What a week! Welcome to 175 new MVCAN members!
A standing-room-only crowd of 250 at the MVCAN Monthly Meeting learned about news and concrete actions, gathered in teams, and joined in community to get inspired to continue MVCAN's Resistance work. Many reported that the meeting gave them purpose and hope.
Your actions are working! We need to keep up the pressure!
- The Trump administration is on the defensive
- Republicans are running out on their own town halls
- Trump’s sanity is being openly questioned
- The Intelligence community is in open revolt
- Anti-labor nominee Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination for Labor Secretary
- Michael Flynn resigned as National Security Advisor, and there is bipartisan Senate support for investigation into his dealings with Russia. (See the action below to get involved.)
Read Meeting Highlights about How and Why to Call Your Representative, and How Our Calls Are Working, which includes tips from MVCAN's recent meeting with Senator Feinstein's State Director.
Read the Action below for further steps you can take to impact Congressional Investigations into Russian Interference in the Election, which was also presented at the 2/12 monthly meeting.
SAVE THE DATE! Our next all-network monthly meeting will be Sunday, Mar. 5, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Mill Valley location TBA.
PUT THESE ADDITIONAL EVENTS ON YOUR CALENDAR
• CALL AND COFFEE FRI FEB 17, 8-9:30 am - info below
• MULTIPLE COMMITTEE MEETINGS - see below
• DR. STEVEN SCHROEDER ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, SUN FEB 26, 3:30-5 pm, 450 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley - info below, see Health Care team report
- STANDING WITH STANDING ROCK, Benefit for Legal Defense Fund, SAT MAR 4, First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, 6:30 pm - info below
NEW TO MVCAN?
Visit MVCAN.org to learn about the organization, teams and strategies; read past MVCAN newsletters, and gain helpful Resistance tools.
MVCAN is growing! There are multiple ways you can help today, whether you're on a team or not. MVCAN seeks the following. Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Coordinator Help us manage our great volunteers.
Database Manager Got excel or database skills? Help us manage our growing member list.
Be on the “Short List” Are you available for errands, data entry and other quick assignments? We want to hear from you!
Only on Tuesday Want to get right in the action? Volunteer to organize carpools for Noon-1 rallies in the city–this is a great job to do with a friend!
Can you help? Contact email@example.com
READY FOR ACTION!
TODAY: Call members of the Congressional Intelligence Committees and urge them to thoroughly and rigorously investigate members of the Trump campaign and administration who have illicit and illegal connections to Russia.
Why This is Important
We can’t let Republicans whitewash these critical investigations! The collusion of the Trump administration with a hostile foreign government must be quickly uncovered and publicly disclosed. Prevent Republican-controlled Intelligence committees from getting away with their efforts to minimize damage to the Trump White House by “containing” the findings of their investigations.
I urge Senator/Representative______ to aggressively and completely investigate the role that the Trump administration played in Russia’s attack on our democracy both during the campaign and after the election. I also urge the Senator/Representative to push as strongly as possible for the formation of an independent, bipartisan committee with subpoena powers that can carry out a politically objective investigation into allegations of illegal activity by Trump and his associates.
What to Do
Contact Congressional Intelligence Committee Members:
Tip - First, try calling the congressional member you want to reach. If, however, due to high call volume, you have difficulty getting through, write a postcard or letter. We are advising you to send your mail to one of the senators’ “district” offices since mail sent to Washington apparently has to go through a lengthy security screening before the senator receives it.
Senate Intelligence Committee
Richard Burr, Chair (Republican) NC
DC Office--202 224-3154
2000 West First Street, Suite 508
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Mark Warner (Ranking Democrat) Virginia
101 W. Main Street, Suite 7771
Norfolk, VA 23510
Dianne Feinstein (D) CA
One Post Street, Suite 2450
San Francisco, CA 94104
Kamala Harris (D) CA
50 United Nations Plaza, Suite 5584
San Francisco, CA 94102
House Intelligence Committee
Chair Devin Nunes (Republican Chair) 22nd District, CA
113 North Church Street, Suite 208
Visalia, CA 93291
Adam Schiff (Ranking Democrat) LA
Burbank---818-450-2900 or 323-315-5555
245 E. Olive Avenue, #200
Burbank, California 91502
Eric Swalwell (Democrat) Alameda
3615 Castro Valley Blvd
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Senate Armed Services Committee
John McCain- (R) Arizona
2201 East Camelback Road, Suite 115
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Thank you! Every call makes a difference.
WHAT MVCAN DID THIS WEEK
1. All-Network Monthly Meeting Details above, at top of email.
2. Phone Banking MVCAN members participated in phone banks to win back state houses and governor’s races. Contact Susan Bolle (firstname.lastname@example.org) or join the Electoral Team to get involved. The Health Care team also phone banked to support the ACA.
3. Light Up the Night Gathering and Candlelit Walk for Love and Unity in downtown Mill Valley Led by the Civil Rights Committee,12 MVCAN members joined the Feb. 14 celebration of love, connection and solidarity for Canal Alliance and other diverse communities throughout Marin.
