental Housing Workshop
Monthly Vigil to Support Immigrant Detainees
Join us Saturday, October 5, 11:00 am, West County Detention Center, 5555 Giant Hwy, Richmond.
Next Civil Rights/Immigration Team Meeting: Wednesday, October 18, 7:00 pm, Diane Goldman's home. E-mail her at email@example.com for directions.
ECO TEAM PRESENTS “BEACH PARTY 2030!”
Planning gets underway for our event “Beach Party 2030.” In the face of drastic climate change and rising sea levels, we will be projecting forward in time to find out where our beaches will be in 2030. Join Eco Team's first planning meeting & BBQ happening this Friday, Oct 6, 6:00 PM at the scenic Alpine Lodge in Mill Valley.
Come an hour early at 5:00 to join us for a hike. Share ideas and find out how you'd like to be involved as we get the beach ball rolling! Click here for details.
Friday, Oct 6 - 5 PM Hike; 6 PM Planning Discussion & BBQ; 7 PM Music & Dance
At The Scenic California Alpine Lodge, 730 Panoramic Hwy, Mill Valley
RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Lisa Ristorucci 310-804-6337 or Jay Gustafson 415-381-7261
LAST WEEK: REPORT ON MVCAN LEADERS’ MEETING
The team leaders came together to address the issues that affect all of the action teams. To improve communication, we are working on tying together the weekly WAG, the Facebook page, our website, and individual team pages. We also put in place new and improved action plans for lobbying our elected representatives in order to more effectively influence elected officials from the local to the national level.
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 grass roots groups in winnable 2018 districts. These are seriously vetted organizations that work all year round in their communities, groups that 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, 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.
Health Care is forging ahead after their successful fight over the repeal/replace of ACA.
Tech supports MVCAN through technology. If you have skills/interests in website design, maintaining our mailing lists or helping out with other automation tasks, we would love to talk to you.
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.
Help wanted! MVCAN seeks volunteers with web and video skills; people to table at public events, and people to welcome new members. In a few hours a week, you can make a huge difference! Interested? Contact Volunteer Coordinator Laura Boles.
Thank you for all you do!
– June, Bernard, Suz, Danny, Eileen, and everyone at MVCAN