Category Archives: Women’s March Napa Valley

Mission:  Napa Valley residents working together to facilitate peaceful engagement in the democratic process through community building and progressive political action.


We provide the platform for Progressive Action in the Napa Valley.

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:

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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.]



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.


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

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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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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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