14 Mar

“This fight is both political and personal”

With President Trump in California this week, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has made it absolutely clear that no matter how strong the headwinds from Washington become, he’s going to keep fighting to protect our California values of fairness and opportunity. And the media’s taking note of his legal efforts.

Just today, The Washington Post published an in-depth piece about his battles, shining a light on the work he’s doing to protect our families. We invite you to read the Washington Post’s piece here.

As the Washington Post put it:

Becerra has become a leader of the California resistance, the legal brain behind the state’s fight against the president’s policies on health care, the environment and most significantly, immigration. For Becerra, the son of immigrants and the state’s first Latino attorney general, this fight is both political and personal.

NBC News also has just published a piece here about Xavier’s fights, writing:

The chief executive born to power and luxury squares off against the son of blue-collar Mexican immigrants. Where Trump is unbridled, Becerra reins his words tightly. Where Trump’s personal life has been tabloid fodder, Becerra’s family life would be at home in a church circular. Trump has trouble waiting for colleagues, while Becerra often defers, particularly to California’s sometimes bombastic resistor-in-chief, Gov. Jerry Brown.

But to take our fights across the finish line, Xavier will need YOUR support! Can he count on you to stand with him — and vote for him — to continue as our Attorney General?

Thank You,

Team Becerra

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14 Mar

Fresno – Hanford Congressional Candidate Forum

Dear CARA Members, Friends, and Activists,

Please join us at this important event and help spread the word!


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14 Mar

Student Walkouts

Alex Padilla

Today, thousands of students across the country are walking out of class in support of common sense gun safety laws in the wake of the Parkland shooting. I’m not surprised. Student movements have always been catalysts for much needed reforms. We need only to remember the Civil Rights Movement, the fight for marriage equality, or Dreamers to see what is possible when students organize and take action. Now, in response to unacceptable gun violence on school campuses, students have had enough. 

And so have we.

But students aren’t just walking out or marching today. They’re not just making a statement. These students are taking action. They’re standing up for what’s right. And they’re pre-registering and registering their siblings, their classmates, and their friends to vote.

I’m inspired by what Winter Minisee from Riverside said in a recent CNN STORY:

I think [younger people] recognize a lot of decisions made on Capitol Hill and by our state legislators are going to affect our lives the most. We understand that our elected officials work for us, whether or not we vote for them. We still have the power and the authority to demand certain things from them. We are laying out our demands so come November, and election time, we know who was listening to us and who isn’t. We can vote people out of office, and replace them with people who have our best interests in mind.

Winter, we hear you. And we’re ready to fight with you to ensure that your generation’s voice is heard. 

In California, nearly 90,000 16- and 17-year olds have pre-registered to vote in the last year. Please join me in helping us get to 100,000 and more. Encourage anyone you know who is 16 years or older to pre register and register to vote, by going to

Students are doing their part today. Let’s do ours and encourage every 16- and 17-year old to pre-register to vote.


Alex Padilla

California Secretary of State


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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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