Welcome new and "seasoned" members! Read on for Resistance actions you can take today.

SAVE THE DATE! Our next all-network monthly meeting will be Sunday, Mar. 5, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Mill Valley location TBA.

Watch highlights of our Feb. meeting on MVCAN's new YouTube Channel!

Thanks to Heimo Schmidt for shooting and editing the videos. Thanks to Jonah Newman for setting up the channel.

Missed our Feb. monthly meeting? Read 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.


•       CALL AND COFFEE FRI MAR 10, 8-9:30 am - info 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
  • SIGNS OF HOPE ART AND ACTIVISM SHOW, FRI APR 14, Art Works, San Rafael. Contact Angelique Benicio btweenmargins@yahoo.com for more info and to contribute protest signs.


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. Contact MVCAN's Volunteer Coordinator Laura Boles: boles9552@gmail.com

QUICK  - Be on the “Short List” Are you available for errands, data entry and other quick assignments? We want to hear from you!

SHORT TERM - DRUPAL Expert needed for web development team.

WEEKLY - 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!

MONTHLY - Logistics Chief for Monthly Meetings Lead a team of volunteers in running our MVCAN monthly meetings.  Videographer needed to capture our meetings and edit footage into short videos.

Thank you to those who have stepped up so far! Your assistance is most appreciated!

Got a skill, talent and/or time? Contact Laura Boles, boles9552@gmail.com and let her know how you might be able to help our growing Resistance group.


ACTION 1: Demand that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuse himself from Trump investigations taking place in the FBI and Senate.

What to Do

Call the U.S. Department of Justice: 202-353-1555

Suggested script: It is essential that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuse himself from any investigations involving criminal wrongdoing by the Trump Administration or campaign. Attorney General Sessions’ extensive personal and political involvement in the Trump campaign and White House transition absolutely disqualifies him from overseeing these critical investigations.

*Why This is Important - Action 1

The FBI and the Senate Intelligence Committee are currently investigating the illicit communications that have taken place between the Trump Administration and the Russian government. The Justice Department now headed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is charged with overseeing these criminal investigations in the FBI and Senate.

Dept. of Justice (DOJ) guidelines clearly state situations where Attorney Generals must recuse themselves: "No DOJ employee may participate in a criminal investigation or prosecution if he has a personal or political relationship with any person or organization substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation or prosecution..."

Without dispute, Sessions’ impartiality has been severely compromised given his close involvement in the Trump campaign and White House transition. To ensure that these investigations proceed without political partisanship, we need to demand that Sessions recuse himself from participating in any Trump-related inquiry.

Congratulations to all who have been calling on last week’s action item (urging Intelligence Committee members to pursue rigorous investigations into the Trump Administration’s Russian connections). We are already seeing movement from those committee members who have been more vigorously calling for strong, independent investigations. In fact, we want you to keep up the great work this week!

ACTION 2: Contact selected members of Congress, including members of Congressional Intelligence Committees and urge them to thoroughly and rigorously investigate members of the Trump campaign and administration who have made illicit connections to Russia.

This action item has been carried over from last week since an individual caller can actually call the same congressional member multiple times, and each call will be tallied separately. Therefore, you can greatly expand your ability to make a real impact with your calls!

*Why This is Important - Action 2

We can’t let Republicans whitewash these critical investigations into Trump’s Russian connections! 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.

Suggested Script: 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.

