What’s New

Redwood Empire Environmental Center,
Town Hall Coalition and Community Clean Water Institute:

Democracy, Peace and Justice Citizen Action Group Presents:

Film Night-George Lakoff DVD
“How Progressives Can Win”

and Book Discussion: Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think and Don’t Think of An Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate.

Thursday, February 10th -6:30-8:00 PM at Coffee Katz, Gravenstein Station Hwy 12 Sebastopol

Learn how to frame the issue and promote progressive VALUES.

Congratulations to the Winners of Town Hall Coalition’s 2004 Raffle Prizes
Thank you for coming to Political Comedy Night.
The next Raffle will have a Grand Prize of a trip for two to Paris, France. Contact the Town Hall office for details.

New Town Hall Office in Sebastopol
Announcing the Redwood Empire Environmental Center, a new hub of activism in protecting our forests, water, climate, and democracy. Located in Gravenstein Station, 6741 Sebastopol Ave. Ste. 140, next to New Dawn Day Spa across from Coffee Catz. Drop by and say hi!
Our new phone number is (707) 824-4371.

Forest Protection Update

Help Protect Sonoma County’s Forest from Conversions
It’s time to continue building public pressure on the issue of Timberland Conversions in Sonoma County’s General Plan. As the Plan nears completion, it will be moving to the Sonoma County Planning Commission and then the Board of Supervisors. Last June, the Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) voted 7-4 in favor of Option 3, recommending that 80% of our timberlands be effectively protected from conversions to vineyards and other uses.

Click here for an update on this critical effort including information on how to take action and show that the public overwhelmingly supports forest protection in Sonoma County.

Be sure and check out www.redwoodsforever.com, a wonderfully-crafted expose’ of the current problem and why now is the time to take action.

‘Chainsaw Wine’ protest comes to the Unified Grape Symposium in Sacramento!
Details and photographs available here.

Town Hall Coalition’s 2003 Annual Report
click here for complete text
click here for PDF Format


Town Hall Coalition supports the Pocket Canyon Protection Group’s Russian River Beer Revival.
“I firmly believe, from what I have seen, that this is the chosen spot of all this earth as far as Nature is concerned.” Luther Burbank (From a letter sent home to Massachusetts, soon after arriving in Sonoma County 1875)

We in Northern California are blessed with diverse communities and some of the most spectacular natural environments in the world.

Rapid conversion of our watersheds, native habitat and forest lands to intensive industrial, housing and agricultural development has made us aware that we have some dangerous gaps in laws protecting public health and safety, water quality and quantity, and the environment.

The Town Hall Coalition is a grassroots social movement of citizens from all walks of life who have come together to protect public health and safety and the environment. Your support of the Town Hall Coalition enables us to identify key issues, network with grassroots citizens’ groups and organize teach-ins and public forums. We also produce and distribute position papers for use by friends and neighbors to inform them of their rights regarding water, soil erosion, pesticide drift, habitat degradation, grading, forest conversions to vineyards, industrial vineyard and wine factory development, logging and more.

We have established the Town Hall Coalition Resource Center where people can file complaints, gather information concerning local, state and government regulations that protect the environment and learn how to become a participant in the decision-making process.

Members of the Town Hall Coalition believe that strong democracy is dependent upon an informed public that actively participates in the decision-making process. Our programs include:

Local, county, and regional Town Hall Forums on a wide range of issues including sustainable agriculture, pesticide reduction, creation of parks and wildlife habitat protection, watershed and water quality and quantity protection, erosion control, forest protection and how to participate in the decision-making process. These forums are run by local community members and non-governmental groups.
Replication of Town Hall Coalition organizations in other areas of the region formation of citizen action groups in water, forest, toxics, wildlife habitat protection and advocacy for best practices for agriculture and other development.
Participatory Democracy Campaign-Community and Youth Activist Programs
Formation of the North Coast Water Coalition-Water Activist Forums and North Coast Watershed Network-Focusing on protection of water rights, watersheds and water quality and quantity
Educate and advocate for permanent conservation and protection of critical wildlife habitat, fish spawning streams, native forests, oak woodlands and other native wild ecosystem in parks and “forever wild” conservation easements.
Protecting the wild natural environment and public health will have long-lasting effects on the economy and quality of life of Sonoma County and Northern California.

Participatory Democracy Campaign
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
Learn more about our Participatory Democracy Campaign.

Wildlands Protection Project
“… in Wildness is the preservation of the World.” — Henry David Thoreau
Learn more about our Wildlands Protection Project.

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