FEATURED IN THIS WEEK’S MVCAN BULLETIN:  

  1. CONGRESSMAN HUFFMAN DRAWS LARGE MVCAN CROWD

  2. UPDATE ON ANNA PLETCHER AND THE MARIN DA RACE

  3. MEETING OF MVCAN IMMIGRATION/CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM - Sun. Dec 2

  4. TRUTH ACT - MARIN COMMUNITY FORUM  - Thurs. Dec 6

  5. MVCAN ECO TEAM MEETING - Wed. Dec 5  

  6. GREEN NEW DEAL PROTEST - Tues. Dec 11

  7. MARIN DEMOCRATS HOLIDAY PARTY - Thurs. Dec 6

  8. SAVE THE DATE - MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING - Sun. Jan 13

  9. MAKE A DONATION TO UNDOCUMENTED FIRE VICTIMS

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CONGRESSMAN HUFFMAN DRAWS LARGE MVCAN CROWD

Rep. Huffman (photo: Eileen Fisher)

To understand and follow-up on our country's Big Blue Wave of election victories, MVCAN had a town-hall style meeting featuring our re-elected Congressman Jared Huffman at the Mill Valley Community Center.  We had a fantastic turnout of about 130 MVCAN members, as well as community members!

Congressman Huffman stated that he sees the election as a huge victory that has exceeded all our expectations, a game-changer that will enable us to both investigate and help control many of the worst aspects of the Trump administration. Huffman credits the election victories as largely due to the hard work of organizations like MVCAN!

Huffman is providing leadership in the House on climate change, where he is working with the Democratic newcomers to go beyond their Green New Deal committee to develop strong legislation to promote de-carbonization and fight the fossil fuel industry.

Huffman also took questions on a wide range of topics

After the Congressman departed, we gathered in small groups at tables and discussed ways MVCAN can continue to keep up our momentum and effectiveness as an organization. These suggestions will serve as a survey to be used in planning MVCAN's upcoming leadership retreat scheduled for last week in January.

Rapt crowd listening to Rep. Huffman (photo: Eileen Fisher)

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RESULTS OF MARIN DA RACE

It appears that the Marin District Attorney race is over with Anna Pletcher standing only 407 votes short of victory.  

MVCAN liaison to the Pletcher campaign, Peter Graumann, has provided us with an overview of the campaign:

 "Considering that Anna started as a relatively unknown candidate (finishing 20 points down in the June primary) coming this close is an amazing achievement. This is especially notable, because Anna was fighting several serious impediments.  She was the newcomer/outsider going up against the “good old boy network” of law enforcement. She had to contend with a hostile local newspaper; the Marin IJ twice endorsed her opponent and during most of the campaign repeated the Frigoli campaign's slurs and innuendos. On top of that Anna undoubtedly lost many votes because while Lori Frigoli was listed on the ballot as the Deputy District Attorney, Anna was identified merely as an Adjunct Law instructor.

  On the other hand, the Pletcher campaign had MVCAN firmly on its side.  We provided the motivated volunteers to take the campaign into every neighborhood in Mill Valley, which allowed the campaign to focus its own forces on the rest of the county.   MVCAN volunteers canvassed more than one thousand households and phoned several thousand voters in Mill Valley, San Rafael, Novato, and throughout the county. We were glad to do so, because we were supporting progressive changes in the Marin DA’s office: helping undocumented migrants rather than punishing them for trying to achieve a better life; providing rape kits and evidentiary exams in county to victims of sexual assaults; advocating for aggressive prosecution of environmental polluters and ending the revolving door of jailing the mentally ill.  

 Those issues remain valid and pressing—it’s our job to continue campaigning for these reforms.  We hope we will have Anna Pletcher among our ranks to help us formulate our thinking and carry the battle forward."

MVCAN thanks Peter and all his volunteers for their extraordinary commitment to Anna’s campaign!



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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 following) 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 or call 415 686-1549.


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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 about the ways in which local law enforcement departments have provided ICE with access to immigrants, including a presentation from the Sheriff's Department, a presentation from Canal Alliance/ILRC as well as time for public comments.  It will be moderated by Supervisor Connolly.

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 ICE Out of Marin.org.

There will also be a rally prior to the Forum at 4:00 pm on Thursday, Dec 6 near Marin Civic Center next to the post office on the corner of N San Pedro Rd and Civic Center Dr, facilitated by CIYJA (California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance) and with speakers who are close to the issue of immigration and to the inhumanity of our deportation system.  

This Truth Act Forum is co-sponsored by SURJ Marin.


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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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ECO ACTION: GREEN NEW DEAL - Dec 11

The Sunrise Movement is  building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America,

Join in a demonstration at Nancy Pelosi’s office by the Sunrise Movement to show support for a Green New Deal.

Sunrise Movement Demonstration

Nancy Pelosi’s Office, San Francisco

Tues. Dec 11 - 8:15 AM

To register, please click Here.

For more information, go to the Sunrise Movement Website. (Although they are a youth group, they welcome older folk to join in.)

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ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY FOR MARIN DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Marin Democrats Annual Holiday Party.

Thursday, Dec 6 - 5:30-8:30 PM

Where: Falkirk Cultural Center

1408 Mission, San Rafael

Sign up Here - $10 recommended donation

Join with the Marin Democratic Party and celebrate the holidays with Food! Drink! Merriment!

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SAVE THE DATE - MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING - Sun. Jan 13

Join us to launch our exciting 2019 programming. Stay tuned for details.

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DONATE TO UNDOCUMENTED FIRE VICTIMS

Sponsored by SURJ Bay Area (Standing Up for Racial Justice).

This drive supports the most vulnerable victims of California’s devastating fires  — in particular, immigrant community members, day laborers, and domestic workers. While others may be able to receive FEMA aid, the undocumented status of these immigrants prevents them from getting the help they need when forced from their homes.

Immigrant families need your support right now. We're asking you to donate to the 805 UndocuFund Fire Relief, a coalition of immigrant-serving organizations providing direct support to undocumented children, families, and communities affected by the recent fires in Southern California.

Make An Emergency Donation Here

In this moment, let’s come together in solidarity by sharing what resources we can with friends, family members, and neighbors in need.

At the Big Blue Blowout! (photo Elliot Karlan)

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, Suz, Danny, Eileen, Rebecca, and everyone at MVCAN

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