Category Archives: Women’s March Napa Valley

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Volunteers Need for Women’s March Napa Valley

In preparation for the upcoming Anniversary March on Saturday, January 19th,  Women’s March Napa Valley needs your support as a volunteer for the following duties:  1) Safety & Security and 2) Chant Ringleaders.  Grab your friends and support the March!  For your service, you’ll receive a March Third Anniversary hat — yours to keep.

WMNV March - Security & SafetySafety & Security will handle:  Route Monitoring, Safety and Clean Up.  We need 30-40 Volunteers for this group.  Volunteer training will be: Tuesday January 15th,  5:30pm- 6:15pm, at WorkMix (950 Randolph St., downtown Napa).  Volunteers will provide a presence at the 5 intersections along 3rd St, with 2-3 volunteers on each side of each block.  To signup or ask questions, contact Ernie Weir, “Minister of Security” at ernieweir@gmail.com.

Chant Ringleaders will WMNV March Chanting & Singing with Melanie deMooremingle through the March and lead call⁄response chants. We need 20-30 enthusiastic Volunteers for this group.  Volunteer training will be  Wednesday, January 9th, from 5:30-7:00pm (two 45 minutes sessions)  at WorkMix (950 Randolph St., downtown Napa).    To signup or ask questions, contact Antonia, “Mistress of Ringleaders” at alandels@ppnorcal.org



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The #365 Hats Project: Crafting a message, one knitted hat at a time

Evy Warshawski The Arts Landscape: The #365 Hats Project: Crafting a message, one knitted hat at a time

Napa resident Evelyn Zlomke, a nurse educator by profession, is also an activist and an avid knitter since age 12. She’s knitted pink pussy hats for the past two Women’s Marches, as gifts for speakers and special guests including Rep. Mike Thompson, and taught others how to knit them as well.

After the last local Women’s March on Jan. 20, 2018, Zlomke came up with the “#365 Hats Project.” She decided to knit a hat a day until the third annual March, taking place in downtown Napa on Jan. 19.

“When it was first conceived,” she said, “I realized I could knit one hat in an hour, and that’s a commitment I could keep. Even if I get behind, I can get ahead.”

When I visited the Zlomke house a few weeks ago, 13 large boxes of completed hats, all with those familiar pussycat ears, were waiting to be unpacked and stacked on the dining room table for photographing. Only 19 were left to knit before the year-end deadline.

Except for size and pattern, based on the original pussy hat design, each hat is colorfully and thematically unique. (One size fits all suitable for men, women and children.) Slips of square white paper inside each are numbered and descriptive. Zlomke can recall her inspiration and yarn choices for each hat on sight.

I was privy to a preview of the combined contents of three full boxes and in awe of Zlomke’s creativity, knitting expertise (she uses from two to seven yarns at a time) and breadth of topic inclusion. Each day’s knitted hat, embodying complex, complementary-colored patterns, was been created “in honor of” or a “remembrance to.” There’s power in numbers here.

“I started out as prosaic, but got more political, depending upon what was happening in the news,” Zlomke said.

Subject matter drives the colors selected by Zlomke, who said she is grateful for multi-year donations of yarns from Yarns on First plus friends Terry Beck and Vicki Green. For example: purple denotes domestic violence; peace is green; orange signifies gun violence; blue evokes science, oceans and environmental action and consciousness. A deep red embodies women’s heart health and a nod to indigenous women who have, in Zlomke’s words, “never found justice.”

There are also hats that pay tribute to the 9/11 Memorial, Thanksgiving, mermaids, Halloween, the global climate summit action, Chanukah, the #MeToo movement and Betty Reid Soskin, a 96-year-old ranger with the National Park Service.

There are two upcoming opportunities to meet Zlomke and her hats.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Napa Main Library Community Room, all hats will be on display and available for adoption. This event is held in support of three nonprofits that focus on women’s issues: Napa Valley Women’s March, Northern California Planned Parenthood and Napa Valley Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. For information, email 365hatsproject@gmail.com or call (707) 255-5370.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, at 9 a.m., Zlomke will be selling her hats to keep you warm at an outdoor table in the Sullivan Parking Lot, at 725 Coombs St., as part of Women’s March Napa Valley. All proceeds support Women’s March expenses. For information, visit womensmarchnapavalley.org.

“Any hats left,” says Zlomke, “will be donated to Syrian refugees in Greece.”

