Film Night @ Cozmic Cafe 11/12

The documentary film, “A Place at the Table”, will screen at the Cozmic
Cafe, 594 Main Street on November 12. The eye-opening film takes an
unflinching look at hunger in the United States.
Fifty million Americans-1 in 4 children- do not know where their next meal is
coming from. The term “food insecurity” applies to these families. Ending
hunger in the richest country in the world is in the best interests of all.
The problem is not that the U.S. does not produce enough food; the
problem is that many communities either donʼt have access to fresh fruits
and vegetables (these areas called food deserts) or they canʼt afford them.
The cost of fresh produce has increased by 40% since 1980 while the cost
of processed junk food has decreased by the same amount.
Ironically, Mississippi has the highest rate of food insecurity and also the
highest rate of obesity in the U.S. Also ironically, the U.S. ranks worst
among developed nations for food insecurity.
“A Place at the Table” uses historical context, facts and figures, and first
hand interviews to shine the spotlight on hunger in the U.S. Bob Johnson
of the Sierra Club noted, “We could solve this problem if our politicians had
the political will to do so.”
“Living where we do, it is hard to imagine children in our community going
to bed hungry but I am certain that is the case,” commented Patty Wilson of
the Coalition for Change. “For this November showing, we will be donating
any funds collected over the cost of the room rental to our local food
On an additional note, the 13th annual “Empty Bowls Supper” will be held
on Saturday, November 15 at St. Patrickʼs Parish Hall, 3109 Sacramento
Street, Placerville. The supper raises funds to combat hunger by
supporting one local and one international organization each year. Last
yearʼs event raised more than $15,000.
Folks from the “Empty Bowls” committee will be on hand at the movie to
answer questions and and give out information about the supper. “I feel
grateful that we have 3 local groups – the Sierra Club, Coalition for Change,
and Empty Bowls – all working toward the same goal of ending hunger,”
says Wilson. “We are blessed to live in such a giving and caring
The door for the film opens at 6 with “A Place at the Table” beginning at
6:30. A $3. donation would be appreciated. The kitchen is open until 8 on
movie nights but you are encouraged to place your order early as they
have been very busy the past couple of movie screenings.
The winter film line-up is as follows: December 10, “Wrenched”; January
21, “Trashed”; February 11, DamNation.
For additional information contact

A Guest Post – Rural Communities United


The ballot statements are in for the local measures, and you can preview them all on a new county webpage – click HERE for the link.  Even though you will see a statement there for the Region Builders’ Measure N, this past week they withdrew support for it! – see the Mountain Dem article by D Hodson
Things look good for Measure M, but we’re not home free.  The Chamber of Commerce and Parker Development will oppose any initiative that limits increased residential development, and ‘M’ will STOP  Marble Valley/Lime Rock Valley, San Stino, the EDH golf course rezone, and Dixon Ranch in their tracks.  
‘M’ is striking fear in the big developers because it is so straightforward and ‘readable’ by average voters that it will pass as long as we can reach them.  We need to spread the word.  We need signs, and we need help from you to make them happen.  The large campaign signs you see around the county are about $50 each – your donations this week and next will go toward their purchase.  We have a growing volunteer team to put these signs up all over the county, and if you want to help, or have a visible property to post them on, let us know!  Make a donation, and/or contact RCU to join us!
Please forward this to neighbors and friends, groups and clubs, and anyone who wishes to stop these huge residential subdivisions and prevent gridlock on our roads & highways.  Spread the word to get on the RCU email list for updates!
Ellen Van Dyke for Rural Communities United

Greetings C4C!

Your core team is all over the map… literally.  We could use some help/support in the following efforts:

