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130 MVCAN members attended the monthly MVCAN meeting June 4, which featured special guest speaker, Becky Bond. Bond served as a senior advisor on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and is co-author of the recent highly-lauded book Rules for Revolutionaries - How Big Organizing Can Change Everything. She urged us to keep up the resistance, fight on the local level and also direct some national efforts toward down-ballot races where our actions can have the most impact. This is an important moment for the grassroots. "People are willing to do something big in order to win something big," Bond said. "People who are new to politics tell me, 'I want to do something where I live'. But people can't make a difference if there isn't a structure they can plug into. (MVCAN) is providing that plan, and allowing people to get to work."

Photos: Fabrice Florin

The meeting also featured MVCAN member Fabrice Florin's highly engaging talk about Art and Politics, which highlighted art's unique capacity for changing minds and actions.

In addition Tamra Peters, from the MVCAN's Eco Warriors team, addressed the group about Resilient Neighborhoods, a fun program that anyone can join today to reduce your carbon footprint.

Watch a complete video of the meeting. Watch the video from the beginning of Becky's talk. Watch the video of Fabrice's talk.

Thank you George Eade and Fabrice Florin for producing the video.

Photo: Mort Stein


Float designer and leader Fabrice Florin:

"People loved our political float at the 2017 Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade. The Bamboodu Theater stars Lady Liberty and Mr. Trump: each time he says something wrong, she hits him on the head.

We marched with friends and neighbors from MVCAN and Pataphysical Studios. Thousands of spectators cheered as we passed by, singing along with us: 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses …'

Parade judges gave us the Best Community Spirit Award. KGO 7 featured our political art in their Memorial Day coverage. The Marin IJ ran a front-page story about the float. I’m glad that our message resonated with our community and helped promote MVCAN. Join your neighbors to keep democracy alive!"

Read more about the float.

Watch a video of the float.

See more photos of the float here and here.

June Cooperman and Bernard Catalinotto with State Senator Mike McGuire

Photos: Suz Lipman, Edward Janne, Bill Jansen

MVCAN MEMBERS ATTENDED A RALLY to stop the deportations of Hugo Mejía and Rodrigo Núñez, fathers and community volunteers with deep roots in the Bay Area who have been trapped in detention since May 3. See Action 3, below, for an action to help Mejia and Núñez.

Photos: Larry Litvak

25 MVCAN MEMBERS ADVOCATED TO THE CITY OF MILL VALLEY at two different meetings for support of CA Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act (or Sanctuary State Law), which protects CA and its cities from federal attempts to enact mass deportations, and for Mill Valley to join other Marin cities in going Deep Green by committing to Marin Clean Energy. No actions were taken by the city, as these items were addressed during public open time, and were not on the meetings' agendas. MVCAN will continue to advocate for these issues in an attempt to push Mill Valley to be a progressive beacon.

Civil Rights/Immigration team lead Peter Graumann

Some members of the MVCAN group on the steps of City Hall

Photos: Fabrice Florin, Suz Lipman

MULTIPLE MVCAN MEMBERS MADE OVER 1,000 CALLS for Jon Ossoff in the Georgia 6th Special Election, as well as Archie Parnell in South Carolina's 5th. Ossoff's early vote numbers were as high as the early vote in 2016! For a historically low-interest special election, in a historically red district, this is a great sign. E-Day is June 20, so we want to build on this momentum. See below for more info about phone banking this Sat., June 10.


The Next MVCAN Monthly Meeting will take place Sun., Aug. 6, time and location TBA. No monthly meeting in July.

MVCAN teams will continue to meet. Additional events and actions will be added to the Event Calendar. Please continue to check the calendar.

Featured events and activities:

Fri. June 9 and Mon. June 12 Join MVCAN's Health Care team to phone bank to constituents sympathetic to the ACA in districts of Republican senators.

Sat. June 10 Seize one of our last opportunities to help win 2 U.S. House seats! Please join the MVCAN Electoral Team phone bank to call voters in GA for Jon Ossoff and SC for Archie Parnell. We will also have the option to call voters in NV to protect the ACA in purple/red states. Info here.

Wed. June 14 Solidarity for Muslims and People of All Faiths. Join Muslims, Jews and others for a festive "break fast" meal during Ramadan. Islamic Center of Mill Valley.

Wed. June 14 Health Care for Everybody Documentary Screening at the Redwoods

Learn about events, activities, meetings, and other ways to get involved on the event page. Bookmark this page so you can always find MVCAN's events.



Save our National Monuments. Don’t let the Trump administration strip ownership of these precious monuments away from the American people and open them to private development.

