20 Jan

Keep marching

Alex Padilla

A year ago, I had the honor of speaking at the Los Angeles Women’s March and addressing a gathering of 750,000 people from throughout Los Angeles, while walking alongside the most important woman in my life, my wife, Angela.
This year, we’re going to do it again because Trump has continuously attacked our communities, our families, our friends, our neighbors, and our values. He’s targeting our civil and voting rights, spewing racist rhetoric, pushing racist anti-immigrant policies and raising taxes on hardworking families.
We must keep marching on…not just today, but into the 2018 midterm elections and into the 2020 Presidential election.
If you agree, please make a $5 contribution to my re-election campaign so that I can continue to fight against Trump’s dangerous agenda and continue to stand up for all Californians.

Michael, one big personal reason we marched last year — and will march again this year — is because we want our three sons to know that we were there. We want our sons to understand that women’s rights are human rights and that we all need to do our part, because when we fight together for basic human rights, we win.

Last year, as we marched, we felt optimistic about our future. Though this past year was difficult, we did see a lot of victories, from major democratic gains in the Virginia House of Delegates to the historic win of Senator Doug Jones in Alabama.
We must keep marching. We must keep resisting.
Chip in $5 now so that California can continue to have leaders that are not afraid to stand up to Trump.
In the next election, let’s keep marching to the polls! After seeing the momentum from this past year, we have no doubt, we will win.
Thank you,

Alex Padilla
California Secretary of State


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20 Jan

Why We March…

A year ago today millions took to the streets in solidarity to fight for women’s rights,  social and economic justice, and against hate and discrimination. Today, while the Trump administration wages war against its own people, that fight continues.

While the current administration tries to take away women’s reproductive rights, disregard the truth about climate change, deport Dreamers and other immigrants, undermine worker protections and healthcare reform,  and devastate the middle class, brave women and men in the progressive movement march and advocate in solidarity for a better day.

And in California we show the nation how standing up for civil and human rights makes for a more just and prosperous society.

I am excited to participate in the Women’s March again this year. Join us. To find a Women’s March near you, click here:

Thank you.


California Insurance Commissioner and Candidate for Attorney General



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20 Jan

200K CA Dreamers Need Your Help

Last night the Trump Administration filed a petition requesting the Supreme Court reverse the preliminary injunction we secured in court that halted the Administration’s termination of DACA and reinstated the program temporarily!

The Ninth Circuit Court, which the Administration went to earlier this week to seek an appeal, hasn’t even ruled on the issue. I’m confident the courts will see the logic and justice of the preliminary injunction.

As a government shutdown looms and Dreamers await a permanent DACA fix, no matter what, we’ll keep fighting to stand up for the roughly 200,000 hardworking Dreamers in our state who worked hard to earn the chance to live and work in our communities.

While the Administration desperately runs from court to court asking for the injunction to be overturned, please remind every Dreamer you know who lost DACA status: right now, the Administration must continue to accept DACA renewal applications. Learn more here.

Thank you, 


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20 Jan

Media loves Delaine’s first video

Delaine Eastin for Governor 2018

Today we released our first campaign video and the news media is already talking about it.


From Politico: “FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: OPRAH, #WESAIDENOUGH AND WOMEN IN THE GOV’S RACE — Democrat Delaine Eastin, the former Superintendent of Public Instruction, is finally hitting hard with a pitch that could get her some real political traction and resonate with a crucial part of the electorate: her status as the only female candidate in the 2018 race for California governor. It opens with Oprah’s “new day” moment at the Golden Globes and notes “only 21.7 percent of California’s legislature is female — and we’ve never had a woman governor.” Watch the spot on YouTube here.

We have made a small ad buy on Facebook, but we need to do more. Will you contribute right now so we can expand our reach? If you are connected on ActBlue click below for an instant contribution:

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We need to remind people that even though California is seen as ground zero for the resistance, we still have major work to do in our own backyard to fight sexual harassment and to build a state that works for everyone. We can do this by electing more women to office and breaking the glass ceiling that is the governor’s office.

Tomorrow, Delaine supporters are joining forces all over California to participate in the women’s march. Delaine will be marching in San Diego. Click here to join us in your city.

Jennifer Rindahl

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20 Jan

FW: Reminder: El Concilio de Fresno Community Meeting/Luncheon Friday January 26, 2018 at the Chicano Youth Center

El Concilio de Fresno, Inc.

Office:  1515 E. Divisidero Street, Suite 107

Mail:  P.O. Box 4236

Fresno, CA 93744-4236

Phone:  559-486-5350 – Fax:  559-486-5350

– Join Us! –

Hi.  Just a friendly reminder about our upcoming El Concilio community luncheon/meeting that will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018.  The meeting will be held in the conference room of the Chicano Youth Center located in the Alfonso Hernandez Jr. Youth and Community Center, 1515 E Divisadero St., Fresno, CA 93721.  The meeting will start promptly at 12 Noon. Our special guest speaker is:

Victor Lopez, Mayor, City of Orange Cove

Topic:  The Latino Mayors and Elected Officials Coalition of Fresno County

Your support and participation make a difference to better serve our community.  Should you have an announcement to share with our members, please send me an email with brief details and I will list you on the agenda.  Please invite interested guests and potential new members. I Look forward to welcoming everyone on the 26th!


Eddie Varela, President

El Concilio de Fresno, Inc.


