25 Jun

88.1 KFCF ACLU Meet and Greet Reception

On Saturday, July, 1, 2 – 5 pm, KFCF will hold a meet and greet reception for our ally, The ACLU of Northern California. For almost 100 years, The American Civil Liberties Union has worked to defend and preserve individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Join KFCF board and staff, listeners and supporters to meet and chat with ACLU staff from the Northern California office. 
As always, there will be wine, snacks, and our live broadcast of The Soul Kitchen. 4887 N. Jackson, Ave, Fresno, 93726. Suggested donation $20. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend or two. Escape the heat and meet The ACLU of Northern California.

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23 Jun

Fresno Immigration Coalition Meeting June 29

Subject: Fresno Immigration Coalition Meeting June 29

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all doing well. I know everyone is busy, but I hope you all might be available next week on Thursday, June 29 to have a meeting at noon at SEIU 521 office.

I have attached 3 documents: 1 is the Immigrant Heritage Proclamation that Fresno City Council passed yesterday, 2 is our upcoming advocacy training taking place on July 15 and the other is the Know Your Rights forum taking place this Sunday. I hope you will share these documents with people you believe may be interested.


Samuel Molina
CA State Director
Mi Familia Vota
5228 E. Pine Ave.
Fresno, CA 93727
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Mi Familia Vota is a national non-profit organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through increased civic participation by promoting citizenship, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota is one of the premiere Latino civic engagement organizations in the country with operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.




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23 Jun

Your Weekly CDP Update


It’s been another productive week for the CDP. See below for a recap of this week’s activities, and happy Pride Month from all of us at the CDP.

Committee Appointments
As part of our commitment to a shared governance model of decision-making in the CDP, staff and leadership have begun the preliminary process of reviewing applications to serve on CDP standing committees. We received nearly 1,300 applications to serve — an astounding sign of grassroots energy and enthusiasm. Chair Bauman and the Statewide Officers anticipate announcing their appointments shortly.

Executive Board — Save The Date!
The Summer Executive Board meeting will be held Au‌gust 2‌5-27 in Anaheim. This will be the first opportunity for committees and caucuses to meet in the new term. Registration, room block, and agenda details are being finalized — stay tuned for more information.

In Case You Missed It…

One week closer to 2018!

— CDP Update


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23 Jun

I can’t do this alone, Fresno County


Kamala Harris

Fresno County –

Yesterday, we finally received the full text of the Senate Republicans’ bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It was even worse than we thought: the GOP is not trying to fix our health care system, they’re trying to dismantle it. Taking health insurance away from millions of Americans, so they can give tax breaks to the very wealthy. We must stop them.

I can’t do this alone — but if we raise our voices together, we can win this fight. This morning, I wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, which I’ve included below, to urge the American people to come together to fight this bill. A vote is scheduled for next week — with no hearings, so far no debate, and barely enough time to parse out the details or the consequences.

The GOP health care bill will affect all Americans, regardless of party affiliation. This isn’t about partisanship, this is about ensuring that all of us have a right to health care access. Here are a few ways you can take action today:

I can help you understand Trumpcare, but I can’t defeat it alone
By Senator Kamala Harris

Next week, Republicans want the United States Senate to vote on a bill that would restructure our nation’s entire health care system — a system that makes up one-sixth of the American economy. This bill would affect the lives of nearly every American, from our parents or grandparents in need of caregiving, to our children struggling with asthma or opioid addiction, to our spouses battling cancer.

And we only just received the full text on Thursday, a week before the vote on the bill.

Many will recall Republicans complaining about the Affordable Care Act being rushed through Congress. In fact, the ACA went through 106 public hearings and incorporated more than 170 Republican amendments. The whole process took an entire year.

Republicans are trying to ram their health care proposal through the Senate with little to no transparency. There have been no hearings, no debate, and hardly any time to examine the details of the proposal. We are being asked to vote blindly on a bill that has life-or-death consequences for those we represent.

The American people deserve better. The American people deserve greater transparency.

But while the authors of this proposal have tried to conceal the details of their plan by working in secret until the last minute, it’s clear that this bill would be nothing short of a disaster. It’s just as bad — and in some cases worse — than the bill that narrowly passed the House of Representatives in May. That bill was so catastrophic that even the president of the United States, who once praised its passage, now calls it “mean.”

Here’s what we know: The Senate Republican plan would throw millions of Americans off their insurance, including potentially up to 5 million Californians. It would raise costs for middle-class families and seniors. It would put Americans with preexisting conditions at risk and cut hundreds of billions from Medicaid and Medi-Cal, which pays for everything from substance abuse treatment to support for children with special needs. That’s unacceptable.

