22 Dec

Standing with our DREAMers

Dear Friend,

Beginning in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has allowed certain undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children a legal way to remain in the U.S. to work or go to school for a two-year period. These hard-working individuals came into this country at an early age through no fault of their own, and America is the only home they have ever known. Since the program’s implementation, I have been a strong supporter of DACA protections for these young immigrants – our DREAMers – and of expanding the DACA program. DREAMers should be allowed to work, study, and contribute to their communities without fear of being ripped away from their families and their home. Protecting DREAMers is the fair, moral, and just thing to do.

Under the Trump Administration, the future of the DACA program was initially unclear. Accordingly, I joined many of my colleagues in Congress to make protecting DREAMers a top priority, and have consistently and unequivocally stood with DREAMers. Here is what I have done:

  • In January, I cosponsored the BRIDGE Act, which would provide 3 years of deferred action to DREAMers while Congress works towards comprehensive immigration reform.
  • In March, I spoke on the House floor, to push calling on the Administration to work with Congress on a bipartisan basis to finally reform our nation’s broken immigration system. For years I have advocated for bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform to bring commonsense, fairness, and certainty to our immigration system. As a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), I have worked with my colleagues to get this crucial reform through Congress.
  • In April and July, I joined my CHC colleagues in meeting with then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to discuss America’s immigration policy. Our message to Secretary Kelly was very simple: the U.S. must preserve the DACA program. We must allow these young people to continue contributing to our country while Congress works on bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.
  • In August, I wrote to President Trump to urge him to continue DACA, and protect the program in court from ongoing lawsuits.
  • On Sept. 5, 2017, when the Administration announced it would terminate DACA following a 6-month delay, I took to the House floor to again stand with DREAMers, expressing my deep disappointment with the decision and reaffirming my determination to protect our DREAMers.
  • I sent a newsletter to my constituents to provide them with essential information and key deadlines for how to extend their DACA protections.
  • I joined my House colleagues in cosponsoring the Dream Act, a bill that would provide DREAMers with a legal status and put them on a path for earned citizenship.
  • I signed a discharge petition to force the Dream Act to the House floor for a vote, refusing to allow partisan politics to bury the legislation.


Rep. Costa calls for a Vote on the DREAM Act on the House Floor

It is immoral to continue to allow our DREAMers to live in fear and uncertainty. These young people are our neighbors – many of them are students – and they are woven into the fabric of America. In the San Joaquin Valley alone, we have roughly 500 DREAMers attending Fresno State and approximately 545 attending UC Merced. Protecting DREAMers is not only the right thing to do, it is the American thing to do. Congress must act, and I will continue to fight for our DREAMers and for bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter update. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any federal issues of your concern. To stay up-to-date on the work I am doing in Congress, please visit my website at and sign up for my e-newsletter here. You can also follow my work and events in our Valley on my Facebook page and twitter account.


Jim Costa
Member of Congress

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22 Dec



 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.                  “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to

January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968            have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”


     2018 Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration                                                         

           Living the Dream for All, Every Day in Every Way


                                                 Presented by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Committee of Fresno 

Friday, January 12, 2018 – Opening Garlanding Ceremony (11:45AM -12:45 PM)         

Location:  Fresno County Courthouse Park (at MLK Bust on west side of park facing Van Ness), 1100 Van Ness Avenue Featuring Special Guest Speaker, Superintendent FUSD Bob Nelson along with FUSD students performing dance and song in honor of MLK.

              Contact:  Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor (559) 801-8189 or Gail Gaston (559) 681-3140


Friday, January 12, 2018 – Awards Ceremony & Community Reception (5:30-6:30pm)

Location:  Fresno City Hall, Council Chambers, 2600 Fresno Street. Award Recipients: Cal Johnson, Miguel Arias and Fresno Center for Non Violence , for outstanding service to the community.

               Contact:  Eric Payne (559) 242-0641 or Summer Gaston-Gehris (559) 301-5466


Friday, January 12, 2018 Candle Light Vigil following the Awards Ceremony (6:30pm-7:30pm)

Location: Fresno City Hall, 2nd floor steps and lobby, 2600 Fresno Street.

Contact:  Gail Gaston (559) 681-3140 Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor (559) 801-8189


Saturday, January 13, 2018 – Community Breakfast (Breakfast served at 9:00 AM / Program starts at 9:45 AM)

Location:  Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, 808 4th Street, Clovis, CA.  Speaker: Clovis City Council Member Vong Mouanoutoua, along with special singing from local community choirs.

                  Tickets:  $5.00 each in advance and canned food donation. Tables of 8 available at $40.00 with advanced reservation.

                  Contact:  Erin Ford-Horio, (559) 324-2476 or


Monday, January 15, 2018 – March (9:15-10:45 AM)

Location:  Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno   Marchers assemble at 9:30 AM.  March begins at 10:15AM, ending at the Fresno

Convention Center 848 M Street for Commemoration Program.  

