Mill Valley Community Action Network


MVCAN at SF Women’s March

Our mission

  • We are Mill Valley and Southern Marin residents standing up for American values and democracy
  • We use members’ skills and interests to oppose the extreme right wing agenda of Trump and his administration
  • We work to promote equality, tolerance and just solutions to problems that have contributed to Trump’s rise
  • We use the many modes of lobbying and peaceful protest available in our democracy, and practice inclusion and acceptance
  • We work with existing local and national groups for mutual benefit, support and direction
MVCAN mailing 118 postcards for the Ides of Trump

Our strategies

  • Lobbying strategy (please see phone contact info at bottom of page)
  • Electoral strategy
  • Peaceful mass demonstrations
  • Local action
  • Consumer action
  • Donations
MVCAN rallying in support of ACA at Huffman Town Hall

Our Action Teams

Please see the MVCAN Weekly Wag for the latest news from each team.

Civil Rights/ Immigration collaborates with multiple local and national organizations and communities to work toward civil and racial justice through a variety of speakers, events and initiatives. Contact Diane Goldman

Communications provides promotional support for MVCAN and organizes network meetings. They are collaborating with Art Works Downtown’s Signs of Hope exhibit, and creating videos featuring ordinary people’s heart-wrenching accounts of the ways the current administration’s cruel policies have negatively affected them, as well as videos to promote civics eduction. Contact Ken Pontac

Dump Trump works on ways to remove Trump from office. They are currently focused on Russiagate, the Trump campaign’s collusion with the Russians to hack our election and destroy our democracy. They are pushing MOCs (members of Congress) to conduct an independent investigation and are building a coalition of progressive organizations to join them. Meets every Sat. 10 am. Contact Bernard Catalinotto

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. Contact Lisa Ristorucci or visit the MVCAN Eco Warriors Facebook page.

Education is focusing on vouchers and Education Secretary DeVos’ plan to privatize, Early Education funding, and the relationship between property taxes and school funding. They are attending Labor Rising Against Trump: Emergency California Education Conference and building relationships with teachers’ unions and others that support public education. Contact Kelly Horner

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. Contact Eileen Fisher

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. Contact Elyse Foster

Women’s Rights supports Planned Parenthood and its clinics, opposes anti-abortion bills and opposes any Supreme Court nominee that does not support women’s rights. Contact Leigh Ann Townsend

Leadership Team June, Bernard, Danny, Eileen and Suz coordinate action teams and members, curate and promote actions, liaise with other local and national groups and campaigns, organize meetings and educational materials, and communicate with membership. Contact

All activities and events are open to all. See the latest MVCAN Newsletter for the schedule of current meetings.

MVCAN core leaders meeting with Senator Feinstein’s senior staff

Next all-network meeting

Sunday, May 7, Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley.


Join us to learn how to stay sane under a Trump administration, pick up new skills, and find out where you fit in and how you can help.


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Contact us:

MVCAN monthly network meeting


Want to take action now? See the Action page for specific actions.

Still want more? Scroll down on the Action page for sites that provide Daily/Weekly/Ongoing actions.

Need specific tools? Check out these:

How to Use Twitter as a Political Advocacy Tool

How to Make an Action Phonecall to Your Political Representative


Wondering how we got here? Learn about Trump and his historic precedents, as well as language and psychology

Want some selected News sources? Read News and Opinion.

New to MVCAN?

Call and Coffee is a great way to get trained in calling congresspeople, and start making calls. *Calls are extremely important. Calling is far more effective than emailing or other communications. We focus on our own representatives and also involve ourselves with national representatives when appropriate and strategic. We also make calls to voters in other districts to influence them, and call our own contacts in red or purple states to share calling information. This is the best tool you will take away.

Put these numbers in your phone. If you don’t get through to one, try another. All messages go to the same place:

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, Sac/Fresno (916) 448-2787, SF (415) 355-9041, LA (213) 894-5000, SD (619) 239-3884

Rep. Jared Huffman DC (202) 225-5161, San Rafael (415) 258-9657, Petaluma (707) 981-8967

If you do not get through on the phone, email (Sen. Feinstein, in particular, reads and counts emails):

Email Senator Feinstein

Email Senator Harris

Email Representative Huffman

For your out-of-state friends: Look up your Senator’s phone number

Read the Indivisible Guide to learn about practical Resistance skills and tactics from former Congressional staffers who learned first-hand about the tactics that were successfully employed by the Tea Party and others on the Right.

Read The Art of the Protest and From Protests, Past Lessons in What Works to learn why protests matter and how to best leverage them.

Read 5 Ways to Work Activism into Your Daily Life 

Photos (top to bottom): Gayle Donsky, Ken Pontac, David Donnenfield, Unknown, Ken Pontac