June 26th, 2015 | Candidate News
NBC News, in a recent story, highlighted our Fresno County’s own Amanda Renteria and her efforts to built Latino support for the Hillary Clinton for President campaign. Here’s a look at the NBC News story:
The full article and profile can be viewed on the NBC News website.
June 26th, 2015 | Candidate News
From the Newsom for Governor campaign:
The U.S. Supreme Court just announced its decision today in Obergefell v. Hodges. In a 5-4 decision, the court struck down the remaining same-sex marriage bans and now loving couples in all 50 states have the right to marriage.
I can’t help but think of February 12, 2004, when we began to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in San Francisco. Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, a loving couple who had been in a committed relationship for more than 50 years, finally got to experience the legal union that far too many of us take for granted.
Thousands followed in their footsteps, coming from all over California and the world, eager for the opportunity to legalize their commitment, relationship, and love for each other.
I will never forget those couples and how something so common as a marriage was also so fundamental in the fight for full equality.
We must celebrate today. We must celebrate for all who have led this fight for decades. We must celebrate for all the same-sex couples who now have the fundamental right to have their love legally recognized for the first time. We must celebrate for their families, for their children who can now feel that their parents’ love is just as valued as that of any other couple.
And as we celebrate, we must give thanks. Thanks to the brilliant lawyers who forged ahead with legal challenge after legal challenge. Thanks to the judges who understood this was about equality and justice. Thanks to the elected officials who supported marriage equality, caring more about doing the right thing than winning political points. Thanks to the activists who have been waging the battle for marriage for decades and never giving up. And most of all, thanks to the couples who taught us about courage and constancy.
But as we celebrate, we must also acknowledge that one decision does not mean full equality for all. It does not erase all past discrimination or prevent against all future ones. Our fight is not over – it is only just beginning. And we must remember that this is not just about changing the law in the courts, but changing the national dialogue and culture of inclusivity and respect.
So today – celebrate, be grateful – but also join me in continuing to fight for true equality for all. Let’s make this victory be the first of many.
From Shawnda Westley, Executive Director of the California Democratic Party:
You might have heard the news: Congress just approved fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which means the trade deal will move forward.
The good news is that progressives across the country stood together to expose how TPP will harm our environment, human rights, and American jobs.
We’re not done fighting. Once the TPP is finalized, it will become public for 60 days before Congress votes on whether to enact it. And California Democrats will continue to demand that any trade deal protect Americans’ jobs and environmental standards.
Thank you for your support.
California Democratic Party
From our friends at the Democratic National Committee:
This morning, the Supreme Court ruled that the millions of Americans who are relying on the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies to pay for health insurance will be able to keep their affordable coverage.
This is so important. After two Supreme Court victories, we can confidently declare that the Affordable Care Act is no longer just a law to be debated — it is woven into the fabric of our society and how we care for each other.
But while we have a lot to celebrate today, we can’t forget that the GOP has always been — and is still, even though the Court has ruled twice that Obamacare is the law of the land — single-mindedly focused on repealing this law that has helped so many Americans afford quality health insurance. They’re the reason we had to take this fight to our nation’s highest court in the first place, and each and every one of their candidates for president has traveled around the country promising repeal.
So while we can (and should!) take a moment to enjoy this, let’s not forget that our Republican opposition just doesn’t understand that this debate is over — they’re going to keep fighting to undo the progress we’ve made. We can’t let that happen.
Add your name to say you’re in to elect Democrats in 2016 who will fight to protect health care reform:
As a breast cancer survivor, I know what it means to have the peace of mind that you can afford needed treatment and won’t be turned away down the road for having a pre-existing condition. As a mother, I know I can rest assured that my children will have a safety net in place as they go out into the world, starting their own careers and families without having to worry about whether they will be able to get the care they need. That wouldn’t be true today without you.
Thanks so much for your support, Michael.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee
From Fresno City Councilmember Esmeralda Soria:
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