   Contact: James Lett III (559) 284-6420 & Enrique Reade (559) 940-2159 or Gail Gaston (559) 681-3140


Monday, January 15, 2018 – Commemoration Program (11:00-12:00 PM)

Location: Fresno Convention Center 848 M Street, Fresno.  Master of Ceremonies is ABC30 and will host special guest speakers, cultural

dancers and singing to celebrate of our communities’ diversity and culture in commemoration to the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther

King Jr. Contact: Raymond Eddy (559) 621-1520


Special Thanks To Our Community Partners:                      

City of Fresno
Clovis Police Department
Fresno County Office of Education
ABC 30 Action News-KFSN TV
Allied Waste
Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission
Fresno Housing Authority
Fresno Madera Kings Tulare Central Labor Council                                  MLK Unity Committee Information:   
SEIU Local 521                                                                                 
California Highway Patrol-Central Division                                                (559) 621-1520
California YMCA Youth & Government                                                     Facebook/ Fresno Martin Luther King Unity Committee


Other MLK Events happening throughout Fresno you may wish to consider…

The West Fresno Ministerial Alliance Prayer Breakfast Thursday January 11, 20186:30 – 9:00 AM  The 2017 West Fresno Ministerial Alliance Prayer Breakfast will be held at Westside Church of God, 1424 West California Avenue, Fresno 93706. Tickets are $25.00 each or a table of 8 for $180.00 and must be purchased in advance

Contact:  Audrey Redmond (559) 213-5925

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thematic Exploration Program will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018 

3:00 PM at the Corinth Baptist Church, 2377 S. Ivy Ave, Fresno 93706. This Free event will focus on the life and times of the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, his life as a Pastor and a man of Christ, his service to all people and will include words of encouragement from community leaders of how Kings life and ministry has inspired them, with invited guest

Contact:  Bishop John Sims (559) 512-9836 

Thursday, January 18, 2018 noon-1:00 PM Fresno State Peace Garden-African American Programs and Services Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration. Contact Cross Cultural and Gender Center (559) 278-4435.

Fresno County office of Education will have MLK Artwork exhibited from February 6-February 13, at Clovis Veterans Memorial District. Winning Artist, Essays & Speeches will delivered at the MLK Art Exhibition & Reception February 13, 6:00 pm at Clovis Veterans Memorial District.






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22 Dec

Event Invitation: Talking and Dancing with Ruben



Ruben Macareno invited you to Ruben Macareno for State Senate‘s event
Talking and Dancing with Ruben
Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 6 PM
Cellar Door in Visalia, California

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22 Dec

Congress cons Americans, cuts taxes for millionaires

Hold Congress accountable for their vote to raise taxes on American families for the benefit of millionaires and wealthy corporations.
Take action

Congress voted to send the Republican tax scam to Donald Trump’s desk. 

This dangerous bill doubles down on failed policies that put more money into the pockets of Republican donors and corporations at the expense of working families.

It also opens up 1.5 million untouched acres in the Arctic Refuge to dangerous oil and gas drilling — a devastating assault on indigenous rights and the climate.

Act now: Hold your members of Congress accountable for their vote on the GOP tax scam.

Your rep just voted for Trump's tax scam

After today’s vote, it’s never been more clear that this Congress doesn’t represent our values. The American people didn’t ask for tax cuts for millionaires — wealthy Republican donors did. If that’s not enough, many Republicans voted for a tax scam for their own personal gain over the American public.

Today’s defeat is painful — and the impacts could be felt for generations. But this fight is far from over.

In 2018, Republicans in Congress will have to defend their vote and explain to their constituents why they sided with corporate interests over working families. From now until November 6, 2018, we must hold each and every elected official accountable for their vote on this scam.

Send a message to Congress: We’ll remember your vote on the GOP tax scam at the ballot box.

Thank you,

Pat Millham
Director of Advocacy
NextGen America

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22 Dec

Rep. Jim Costa statement on the vote in the House to pass the continuing resolution

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20 Dec

Make Republicans pay for their tax scam

Join us.

Republicans in Congress just passed their historically unpopular tax plan — disastrous, sweeping legislation that provides a massive giveaway to the wealthy at the expense of everyone else.

We can make Republicans pay for this vote next November — but only if we come together.

Donald Trump and the Republican Party are calling this a major win for their agenda — but the only true winners are the ultra-wealthy and large corporations.

Here’s what the GOP tax scam does:

  • Undermines health care coverage by repealing the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act. This will cause premiums to rise by 10% for the average person and 13 million people will go without coverage.
  • Provides enormous tax breaks to the top 1% and corporations, significantly widening the gap between the rich and the poor.
  • Increases the deficit by $1.5 trillion by allowing the wealthy to pay less in taxes and forcing future generations to pick up the tab.

This legislation makes it very clear who Republicans are fighting for. Now it’s up to us to fight back.

Thank you for being a part of this,


Tom Perez
Democratic National Committee

P.S. — I am constantly amazed by the resilience of Democrats across the country.

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20 Dec

McClintock betrayed us

Dear Friend,

House Republicans cheered yesterday after they passed the GOP Tax Scam, the single biggest give-away ever to the ultra wealthy.  And Tom McClintock joined in the YES vote.

This disastrous scam paves the way to cut Medicare and Social Security, while increasing the deficit by over $1.5 trillion.  As a supposed deficit hawk, McClintock has clearly betrayed his own principles, in addition to betraying his constituents and their families.  Just moments after the House vote, protestors outside McClintock’s Roseville office rallied to show their anger and disappointment.

Most of the country opposes this bill, and we know that it is particularly bad for Californians. As first responders continue to battle one of the worst fires in California history, this bill eliminates the ability to deduct personal losses from fire disasters.  Not to mention limiting the deduction for property and SALT taxes, which will hit California harder than anywhere else in the United States.

Ask yourself, does McClintock represent you?   Clearly he does not. Please join Sierra Forward’s efforts to elect a someone who does.

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