March Members' Meeting

30 League members and a couple of guests gathered in our monthly members' meeting on March 6 to hear a fascinating presentation by a respected community leader. Jessica Colvin, Wellness Director at the Tamalpais Union High School District, gave us all hope for the future of our high school students who have access to coordinated care at Redwood and Drake High Schools (Tam HS to follow soon).

Jessica attempted to share with us a video explaining the Wellness Program.  Even though our computer connection prevented us from watching the video then, we've obtained a link for all of us to watch NOW.  It's well worth viewing!

 

February 2017 Meeting Report

Wow – what a great meeting we had on Monday! The rain held off long enough to get us all in, through and out without the need for umbrellas or boats, and almost 50 people packed the League conference room for a solid two hours.

If you attended the meeting, you know that we introduced two visitors from the Sonoma League; said hello to four brand new members; and greeted at least three long-time members who’ve been out of action for a while.  Our regulars – about 30 – were gracious and welcoming to everyone who attended.

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One of our new members, Dee Dee Butori, brought four friends and reported on her extraordinary experience marching in Washington, DC on January 21.  A dozen others who stayed closer to home shared their marching experiences in San Francisco and elsewhere around the Bay. 

Then we moved on to Program Planning, which focused on (1) announcing our committees’ plans for 2017; and (2) reviewing and choosing focus areas to recommend to the California League. 

The Marin League’s committee plans for 2017 are way bigger than we can report here.   Watch our website, newsletters and the Voter for updates in the coming months.

We were then asked to select three areas of interest to recommend to the State League for further action.  The three we selected – by a large margin – were

  • Affordable health care:  ensure California maintains and expands affordable health insurance programs
     
  • Public employee post-employment compensation:  update League's position on state and local finances to clarify impact from defined benefit pensions and retirement health benefits
     
  • Immigration:  protect immigrant communities throughout California

Following close behind:  charter schools and voucher programs; criminal justice; and housing.  If any of those three are your passion, never fear:  we have solid education, justice and housing committees working on these issues.

Finally, we were asked to weigh in on how we use our positions to advocate for a cause.  Should we, the State asked, continue to rely on specifics in each position, and require update studies to change these details?  After a short, lively but cordial debate, the members voted to recommend continuing this long-time practice. 

Now, if you didn’t attend Monday's meeting, look what you missed!

The League is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants.

A statement from Chris Carson, LWVUS President: The LWV supports cities, towns, counties and states that make a decision not to cooperate with federal deportation and enforcement actions that include non-criminal undocumented immigrants.  Moreover, the Trump Administration’s orders are of dubious legality.  

It is simply wrong, and a perversion of the American system of justice, for the Executive Branch to refuse to obey federal court orders.  

The LWV is opposed to discrimination, including discrimination in immigration, based on religion.  The Trump Administration’s orders appear to be targeted at Muslims and immigrants from majority-Muslims nations.

We would like to remind all our members that we are faced with many challenges to our positions and the League is involved in serious efforts to address them.  Among these, we spent last weekend anticipating the issuance of an Executive Order investigating ‘voter fraud’.  We continue to monitor this situation and are ready to issue a statement if that occurs.  We also continue our efforts to lobby on ACA in Congress.  Everybody in the country is scrambling to keep up.  

Women's March on Washington

We're Marching

Many of our members are gathering next weekend in various Bay Area communities in support of the post-inaugural Women’s March on Washington.  Contrary to what we heard earlier this week, the national League announced on Tuesday that we are officially participating!  Here’ are some choices:

  • Dominican University, January 20:   sign-making 2:00 Meadowlands Assembly Hall; 3:30 teach-in, Guzman Lecture Hall
  • "Marin is Marching" January 20: from Pickleweed Park or Hub & Creek Park in San Anselmo at 1:00 p.m. to San Rafael Community Center, arriving 4-6 p.m. via San Rafael City Hall (3:00)
  • Novato Multicultural Commission Equity Forum January 21: 10:30 a.m., Novato City Council Chambers
  • Marches on January 21:  details at womensmarchbayarea.org. 

A Message from the LWVMC President

On January 9, helping us to celebrate the new year in style, 33 dedicated League members were joined by 17 guests at our monthly members’ meeting, where we heard Dr. Mindy Romero talk about voter participation and civic engagement.  Dr. Romero shared the results of years of research showing who registers and who votes in typically underrepresented communities across California, and offered suggestions for improving those statistics.  (Thanks are due to Board member Veda Florez, who organized and advertised this well-attended event.)

NOT covered in that meeting – mostly because we had more questions than time – were the marvelous works already being done by the League of Women Voters, Marin County, in this most important endeavor.  Here are three accomplishments that immediately come to mind:

  • Last Fall the League joined forces with West Marin Community Services to host a Spanish-language election basics workshop for the Latino community in West Marin. 
  • During the pre-election season our Voter Service Committee held voter registration events for released felons, who are now eligible to vote.
  • Our student intern has been working with the League on voter registration and civic engagement by young voters.  She recently reported that all seniors at Drake High School are registered to vote.

To keep our momentum going, the Voter Service Committee will hold its first committee meeting of the new year on Tuesday, January 24, noon in our new League office (F-133) – well in advance of our next election.  If voter participation and civic engagement is your thing, you’ll want to attend!.

V-Anne Chernock

League Day pre-registration ends Wednesday, Jan. 25th

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Did you know housing prices are so steep in Marin that only 2-Novato police officers live and work in the same City? 

Bay Area League Day focus on the Housing Crisis in the Bay Area. The event is just under 2-weeks away, Sat. January 28th. Pre-registration event pricing is $35. with lunch and $20 without lunch. Afterwards, pricing goes up $40 with lunch and $25 without. The event includes information packet with user-friendly tools; continental breakfast; 2-salads, pasta with chicken for lunch. 

Sign up on eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bay-area-housing-crisis-tickets-30767989886 

Panel topics include measuring the affordability gap, housing displacement and equity; the role of state, regional & local governments; and the agenda moving forward. Keynote address by CA State Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D 15. Ridesharing contact vedaart9@gmail.com for information.  

Additional info - including directions: http://www.lwvbayarea.org/2017_League_Day.html 

Big News, Part Two:

Kudos go out to League members Elaine Biagini, Office Administrator, who has carried this lease from the beginning and oversaw the move; Scott McKown, our tech guru who handled the electronic hookups (telephone and internet); and several strong and dedicated members who packed us up during the week after Christmas/Hanukkah.

WE STILL NEED HELP!

We're still hoping to acquire some new furniture and equipment, which will require funds.  If you'd like to donate $$ for tables, a rolling cart and some window coverings, please mail or drop off a check to LWVMC marked "Moving Expenses."  Thanks to those who have already sent donations!

If you have any questions about this move, call the office or e-mail me.

Best wishes for a lively New Year!

V-Anne Chernock, President
Email president@marinlwv.org 

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