After knitting 365 hats, Zlomke is contemplating her next project to use up leftover yarn.

“I may be knitting dolls, knitting for peace – a doll a day, who knows,” she said. “The dolls would be ‘comfort dolls’ for refugee kids in Central America. A lot of them have lost everything.”

“I started out as prosaic, but got more political, depending upon what was happening in the news.” Evelyn Zlomke, a nurse educator by profession, activist and avid knitter from Napa



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Women’s March Responds: Hand-Deliver Coat Hangers to Your Senators

The Women’s March Responds:

Trump plans to announce his Supreme Court Justice pick tonight. Women will be ready to #DefendRoe. We’re hand-delivering wire hangers to our Senators’ in-district offices all week to remind them what women have been forced to do without access to safe and legal abortions. Join us: bit.ly/defendroe



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March 14th: #ENOUGH! National School Walkout

The Women’s March’s Youth EMPOWER group is planning a national school walkout on March 14, 2018, according to the group’s website. At 10 a.m. in every time zone, organizers are encouraging teachers, students, administrators, parents and allies to walk out for 17 minutes — one for every person killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Locate an action near you.

#Enough, #BastaIn Napa, school leaders are finding a variety of ways to honor the Florida students. Both Napa High School and Vintage High School are planning 17-minute observances on campus Wednesday.

Napa High will be holding a Remembrance ceremony at 10 a.m. in the quad to show empathy and let the victims’ families and friends know that there are people everywhere who are listening and who want to make a change.

Vintage High School is planning its own 17-minute observance on campus.

Justin-Siena High School announced it would hold a “walk-to” event honoring Parkland survivors and their families on the morning of the walkout campaign. Students at the private Catholic academy will leave their classrooms on Maher Street and walk to a “well-planned event” to be organized with help from the school’s student leadership team.

Blue Oak School, school directors are organizing a 17-minute observance nearby at Jefferson and Hayes streets, where junior high students will hold up signs supporting survivors of the Parkland attack.

Stone Bridge School will also have a ceremony.

St. Helena High School, the new “Students for Change” club is planning student walk-out for 17 minutes.

More information found at Napa Valley Register.



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March 24th: Gun Violence Town Hall and Student Rally and Benefit Concert

Para español: por favor vea abajo

March 24th
#MarchforOurLives Events

District Auditorium
Jefferson and Lincoln Avenues
Napa, California

Napa Gun Violence Prevention and School Safety Town Hall 

Napa Student Rally and Benefit Concert For Our Lives

9am – 11am: Town Hall

In response to the shootings at the Yountville Veterans Home,
Jefferson Starbucks and West Park shootings in January, the Parkland Florida School shooting on Valentine’s Day and the countless school and non-school shootings that occur daily in every corner of the country, please join Representative Mike Thompson, Griffin Dix of the Brady Campaign and Napan Jane Williams, both of whom lost children to gun violence, students, local law enforcement, mental health and other officials at a Town Hall to hear about ideas for next steps on solving the gun violence epidemic. Hosted by a group of concerned Napa parents, Women’s March Napa Valley and the League of Women Voters of Napa County, this Town Hall seeks to engage and challenge local, state and federal officials to exhibit leadership on issues vital to student safety, public health and community well being.

11am – 1pm:   Rally and Concert

After the Town Hall, Napa Students will lead a Rally and Benefit Concert to support the “March for Our Lives” protest in Washington, D.C.  Students from Napa High, Vintage, Justin Sienna, New Technology, and American Canyon High School will perform and speak on gun violence prevention and school safety issues of concern to them.  Attendees are encouraged to wear orange as a symbol of their support for the national effort and donate to the national “March for Our Lives” campaign.  Bring a blanket, signs and your friends and enjoy the “Napa Student Rally and Benefit Concert for our Lives.”

Parking is along Jefferson, along Lincoln in the District Auditorium lot and in the main lot at Napa High. Please pack in and pack out all trash and recyclables. [Event will be held rain or shine.]

