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from the Redwood Empire
2001-2002 Annual Report
Hall Coalition Launches New Organizations in 2001
1999, Town Hall Coalition has maintained an Environmental Resource
Center where citizens can come for information about government
regulations and to learn about participating in the public decision-making
process. At the Center, staff and volunteers receive complaints
from members and residents concerned with pesticide drift, forestry
practices and water contamination.
As the number of citizen complaints grew, the Town Hall Coalition
identified the need for additional water quality and quantity
testing to supplement the data collected by regulatory agencies,
and as a means to release important water quality information
to the public. Having received two grants for the purpose of water
testing, the Town Hall Coalition formed a new 501 (c)(3) entity
the Community Clean Water Institute (CCWI).
Incorporated in March 2001, CCWIs mission is to protect
water resources and public health by identifying sources of pollution
through water testing programs, public outreach and education
programs. CCWIs staff now investigates citizen complaints,
and maintains a list of areas requiring air or water testing.
Contact CCWI at (707) 874-3803 and www.ccwi.org.
The Town Hall Coalition, through its Community Action Committees,
still works closely with community members and regulatory agencies
to identify environmental and public health risks and to
provide Action Alerts or position papers to our members and grass
roots citizens groups. In 2001, Town Hall Coalition received
a grant from Pesticide Watch to distribute written information,
including a letter, to people who live adjacent to vineyards with
information on pesticides and pesticide drift.
a grassroots social movement of citizens, we identified another
need in 2001 and launched our Participatory Democracy
Campaign. And, in 2002, well be publishing our Participatory
Turn the page to learn about our year of water activism, and our
Public Forums and outreach program, including Town Hall Coalitions
major launch for 2002 the Youth Activist Alliance.
April 12-14, 2002
Sebastopol Community Center/Teen Center
April 12-14, Town Hall Coalition is co-sponsoring the Youth Activist
Convergence. We expect over 1,500 high school and college students
to join in on this action-packed event. Through the Convergence,
well catalyze individuals into becoming activists, as well
as to facilitate alliance
building among youth, increase youth involvement in political
processes, and explore social and environmental dilemmas as they
relate to young people.
three-day event will bring together young and youthful activists
to engage in workshops, demonstrations, speakers, film festival,
creative presentations, and skills training. Keynote speakers
will include activists from several generations who will share
their experiences and provide insight for becoming an effective
activist. While the Convergence will provide ample opportunities
for the creation of intergenerational alliances, many of the speakers
and workshop leaders will be emerging youth activists.
more information regarding the Youth Activist Convergence or to
register for this conference, please call the Town Hall Coalition
office at 707 874-9110 or check out our web-site at www.townhallcoalition.org.
2001, Town Hall Coalition launched its Participatory Democracy
Campaign, providing information to help citizens participate in
local decision-making. Town Hall Coalition focuses its policy
development efforts on the Board of Supervisors, City Councils
and Special District elections. For the November 6, 2001 election,
Town Hall Coalition sent notices to people who live in an area
and let them know about openings on special community service
districts. Town Hall Coalitions 2002 Participatory Democracy
Manual will provide information to every registered voter in Sonoma
County on how to run for office or serve on Special District Boards.
Hall Meetings and Education Forums
Since its formation in 1999, the Town Hall Coalition has sponsored
10 Town Hall meetings or community education forums. In 2001,
our March 9th Water Forum spurred a year of building water alliances
among the environmental community, politicians, regulatory agency
staff, and restoration groups.
350 people participated in our hugely successful water forum titled:
Your Water, your Wallet and your Health. As an outgrowth of this
event and through continued action by grassroots citizens
groups, we marshaled a letter writing campaign generating several
hundred letters backing Assemblywoman Virginia Strom-Martins
AB 38. The study and comparative analysis of how water agencies
are governed throughout the State initiated by AB38 is currently
formation of the North Coast Water Coalition was another successful
outgrowth of the Water Forum. Starting in July, this diverse group
environmental organizations formed a coalition strategy focused
on Political, Legal and Watershed Action, and planned a Water
Action Forum. On February 9, 2002 over 100 activists, representing
all the major rivers in Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties,
watershed restoration groups, and other water-impacting interests
such as gravel, wastewater and forest practices participated in
this action-packed Forum. We created a coordinated action network
to redirect public policy and water politics along the North Coast.
The group chose water as their unifying theme for 2002 because
water speaks to all of us on an emotional level and is integral
to health people hear this theme and are compelled to act.
See our website for information about the actions identified at
Water Action Forum drew a brain trust of the key North Coast public
interest and environmental lawyers Kimberly Burr, Dotty
LeMieux, Jack Silver, Michael Symons, and Steve Volker had the
unique opportunity to share strategies in the Legal Action Forum.
In the Political Action Forum, activists defined ways to leverage
in the Watershed Action Group, organizations joined in the effort
to form the North Coast Watershed Network. This Network is launching
a pilot project to Enhance Communication, Collaboration,
and Effectiveness Among Partners Protecting and Restoring
Water Resources in Californias North Coast Region.
Hall Coalition Financial Report Year End December 31, 2001
and Membership Fees
to Community Clean Water Institute (CCWI) a 501(c)(3) non-profit
Income to Town Hall Coalition
Town Hall Coalition Expenses
help Town Hall Coalition achieve its 2002 Goal of 500 new members.
We need your financial contributions to continue and expand our
valuable programs, including the launch of the Youth Activist
Alliance and Convergence event. We welcome donations from anyone
who loves the wonderful nature of Sonoma County and who wants
to preserve the beauty of this county for future generations.
Support the Youth Activist Convergence Make a difference.
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