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15 Aug
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The anniversary of Social Security

CDP

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

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15 Aug
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SEN. ED HERNANDEZ BROADENS L.A. SUPPORT IN LT. GOV BID


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


 

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

August 14, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
SEN. ED HERNANDEZ BROADENS L.A. SUPPORT IN LT. GOV BID
Los Angeles City Council Members Bob Blumenfield and Paul Koretz Join Council Colleague Curren Price, L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer in Endorsing Senator Ed Hernandez in Statewide Contest
LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Bolstering his campaign for California Lieutenant Governor, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez won a duo of high-powered endorsements from Los Angeles City Council Members Bob Blumenfield and Paul Koretz. The two leaders join their colleague, Los Angeles City Council Member Curren Price, along with Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, and Los Angeles area local leaders, County Supervisor Hilda Solis and County Assessor Jeffrey Prang, all of which previously backed the Senator’s statewide bid.

In announcing their support, Los Angeles City Council Members Blumenfield and Koretz released the following statements:

“As a former state lawmaker, I’ve seen Senator Ed Hernandez in action. He is deeply knowledgeable about issues impacting people all over California, and he’s proven himself as a leader for working families, for patients, students, environmental protections and a strong, thriving middle class economy. I’m proud to support his campaign for California Lt. Governor.”
— Los Angeles City Council Member Bob Blumenfield 

“I’m endorsing Ed Hernandez because he’s extraordinarily qualified and well prepared to lead as our state’s next Lt. Governor. He’s battle-tested and has a tangible record of delivering on job creation, environmental protection, workers rights protections and increased healthcare access. We need Ed Hernandez as our next Lt. Governor and I’m thrilled to back his campaign.”
— Los Angeles City Council Member Paul Koretz

These critical endorsement follows news that Senator Hernandez has raised over $2 million for the statewide effort.

To view Senator Hernandez’ “Record of Progress,” digital video ad, click here or on the screen shot below.

Several months back, Senator Hernandez released his first digital video, titled  “A California Story,” which can be viewed by clicking on the screen image below:

Beyond today’s announcement, Senator Dr. Hernandez’ campaign has released an expansive list of over 400 endorsements from grassroots activists, community leaders, federal, state and local elected officials, public safety groups and close to 50 labor unions.

A husband, father, grandfather, practicing optometrist, and local businessman, “Dr. Ed” (as he is known to his patients) has spent his life bringing quality eye care to predominantly low-income communities.  As a health care provider, the need to improve access to health care for all Californians is what first drove him to run for office.

Since being elected to the Assembly in 2006 and the Senate in 2010, Dr. Ed Hernandez has been a leader on the implementation of federal health care reform – helping expand access to affordable health care, control costs, and improve the network of providers so people can actually get quality care when they need it. Dr. Ed has been a champion by expanding educational opportunity to qualified students overlooked by our public schools and universities, as well as a major proponent for government reform, including fixing a broken initiative system too often hijacked by billionaires and wealthy corporations. Dr. Ed Hernandez is running to take this experience, leadership, and vision to the next level by serving the people of California as their Lieutenant Governor.

For more information, please visit www.edhernandez4ca.com.

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15 Aug
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It is incumbent on all of us to speak out

Join us.

What happened in Charlottesville this weekend was an act of domestic terrorism.

It was an act that should have been met with a swift and unequivocal denunciation from the highest levels of our government.

It should not take intense public pressure to force the President of the United States to condemn white supremacy. It should not take days of silence for the leader of this country to denounce Nazis and the KKK. But it did.

History will not forget that when the streets of Charlottesville echoed with evil, Donald Trump responded with silence.

We will not be silent. We will speak out against white supremacy, fascism, racism, and oppression in every form — it is incumbent on all of us who are able to do so.

Tonight, and throughout the week, there will be vigils across the country to join in solidarity with Charlottesville and all those who are standing against hate.

I hope you will join a vigil near you and use your voice to bend the arc of history more firmly towards justice:

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Thank you,

Tom

Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee

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14 Aug
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Fiona Ma’s July Jaunts Around CA


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


 

Fiona Ma

I’m proud to announce that former California State Treasurer Phil Angelides has endorsed me for State Treasurer.

Phil Angelides and FionaIn announcing his support for my campaign, former State Treasurer Phil Angelides said: “I am proud to endorse Fiona Ma’s candidacy to be California’s next State Treasurer. I’ve had a chance to work closely with Fiona for more than a decade and I have witnessed firsthand her intelligence, integrity, strong work ethic, and compassion. Fiona will make an excellent state treasurer, working every day to protect our state’s taxpayers and to wisely invest in our state’s future.

John Meffert Thank YouIt was truly an honor to recognize Captain John Meffert of the Avalon Fire Department and Hoag Hospital Nurse Karen Herold for their heroism when an Orange County couple’s plane crashed on Interstate 405 in June. Captain Meffert and Ms. Herold’s selfless deeds ensured there were no casualties, and the couple is now safe and recovering.

West LA ChamberI was also honored to receive my official membership plaque for 2017 from the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Inspired to be in the company of so many great business and community leaders.

Future Chinese Leaders

Future Chinese Leaders

On J‌uly 2‌9, I visited the Pacific Academy in Irvine to discuss the future of digital currency and its impact on our economy’s future with some of our state’s most brilliant young minds.

Lomo Cold StorageToured the Lomo Cold Storage facility with the Micheli family in Live Oak. Did you know that Sutter County is the largest producer of peaches in California? Peaches are in season and these peaches will be in cans within 8 hours.

Silicon Valley Leadership Group

I had a great time with some truly amazing women entrepreneurs at the Silicon Valley Leadership Breakfast sharing stories about climbing the corporate ladder, work-life balance and ways to help each other to succeed.

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In Peace and Friendship,

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Fiona Ma, CPA

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