#Marchaspornuestrasvidas

#MarchaPorNuestrasVidas

Marcha por Nuestras Vidas ~Marcha de la Mujer Napa Valley

Valle de Napa. Únanse a nosotros en una
Reunión de Ayuntamiento, & 
 Manifestation por Nuestras Vidas

24 de Marzo, 2018
Auditorio del Distrito
Avenidas Jefferson y Lincoln

Prevención de Violencia Armada y Seguridad de Escuelas de Napa

Reunión de Estudiantes de Napa y Concierto a Beneficio de Nuestras Vidas

 
9-11AM Reunión de Ayuntamiento
En respuesta a los tiroteos de la casa de los veteranos, West Park y Starbucks de la Avenida Jefferson en nuestra comunidad en 2018, el tiroteo de la Escuela Parkland de la Florida en el Día de San Valentín y los innumerables tiroteos escolares y no escolares que ocurren a diario en cada rincón del país, únanse con Representante Mike Thompson, Griffin Dix de la Campaña Brady y Jane Williams de Napa (ambos de los cuales perdieron niños por violencia con armas de fuego) estudiantes, agencias locales policiacas, salud mental y otros funcionarios en un reunión de ayuntamiento para escuchar ideas sobre los próximos pasos para resolver la epidemia de violencia con armas de fuego.
Organizado por un grupo de padres preocupados de Napa, Marcha de Mujeres y la Liga de Mujeres Votantes del Valle de Napa, esta reunión de ayuntamiento busca comprometer y desafiar a los funcionarios locales, estatales y federales para que muestren liderazgo en cuestiones vitales para la seguridad de los estudiantes, la salud pública y el bienestar de la comunidad.
 
11AM-1PM Manifestation de Estudiantes y Concierto
Después de la reunión, los estudiantes de Napa dirigirán un concierto, manifestación y beneficio para apoyar la protesta “Marcha por Nuestras Vidas” en Washington, DC. Los estudiantes de Napa, Vintage, Justin Sienna, New Technology y American Canyon High School actuarán y hablarán sobre prevención de violencia con armas de fuego y asuntos de seguridad escolar que les preocupan. Se alienta a los que asistan de usar el color naranja como símbolo de su apoyo al esfuerzo nacional y donar a la campaña nacional “Marcha por Nuestras Vidas”. Traiga una cobija, letreros y sus amigos y disfrute de la “Manifestación estudiantil de Napa y el concierto benéfico para nuestras vidas”.
El estacionamiento está a lo largo de Jefferson, a lo largo de Lincoln en el lote del auditorio del distrito y en el estacionamiento principal de Napa High. Por favor, junte toda su basura y reciclables.
 
[Evento se llevará al cabo si llueve.]


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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.

We are STRONG TOGETHER!

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



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Women’s March Napa Valley – January 20, 2018

Please join us for our 2nd Women’s March Napa Valley!

The Women’s March Napa Valley is very excited to announce our 2nd Women’s March 2018! The event will take place on Saturday, January 20th, the same day as many other Women’s Marches around the world.

March details are being planned. If you can offer support, we need: speaker/amps, microphones, a large stage set-up and knowledgeable technical support. (Contact information below.) This event is inclusive – about all of us coming together for a brighter future. We look forward to everyone who made last year’s March so awesome, and hope you can join us once again on Saturday, January 20.

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Location: Napa Valley Expo

Email Us
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March Route
Women's March Napa January 20. 2018 March Route

March Day Parking Guide
Women's March Napa Valley - January 20, 2018 Parking Guide

For more information, please visit Women’s March Napa Valley website.



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Heartfelt Weekend

Napa Weekend of Activism

Napa residents demonstrated this weekend that we do care about the state of our extended and global communities by attending the various events to support the people in Virginia and to declare ” Never Again”.
Last Friday night’s Activist Celebration and the Interfaith Vigil on Saturday were two events that gathered many of us in our common sensibility for human kindness and dignity.
Our Congressman Mike Thompson’s 25th annual pasta dinner event with speakers Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff reaffirmed that activism does work, and our job in a supporting role is essential in creating the change we all want to see.


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Uniting to Protect Immigrant Rights

From the Opinion section of the Napa Valley Register:

  • Harjit Khaira

Women’s March Napa Valley held yet another impassioned community town hall meeting last Sunday at the First United Methodist Church with a distinguished 10-member panel and a respectable audience.

Each panelist touched on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) raids that are stoking fear in the hearts of our immigrant populace, particularly among those who are undocumented.

Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza stressed the need to work together and promote a message of unity while some audience members demanded more action from local officials and particularly from the Chamber of Commerce, the Napa Valley Vintners, wineries, grapegrowers and the vast hospitality industry.

Retired lawyer and audience member Preston Shackleford passionately delivered a message beseeching these industries to speak up and step up to help immigrants, regardless of their documentation status, as these very immigrants are the ones who enable such industries to thrive.

