14 Mar

Cox for Congress

TJ Cox for Congress

I’m Francois — TJ Cox’s campaign manager here with a quick update:

In just one week, TJ is picking up widespread grassroots support from across the Central Valley. Our launch announcement was featured in publications across the state, and because of your support, our race is on track to become one of the most competitive contests in the state of California.

Not only are folks here ready to flip this seat and win back the House, people are thrilled to send a local engineer and community development leader — who’s already done so much for the Central Valley — to represent us in our nation’s capital.

As the manager of this race, I can’t stress how CRITICAL it is that we record the biggest first fundraising month we possibly can. Showing strong grassroots energy and viability will make all the difference in flipping this seat.

Can you help jumpstart our campaign against David Valadao by chipping in a donation today?

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Here’s the truth: In this district, we’re up against the entire Republican political machine — including Donald Trump.

Winning this race would be a resounding rejection of Trump’s agenda in California, but it’ll only happen if this community steps up to help TJ in this race. Help us prove to everyone how strong this grassroots network is.

Chip in a donation to help TJ build a winning campaign against David Valadao and the Trump agenda >>


Francois Genard


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14 Mar


Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Contact: Jon Colmenares, (209) 336-0895
Democratic Leaders coalescing support around Pratt ahead of June Primary Election

MURPHYS, CA – Vallecito Union School Board Member, local businessman, and community leader Tom Pratt announced today that he has earned the support of Congresswoman (ret.) Loretta Sanchez.

“Tom Pratt is a diligent public servant who will put children and working families first. He’ll make an excellent State Senator, and I wholeheartedly support his campaign. I hope you’ll join me,” said Loretta Sanchez.

Like Ms. Sanchez, Tom will be a champion for public education. Tom is building a growing list of strong support which includes:

  • California State Controller Betty Yee
  • State Senate Leader Pro Tem Kevin de Leon
  • Assemblymember Richard Bloom
  • Charlie Brown, Air Force veteran and former Congressional candidate
  • The California Democratic Party
  • California Latina Democrats

With parents who never graduated college but always provided their children with the opportunity to succeed, Tom has demonstrated commitment throughout his career to education, hard work and civic duty. Tom has made a successful career in the insurance industry and taken on unexpected challenges, such as working to insure US embassies across the world after 9/11 and most recently to secure coverage for California residents who continue to lose their homeowners insurance due to fire risk. He moved to Murphys in 2008 to help care for his mother during her final weeks of terminal brain cancer. There, he met his wife Kimberly, got married and started a family. Tom’s life experience and values inspired him to run for school board, and today for the California State Senate.

You can follow Tom’s campaign at and on Facebook and Twitter.

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14 Mar

My Lai Massacre Vigil


Friday, March 16, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Corner of Blackstone & Nees, River Park

 Vigil to commemorate the My Lai Massacre that took place exactly 50 years ago on March 16, 1968. We will remember the horror and acknowledge the role of the U. S. in the deaths of 500 Vietnamese civilians – mostly women, children, and elderly. Hold a sign or banner marking this sad day. As we pause and reflect on the human cost of war, we will commit ourselves to working for peace and social justice in the world. Hosted by Veterans For Peace – Fresno Chapter and Peace Fresno. Organizations that support peace and justice are invited to bring their banners. Dan Yaseen 559-251-3361 

Saturday, March 24, 10 am – 5 pm

At FIRM, 1940 N Fresno St, (corner of Fresno & Weldon)

Come when you can; stay as long as you wish

 Fifty years ago at the height of the American war in Vietnam an event, known as the My Lai Massacre, took place in a small village.  US troops killed unarmed women, children, old people and animals in a bloodbath that lasted several hours and involved four platoons, about 150 American soldiers.

This traveling exhibit created by Veterans For Peace – Chicago Chapter uses the My Lai Massacre as the lens to view the tragic impact of the war on the people of Vietnam and Southeast Asia. It invites us to renew our commitment to work for peace and social justice in the world.

The exhibit consists of 5 areas: informational panels, interactive touch-screen simulations, sculptural collage building, a take action kiosk, and a sharing wall. It is designed to inform participants and engage them emotionally. From 2:30 – 3:15 there will be a panel discussion: “Lessons From My Lai” Joshua Shurley 559-512-9469,  FREE

Hosted by Veterans For Peace – Fresno Chapter and Peace Fresno, Co-sponsors Fresno Center for Nonviolence, Central Valley Progressive Political Action Committee, Community Alliance, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, FIRM-Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries, Pan Valley Institute
Wednesday, March 14, 3:00 – 3:30 pm, KFCF 88.1 the Fresno Center for Nonviolence monthly radio show will be hosted by Joshua Shurley. His guest for the show is Mac MacDevitt from Chicago Veterans for Peace. Mac is the artist, creator and project leader for the My Lai Memorial exhibit. They will be discussing the massacre, the Vietnam War, recent wars and, of course, the upcoming exhibit on March 24. This is a call-in show so if you have questions call 559-266-8888.  

