Category Archives: Napa Valley ACTS

Mission: We are an umbrella organization that networks the politically-active progressive groups in Napa County to

(a) gather & disseminate info on political activity in the County,
(b) mobilize these groups and Napa residents when necessary, and
(c) provide thought-leadership for these groups and their members.

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

Texting for Beto O’Rourke

Stephanie Wilkinson (Sonoma County) was on a conference call with the O’Rourke campaign last week, and Beto actually did the whole call.  He asked his volunteers to do 3 things:  two of which we here in California can commit to:

  1. For those who were trained to text for him, PLEASE make a commitment to keep texting for him at least once a week up until the election.
  2. if at all possible please donate to his campaign, even if it is only $5.00.  The Republicans will dump LOTS of money into Cruz’s campaign.
  3. Which we cannot do is to knock on doors.

If you are interested in texting for him and have not there are several people that can help with that.


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SIGN UP: Texting for Special Election in PA and AL

May 15th is special election and primary day in PA and AL.

On May 14th we are texting out the vote in Pennsylvania — for Katie Muth, Helen Tai, Clark Mitchell, Carrie Heath, Pam Hacker, Joe Ciresi, Joe Webster, Danielle Friel Otten, and Melissa Shusterman.

And on May 14th for Juanita Healy in Alabama!


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Obama Foundation Hiring Interns – Applications through May 14th

We believe our interns will become some of the world’s most valuable leaders in varying capacities. Our hope is that this internship can provide interns with exposure to diverse models of leadership and practical work experience, especially for those who might not otherwise get them.

The Fall 2018 internship will run for 14 weeks beginning on September 4, 2018 and ending on December 7, 2018. For students on the quarter system, the internship will run from September 17, 2018 to December 21, 2018. Interns will be required to work 40 hours a week in either our Chicago or Washington, D.C. office.

The application opened on April 23, 2018 at 9AM CT and will close on May 14, 2018 at 5PM CT. We will not accept late applications.

If you are a law student interested in an internship in the Office of the General Counsel at the Obama Foundation for the Spring 2019 term, click here.

To ensure you get all the information you need in a timely manner, we encourage you to read our FAQ page before reaching out with questions.

For futher information.

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Get Involved Now – Be Part of the Blue Wave

When you attend a texting session, make phone calls, or send postcards you are part of that 3.5%. Feel the power. So… what are you waiting for? Sign up for an event today. Don’t just read this email and say good for them for doing this? Say good for me for joining them. Never doubt that the work you do makes a difference. 

Texting is the next BIG thing
Here are stats from last week’s Sonoma text bank when one person texted for Stacey Abrams. In 2 hours she contacted 371 voters, had 3 folks offer to be volunteers and 42 voters who were supporting Stacey with only 5 say they weren’t. 6 were wrong numbers or moved. We really are cleaning the list, focusing in on supporters and making a difference. Supporters are important but finding new volunteers is pure gold.  These contact numbers are amazing, join us so we can flip Georgia to blue. We will start texting for CA candidates after the primary in June. Start texting NOW so you will be ready to help flip CA seats.

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Canvassers Needed – Measures C & D

Organized by Napa Vision 2050

As many of you know, there is a great deal of misinformation out there that is objectively false and misleading about both Measure C (water security and watersheds) and Measure D (prohibiting private heliports). We need you to help us get the facts to the voters. We will train you. Canvassing means talking to your neighbors, offering facts. We also need people to help us tabling at local farmers’ markets.

What you can do:

  • Volunteer to canvas. E-mail Iris Barrie to sign up.
  • Write a letter to the editor in support of either or both measures.
  • Ask that our governing officials stand by the truth, not confuse voters with objectively false and misleading statements.

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In wake of October fires, Napa is now offering free mental health services

From Napa Valley Register, April 5th, Jennifer Huffman

You didn’t have to lose a home to be personally affected by Napa’s October wildfires. Even just living in a community that’s been hit by such a disaster is enough to cause stress and anxiety, report mental health experts.

