Women's Rights Team

NEWS

10/17, 11/17

Governor Brown signs AB 41 into law, but vetoes AB 569.

Victory for women and LGBTQ candidates in Virginia!  Thanks to Electoral our Women's Rights members who participated in phonebanking and letter writing.  Every little action counts!

Looking forward to fundraising for the Marin City Health and Wellness Center.  Stay tuned for details...

 

9/23/17, 10/3/17

Women's Rights members phone banked California voters to call Governor Brown's office and insist he sign AB 569 into law.  We also wrote postcards, made phone calls, and wrote letters to the editor to pass AB 41.

 

Next meeting TBA – keep informed!  Send me pertinent issues and I’ll send them to the Weekly MVCAN Wag!

9/15/17

AB 569 and  AB 41 passed both houses and are now sitting on Governor Brown's desk.  Tweet Gov. Brown directly:

My health is my business. Bosses shouldn’t make our reproductive health decisions. @JerryBrownGov should sign #AB569

 

This is a matter of economic justice. People shouldn't have to risk their jobs to access #reprohealth care. @JerryBrownGov must sign #AB569

 

Women of color already make far less than white men in CA. They shouldn't risk their jobs for #reprohealth care. @JerryBrownGov: sign #AB569

 

Trump and anti-choice Congress are on the attack against #reprofreedom. We need @JerryBrownGov to protect Californians by signing #AB569

9/9/17

MVCAN members Rock the Congress at College of Marin.  Participants attended workshops, spoke on panels and volunteered.

Next Women's Rights meeting: 10/3/17, 7pm.  Email townsendleighann@gmail.com for address.

8/28/17

Continuing work with SB 273 and AB 41.  Looking to fundraise for the Marin City Health and Wellness Center; need someone to take the lead!  Contact townsendleighann@gmail.com if interested.  Stay tuned for our  upcoming mixer!  Sites to visit:

https://jenniferhofmann.com/home/weekly-action-checklist-democrats-independents-republicans-conscience/

https://www.prochoiceamerica.org/

https://www.istandwithpp.org/take-action

https://www.womensmarch.com/augustreset

http://16days.thepixelproject.net/16-organisations-working-to-stop-child-marriage/

http://www.joyfulheartfoundation.org/

8/16/17

Member Barbara Solomon wrote to the San Francisco Chronicle about AB 41, Rape Kit bill. 

http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/letters-editor/

7/18/17

We are currently working on: canvassing small businesses to support AB 569 (Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act), AB 41 (Rape Kit backlog legislation) and SB 273 (Child marriage ban) via postcards, conference calls and meetings with legislators.

Next meeting: last week of August, location and date TBA.

Sites to visit:

 Women’s Equality Day in San Francisco: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3040472

http://16days.thepixelproject.net/16-organisations-working-to-stop-child-marriage/

http://www.joyfulheartfoundation.org/

https://womenactivisttops.com/

7/6/17

Next meeting 7/18.  Please email Leigh Ann Townsend if you plan to attend and the address will be emailed to you.  We will discuss: ongoing NARAL work, our next fundraiser (we are considering projects for the Marin City Health and Wellness Clinic, among others), legislation to prohibit child marriage in CA, next year's DA race, and local/state committees on which our members can serve.  A full plate!

6/7/17

Women's Rights team members Kate Barrengos and Sally DeVoto Hagstrom canvassed local Mill Valley businesses to support AB 569, the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act.   Thank you to Seager Gray Gallery for being the first business to sign the letter.  Paste this into your browser for a copy of the letter:

 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScsOtzTu8-x9ds2cSszKpNNlH9CuLXsweyg5MExP9MG-yxrhQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

6/6/17

Write postcards to support AB 41, DNA Testing of Rape Kit Evidence. Write to:

CA State Sheriffs' Association (they currently do not support it)

1231 I Street, Suite 200

Sacramento, CA 95814

Senator Ricardo Lara

State Capitol, Room 5050

Sacramento, CA  95814

6/3/17

Interested in representing Women's Issues in Marin?  See below and apply!

Supervisor Kathrin Sears is seeking representatives for District 3, comprised of Mill Valley, Strawberry, Tiburon, Belvedere, Marin City, Tam Valley, Sausalito and other nearby unincorporated areas.  

Supervisor Dennis Rodoni is seeking representatives for District 4, which includes West Marin, western Novato, the San Geronimo Valley, San Rafael’s Canal Area, Corte Madera, and Homestead Valley.  

The application deadline for all three seats is 5 p.m. Friday, June 9.

The Marin Women's Commission represents women and girls of diverse backgrounds and circumstances and advocates for equality through policy, education and collaboration. The commission hosts the Marin Teen Girl Conference, the Women & Money Conference, and co-sponsors the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame. Each year the commission focuses its efforts on topics of importance to the community, and this year it is concentrating its efforts on women’s leadership and economic empowerment.

Apply online or learn more about the application process by calling the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at (415) 473-7331. You can also request an application by mail at Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Suite 329, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael CA 94903 or by emailing bos@marincounty.org.

Canvas your local businesses with NARAL's letter supporting AB 569.  Anyone who owns or manages a small business can sign.  There is virtually no risk.  This is simple, effective and empowering.  Email me with any questions.  womens-rights-lead@mvcan.org 

 

5/22/17

Several members did the NARAL Small Business Canvassing Training in support of AB 569, the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act.  NARAL's goal is 500 letters of support from small businesses throughout California.  The bill will ensure that employees and their families can make their own health decisions, without fear of losing their jobs or facing retribution from their employers because of private, non-work related decisions.

MVCAN Steering Committee member and Women's Rights liaison Eileen Fisher and Leigh Ann Townsend participate in Rock the Congress at College of Marin, September 9, 2017.

MVCAN Steering Committee member and Women's Rights liaison Eileen Fisher and Leigh Ann Townsend participate in Rock the Congress at College of Marin, September 9, 2017.

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5/20/17

Co-leader Kate Barrengos joined Dump Trump member David Donnenfield and Mike Cavanaugh at the California Democratic Convention in Sacramento in support of Kimberly Ellis, candidate for CA State Democratic Chair.  She lost by only 62 votes (an audit is pending) but it was a sea of pink shirts and energized constituents for Kimberly and her vision for an equally-represented California.

5/3/17

Women's Rights would like to host an event or fundraiser to bring in more members and build momentum.  Ideas are needed!  We need someone to take the lead on this.

We are:

Researching SF Supervisor Chiu's legislation on rape kit procedure, and looking into possible support for Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

Having a training on 5/22 with NARAL to learn how to canvass businesses in support of AB 569, the Reproductive Non-Descrimination Act, and assist with identifying those elected officials who are pro-choice.

Researching Women's Health Protection Act and will be asking Jared Huffman on May 15th about his support for AB 569, AB 41 and other issues.

We wrote postcards for us to write to Assemblyman Marc Levine asking him to support AB 569, the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act.

Next team meeting: TBA.

Contact team lead Leigh Ann Townsend at womens-rights-lead@mvcan.org for more info.

 

4/20/17

MVCAN and Women's Rights group members attended the Kimberly Ellis fundraiser at Seager/Gray gallery. We're planning for Lobby Day in Sacramento on 4/26; please contact Leigh Ann Townsend for registration and ride information. 

Next team meeting:  June 6th.  Email me for address.

Contact team lead Leigh Ann Townsend at womens-rights-lead@mvcan.org for more info.