She expressed the need to protect vulnerable immigrants and held that once ICE is at an undocumented immigrant’s door, their rights are gone and they may not get to say goodbye to their family or have proper legal due process.

The current immigration crisis was interpreted as allegorizing “Napa’s second earthquake” with Shackleford emphasizing the need for strategic tactics by creating “sanctuary churches” to protect families and vehemently summoning the community to rise up as it did after the last earthquake.

Audience member Sharon Macklin followed with a timely question to the panel, “Who have you reached out to in the industry?

If you haven’t, can you do so?” Supervisor Pedroza answered that he would try to have more of a “direct ask” of these industries and how they can be more proactive.

Of particular importance was the openness of both Napa Chief of Police Steve Potter and Napa Sheriff John Robertson who attended in full uniform to explain law enforcement’s policies of never asking for immigration status when interviewing people in our community. Robertson pointed out that Napa is special and unique because “we truly work together with the community with open discussion.” Steve Potter thoughtfully added that they try to be present at community events and encourage all people, including minorities to attend and speak up at such Town Hall meetings. He has been witnessing much fear in children who are afraid of their parents being detained and deported.

Local pediatrician Joseph Carrillo added that he has seen an increase amongst children suffering anxiety, behavioral issues and not wanting to go to school. He believes that much of the trauma children are feeling and experiencing is due to the fear surrounding possible deportation, and unfortunately most physician offices do not have social workers or therapists. He touched on therapy for children in schools through puppetry to help them deal with fear and create a safe space.

Both Potter and Robertson talked about local law enforcement’s efforts in creating trust with local communities and all neighborhoods.

Potter relayed to the audience the difficulties they face when ICE goes on a raid and represents themselves as “local police.” ICE essentially takes advantage of the trust that the local law enforcement has worked hard to build.

ICE uses a ruse to get people to come out of their homes to arrest them.

Robertson doubled down emphasizing that when ICE is portrayed as homeland security in the media with their uniforms boldly declaring, “POLICE,” it diminishes the trust between the immigrant community and the local police. Robertson and Potter wear their uniforms with pride and want to educate and help immigrant communities and build deeper trust.

Melissa Patrino, executive director or Puertas Abiertas, a community resource center working hand in hand with Latinos has remained steadfast and active in responding to the vulnerable needs of the community.

She commented that ICE is a rogue agency with a list of people they are targeting and will persist with their raids even if it is a sanctuary city. Patrino discussed the difficulty of obtaining legal status. Most undocumented immigrants are hard-working, good people who have been in the U.S. for decades paying taxes.

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Yet it remains a difficult and arduous road to obtaining legal status for most. Despite anyone’s stance on immigration, it is reasonable to agree that all people should be treated with dignity, respect and with due process despite their immigration status.

Irit Weir, organizer of the Women’s March Napa Valley, announced that if anyone knows undocumented immigrants in critical danger of deportation, an Advocacy Authorization form can be obtained from Congressman Mike Thompson’s office/website.

It can be submitted to his office or to Puertas Abiertas. Potter added that if ICE is at one’s front door claiming to be local police, the local police dispatch number (257-9223) can be called to confirm whether the local police are in fact at their door. Napa local police stressed the desire to partner with neighborhoods to create dialogue and openness.

If community members want to host a gathering of locals, they are happy to attend and talk to all people.

The panel was markedly diverse, with Karla Marquez (Dream Team Organizer), Gabriela Ramirez (Vice Principal of Napa Valley Language Academy, NVLA), Liliana Navarro (Latinos Unidos) and Melissa Patrino (Executive Director of Puertas Abiertas) sharing their raw stories and adversities they overcame. Alfredo Pedroza (Napa County Supervisor) and Jill Techel (Napa Mayor) stressed the need to create more dialogue and a community of problem solvers. Madeline Feldon (attorney for the International Institute of the Bay Area, IIBA) and Dr. Joseph Carrillo (local pediatrician) both discussed the stress and anxiety they have observed in children with undocumented family members.

They offered their respective legal and medical services to aid those in need.

Steve Potter (Napa Chief of Police) and John Robertson (Napa Sheriff) have increasingly taken a more active role in reaching out to the Latino population and being accessible at this critical time in our seemingly divided nation.

Harjit Khaira is a writer from Napa and a participant in the Women’s March.



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