This bill is being written along strictly partisan lines, but health care is not a partisan issue. Your health isn’t dictated by your party affiliation. Supporting or opposing this health care plan is not about being a Democrat or a Republican — it is about right and wrong. Instead of wreaking havoc on our health care system, we owe it to the American people to come together and solve real problems.

I’m home this weekend, and like my Democratic colleagues, I’ll be working hard to ensure that people on the ground understand how this bill will affect them. But we can’t do it alone. We need Californians to make themselves heard.

Because we won’t give up trying to protect and strengthen our health care. I recently co-sponsored a bill with Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a number of my Democratic colleagues. Our bill would make it easier for middle-class Americans to buy insurance if they currently don’t qualify for any help paying their premiums. That’s the kind of innovation that Democrats and Republicans should both be able to support. That’s the kind of innovation that would help — not hurt — the people we represent.

One of those people is Rhett, a 9-year-old in Marin County, Calif., who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was only 2½ years old. Rhett endured more than 1,000 chemotherapy doses to, in his words, “get the bad guys out” of his body.

Thankfully, Rhett is now in remission. Because of the ACA, he doesn’t have to worry about being denied insurance coverage one day because of his preexisting condition. His family doesn’t have to worry about how they will pay for his treatment if his cancer returns. Rhett wants to be a doctor when he grows up, and thanks to the ACA, he can stay on his parents’ health insurance when he goes to college and medical school.

We should listen to Rhett when he tells us, “Don’t repeal the Affordable Care Act, improve it!” The ACA isn’t perfect. And I’m ready to work with anyone who really wants to make it work better. So let’s stop playing politics with public health and people’s lives. Let’s reject this hasty and harmful legislation and work together to actually strengthen our health care system.

Thank you for everything you do. I know together we can defeat this bill and save the lives of so many who are at-risk in this fight.

Kamala Harris

U.S. Senator, California



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

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23 Jun

#MaulTheRecall Update


This week, CDP Chair Bauman appeared on California Edition with Brad Pomerance and discussed the Republican attempt to recall Senator Josh Newman.

Chair Bauman is right: Democrats are going to have to fight this out. We need to #MaulTheRecall.

Help get the word out about this desperate and cynical Republican power grab — post this on your social media and #MaulTheRecall.

Democratically Yours,

Clark Lee, Political Director
California Democratic Party




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23 Jun

Another scorcher

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

It was 127 degrees in Death Valley this week. Planes were grounded in Phoenix because it was literally too hot for them to fly. Wildfires burn across the land.

Massive heat waves are deadly. And yet we have a President in the White House making decisions that turn back the clock on protections for air and water and acting as though climate change is something to be ignored.

California’s next governor needs to be an international leader for our planet and our people.

I have been an environmental warrior my entire life. As a first term Assemblywoman, working with a Republican governor, I authored the largest landfill clean up bill in California’s history, creating a fund of $100 million to clean up our landfills. The fund was created by a tipping fee on garbage, so it had the added benefit of also promoting recycling as waste haulers tried to limit the amount of garbage they dumped. I have the legislative and executive record to get things done.

As governor, I will ensure California leads the world, not just in fighting climate change, but also in innovative solutions. Solutions like those currently being tested in Los Angeles, to mitigate the impact of these heat waves on our cities, which are often several degrees warmer due to asphalt streets, parking lots and the lack of shade trees.

Today is supposed to be the hottest day of this heat wave. Please stay cool and hydrated, and look out for your neighbors, particularly the elderly living alone.


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23 Jun

Sierra Club, WILPF Fresnans Against Fracking Movie – June 27

Subject: Sierra Club, WILPF Fresnans Against Fracking Movie – June 27

Come see this important movie about the economics of water in California (free showing) sponsored by the above organizations.

Gene Richards

This excellent movie from National Geographic — Water & Power: A California Heist — will have a free showing at Woodward Park Regional Library, 944 E. Perrin Ave (near Champlain), in Fresno on Tuesday, June 27 at 6:30 pm. The movie is sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and co-sponsored by Fresnans Against Fracking and the Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club.
The movie delves into the formation of the Kern Water Bank, how it ended up controlled by large-scale agricultural interests, and current efforts secretly underway to buy and sell groundwater, treating it like a commodity (rather like Enron treated California’s electricity) rather than the public resource that it is. Don’t miss this important public interest documentary (80 minutes long), followed by a discussion.

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