Nancy Pelosi, - House Minority Leader, (D) CA DC Office -- (202) 225-4965 San Francisco -- (415) 556-4862 90 7th Street Suite 2-800 San Francisco, CA 94103

Mitch McConnell – Senate Majority Leader, (R) KY Louisville -- (502) 582-6304 601 W. Broadway Room 630 Louisville, KY 40202

Chuck Grassley – (R) IA DC Office -- 202 224-3744 Des Moines -- (515) 288-1145 721 Federal Building 210 Walnut Street Des Moines, IA 50309

Senate Intelligence Committee

Richard Burr, Chair (R) NC

DC Office--202 224-3154

Winston Salem--800-685-8916

2000 West First Street, Suite 508

Winston-Salem, NC 27104

Mark Warner (Ranking Democrat) VA

DC Office--202-224-2023


101 W. Main Street, Suite 7771

Norfolk, VA 23510

Dianne Feinstein (D) CA

DC Office---202-224-3841

SF Office---415-393-0707

email: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

One Post Street, Suite 2450

San Francisco, CA 94104

Kamala Harris (D) CA

DC Office---202-224-3553


San Francisco---415-355-9041

email: https://www.harris.senate.gov/content/contact-senator

50 United Nations Plaza, Suite 5584

San Francisco, CA  94102

House Intelligence Committee

Chair Devin Nunes (Republican Chair) 22nd District, CA

DC Office---202-225-2523



113 North Church Street, Suite 208

Visalia, CA 93291

Senate Armed Services Committee

John McCain- (R) Arizona

DC Office---202-224-2235



2201 East Camelback Road, Suite 115

Phoenix, AZ 85016

Thank you! Every call makes a difference.



1. Continued Dialogue with our 3 MOCs (Members of Congress) to lobby them to take action on specific issues and provide reinforcement for strong opposition to the Republican agenda.

2. Ongoing Leadership Training  MVCAN Leadership continues to train with national organizations like Indivisible for strategic guidance and best practices.

3. Phone Banking 15 Electoral Team members made 800+ calls and reached over 70 voters for Connecticut State Senate Candidate Greg Cava. Contact Susan Bolle (swbolle@gmail.com) or come to the Electoral Team meeting this Sat. to get trained and involved. (Details in the Electoral team report, below.)

4. More Phone Banking 7 people attended Call & Coffee  to urge members of the Congressional Intelligence Committees to thoroughly and rigorously investigate members of the Trump campaign and administration who have illicit and illegal connections to Russia. Along with wonderful OFA partners, our Health Care team phone banked to voters in Maine to mobilize them to contact their senators to support the ACA. (Details in the Health Care team report, below.)

5. Outreach and Communication  with various local resistance and community groups.

6. Multiple Team Meetings and Actions  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.


Civil Rights/Immigration works with multiple local and national organizations and communities to work toward civil and racial justice.

This team will be partnering with other Marin organizations for Rapid Response to deportation.  If you are interested in further information about the executive order, this meeting may be helpful:

Teach-in on Trump Executive Orders, Wed. March 1, 3:30 pm UC Hastings will be holding a panel discussion to explore the implications of recent executive orders for immigration enforcement. Details here: http://bit.ly/2mnKQ7t

ACTION: Please call, e-mail or write to Sheriff Doyle, the Marin Sheriff, urging him to keep our immigrant neighbors safe from round-up and deportation.  It may ultimately be the decision of local law enforcement to decide to implement the executive order.  Remember: Sheriff Doyle is an elected official and has not been a friend to the Latino community.  He can be reached by e-mail at Rdoyle@marinsheriff.org, or at Sheriff Robert T. Doyle, 1600 Los Gamos Dr, #200, SR, CA 94903.  415-473-7250


Sun. Mar. 12, 4-6 pm at Marin Horizon School, 305 Montford, Rm 201 at top of the stairs.  Driveway for parking off Melrose, Mill Valley.  Sara Matson, from the Canal Alliance, and Khadija Hansia from the Muslim community will be featured speakers.  Please complete the Future Projects form and return to dgold94941@aol.com asap so we can solidify future actions at the meeting.Contact Diane Goldman (dgold94941@aol.com) for more info.

Communications provides graphic and promotional support for MVCAN, and helps our large meetings be organized, rewarding experiences. The group is planning the March 5 MVCAN monthly meeting.

