The Political Scene in Marin and Beyond
MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 7:30 PM
IMPORTANT MPJC ANNOUNCEMENT
Apologies to all those who were not informed about the current scheduling of MPJC Meetings.(Marin Peace and Justice coalition).
Our next meeting will be December 9th at 7:30pm in the basement of the 1st United Methodist Church, corner of Fourth and Ross Valley Rd.
We would like to extend a special invitation to all those with ideas for 4th Monday Pot Luck Presentations. In addition please consider organizing and exercising your leadership skills for the presentation you think would bring in a crowd and is crucial to the existence of freedom and peace.
Call 388 2018 or 388 2821 with any questions.
First United Methodist Church,
corner of Fourth and Ross Valley Rd., San Rafael
Tuesday, December 10, 9:30 AM
Are you concerned that the DA has decided not to file charges against Sheriff's Deputy Evan Kubota for firing ten shots at Marin City resident Chaka Grayson on July 7, hitting him twice, when the DA decided as well not to file charges against Grayson for allegedly threatening the life of Kubota. As you know, the Sheriff's Dept. originally charged that Grayson started up his engine and began to ram Kubota. Since the DA apparently decided there was not enough evidence of the latter, the responsibility for the firing at an unarmed man cries out for answer. At least the DA should leave the decision to a jury, perhaps a grand jury, whether there are grounds for charging one or the other. By doing neither the trust of the public in law enforcement, including the DA is seriously damaged, particularly in the African-American community, where there is a long history of fear and animosity against the Sheriff's Dept.
With this in view, a number of us will be appearing before the Supervisors tomorrow, Tuesday, to express our concern. The failure of the DA to act will further poison the relations between Marin City residents and the deputies charged to protect them. The State Government Code makes clear that it is the responsibility of the supervisors to supervise all county officials, including law enforcement. The ACLU has assured us of that when we inquired about the legitimacy of forming a Citizens Review and Advisory Council for the Sheriff's Dept. If there were ever reason for forming such a body, the present failure of the DA to indict provides one.
Let me urge you to join the rest of us in appearing before the Supervisors tomorrow at 10 am during "open time" to urge them to both get the answers in this particular case and to form a Citizens Review and Advisory Council. We will meet in the foyer outside the Supervisors' Chamber at 9: 45.
Marin County Civic Center
Wednesday, December 11, 7 PM
FREE FILM - AMERICA’S UNMANNED DRONE WARS
DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA - MARIN presents
Are America’s unmanned drone wars creating more enemies or reducing terrorism? Norman Solomon, author, journalist and activist, will discuss the arguments revealed in the new film “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars” Wednesday, December 11 at 7: p.m. in the Redwoods Auditorium, 40 Camino Alto in Mill Valley. Co-sponsored by Democracy for America-Marin, Progressive Democrats of Marin, Coalition for Grassroots Progress, and the 10th Assembly District Democratic Club, the meeting is free and wheelchair accessible.
For information: patkunstenaar @comcast.net`
40 Camino Alto in Mill Valley
Thursday, December 12, 12 - 2:00 PM
Marin Equity Forum
Our Vision for Marin 2014:
Advancing Economic Opportunity for All
The Marin Equity Forums provide an opportunity for local leaders to exchange information and ideas related to advancing equity in our county.
In this first Forum, the following newly elected officials and community leaders will start the dialogue by sharing highlights of their visions and agendas for the advancement of economic opportunities for the most vulnerable communities in Marin.
Marc Levine - CA State Assembly
Kate Colin - San Rafael City Council
Wanden Treanor - Marin Community College District Board
Diana Conti - Marin Community College District Board
Boku Kodama - Marin Renaissance Center
Douglas Mundo - Canal Welcome Center
Lunch catered by Sol Food. $10 dollar suggested donation.
Marin Community Foundation
5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200. Novato, CA
Saturday, December 14, 5:30 PM
Candlelight Memorial Vigil - Sandy Hook
PeaceNovato will be holding a candlelight memorial vigil in front of the City Council Chambers rememberinbg the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy. The vigil will start at 5:30 PM.
Holding a place for people to gather, light a candle, hold a sign about Sandy Hook or gun violence issues, grieve, share their thoughts, pray, or just stand to show their support for the victims of gun violence.
Gathering outside Novato City Council Chambers
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