1.  VOTER REGISTRATION     This is a mid term election so enthusiasm is not running high.  However, for our area there are Board of Supervisor races and Measure M.  The outcomes will have a direct impact on our lifestyles so get informed and help get out the vote. We need help registering voters.  This is an easy gig and we can place you with an experienced person if you have never registered voters. We will supply materials.
Thurs. Aug. 28 from 10-2 at our local Folsom Lake College campus during their orientation.
Tues. Sept. 23 is National Registration Day.  We will be partnering with the League of Women Voters at the Placerville and EDHills Libraries from 12-4.  (Cameron Park Library will be closed for refurbishing).
Farmer’s Markets-We hope to be at a few different ones mid Sept. thru mid Oct.
Please let us know if you can help!
2.  FILM SERIES    We are launching the second year of the film series co-sponsored with the Sierra Club.  We are kicking off with “Inequality for All” Sept. 10, followed by “End of the Line” Oct. 8, and “A Place at the Table” Nov. 12.  Check your Progressive Alliance Calendars for descriptions of each film. Post the flyers if you can and show up for the films.
3.  ART MOORE   is a Republican running against Tom McClintock.  He was our guest at the July C4C meeting and is personable, young and energetic.  On social issues such as gay rights and women’s right he is not as conservative as his website professes.  We agreed that he would be a much better representative for District 4 than McClintock.  He will need widespread progressive/Dem support if he hopes to unseat McClintock.  C4C is non-partisan so we had in mind setting up a “meet and greet” for Art and inviting everyone from the progressive community to attend.  What do you think about that idea?  Would you and/or your group be willing to attend?  Co-sponsor?  The reality is… we will only have Republican choices in many upcoming elections so we might as well get onboard with voting for the best Republican for us.

4.  MEASURE M   has qualified for the Nov. ballot.  Below is the website and contact info for this group.  Even if, like me, you do not have a huge housing development planned for your immediate area, these projects would add thousands of cars to our roadways.  I don’t think any of us wants to be held hostage by gridlock.traffic.  Please contribute whatever you can for the signage needed to get the word out. A 4 X 8 sign runs about $50.   I plan to contribute $25. this month and $25. next month.

If you can help in any other way, ask to be on their email list and they will keep you posted on what is needed.  We are confident that this measure will pass as long as voters have a clear understanding of the initiative.  This is super IMPORTANT!

June Meeting Notes

June 23 C4C meeting
The recent election results were front and center in our discussion. We tossed
around ideas regarding what we might want to do in the run-up to the Nov. election.
We will start registering voters in Sept. and invite Art Moore, McClintockʼs opponent, to
speak at our July 28 meeting.

May Meeting Notes

May 24 C4C meeting
After an Earth Day wrap up, we discussed our ongoing efforts with Covered
California and the film series co-sponsored with the Sierra Club. Both “side” projects
have been very successful. We experienced a small financial bump from the film series.
The film series will kick off its second year on Sept. 10 with a screening of “Inequality for
All” at the Cozmic Cafe.

Earth Day 2014

Patty runs the show!Another successful Earth Day in Placerville, CA! After a rainy Friday (rain that didn’t stop until the wee hours of Saturday), we joined lots of other hearty El Doradans on the green at the library for an interesting, musical, and yes- at times sunny, Earth Day! We talked to folks about the danger facing the Monarch butterfly migration in North America. Due to loss, by upwards of 50%, of milkweed, the “nursery” and initial food source for Monarchs, the numbers of migrating (and pollinating) Monarchs has dropped drastically in the last few years. More information can be found online here:  (Thanks to Patty for her original butterfly art that adorned our booth!)

With us again this year were Paul and Dolly, the worm people. They are rock stars at Earth Day as every child excitedly takes her/his turn digging through the worm compost bin in search of worms.

Paul the worm manBee people too!

We were joined by the Beekeepers of El Dorado on our other side. They had live bees and were able to give visitors a lot of information about how a hive functions as well as the dangers facing the bee population and by association the danger to our own food supply.

All in all, a very interesting, thought provoking, community event. See you next year!

Next C4C Meeting!

February 24 Coalition for Change Meeting

The agenda includes discussion/updates on Covered California Health Care, the
film series, Rural Communities United, the Foothill Post, and other topics of local
interest. 6:15 (new start time), Raleyʼs, Placerville Dr., Placerville Contact:

Films @ The Cozmic

film-20140210Dirt! The Movie screens at the Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St. in Placerville this Wednesday, February 12.  Co-sponsored by the Coalition for Change and the Sierra Club, this entertaining and informative documentary explores our historical and current relationship
with dirt. Humans need good soil to survive. Doors open at 6 with the film starting at 6:30. Food service at the Cozmic ends at 6:00. Suggested donation $3. Contact: or

The support for these monthly films has been great. Here’s a peek at the audience from January’s film Genetic Roulette.