Phone:  559-360-9797

AJUA! –  Community Events Calendar

Date Event
2018 Email your event info and I will post it here.  Together, let’s keep our community informed.
27 El Concilio Community Meeting/luncheon.  The meeting will be held at the Chicano Youth Center located in the Alfonso Hernandez Jr. Youth and Community Center, 1515 E Divisadero St. Fresno, CA 93721.  Meeting starts promptly at 12 Noon.  See you there!
3 Fresno County Youth Summit presented by California Health Collaborative.  Event will be held in Forum Hall at Reedley College, Reedley, California 93654.  8:30am – 2:30pm.  Register online at  See Teen Summit flyer for more information.
23 El Concilio Community Meeting/luncheon.  The meeting will be held at the Chicano Youth Center located in the Alfonso Hernandez Jr. Youth and Community Center, 1515 E Divisadero St. Fresno, CA 93721.  Meeting starts promptly at 12 Noon.  See you there!


NEW 2018 Teen Summit Flyer



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20 Jan

CVPPAC-Fresno Xavier Becerra

Next CVPPAC Meeting – Saturday, February 10, 2018

Xavier Becerra, the Attorney General for the State of California, will be the guest speaker at the next CVPPAC meeting.  Following the presentation by Mr Becerra will be questions and answers. This meeting will take place Saturday, February 10 at 3:30 p.m. at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N Van Ness.

Also on the agenda will be a discussion about CVPPAC endorsements in the June primary election.  We will not endorse any candidates at the February 10 meeting, but we will determine which races (Fresno City Council, Board of Supervisors etc) we will focus on.  The scheduled date for the (members only) CVPPAC endorsement meeting is April 7.  There will be more details about that meeting soon.

For more information contact the CVPPAC president Pam Whalen at (559) 994-9390.

CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra

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19 Jan



For Immediate Release

January 19, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies



Assembly Member Richard Bloom Endorses State Senator Ed Hernandez in his Statewide Race


LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA- Continuing to build up his roster of support among some of California’s most widely respected leaders in his campaign for California Lieutenant Governor, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez was endorsed by State Assemblymember Richard Bloom. Bloom represents the 50th Assembly District, which encompasses West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Agoura Hills, Malibu, Santa Monica, and other surrounding communities.

In a statement released following the announcement, Bloom declared:

“Senator Ed Hernandez has shown great courage throughout his career, but particularly when it comes to healthcare policy. He’s taken on Big Pharma to lower prescription drug prices and Big Tobacco to raise California’s smoking age to 21, and he’s dedicated his career to increasing access to care. We need Ed’s effectiveness and his fierce commitment  to advancing smart, forward-thinking policies fighting on behalf of all Californians. I’m proud to endorse Ed Hernandez for Lt. Governor.”

Recently, State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez rolled out a new digital video ad, titled “Proven Progressive,” in his campaign for California Lieutenant Governor. The ad highlights some of the Senator’s high-powered endorsements, including from the California Nurses Association and the California Teachers Association, along with his 100% legislative voting scorecard from organizations like the California Labor Federation* and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California Advocates*.

To view Senator Hernandez’ video ad, “Proven Progressive,” click on the screen below or here.
The script of the spot reads as follows:

Ed Hernandez:

A proven progressive. 

He’s endorsed by the California Nurses Association because, “he’s led on healthcare issues,” including “single-payer.” 

Planned Parenthood and California’s Labor Federation gave him a 100% scorecard.

And the California Teachers Association said he’s “our choice.”

As Senator, Hernandez took on Big Oil, Wall Street banks and Big Pharma.

He fought for tougher environmental laws, consumer protections, lower drug prices and livable wages for working families.

Ed Hernandez: A Proven Progressive.

Beyond endorsements highlighted in the video, “Proven Progressive,” Hernandez has earned widespread support from organizations that represent working families, including from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California State Council, the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California and over 60 labor unions overall. He’s also collected wide-ranging support from grassroots activists and more.
Significantly, recently California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez’ groundbreaking drug transparency bill, SB-17, into law.  Senator Hernandez’ latest digital video ad, titled, “Life or Death,” features a moving testimonial from Kendall Renee, who is allergic to more than 95% of foods and carries at least four EpiPens with her at all times. Renee highlights Senator Hernandez’ efforts to combat skyrocketing drug costs in the ad.

To view Hernandez’ “Life or Death” spot, click on the screen shot below:

To view Senator Hernandez’ “Record of Progress,” digital video ad, click here or on the screen shot below.

To view Senator Hernandez first digital video, titled  “A California Story,”  click on the screen image below:

Beyond today’s announcement, Senator Dr. Hernandez’ campaign has released an expansive list of over 500 endorsements from grassroots activists, community leaders, federal, state and local elected officials, public safety groups and over 60 organizations that represent working families.

A husband, father, grandfather, practicing optometrist, and local businessman, “Dr. Ed” (as he is known to his patients) has spent his life bringing quality eye care to predominantly low-income communities.  As a health care provider, the need to improve access to health care for all Californians is what first drove him to run for office.

Since being elected to the Assembly in 2006 and the Senate in 2010, Dr. Ed Hernandez has been a leader on the implementation of federal health care reform – helping expand access to affordable health care, control costs, and improve the network of providers so people can actually get quality care when they need it. Dr. Ed has been a champion by expanding educational opportunity to qualified students overlooked by our public schools and universities, as well as a major proponent for government reform, including fixing a broken initiative system too often hijacked by billionaires and wealthy corporations. Dr. Ed Hernandez is running to take this experience, leadership, and vision to the next level by serving the people of California as their Lieutenant Governor.

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