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Rock the Congress Napa Valley Tickets ON SALE

Rock the Congress: Uniting Progressives to Win in 2018

Rock the Congress: Napa Valley is a one-day conference that will provide leading North Bay activists with the training and skills they need to take back Democratic control of the U.S. Congress — with a focus on districts right here in California.

It is urgent that progressives regain power in Congress so that we can more effectively defeat Trump and his Republican enablers. By building coalitions and providing leaders with tools they can bring back to their communities, we can and will take back the House to achieve a progressive future for America.


The conference wil have four main components:

  • Plenary speakers including Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-5) and Heather Hargreaves of NextGen America
  • Small breakout training sessions taught by leading activists on topics such as direct action (canvassing, voter registration, text/phone banking); technology; swing district issues; and messaging
  • Structured time for activists to work collaboratively to create an inter-organizational plan for the 2018 midterm elections
  • Networking with Northern California organizations including Indivisible, Democracy Labs, Organizing for Action, Democracy Action, Sister District, Democrats of Napa Valley, and Swing Left

Check the schedule for a breakdown of all the day’s activities, and customize your schedule by selecting the sessions most relevant to your interests.


To guarantee your spot, please register and purchase your tickets as soon as possible. General admission is $60 and “Benefactor” level admission is $150 (which will allow us to offer scholarships to activists who would not otherwise be able to attend). We are a 100% volunteer-led event, and any unspent funds will be applied to upcoming Rock the Congress events. Tickets are priced to cover event costs, but we don’t want to turn away eager activists for lack of funds! Please contact for scholarship options.


7:30 – 8:30 am — Check-in, coffee and networking

8:30 am – 4:45 pm — Keynotes, networking lunch, and breakout sessions

5:00 – 6:30 pm — After party

Your registration covers a full lunch along with coffee, continental breakfast, and snacks. We will also have food and wine at the afterparty. You’ll receive an email about dietary restrictions before the conference.

Get your tickets NOW!

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2018 Women’s March Napa Valley Recap

If you were unable to attend or just want to relive the energy and excitement, you can watch a Youtube collage from the January 20, 2018 March.

Our hearts are full with your clear message – thousands of marchers strong – of support for dignity and justice,equality and respect, for human rights, civil rights, reproductive rights, protection of immigrants, environmental justice, lgbtq rights, and voting rights. We cannot thank you enough for coming out and raising your voice STRONG TOGETHER with your fellow citizens.

Many, many photos and videos were taken to commemorate the March. We’ve posted hundreds of photos on Facebook; we hope you enjoy re-living the day through those photos and videos. Please take a look and share some of the signs, photos of you, your friends’ photos, crowd photos and more on your own timeline.

What we need from YOU is to stay informed and involved all year long – to move from the pavement to activism. Look at all the badass organizations doing great things for the world! Help them, help yourself and help this country.  Please check our WMNV website for info and commit to one thing that makes your heart sing.You can find a voter registration link in all languages here. Please share it with your family and neighbors.


Poster for Women's March Napa Valley January 20, 2018

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An Evening with Holly Near

In association with
Napa United Methodist Church

Friday, May 12, 2017
7:30 pm
625 Randolph Street, Napa
Open Seating: all seats $25/available at

*A benefit for the Napa Community Engagement Fair

HOLLY NEAR has been singing for our lives for over 45 years. Having grown up singing folk, pop, jazz and musical theater, she is not a traditional folk singer and much to everyone’s surprise, she does NOT play the guitar. Her lyrics can be tender, humorous and inspirational as well as biting and challenging – and all the while she keeps it personal. Gifted with a powerful voice and a love for entertaining, Ms. Near puts on a great show reflecting on the world in which we live, the complexities of love and integrity. (For a complete press kit, visit

“Now more than ever, the peace-loving people of the United States would be wise to put forth an alternate perspective to war, revenge, and fear-based home security,” Near said. “We can gather together to remember our highest selves and find the courage to stand up for peace and justice. Our country has been a leading model of social change movements in the past. We can do it again”!

Ms. Near’s concert will feature two additional musician/performers:
TAMMY HALL is a remarkable force on keyboards. Her ability to cover a broad range of style brings beautiful texture to the material allowing Holly to move seamlessly through folk, jazz, and theatrical interpretations of the music. When not working with Holly, she is an instructor and mentor with many non-profit arts organizations making music and theatre accessible to under-funded inner city children. Ms. Hall has traveled extensively working with Harlem Gospel Singers, The Montclair Women’s Big Band, Regina Carter, Linda Tillery, Alive, Melba Moore, Darlene Love, and more.

JAN MARTINELLI has played bass with Holly since the early nineties, both on recordings and on tour. She is fiercely rhythmic as well as having a lyrical quality well suited to Holly’s repertoire. Jan is part of Wild Mango, a women’s Latin band that moves from merengue to bolero to samba to funk with rich undertones of Middle Eastern spice. When not recording or touring, she sits in with a jazz big band. Ms. Martinelli also works as Holly’s musical assistant, managing the charts and teaching the arrangements to artists who move in and out of Holly’s touring schedule.

