17 Aug

Save the Date: El Concilio de Fresno Community Meeting/Luncheon Friday, August 25, 2017 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! –


Hello everyone! Please mark your calendar and save Friday, August 25, 2017 for our upcoming El Concilio community meeting/luncheon.   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 speakers are:

Mr. Tou Mou, Program Coordinator &
Mr. Daniel Gonzalez, Outreach Specialist

Topic:  Lock It Up Project

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 25th!

Eddie Varela, President
El Concilio de Fresno, Inc.
Phone:  559-360-9797

AJUA! –  Community Events Calendar
Date Event
2017 Email your event info and I will post here.  Let’s keep our community informed.
30 >Negociantes Unidos Breakfast Meeting.  Join the Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation and the Fresno Grizzlies at Chukchansi Park for this informative breakfast meeting.  See attached event flyer for more information and RSVO at 559-222-8705 or email
29 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!
30 Join Arte Americas 30th Anniversary Celebration. 6pm – 10pm.  See attached event flyer for more information.


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17 Aug

I need the 99% to give 1%

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


Delaine Eastin for Governor 2018

As you know, I have been a long-time advocate of campaign finance reform and I recently endorsed the DISCLOSE Act. The DISCLOSE Act will highlight the real campaign donors without letting them give money through a front group, so we know who is really funding both candidates and propositions.

Of course, ultimately we need to get money out of politics. However, until that time, the best way to counter big donors is through people power. Will you donate $29.20 here right now and help me build a campaign of small donors? I have had another great week traveling around California and meeting engaged community members, and your resources help make that happen.

For the California Governor’s race, a donor can give $29,200 for the primary and once again for the general. This means that a candidate can receive $116,800 from just one wealthy couple.

  • We need the 99% to give just 1% of the maximum.
  • 1,000 $29.20 donations equals 1 maximum donor.

My volunteers are working hard to spread my message around the state and it is resonating, but they also need resources and materials.

The other candidates already have millions of dollars. I don’t need the most money, but I do need enough.

If you can make the $29.20 a monthly donation, that will give us the security of having a reliable funding source each month, which lessens the time we have to focus on fundraising.

Click here to contribute or, if you are registered with ActBlue, just hit an amount below and your contribution will be automatically processed.

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I am so grateful for all you do every day to move our campaign forward.

Thank you,

Facebook: @DelaineEastin4CA
Instagram: @DelaineEastin

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15 Aug

YOU’RE INVITED: September 12th Summer Networking Reception

Dear Friend!

Mark your calendars for our the League of CA Cities Latino Caucus’ Summer Networking Reception! At this event we will be recognizing college students doing great work in our community.

There is NO COST to attend the event, however, there is an opportunity to sponsor the event. No small amount is too small, all the sponsorships will go towards scholarships for students attending FSU. Please let me know if you would like to contribute.

See you there!


Esmeralda Soria

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15 Aug

Wed, August 16, 3pm Ray McGovern

Wednesday August 16 – 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Speaking Truth to Empire on KFCF 88.1 Free Speech Radio for Central California. Dan Yaseen interviews Ray McGovern. Ray is a veteran CIA officer turned political activist. Ray was a CIA analyst for 27 years, from the administration of John F. Kennedy to that of George H. W. Bush. Ray’s duties included chairing National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the President’s Daily Brief. In January 2003, Ray co-created Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) to expose how intelligence was being falsified to “justify” war on Iraq. VIPS has continued to issue memorandums when it notices the falsification and misuse of intelligence by the intelligence agencies. Topics include the recent VIPS memorandum about Russiagate.

His website is

Tune in to 88.1 FM or log in at:

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15 Aug

The resources it takes to win

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


We just wrapped up the third leg of my Summer Road Trip, and I’m so energized by meeting with hundreds of passionate Californians all across our state.

I’ve been traveling from county to county, up and down California, because this is a grassroots campaign. Any candidate who wants your vote should know and understand the issues that you face — and it’s supporters like you who’ll lend our campaign the strength we’ll need to win.

As our campaign begins to lay the groundwork for victory in 2018, can I count on your support toward our August fundraising goal?

Make a donation of $20.18 today to help us fight for a better California.

As I leave Napa County and head home for a short break before embarking on the final leg of my Summer Road Trip, I am truly inspired by the informative conversations I’ve had over the past few weeks.