“You don’t get over (a disaster) when the flood waters go away or you can’t see the burn” marks anymore, said Jim Featherstone, a consulting local mental health manager.

Because the county has seen a number of disasters and tragedies in recent months and years, “Mental health is really important right now,” said Jessica Quiñones, a mental health therapist.

Since so many Napans were touched by the fires and their aftermath, mental health advocates recently launched a new program in Napa County called California HOPE.

California HOPE provides free crisis counseling, resource navigation and disaster recovery education services. It’s for people, families and groups most affected by the recent Napa and Sonoma County fires.

California HOPE was originally created after the 2015 Butte Fire, one of the most destructive wildfires in state history. The program launched in Napa County in January.

Eight crisis counselors are part of the California HOPE program in Napa County. Services are bilingual and confidential. No identification is required.

So far, more than 860 people have received help from the program, said Quiñones, the program manager. Most of those are adults, but about 200 children have also been assisted.

To reach residents, the counselors literally knock on doors or call people who have visited resources centers in the past.

“It’s a more casual, direct neighbor-to-neighbor approach,” said Featherstone. And it applies to everyone affected, from minimum wage earners to the residents of Silverado Resort.

“We want to make sure even our children know we are here for them,” said Quiñones. They are in a place that has a community that supports them,” she said.

Quiñones said the workers use an example of a phoenix when talking with children.

Like a phoenix, “Sometimes we go through difficult times, but after going through it we come out stronger and better and more beautiful.” A temporary tattoo of a phoenix helps drive home that metaphor.

In addition to anxiety from the October fires, Quiñones said locals may be feeling anxiety or stress from a number of things, including the 2014 Napa earthquake, the 2015 Lake County fires, the January shooting at Starbucks on Lincoln Avenue, the March 9 murders in Yountville and even recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids.

The after-effects of such trauma “hangs around,” Featherstone said.

Quiñones is a mental health therapist and crisis counselor at Mentis, a provider of mental health services in Napa County.

She’s also the team leader of California HOPE in Napa County. Featherstone is a consultant.

The goal of California HOPE is to educate people about common symptoms of post-disaster stress such as anxiety, insomnia, irritability, isolation, panic attacks or fears.

The program wants to promote “resilience, empowerment and recovery,” said Quiñones. Indeed, the words “helping, outreach, possibilities and empowerment” make up the HOPE acronym.

“If you can provide counseling then you have a stronger community,” said Featherstone.

“We just want them to review their recovery options and point them to the right resources,” said Quiñones.

That includes mental health services but also housing, education, health care and other resources.

In addition, Quiñones said, “We want people to understand they still have resources inside of them. Yes, times are tough, but they are tough as well. Some have forgotten that and we are here to remind them of it.”

California HOPE is networked with three local resources centers: Puertas Abiertas and Mentis in Napa and the UpValley Family Centers in St. Helena and Calistoga.

The program is funded by the Federal Emergency and Management Agency (FEMA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Mental Health Services.

California HOPE is administered by the California State Mental Health Authority in conjunction with the County of Napa and Mentis, Puertas Abiertas and the UpValley Family Centers.

Napa’s share of its first California Hope grant is $127,642, said Featherstone. A second grant for another nine months of care has been proposed. The budget for that second grant is $465,255.

“The program is going pretty well,” said Featherstone. Representatives from FEMA has reviewed their progress and “they have been very pleased with our outreach, especially to our Spanish-speaking population,” he said.

While the goal is to contact and provide assistance to an estimated 2,000 people, it’s hard to say exactly how many more locals California HOPE might be able to help in Napa County, said Quiñones.

“We’re just going to go and go and go until we need to stop.”

She had this message for Napa County residents.

“If you feel like you’re at the end of your rope, there are resources. There is help.”

