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: http://worldwildlife.org/species/monarch-butterfly  (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:
coal4change@gmail.com

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: coal4change@gmail.com or twoperigrines@yahoo.com

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

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Genetic Roulette screens at the Cozmic Cafe

January 22 Genetic Roulette screens at the Cozmic Cafe

The independent film series sponsored by the Sierra Club and Coalition for Change will kick off the New Year with Genetic Roulette, a scathing look at Genetically Engineered Foods and the threat they pose to our health.

Doors open at 6; movie starts at 6:30. Food service ends at 6.

Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St., Placerville Suggested donation: $3.

Contact: coal4change@gmail.com or twoperigrines@yahoo.com

Save a spot on your calendar for these upcoming films:

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Covered California Outreach Continues!

covered-ca-tablingThe Coalition for Change, Covered California Community Outreach Network Partners will be tabling at the following locations through March 29th:

 Placerville Main Library:

Tuesdays 1:00-4:00

Saturdays 11:00-3:30

Cameron Park Library: 

Thursdays 4:00-6:00

El Dorado Hills Library:

Saturdays 3:00-5:00

 

For more information contact John or Kathy McCoy at (530) 642-8511

Our Efforts for Covered California

The Coalition for Change, a Covered California Partner, is off to a strong start. Twelve members and friends have been trained as Partners using the “101 Deck”, an explanatory set of slides explaining and demonstrating the benefits of the Affordable Care Act in California. Our group is associated with the University of California Davis through Organizing for Action. However, we are not currently associated with an “entity” which would provide for us to be certified to do enrollment or counseling. We are a source of information, guiding people to the web, to the call centers and to the County Department of Health and Human Services where they can get answers to their questions and enroll by phone, on-line or through the mail – yes there is a paper application. We are currently tabling at the Placerville and Cameron Park libraries, not yet having found some partners in El Dorado Hills. People who are very interested in getting themselves or their family members signed up have not been the least bit shy about approaching our table. We are reaching a critical mass where we can begin to table at local events. We have applied through a new program currently being developed, to be trained to speak to local groups. Anyone wishing to join, even if your commitment is only a day or two a month should contact John McCoy (530) 642-8511.

HEALTH CARE

 

Finally, we can offer some training for those of you wishing to help bring affordable health care to EDC.  John and Kathy McCoy are offering two trainings in their home in El Dorado. There may be more trainings scheduled in the future.  If you wish to attend, please RSVP to John at john@mccoypartners.com.   The following invite is from John:

For all you caring friends,
We are finally ready to offer training for our outreach and education volunteers.  Our training will be as Coalition for Change, a partner with the Community Outreach Network.  We will be able to table at many places, helping people get through the basic concepts and guiding them through the website and its excellent benefits calculator.  We will pass our clients on to Certified Enrollment Councilors (who may get paid) or to several options.
The training is informal.  Janet Ives, Kathy and I have been through enough training in Sacramento to train the rest of you.  I propose to do the training at our house in groups of six with plenty of interaction.  This also allows a chance to fit your schedule.
Monday evening September 16  6:30 to 8:30 PM
Sunday afternoon September 22  2:00 PM to 4:00PM
Please RSVP with which date or dates you can make.  Then we can divide into groups of 6.  More training can be scheduled.
We will go through the training material on the big screen and each will receive the printed material with handouts.  Currently Covered California cannot supply material that is all available on the websites.  Thus our printing cost will be about $5 to $10 for each of you.  This is the only obligation for each of you except cookies to share.

FILM SERIES

It was standing room only for the first film in the series we’re sponsoring with the local Sierra Club.  “Last Call at the Oasis” sounds the alarm about the most pressing water issues our world faces for the foreseeable future.  Because the room was so crowded for the Sept. 11 film, we’ll try to show our next film twice during October.  Quite a few high schoolers showed up to earn extra credit and we plan to encourage this by contacting local high school teachers.  Our next film, “Chasing Ice”, uses time-lapsed photography to document the speed at which the world’s glaciers are disappearing.
This film won many awards and combines a human interest story with science and stunning photography.  It is a must see. Stay tuned as we get the dates settled for October.