Your ideas and passion for your communities mean so much to me, and they’re a crucial part of this campaign we’re growing together. As Lt. Governor, I promise to fight for the issues that matter to you, including broadband access for all, access to affordable health care, economic opportunity, repairing our broken infrastructure, bringing down the cost of higher education and so much more.

But first things first: To build a campaign with the resources it takes to win, we need to hit our fundraising goals each month — even when I’m spending my days on the road.

Before I head back out on my Summer Road Trip, will you pitch in $20.18 to help support our campaign?

Thank you so much for being a part of this.

Eleni Kounalakis


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15 Aug

The anniversary of Social Security


Eighty-two years ago tod‌ay, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the original Social Security Act into law and laid the foundation for consistent income for older and disabled Americans.

Social Security is a crucial part of our nation’s safety net and ensures that senior citizens, people with disabilities, and veterans are able to live a life of dignity.

On today’s anniversary, will you share our graphic celebrating this important program?

President Roosevelt quote

As we mark this anniversary, it is also important that we continue to stand up to the Republican Party’s consistent efforts to cut or eliminate Social Security entirely — and other critical safety net programs like Medicare.

Share our graphic today to send a clear message to President Trump and the GOP: California Democrats celebrate the history of social security, and we will fight to defend it.

Thank you,

Eric C. Bauman, Chair
California Democratic Party




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15 Aug

The self perceived racial superiority of white supremacists


Kamala Harris

As we continue to process and grieve from the white supremacist terror attack and rally in Charlottesville, I shared this note with my supporters on social media and I wanted to give you a chance to read it as well.

My message is that there are not “many sides” to this issue. There is only one. Heather Heyer was tragically killed in service of the idea that our unity is our strength and our diversity is our power. It’s up to us to honor her memory with action and hope.

Read my message below for my full thoughts on this weekend and forward this email to your friends and family. 

Thanks for all you do,

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

As we all now know, this weekend in Charlottesville, hundreds of white supremacists gathered with torches, shouting racial, ethnic and religious epithets about Black and Jewish people, chanting Nazi slurs, waving the Confederate flag and banners emblazoned with giant swastikas. A peaceful protester was murdered. Two brave police officers lost their lives.

To some Americans, this was shocking and scary. They asked themselves how could this happen – in the United States of America – in 2017?

To other Americans, what they know is, Charlottesville exemplifies an undeniable reality that lurks just beneath the surface in this nation we love.

And as the country grappled with this tragedy, we were told that “many sides” should be condemned.

Many sides.

I often advocate that we look at many sides of an issue, walk in someone else’s shoes, and identify and reject false choices.

But there are not “many sides” to this.

“Many sides” is what kept children in this country at separate schools and adults at separate lunch counters for decades.

“Many sides” is what turned a blind eye when Emmett Till was lynched and stood silent when marchers were beat in Selma for “disturbing the peace.”

“Many sides” is what my parents and thousands of others fought against during the Civil Rights Movement.

“Many sides” suggests that there is no right side or wrong side, that all are morally equal. But I reject that. It’s not hard to spot the wrong side here. They’re the ones with the torches and the swastikas.

Let’s recall what led to the march in Charlottesville in the first place: the removal of Confederate statues, which celebrated men who fought for an America that kept human beings enslaved. That’s an America in which I’d never be allowed to vote, much less be elected a U.S. Senator.

The white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville were there to protest so-called “attacks” on their self perceived racial superiority. That’s it – that’s their grievance.

Imagine how they’d feel if they were told they could not come into America because of their religion. Or that they could not serve in our military because of their gender identity. Or that their polling place was shut down as a part of a systematic effort to stop them from voting. Or could be separated without warning from their family or the country they call home. Or that they could lose their job because of who they love.

These are things happening right now in our country, too. And if we care about what happened yesterday in Charlottesville, we’ve got to care about everyday discrimination as well.

If we say this is not who we are, it’s on us to show that.

I feel a special responsibility, and I hope and expect my colleagues in the U.S. Senate do, too. It’s easy to tweet that hate has no place in America. But no legislator should be allowed to be horrified on a Saturday and then vote to drag America backward on a Monday.

There is hope to be found. The truth is that the vast majority of Americans are good, fair and just and they want their country to reflect those ideals. And the fact that yesterday’s explicit hate was met with near-universal condemnation affirms my belief in our capacity to overcome evil.

We don’t have to let extremists define us. Opportunities to do right are right in front of us. We just have to seize them.


“Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.”
– Coretta Scott King

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