Why It’s So Important

Trump recently signed an executive order to allow national monument designations to be reversed or to be reduced in size as his administration pushes to open these precious federal lands to private exploitation by drilling, ranching, and mining interests.
Interior Secretary Ryan has been directed to consider about 30 national monuments created over the past two decades, and recommend which designations should be rescinded or diminished. At risk are a number of National Monuments in California, including the sites of the Giant Sequoia, San Gabriel Mountains, and Mojave Trails monuments.

We need to let our California Members of Congress know how we feel about about this shameless attempt to let corporate interests appropriate national monuments that rightly belong to the American public. Letting our members of Congress know how strongly we feel on this issue keeps up the pressure and focus while infusing the political climate with a sense of urgency.

What to Do Action Item 1

Contact Senator Feinstein, Senator Harris, and Congressman Huffman and let them know your opinions on this issue.

Suggested Script:
I want to let Senator/Representative___ know of my strong opposition to the Trump administration’s attempt to rescind or reduce American’s designated National Monuments. Trump’s ordered review of these designations is a shocking attempt to take away from the American people unique sites that were intended to be theirs in perpetuity. This is another example of corporate favoritism “trumping” the rights of the American public. Our National Monuments honor the beauty and preciousness of special places in the American landscape. We must protect them.

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, SF (415) 393-0707, LA (310) 914-7300, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, Sacramento (916) 448-2787, SF (415) 355-9041, LA (213) 894-5000, SD (619) 239-3884, Fresno (559) 497-5109
  • Rep. Jared Huffman DC (202) 225-5161, San Rafael (415) 258-9657


Help protect the Bear’s Ears National Monument, which has been specifically attacked by Trump, using an action on the Sierra Club action page.

Why It’s So Important
Trump has indicated that he is particularly eager to change the boundaries of a 1.35-million-acre national monument Obama declared in December 2016 in Utah, known as “Bears Ears”. The Bears Ears monument is vital to tribal communities in the region as the location of sacred and cultural heritage sites, including cliff dwellings, villages, and rock art. Shaun Chapoose, the highest elected officeholder of the Ute Indian Tribe, said in a statement. “Bears Ears National Monument is more than just mere federal land to us—it is a living landscape; it has a pulse.”

Bears Ears was created after a long period of consultation with all of the local stakeholders and is a wonderful addition to our country’s treasured legacy of national monuments. We need to protect Bears Ears from Trump’s predatory actions.

What to Do
Action Item 2

Tell the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to ensure Bears Ears National Monument remains protected.

Use this Link to the Sierra Club Action

ACTION 3: Hugo Mejia, a San Rafael construction worker and father of three, is STILL being held in a general population jail in Elk Grove, CA, and has been since May 2. His lawyer and Congressman Huffman are working relentlessly on his behalf.

Congressman Huffman met with Hugo at the jail and a group of mighty supporters, including a contingent from MVCAN, made our voices heard outside the building.  Hugo’s colleague, Rodrigo Núñez, is still being held at a jail in Yuma County. Senator Kamala Harris will start advocating on their behalf as well.  

Our message is still the same: That Hugo and his colleague, Rodrigo Núñez, be released immediately from jail and be placed in regular removal proceedings.

What to Do – Action Item 3

Please click here for action to help Hugo Mejia.

Thank you for taking these important actions today!


Announcing a new MVCAN team: Economic Action, How to Make the Biggest Impact on Politics with your Money, headed by Danny Altman. Get in on the ground floor! The first meeting is Monday, June 12, 7pm. Contact Danny for more info.

Much of MVCAN's work is done in one of 10 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. Thank you Diane Goldman for spearheading this team, which is now chaired by Peter Graumann. Read more.

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. Read more.

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! Read more.

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. Read more.

Education will be working on a series of salons to discuss critical education issues with MVCAN members. We anticipate these will begin in the fall. Read more.

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 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. Read more. Note: No phone bank this week. The next phone bank is Sat., June 10.

Health Care is focusing on actions being taken to repeal the ACA, and on protecting health care coverage. They participate in advocacy and phone banking in conjunction with OFA Marin. Read more.

Tech supports MVCAN through technology. Read more.

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. Read more.


Visit to learn about the organization, teams and strategies; read past MVCAN newsletters, and gain helpful Resistance tools.

Got a skill, talent and/or time? We need you! Contact Laura Boles and let her know how you might be able to help our growing Resistance group. We especially seek volunteers with web and video skills. In a few hours a week, you can make a huge difference to multiple Resistance members and actions!

Please note: No Wag next week.

Thank you for all you do!

– June, Bernard, Suz, Danny, Eileen, Nitsa, and everyone at MVCAN

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