4. Mill Valley Protest Against SPO Partners and Wells Fargo for Involvement in Dakota Access Pipeline Project Led by the Environmental Team, in conjunction with 350.org, 10 MVCAN members participated in the protest, which drew 100+ people, right in our town!
5. Outreach and Communication with various local resistance and community groups.
6. Multiple Team Meetings We do most of our work in teams, so please do not be shy: contact team leaders of the team(s) you are interested in, or just show up at a meeting of your choice.
ACTION TEAM REPORTS
Civil Rights/Immigration works with multiple local and national organizations and communities to work toward civil and racial justice. The group participated in the Canal Alliance Candlelight Vigil in Mill Valley, which was well attended and very heartwarming.
Next team meeting Sun. Mar. 12, 4-6 pm at the Waste Management Treatment Agency, 450 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley or possible larger venue TBA. There will be two presentations: One from a member of the Muslim community and the other from a representative of the Canal Alliance. Contact Diane Goldman (email@example.com) for more info.
Communications provides graphic and promotional support for MVCAN, and helps our large meetings be organized, rewarding experiences. The group is already planning the March 5 MVCAN monthly meeting.
Next team meeting Sat., Feb. 18, 9:30-10:30 am, Good Earth, Mill Valley. Contact Danny Altman (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
Next team meeting Sat Feb 18, 10-11am, Alain Pinel Realty, 32 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. Contact Kelly Horner (email@example.com) for more info.
The Electoral group's focus is electing Democrats to statehouses and governor's seats all across the country leading up to the Senate and House races in 2018. Join in now and help this group win back the state legislatures we lost to Republicans. Contact Susan Bolle (firstname.lastname@example.org) to join phone banks. The group will also be participating in the Kimberly Ellis for California Democratic Party Chair Kickoff Event Mon., Feb. 27, 6-8pm, Oakland. Details in the Feb. 8 Weekly Wag.
Next team meeting Sat., Feb. 18, 9:30-10:30 am, Mill Valley Community Center Mountain View Room. Contact Eileen Fisher (email@example.com) for more info.
Environment/Climate Change is engaged in change at the local level, with a plan to leverage the team's experience and success county- and state-wide, and perhaps beyond. The group will lobby state and U.S. legislators on climate issues as well as educate on and engage with numerous local initiatives and groups. This group supported the Feb. 15 DAPL Protest in Mill Valley.
Next team meeting Tues. Feb. 28, 7-9 pm at the Waste Management Treatment Agency, 450 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. The meeting will feature presentations on the Power of Citizen's Actions Locally by Tamra Peters, Executive Director of Resilient Neighborhoods, and Danielle Staude, Senior Planner for the City of Mill Valley, as well as new and follow-up actions from the group. Contact Edi Dor (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
Health Care is focusing on actions being taken to repeal the ACA, and addressing what comes next with regard to health care coverage. The group hosted a Phonathon to support the ACA.
Next team meeting Sun. Feb. 26, 3:30-5 pm at the Waste Management Treatment Agency, 450 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. Dr. Steven Schroeder will be speaking on the Affordable Care Act as well Single Payer options. He is the Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care at the University of California, San Francisco. After his talk the group will discuss next steps. The meeting is open to the community of MVCAN and friends. As space is limited to about 35 people, please RSVP for the event at this Doodle link: http://doodle.com/poll/8v3z6dazcidz5a8m Contact Elyse Foster (email@example.com) for more info.
Women's Issues is exploring the candidacy of Kimberly Ellis (see Electoral Team report), setting up fundraising for clinics, revisiting grabyourwallet.org for consumer pressure, supporting naral.org, and following the MVCAN Wag and istandwithpp.org for phone calls/postcards, as they direct.
Next team meeting March 14th, 7:30pm, Mill Valley Library Creekside Room or other TBA. Contact Leigh Ann Townsend (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
CALL & COFFEE FRI FEB 17, 8-9:30 am
Come and make calls together on time-critical issues. No experience necessary, we will train you. Bring a laptop and cell phone. Please RSVP by Thurs., Feb 16, if you can make it. Host: June Cooperman, email email@example.com for exact address. RSVP 415-389-1306.
DR. STEVEN SCHROEDER ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, SUN FEB 26, 3:30-5 pm, 450 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley - for info, see Health Care team report
STANDING WITH STANDING ROCK, Benefit for Legal Defense Fund, SAT MAR 4, First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, 6:30 pm.
Panel discussion with attorneys Larry Bragman and Ford Greene in conversation with Erin Schrode (all observer-participants at Standing Rock last fall). Also featuring Cherokee-Metis and singer-songwriter Jane De Cuir. Please join for a special reception immediately following the event, with organic food provided by Good Earth Natural Foods. MVCAN is a sponsor of this event. Details here: https://tinyurl.com/j8hvmqs
Thank you for all you do!
– June, Bernard, Suz, Danny, Eileen and everyone at MVCAN
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