Category Archives: Grass Roots Activist Groups

Welcome LGBTQ Connection!

LGBTQ Connection
LGBTQ Connection: is an initiative fueled by youth and other emerging leadership, fosters a healthier, more vibrantly diverse and inclusive community.

Community Served:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning

Website: http://www.lgbtqconnection.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lgbtqnapa
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lgbtqnapa

Address:
780 Lincoln Ave, Napa CA 94558

Regularly Scheduled Events:

Q*Youth – General LGBTQ Youth: 2nd and 4th Thursday of the Month 5-6:30pm

Lincoln Ave Communit-T – Trans Youth Group: 1st Tuesday of the Month 4:30-6pm

LGBTQ Seniors Discussion Group- 1st Tues at 10a-12p Queen of the Valley Medical Center Community Outreach, 3448 Villa Lane, Suite 102, Napa



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My American Dreams

Since 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Applicants (DACA), known as the DREAMers law, has allowed certain young immigrants here in the United States without documents to qualify for temporary legal status and work permission. In the intervening two years, over 750,000 young people have obtained this form of legal status through the DACA law including thousands from the counties of Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Marin.  The goal of My American DREAMs is to celebrate the young immigrant DREAMers through a multimedia project.

Please read and share our multi-media project.

Our website http://www.myamericandreams.org/

Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/myamericandreams

Twitter @DreaAmerican

YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBMWAc5-NdgJTTWcz2AhlBA

For more information, contact Vanessa Robledo at vanessa@vanessarobledo.com or Christopher Kerosky at (707) 433-2060  or at contact@myamericandreams.org.

 



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An Evening with Holly Near

WOMEN’S MARCH NAPA VALLEY
In association with
Napa United Methodist Church
Present

AN EVENING WITH HOLLY NEAR
Friday, May 12, 2017
7:30 pm
625 Randolph Street, Napa
Open Seating: all seats $25/available at EandMPresents.eventbrite.com

*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
http://hollynear.com/booking.html.

“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.

WOMEN’S MARCH NAPA VALLEY
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: www.facebook.com/Womens-March-Napa-Valley.

*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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From Bernie: New Medicare for All Push

From the Huffington Post:

WASHINGTON ― In the wake of the Republican failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Friday, leading figures in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party are rallying behind a single-payer health insurance and a raft of other bold reforms.

These lawmakers and grassroots leaders have long believed that the problems plaguing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, are rooted in the original health care law’s attempt to accommodate, rather than gradually replace, the private, for-profit health insurance system.

Now that efforts to eliminate the law wholesale are effectively dead, they are again arguing that the best way to improve the country’s health care system is to confront the power of corporate health care provider more directly.

“We have got to have the guts to take on the insurance companies and the drug companies and move forward toward a Medicare-for-all, single-payer program,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” on Friday night. “And I’ll be introducing legislation shortly to do that.”

WASHINGTON ― In the wake of the Republican failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Friday, leading figures in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party are rallying behind a single-payer health insurance and a raft of other bold reforms.

These lawmakers and grassroots leaders have long believed that the problems plaguing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, are rooted in the original health care law’s attempt to accommodate, rather than gradually replace, the private, for-profit health insurance system.

Now that efforts to eliminate the law wholesale are effectively dead, they are again arguing that the best way to improve the country’s health care system is to confront the power of corporate health care provider more directly.

“We have got to have the guts to take on the insurance companies and the drug companies and move forward toward a Medicare-for-all, single-payer program,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” on Friday night. “And I’ll be introducing legislation shortly to do that.”

Even before the Republicans withdrew their Obamacare repeal bill, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee and a close Sanders ally, previewed this message at a rally in defense of Obamacare on Thursday.

“Don’t just be satisfied with defeating Trumpcare ― set your sights on creating real Medicare for all!” he told a cheering crowd of hundreds of activists.

Representatives of several major progressive organizations ― the Working Families Party, the Progressive Campaign Change Committee, Credo, Social Security Works and the National Nurses United ― all echoed this push in conversations with The Huffington Post on Friday and Saturday.

“The problem is the insurance companies, Big Pharma ― they’re gonna come back and use the chaos to their advantage,” predicted Social Security Works executive director Alex Lawson. “If Democrats go with a half-a-loaf policy, Republicans are going to blame them for the failures of Big Pharma. They have to immediately pivot to expanding Medicare.”