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Call/Phone Bank for Special Election in AZ

Dr. Hilral Tipirneni AZ Democrat running for the congressional race on April 24th replacing Trent Franks.

Here is the link to call from home:  This is not a primary race this is a special election.  It’s always a good skill to keep up.

Here is her campaign page link to find out more about her      

Here is the phone bank link.  Please feel free to pass this link on.

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Defend Parkland Students

After Laura Ingraham from Fox news attacked David Hoag for not being accepted by all the colleges he applied to he asked that we contact the advertisers of her show. It is working.

Here are the sponsors in bold that are still advertising with her show. Go to their websites, send email, call, tweet. Put the pressure on.

Top Laura Ingraham Advertisers

1. sleepnumber
2. ATT

3. Nutrish
4. Allstate & @esurance
5. Bayer
6. RocketMortgage Mortgage
7. LibertyMutual
8. Arbys

9. TripAdvisor .
10.Nestle .
11.hulu  .
12. Wayfair

13. Expedia.

You can also contact the companies who have dropped her show and thank them.

Watch MSNBC piece on this issue

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Piecemeal bills will not fix California’s health care. Single payer is the only solution


Special to The Sacramento Bee
March 26, 2018 11:30 AM

Scrambling to avoid a systemic fix for our unraveling health care system, leaders of the California Assembly, joined by a few other groups, are floating piecemeal proposals that will still leave millions of Californians grappling for health security.

Last June, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon unilaterally blocked public hearings, amendments and legislative votes on Senate Bill 562, a Medicare-for-all proposal that had passed the state Senate and that would guarantee health care for all Californians without ever-rising premiums, deductibles and other costs.

Now desperate for the appearance of action in an election year, Rendon is telling legislators to let a 1,000 ideas bloom. But in a telling admission, lobbyists for the California Medical Association characterized these bills as giving cover to Democrats not to support single payer as proposed by the California Nurses Association.

With some notable exceptions – expansion of Medi-Cal to cover undocumented people, which is not only humane but essential for public health, since communicable disease does not discriminate – several of these ideas will provide little relief.

One proposal is a California mandate for individuals to have coverage to replace the federal requirement repealed by Congress. But the Affordable Care Act’s mandate was essentially intended to bribe insurance companies to stop denying coverage to people with chronic conditions or prior health problems. And the mandate is a de-facto tax, forcing people without coverage to buy insurance without effective cost controls, and proved to be wildly unpopular, undermining support for the ACA.

Moreover, with decades of practice, insurance companies still found ways to game the system, such as narrow networks that exclude specialists, hospitals and clinics, or restrictive benefit packages that screen out patients with cancer or other serious illnesses.

Another idea is to create a California “public option” as an alternative to private insurers. In theory, a public plan would cost less by not having to siphon off revenues for profits, marketing or lucrative executive pay.

The real-life experience would be far different. Medicare works by covering everyone 65 and older in one large risk pool to balance out sicker patients with healthier people. But the public plan would not have that protection. It would end up with the sicker patients dumped by the private insurers and much higher operating costs requiring continual cash infusions from the state to survive.

A third proposal: state subsidies for individuals to buy insurance, replacing cuts in federal subsidies. But with no real controls on how much insurance companies jack up premiums and deductibles, these state payments will become an endless spiral of escalating taxpayer funding of insurance profits.

Covered California recently projected that premiums will leap by 35 percent by 2021. How many Californians are likely to get a 35 percent pay increase by then? Even Assembly-hired researchers admitted that more than 20 percent of Californians with insurance struggle with medical bills, meaning they use up their savings or go without seeing a doctor when sick.

There’s still time this year for the Legislature to act. Why go for an inadequate, fragmented package of bills that will prolong the suffering for too many and may be just as hard to pass, when the real solution, SB 562, remains at hand?

Deborah Burger, a registered nurse in Sonoma County, is co-president of the California Nurses Association.

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