Read the March issue  Community Alliance newspaper for more infomation about the exhibit and the My Lai Massacre.

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14 Mar

FCC News-Dolores Huerta Film and Appearance

Friends, Colleagues (Compañeros):

Many of you may have already been informed of the free preview screening of the film, “Dolores.” If so, please excuse this duplication of information.

Please inform your family members and friends. Many people sacrificed during this historic period of history.

History is also in the making to have this film “Dolores” shown at Fresno City College so close to César E. Chávez’s birthday, March 31st! I am sure former Fresno City College MEChA students of the 70’s, will reminisce their concurrent struggles during the film’s era; the hiring of Raza faculty, the implementation of La Raza Studies program, to have an annual Cinco de Mayo program and of course access to a college education, etc.

  1. Parking will be relaxed in Parking Lot “K” which is directly behind the Old Administration Building. (Take Van Ness at corner of McKinley, go north which curves into Maroa, at Weldon, turn right.)
  2. Parking is also available in the grass area next to the gymnasium. (As per President’s Office information)

¡Nos vemos el 23 de marzo!

Fresno City College, in partnership with ValleyPBS, will be hosting a film screening of Dolores on Friday, March 23rd at 6:00 p.m. in the OAB Auditorium. There will be a Q&A session and a Photo Op with Dolores Huerta after the film. Tickets are free, but you must register online at You can also call 559-226-1800 x290.

Dolores –  is a documentary that explores one of the most important, yet least known activists of our time, Dolores Huerta. Co-founder of the first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez, Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice. This film reveals one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century – as she continues to fight to this day.”


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14 Mar



For Immediate Release

March 14, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


Congressmembers Nanette Barragan, Mark DeSaulnier and Doris Matsui Back Senator Lara for IC

LONG BEACH, CA– In yet another reflection of his expansive support from esteemed California leaders in his campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner, today State Senator Ricardo Lara was endorsed by Congressmembers Nanette Barragan, Mark DeSaulnier and Doris Matsui.

In a statement released following the announced endorsements, Congressmember Barragan remarked:

“I’m excited to endorse State Senator Ricardo Lara, an effective, driven, and compassionate leader who has a real record of progress. During his time in the State Legislature, he’s been a champion on a wide variety of issues from immigrant rights to economic equity, environmental protections, LGBTQ rights, healthcare for all and more. I know that as California’s next State Insurance Commissioner, Ricardo will be a relentless advocate for California consumers, and I’m with him 100%.”

Recently, Senator Lara released a new gripping digital video highlighting his vision of a California with healthcare for everyone.

To view the video ad, titled “Every Single Californian,” click here.

Recently, State Senator Ricardo Lara’s campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner released a new digital video ad, titled “United Dreamers.” To view Senator Lara’s ad, “United Dreamers” click here.

Previously Senator Ricardo Lara’s released a digital ad, titled “Embolden.” Click to watch.

Since the inception of his campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner, State Senator Ricardo Lara has amassed wide-ranging support from leaders and organizations, including the following partial list:

Elected & Community Leaders

  • United States Senator Kamala Harris
  • U.S. Congresswoman and State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass
  • U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal
  • U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu
  • U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • U.S. Congressman Jimmy Gomez
  • U.S. Congressman Lou Correa
  • U.S. Congresswoman Julia Brownley
  • U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard
  • U.S. Congresswoman Norma Torres
  • U.S. Congressman Mark Takano
  • U.S. Congresswoman Nanette Barragan
  • U.S. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier
  • U.S. Congresswoman Doris Matsui
  • U.S. Congresswoman (Ret.) and current L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn
  • U.S. Secretary of Labor (Ret.) and current L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis
  • State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León
  • State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  • California Secretary of State Alex Padilla
  • California State Attorney General Bill Lockyer (Ret.)
  • California Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Toni Atkins
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Robert Hertzberg
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Fabian Nunez
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez
  • State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez
  • State Senator Holly Mitchell
  • State Senator Ben Hueso
  • State Senator Scott Wiener
  • State Senator Steven Bradford
  • State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
  • State Senator Nancy Skinner
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • State Senator Bill Monning
  • State Senator Henry Stern
  • State Senator Josh Newman
  • State Senator Cathleen Galgiani
  • State Senator Bill Dodd
  • State Senator Richard Roth
  • State Senator Jerry Hill
  • State Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • State Senator Mike McGuire
  • State Senator Anthony Portantino
  • State Senator Mark Leno (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
  • State Assembly Member Blanca Rubio
  • State Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher
  • State Assembly Member Todd Gloria
  • State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
  • State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin
  • State Assembly Member Evan Low
  • State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  • State Assembly Member Shirley Weber
  • State Assembly Member Kevin McCarty
  • State Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • State Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez
  • State Assembly Member David Chiu
  • State Assembly Member Ash Kalra
  • State Assembly Member Monique Limon
  • State Assembly Member Jim Frazier
  • State Assembly Member Kansen Chu
  • State Assembly Member Ed Chau
  • State Assembly Member Chris Holden
  • State Assembly Member Joaquin Arambula
  • State Assembly Member Jim Cooper
  • State Assembly Member Jose Medina
  • State Assembly Member Eloise Reyes
  • State Assembly Member Susan Talamantes Eggman
  • State Assembly Member Phil Ting
  • State Assembly Member Kevin Mullin
  • State Assembly Member Rudy Salas
  • State Assembly Member Autumn Burke
  • State Assembly Member Bill Quirk
  • State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin
  • Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • El Cerrito Mayor Gabriel Quinto
  • San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco
  • San Jose City Council Member Sylvia Arenas
  • San Jose City Council Member Sergio Jimenez
  • Newhall School Board Member Christy Smith
  • California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman
  • California Democratic Party Chair John Burton (Ret.)
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • California Democratic Party Vice Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall
  • California Democratic Party Controller Dan Weitzman
  • California Democratic Party Secretary Jenny Bach
  • California Young Democrats’ President Eddie Kirby
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark Gonzalez
  • San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Jessica Hayes
  • San Diego County Democratic Party Chair (Ret.) and current Democratic National Committee Member, Jesse Durfee
  • Democratic Party of Sacramento County Chair Terry Schanz
  • California Democratic Party Region 4 Director Amy Champ
  • California Democratic Party Region 8 Director Humberto Gomez Jr.
  • California Democratic Party Region 10 Director David Atkins
  • California Democratic Party Region 12 Director Larry Gross
  • California Democratic Party Region 13 Director Carol Robb
  • California Democratic Party Region 14 Director Miguel Martinez
  • California Democratic Party Region 16 Director Sergio Carrillo
  • California Democratic Party Region 18 Director Deborah Cunningham-Skurnik
  • California Democratic Party Region 19 Director Norberto Gonzalez
  • Labor Leader and United Farm Workers Co-Founder, Dolores Huerta

Organizations Representing Working People

  • California Teachers Association
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California State Council
  • State Council of Building and Construction Trades Council of California
  • California State Association of Electrical Workers
  • Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council
  • United Farm Workers of America
  • California Federation of Teachers
  • California School Employees Association (CSEA)
  • United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP)
  • California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
  • California State Council of Laborers
  • California Conference of Machinists
  • California State Council of Pipe Trades
  • United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals
  • California Association of Professional Scientists’ (CAPS)
  • California Association of Psychiatric Technicians
  • Southern California Pipe Trades District Council #16
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • California Conference Board of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
  • Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 9
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
  • Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS)
  • United Steelworkers Legislative Education Committee for Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 36
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 16
  • United Industrial Workers of the Seafarers International Union, SIUNA, AFL-CIO
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 63
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 94
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 40
  • Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1277
  • American Federation of Musicians Local 47
  • United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 36
  • California Faculty Association
  • L.A. Community College Faculty Guild, American Federation of Teachers Local 1521
  • Association of California State Supervisors


  • California Democratic Party
  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • California Legislative LGBT Caucus
  • California Young Democrats
  • Equality California (EQCA)
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
  • California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) Action
  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • San Diego Democrats for Equality
  • West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Democratic Club
  • Democrats for Israel – Los Angeles (DFI-LA)
  • San Francisco Young Democrats
  • San Fernando Valley Young Democrats
  • Contra Costa County Young Democrats
  • Fresno County Young Democrats
  • Sacramento County Young Democrats
  • Santa Clarita Valley Young Democrats
  • Long Beach Young Democrats
  • Southeast LA Democratic Club
  • Humbert Humphrey Democratic Club
  • YES WE CAN Democratic Club of Long B

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14 Mar

In solidarity with students for gun reform

Dear Friend,

Today, at 10:00 am, students across California and across the nation will walk out of their classrooms.  For 17 minutes they will honor the lives of the 17 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who were murdered one month ago, and they will protest in support of gun reform.

I will stand in solidarity with this incredible force of students by walking out of the State Capitol at 10:00 am. I encourage you to participate if you are able and to tweet #EnoughIsEnough in support of this student-led movement for gun reform.

Like many of you, I am so impressed by the many young people who have been activated by the issue of gun violence. But I’m not surprised. I’ve been working directly with youth for over 20 years – the caliber of leadership I’ve witnessed in this generation is what inspired me to write legislation that gives high schoolers a vote on their school boards and to co-write legislation with incarcerated teens.   

