FEATURED IN THIS WEEK’S MVCAN BULLETIN:  

  1. VICTORY REPORT AND THANKS TO ALL!

  2. LAST CHANCE TO HELP ANNA PLETCHER WIN THE MARIN DA RACE!

  3. NEW PHONE BANK FOR SENATE RUNOFF CANDIDATE MIKE ESPY IN MISSISSIPPI - Sat. Nov 17 in Sausalito

  4. ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM OF MARIN - Mon. Nov 19
    plus MVCAN ECO TEAM MEETING - Wed. Dec 5  

  5. TRUTH ACT COMMUNITY FORUM  - Thurs. Dec 6
    plus MEETING OF MVCAN IMMIGRATION/CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM - Sun. Dec 2

  6. REPORT BACK ON “BIG BLUE BLOWOUT” PARTY

  7. REPORT BACK ON “NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW” RALLY  

  8. MVCAN LETTERS TO THE EDITOR IN MARIN IJ

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VICTORY REPORT AND THANKS TO ALL!!!

MVCAN Mid-Term Task Force, photo by Eileen Fisher

Thank you to all our hard-working volunteers who persisted over the past 2 years to climb out of the Wilderness to take back the House and achieve so many more victories!

Special thanks to our dedicated Midterm Task Force members, Susan Bolle and her phone bank leads and coaches, AIRLIFT team, and our community partners: Democracy Action Marin, Swing Left Marin, Marin Dems, and many more.

MVCAN volunteers made a huge contribution to the recent successful House and Senate campaigns. Over 300(!) hundred members participated in activities to persuade and mobilize voters over the past year, with a particular focus on the Josh Harder race in CA-10 and the other California House toss-ups, as well as the Senate races in Nevada, Arizona and Texas, plus the Marin District Attorney race.

June Cooperman with fellow canvassers in Nevada--we care and we won!

For about 100 of our members, this included door-to-door canvassing. Here are some highlights:

Over 200 person days of canvassing for Josh Harder in Tracy, Modesto and other CA-10 towns, including over 6,000 door knocks.

Over 100 person days of canvassing in Reno for Jack Rosen for Senate, including  3,000 door knocks.

Over 30 person days of canvassing in Las Vegas for Jacky Rosen for Senate, including 1,500 door knocks.

Dozens of volunteers canvassing and phone banking for the Marin DA race. (Anna Pletcher is currently neck and neck with Lori Frugoli in the DA race, with votes still being counted.)

And let’s not forget the two volunteers who traveled all the way to Montana to work on the Jon Tester Senate campaign! GO TEAM!!

Dem Action Team: Fayebeth Diamond, Ruth Jaeger, Marti Cermak, Susan Bolle, Syliva Russell, Ed Lai, Berta McDonnell, and Margaret Partlow.  Don't they look happy!

MVCAN members did a truly remarkable job of phone and text banking, including:

More than 200 phone bank sessions in conjunction with Dem Action Marin. Over a hundred thousand phone calls to voters in these races!

Thousands of texts sent to voters in Texas and other states, particularly focusing on Senate races.

MVCAN  efforts contributed to flipping a House seat in CA-10 (Harder defeated Denham), five other House seats in Southern California, and two Senate seats (Jacky Rosen in Nevada and Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona). In Texas, Beto came close to beating Cruz and carried two flipped House seats on his coattails.

Congratulations to all MVCANers who participated in this tremendous midterm elections effort!

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LAST CHANCE TO HELP ANNA PLETCHER

WIN THE MARIN DA RACE!

After all of your hard work, the race for Marin County District Attorney could be decided by just a handful of votes! We can't assume that every vote is automatically counted. 875 ballots have been rejected for missing or mismatched signatures. Every vote matters.

The Anna Pletcher campaign is recruiting volunteers to knock on doors and help voters with signature problems get their vote counted. We will only approach Democratic voters who have made ballot errors that disqualifies their vote.  They have until Nov. 28th to submit a correction.

Are you available this weekend for a final day of canvassing to bring the blue wave to Marin? We need your help.

Canvassing for Anna Pletcher

Sat. Nov 17 and Sun. Nov 18 - 9:30 AM  

Miller Avenue Whole Foods, 414 Miller Ave, Mill Valley.

Let us know if you can join in and help Anna win! Contact MVCAN’s awesome liaison: petergraumann@yahoo.com

Don’t forget to bring a charged cell phone.  Even if you only can devote one hour of canvassing time, it will be worthwhile.

Tina Chase and Aviva Boedecker canvassing for Anna.


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PHONE BANKING FOR SENATE RUNOFF CANDIDATE

MIKE ESPY IN MISSISSIPPI

Please join us at our first phone bank since Election Day! We're back to finish the work of the Midterms and elect Democrat Mike Espy to the US Senate in the November 27 runoff election in Mississippi. We can beat the odds again in Mississippi by helping elect the state's first black US Senator since Reconstruction.

Phone Banking in Sausalito

Sat. Nov 17 - 1:00 to 3:30 PM

Register: Here

Please bring your charged cell phone AND a laptop or iPad along with your earbuds with mic. As always, our experienced leaders will coach you from start to finish.


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ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM OF MARIN - Nov 19

The Environmental Forum of Marin will be presenting Congressman Jared Huffman and award-winning Bay Area authors, Arlie Hochschild and Mark Hertsgaard in a lively discussion on the various beliefs and values regarding environmental causes across the political  divide.