The mission of Women’s March Napa Valley:
Napa Valley residents working together to facilitate peaceful engagement in the democratic process through community building and progressive political action.
For information visit:

*Proceeds from the concert will support operational expenses for the
Napa Community Engagement Fair
Sunday, June 11, noon – 5pm
Napa Valley Expo

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Napa Valley Board of Supervisor’s Proclamation

Dearest Community: Thank you to all NGO’s and individuals who worked really hard to bring forth the proclamation to the Napa Valley Board of supervisor yesterday. This is a first step in our declaration that we the Resident of Napa Valley are committed to protect each other and united in our intent to foster a healthy Napa community. Below is an example of a bolder declaration. We would like to continue the conversation at our next Town Hall meeting on April 30th. Please look at our event page. We urge all of you to invite our Latino and Latina neighbors so that we can get deeper into those complex issues. We will have a translator at the event. Can you help us with this request? Thank you !!!!

Chapter 8.60 Persons in Napa Valley: Protection by Due Process with ICE and CBP

8.60.010 – Purpose and intent.

The purpose of this chapter is to promote the community health, safety and welfare and protect the residents by establishing minimum standards, including notification and related enforcement procedures, for persons interacting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP) within the area of Napa County.

8.60.020 – Standards—Applicability.

The standards in this chapter shall apply to persons within the county, except that nothing in this chapter shall be deemed to limit compliance with Federal and State laws, under USC 1373 as below.

1373 Rule: Under 8 U.S.C. § 1373 and 8 U.S.C. § 1644, federal law prohibits Napa County officials from imposing limits on maintaining, exchanging, sending, or receiving information regarding citizenship and immigration status with any Federal, State, or local government entity. Nothing in Napa County policies is intended to violate 8 U.S.C. § 1373 and 8 U.S.C. § 1644.

Defend our friends, families and neighbors from President Trump’s mass deportation agenda:

8.60.030 – The Judicial Warrant Rule.

Napa County officials shall require a judicial warrant prior to detaining an individual or in any manner prolonging the detention of an individual at the request of ICE and CBP.

8.60.040 No Facilitation Rule.

Napa County officials shall not arrest, detain, or transport an individual solely on the basis of an immigration detainer or other administrative document issued by ICE or CBP, without a judicial warrant.

8.60.050 Defined Access/Interview Rule.

Unless acting pursuant to a court order or a legitimate law enforcement purpose that is unrelated to the enforcement of a civil immigration law, no Napa County official shall permit ICE or CBP agents access to Napa County facilities or any person in Napa County custody for investigative interviews or other investigative purposes.

8.60.060 Clear Identification Rule.

To the extent ICE or CBP has been granted access to Napa County facilities, individuals with whom ICE or CBP engages will be notified that they are speaking with ICE or CBP, and ICE or CBP agents shall be required to wear duty jackets which do not use the label “POLICE” and make their badges visible at all times while in Napa County facilities.

Protect our friends, families and neighbors’ privacy from the Trump administration:

8.60.070 Don’t Ask Rule.

Napa County officials shall not inquire into the immigration or citizenship status of an individual, except where the inquiry relates to a legitimate law enforcement purpose that is unrelated to the enforcement of a civil immigration law, or where required by state or federal law to verify eligibility for a benefit, service, or license conditioned on verification of certain status.

8.60.080 Privacy Protection Rule.

No Napa County official shall voluntarily release personally identifiable data or information to ICE or CBP regarding an inmate’s custody status, release date or home address, or information that may be used to ascertain an individual’s religion, ethnicity or race, unless for a law enforcement purpose unrelated to the enforcement of a civil immigration law.

8.60.090 Discriminatory Surveillance Prohibition Rule.

No Napa County agency or official shall authorize or engage in the human or technological surveillance of a person or group based solely or primarily upon a person or group’s actual or perceived religion, ethnicity, race, or immigration status.

Help our friends, families and neighbors get redress when abuses and mistakes occur:

8.60.100 Redress Rule.

Any person who alleges a violation of this policy may file a written complaint for investigation with the Napa County Board of Supervisors and with the Sheriff’s office.

Help ensure our friends, families, and neighbors are protected from discrimination:

8.60.110 Fair and Impartial Policing Rule.

No Napa County official shall interrogate, arrest, detain or take other law enforcement action against an individual based upon that individual’s perceived race, national origin, religion, language, or immigration status, unless such personal characteristics have been included in timely, relevant, credible information from a reliable source, linking a specific individual to a particular criminal event/activity.

8.60.120 Duty to enforce, and Right to appeal.

As per other sections of Napa County Code, the Sheriff and local municipality Law Enforcement agencies within Napa Valley have a duty to enforce this ordinance, and the appeal process shall be that set out in Chapter 2.88 of the Napa County Code.

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