Right now our student leaders are calling on adults to do more to protect them from gun violence. Last week representatives from Sandy Hook Promise visited schools throughout the Bay Area to discuss their gun violence prevention programs. My office was honored to facilitate these meetings, and we are working to connect schools across the state to resources for gun violence prevention.

You can support the work that Sandy Hook Promise is doing by sharing this petition to call on governors in other states to pass ERPO laws which protect children from gun violence. We already have an ERPO (extreme risk protection order) law in California, and my work to increase access to mental health services, particularly in schools, can help schools and communities identify individuals who are extreme risks.

Let’s empower students by creating school environments that are safe, supportive, and provide all students an opportunity to shape their future. Our students today are going to change the world.

In solidarity,

Tony Thurmond

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14 Mar

An Open Letter to Donald Trump from the CDP Team


Dear Mr. Trump,

We know it’s been a while since you visited California. Is it because we’re the reason you lost the popular vote?

Or  the fact that the world looks to us as the leader on climate change?

Are you intimidated by our Governor who speaks Latin better than you speak, period?

Well, regardless of why you stayed away your first year in office, you’re coming here today.

And since it’s your first trip in a couple of years, we thought you might appreciate some tips on how to have a productive and successful visit. Following these simple, easy-to-understand rules will help you navigate your way around a state that proudly lives in the 21st Century: 

Tip #1 – DON’T PRAISE NAZIS. Seriously. Nazis are not popular anywhere, but they’re incredibly unpopular in California. We know this has been an issue for you in the past, so to be absolutely clear: DO NOT PRAISE NAZIS, WHITE SUPREMACISTS OR MEMBERS OF THE KKK WHILE YOU ARE IN CALIFORNIA. 

Tip #2 – Take a moment and enjoy our beautiful coastline. It’s breathtaking, and we’re very proud of it. In particular, please notice that we have (more than) enough oil rigs on our coast. WE DON’T NEED MORE OIL RIGS ON OUR COAST. 

Tip #3 – Don’t try and divide people while you’re here. We’re incredibly diverse. We’re one of the most diverse and inclusive places in the world. We’re also a pretty chill group, but when you start attacking any of us, all of us react negatively. (Full disclosure: this isn’t so much a tip on visiting California as it is a tip on being a decent human being).  

Tip #4 – Do Not Come For Maxine Waters Unless She Sends For You. We know you have some issues with your fiercest critic in Congress. Resist the temptation, bite your tongue, hand your list of racist dog whistles back to Jeff Sessions, and do not insult Maxine Waters. She’s a California Icon and you’re not in her league. And while we’re on the subject…

Tip #5 – Treat women like human beings. We know this has *also* been an issue for you over the years. California is the epicenter of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement for a reason, and we are doing the hard work of building a society where women have equal rights, equal opportunity and equal treatment. You should take this chance to learn from us. 

Tip #6 – Don’t brag about those jobs you “created” this year. First off, if someone gets the credit, it’s President Obama since you inherited his robust economy. Second, we don’t need to hear about all those jobs since most of them were created in California, and – GASP! – they aren’t in the coal industry. Green energy, sustainable manufacturing, biotechnology, telecommunications, software development… those are the jobs we’re creating (that you’re taking credit for). You’re welcome. 

Tip # 7 – Talk about your pals in Congress! Jeff Denham, Devin Nunes, David Valadao, Kevin McCarthy, Mimi Walters, Steve Knight, Tom McClintock – they’re all your friends! They’ve all been loyal foot soldiers for you! Not a single one of them would ever dream of defying you, even if it hurt the people who elected them. Thank them loudly and publicly for their support! When a group of folks (particularly Members of Congress) abandon their morals, principles, honor and integrity to debase themselves for you, it’s just good manners to show them you appreciate it. 

Tip #8 – Brush up on the First Amendment (and the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers, etc). Look, we know you don’t like protests. Heck, it seems like Saudi Arabia is your favorite country because they literally imprisoned anyone who dared to criticize you. But we’re very fond of the First Amendment, and we plan on using it vigorously while you’re here. We are deeply appalled by your ICE Round-Ups, your assault on women’s rights, your willful ignorance on climate change, your race baiting and LGBT bashing, your cowardly refusal to stand up to the NRA and your pathological inability to accept responsibility for anything. We love our First Amendment, and we’ll take every opportunity we can to voice our outrage at your policies. 

Bonus Tip! – Don’t miss Alcatraz while you’re here. You could also visit Folsom Prison, where Johnny Cash recorded one of his most iconic songs. Bottom line: We have some famous jails in California, and with the way the Mueller investigation is going, this might be a good time for you to start acquainting yourself with what prisons are like on the inside. (Take plenty of notes for Kushner). 

We hope you have a safe trip, Mr. Trump. And we certainly hope you see California is thriving, and proud to be leading the National Resistance against you. 

Democratically Yours, 

–The CDP Team

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