Next team meeting Sat. Feb. 25, 9:30-10:30 am, Good Earth, Mill Valley. Contact Danny Altman (dan@ahundredmonkeys.com) for more info.


Dump Trump’s 55 team members work on ways to resist and remove Trump: especially by focusing on corruption and Russian ties. This committee is currently working on impeachment strategy and the Trump campaign's collusion with Russian agents, by supporting Congressional investigations that they hope will bring about his removal.  The team meets every week, rain or shine. Passions run high, but they focus on practical actions for all team members, such as the calls specified in today's Wag.Next team meeting PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE Sat Feb 25, 10-11am. Mill Valley Community Center Manzanita Room. Contact Bernard Catalinotto (bernardcatalinotto@gmail.com) for more info.

Education is focusing on vouchers and ways that Educ. Secy. deVos will fund her plan to privatize; funding Early Education and the relationship to modifying property taxes to include commercial property; how CA Construction Bonds (Prop 51 approved by voters on Nov.’16 ballot) money will be allocated; building relationships with teachers’ unions and others that support public education, i.e the Emergency CA Education Conference April 15.  This team meets monthly, and shares relevant information via email.
Next team meeting Sat. Mar 11, 10-11am, Alain Pinel Realty, 32 Miller Ave., Mill Valley, guest speaker re. taxing commercial  property TBA. Contact Kelly Horner (keho@sonic.net) for more info.The Electoral group's focus is electing Democrats to statehouses and governors' 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 (swbolle@gmail.com) to join phone banks. This week their phone bank had 15 amazing volunteers who made over 800 calls and reached over 70 voters for CT State Senate candidate Greg Cava. At this Saturday’s meeting they’ll be doing training and phone banking, calling supporters to get to the polls and vote!!The group will also be participating in the Kimberly Ellis for CA Democratic Party Chair Kickoff Event Mon., Feb. 27, 6-8pm, Oakland. Details in the Feb. 8 Weekly Wag.Next team meeting Sat. Feb. 25, 9:00-10:30 am, Mill Valley Community Center Mountain View Room. 9:00 plan a Kimberly Ellis event for her upcoming race for head of the California Democratic Party. 9:30 Phone bank training. Contact Eileen Fisher (eyefish9@arksf.com) for more info.Environment/Climate Change is engaged in change at the local, state and national levels. The group is lobbying CA and U.S. legislators on climate issues and educating on and engaging with numerous local initiatives and groups.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 Marilyn Price (mprice@the-acorn.com) or Doug Brown (homerandharriette@gmail.com) 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.

In partnership with Organize for Action, the Health Care team hosted a phonathon to call constituents of Susan Collins (ME).  In addition to mobilizing them to approach and call their MoCs, the team gathered stories about their experiences with the ACA. They will be partnering with Karen Andresen and the local OFA chapter to attend and host additional Phonathons.

Team members also attended Leader Pelosi’s Community Health Care Forum in San Francisco on Feb. 18.  Her advice: continue to reach out to RED states, making sure people are telling their stories.  She cautioned us not to be taken in by the Republicans' promise to replace with something better.

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 as 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 vote on a mission statement and discuss next steps:  strategic plan. The meeting is open to the community of MVCAN and friends. Space is limited. Please RSVP for the event at this Doodle link: http://doodle.com/poll/8v3z6dazcidz5a8m  If you have already signed up and found that you cannot attend please use the link to remove your name so others can attend. Contact Elyse Foster (fosterel22@gmail.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 Tues. Feb 28, 7:30pm, Location TBA. Contact Leigh Ann Townsend (townsendleighann@gmail.com) for more info.


CALL & COFFEE  FRI MAR 10, 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., Mar 9, if you can make it. Host: June Cooperman, email juneellenc@aol.com for exact address. RSVP 415-389-1306.


Rally outside: a Feinstein ticketed event Details here: http://bit.ly/2lsgmn8

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, 6:30 pm. First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo,

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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