The Great Divide:  Can We Work Together for a Healthy Environment?

Monday Nov 19 - 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Corte Madera Community Center

498 Tamalpais Dr, Corte Madera

Register here: Here

For more information, contact Nancy Benjamin nancy@marinefm.org

MVCAN ECO TEAM MEETING - Dec 5

Also, join in the next meeting for the MVCAN Eco Team. Open to all!

MVCAN Eco Team Meeting

Wed. Dec 5  - 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant

450 Sycamore (across from the Mill Valley Middle School)

For more information, contact mprice@the-acorn.com


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TRUTH ACT COMMUNITY FORUM - Thurs. Dec 6

The recently passed California Truth Act requires that jurisdictions hold community forums once a year to define the specific rights of immigrants who are held in local jails. The Truth Act also mandates transparency in the interactions between local jails and immigration enforcement. If local law enforcement has given ICE access to any individual in the previous year, a public community forum must be held to consider public comment.

Join us for the first Marin Truth Act Community Forum in San Rafael on Dec 6, which will provide information to the public about the ways in which local law enforcement departments have provided ICE with access to immigrants.  We will hear from Sheriff Doyle about his policies regarding ICE and the impact on Marin’s immigrant community.

TRUTH ACT COMMUNITY FORUM - BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ CHAMBERS

Thurs. Dec 6 at 5:30pm

3501 Civic Center Drive, Rm 330 3rd Fl, Administration Building, San Rafael

For more information, contact info@iceoutofmarin.org

This forum is co-sponsored by SURJ Marin.

Plus MVCAN IMMIGRATION/CIVIL RIGHTS MEETING - Sun, Dec 2

Join us for the next meeting of the MVCAN Immigration/Civil Rights team.  

IMMIGRATION/CIVIL RIGHTS COMMITTEE MEETING
Sun. Dec 2 at 4:00 pm
100 Ricardo Road, Mill Valley  
(Barbara Rowe's home in Strawberry, just 1 block off Tiburon Blvd near the Strawberry Rec Center)

The agenda will include discussing the Truth Act Community Forum on Dec 6 (see item above) and planning for MLK Jr. Day 2019 in Marin City.

Please let Barbara know if you have other agenda items to add and if you are able to attend - barbrowe@aol.com,  415 686-1549.

Aug.12 meeting of Civil Rights' Team

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REPORT BACK ON “BIG BLUE BLOWOUT” PARTY

MVCAN members had a fantastic time partying to celebrate our midterm election victories and MVCAN’s second anniversary!  It was an opportunity to relax after our super efforts and just celebrate the remarkable things we have accomplished. Core team members gave us some highlights of democratic midterm wins and also recognized and thanked many fellow MVCAN members for their contributions. Plus we learned the “victory dance” and just kept dancing.

Kudos to Carol Korenbrot and her volunteers and also the Core team for putting together a great party!



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MVCANERS PROTEST IN MARIN-WIDE

"NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW” RALLY


More than 400 local activists rallied last Thursday after Trump fired Jeff Sessions. On 24 hours notice, many MVCAN members and other local grassroots groups mobilized to show our refusal to accept Trump’s outrageous action. Large protest groups all over the nation took to the streets and made national headlines.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - MARIN IJ

Check out the letters in the Marin IJ letters written by MVCAN members and other environmental activists, including MVCAN member Marilyn Price and Dolores Heeb of OFA Marin (with contributions from Jenny Tompkins, Bill Carney, and Belle Cole)

Here is Marilyn’s letter, which appeared in the Oct 26 Marin IJ:

What We Can Do to Combat Climate Change
Each of us can contribute to solving the climate crisis. Climate scientist Rachel Licker at the Union of Concerned Scientists says, “In our daily life, we can take many measures to reduce our global warming emissions. We can reduce our home energy consumption by using more efficient appliances and reduce the amount that we travel by car, using other means of transportation when possible.”
We can also call upon our elected officials to enact policies that will make it easier and less expensive in the long run for us to reduce our energy use, rely on clean energy sources and produce fewer global warming emissions.
And, finally, “we the people” need to demand more and better from our media. It’s time to downplay the gross antics of Trump and his allies, and make environmental news front and center. It’s time our local and national media covered this topic more fully, reporting not just the bad news, but the good — the heroic grassroots actions now taking place in Marin and across the nation to convert our economy from carbon-based to renewable.
— Marilyn Price, Mill Valley Community Action Network Eco Team

See the  Marin IJ 10/26/2018 for Dolores Heeb’s letter.

MORE PHOTOS OF MVCAN IN ACTION!


Grace Severtson, at the Getting to Paris Without Stopping Event.
Marti Cermak--Happy you're here to phone bank!
Rebecca Brackman--Ms. Dedicated.
In Las Vegas.

Keep on truckin'!

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.

Dump Trump 's 25 active team members work on ways to remove Trump from power, with special focus on Russia collusion.

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 focused on the 2018 Midterm Elections, when all 435 seats in the House plus 33 Senate seats are up for grabs. We intend to grab as many as possible. The Electoral team works to elect Democratic candidates for federal and state level elections using phone/text banks and travel to targeted districts to talk with voters through phone calls, texts, 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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WANT TO VOLUNTEER YOUR SKILLS OR TALENTS?

Numerous positions and jobs are available – one-time or ongoing.  Contact Debra Newton, our Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteer@mvcan.org.

Thank you for all you do!
– June, Bernard, Eileen, Rebecca, and everyone at MVCAN

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