Notwithstanding the support of the influential groups for the proposal and ― according to a May 2016 Gallup poll ― even a majority of the American people, Medicare-for-all legislation is a non-starter in the current Congress. Single-payer health insurance still lacks support from many, if not most, Democrats, let alone from the Republican lawmakers who control both chambers.

But the proactive strategy speaks to increasing confidence among progressives that if they stick to their ideals and build a grassroots movement around them, they will ultimately move the political spectrum in their direction.

“It does take time for social change,” said Chuck Idelson, communications director of the National Nurses United, a 150,000-person labor union that has long advocated for a single-payer health insurance system. “We didn’t end slavery overnight. It took from Seneca Falls in 1848 ’til 1920 until women won the right to vote. But they only won it by building a movement.”

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is already planning for the aftermath of Republicans’ legislative defeat with a push for single-payer health insurance.

In the meantime, a potential benefit of this ambitious approach is what’s known as shifting the “Overton Window,” a political science term for the narrow range of acceptable political views at a given moment in time.

By adopting a position that is considered extreme by contemporary standards, politicians and activists can make more attainable policy goals start to seem reasonable by comparison.

That phenomenon already seems to be working in progressives’ favor.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the only one of Sanders’ Senate colleagues to endorse his presidential bid, discussed the possibility of lowering the Medicare eligibility age or empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices in his statement on the Republican bill’s collapse.

“There are plenty of ideas already on the table that would make health care more affordable for working families, from a public option, to prescription drug negotiations, to offering older Americans the chance to buy into Medicare,” Merkley said on Friday. “I’m happy to work with anyone, from either side of the aisle, to explore these or any other ideas that would improve health care for working Americans.”

Lowering the Medicare eligibility age from its current level of 65 is a “very interesting” idea, because of the positive financial effect it would have on the Obamacare insurance exchanges, said Austin Frakt, a health economist for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

By allowing the oldest exchange participants to enroll in Medicare, lowering the Medicare age would relieve the health insurance marketplaces of some of their costliest customers, said Frakt, who also has academic posts at Boston University and Harvard.

“It would reduce the premiums in those markets,” he predicted. (Frakt noted, however, that absent measures to offset the cost of the additional beneficiaries, the change would increase Medicare’s financial burden.)

Social Security Works’ Lawson praised the idea as an incremental step toward Medicare-for-all.

“Start by lowering the age to 62 and get it down to zero,” he said.

If Democrats go with a half-a-loaf policy, Republicans are going to blame them for the failures of Big Pharma. Alex Lawson, Social Security Works

Another progressive policy gaining mainstream traction is legislation permitting the importation of prescription drugs from Canada, where the existing single-payer system keeps prices lower. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) was one of several Democratic senators to endure heavy criticism in January for helping block a resolution supporting drug importation. In late February, Booker became a co-sponsor of legislation Sanders introduced that would legalize prescription drug importation from Canada and other countries.

President Donald Trump talked about getting tough with pharmaceutical companies over the price of prescription drugs as recently as early January.

But he has remained silent on the matter since inauguration, including the 17-day period when he was trying to pass House Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bill. What’s more, the ordeal cast serious doubt on his willingness to take on the GOP’s ultraconservatives, who no doubt oppose any form of government intervention to reduce drug prices.

Trump now claims he is counting on Democrats to negotiate over Obamacare on his terms, since, in his telling, the law is on the brink of collapse.

Obamacare’s insurance exchange markets have major problems in some states and regions, but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office characterized them as stable overall.

Still, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) suggested in a CNN interview on Friday night that Democrats would be open to working with Trump and congressional Republicans on reforming the law.

“We’re not gloating that they failed. We’re sad that they won’t work with us to improve Obamacare,” he said.

Murshed Zaheed, political director of Credo, warned Democratic leaders that any Democratic efforts to work with Republicans would not get any help from grassroots groups like his.

“If Democrats want to push their version of so-called moderate proposals ― good luck to them,” Zaheed said. “I don’t think anybody should be under any illusion that Schumer or [House Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi will get anything from collaborating with the right-wing extremists that control Congress.”

 



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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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