08 Feb

YOU’RE INVITED! – Support Immigrants Press Conference

Subject: YOU’RE INVITED! – Support Immigrants Press Conference

Hello everyone,

Next Thursday, February 14 the Fresno City council will be voting on a Welcoming City resolution and to establish an Immigrant Affairs Committee. We will be holding a press conference to announce the resolution on Wednesday, February 13 at 1030am. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Please review the details below:

Press Conference:

Wednesday, February 13 at 1030am

Fresno EOC Nielsen Center

3110 W. Nielsen Fresno, CA 93706

Day of the vote:

Fresno city hall

Time: TBD


Samuel Molina

CA State Director

Mi Familia Vota

5228 E. Pine Ave.

Fresno, CA 93727

C: (559) 473-6096

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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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07 Feb

California Democratic Party New Delegate Training

Subject: California Democratic Party New Delegate Training

Good Morning DCC Chairs and Regional Directors, 

I wanted to take a moment to share with you a fantastic training opportunity that I, in consultation with Sacramento Central Labor Council, CDP Region 3 Director and PCDP Chair Tomas Vera, have been working on putting together over the last few months. In 2017 the state party put together various delegate trainings across the state leading up to the 2017 State Convention. When it became evident that the state was not planning to do the same this cycle, I reached out to the previous facilitator, Four Waters Media, and got them on board to do a training this year. Luckily after a few months of planning, the state party has gotten on board and is sponsoring the training. 

On Saturday February 23rd from 1-5pm, the California Democratic Party will be hosting a New Delegate Training in Sacramento. The training is open to any Registered Democrat, but focuses on delegate responsibilities. Attached is the flyer for the event. There is also an eventbrite registration link that the facilitators request everyone who wants to attend sign up for. The training has limited seating (about 170 people) and is being conducted at the Sacramento Central Labor Council. As this training is for Northern California, we anticipate participation from all over the area. This event is being shared with all regional directors and DCC Chairs in Northern/Central California to encourage their delegates to attend to learn more about the process. 

As there are a lot of new delegates, please be sure to send this out to your delegates to inform them of this training opportunity. 

To RSVP to the event, please sign up here: 

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07 Feb

BWOPA Political Training Events have been postponed

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06 Feb

Mark your calendar now for CTGCA’s 2019 Webinars

Three Parts Skill. One Part Inspiration.

On four Fridays over one hour this year, you can improve your campaign’s finance outlook, learn how to expand your political network, understand a candidate’s shift from non-partisan to partisan office and where you fit into the movement for more women in office. Webinar Schedule:

Friday, March 8th
Campaign Finance

Friday May 17th
Party Politics

Friday, Sept. 20th
Women & Elections 

Friday, Nov. 15th
Non-Partisan to Partisan Focus 

 “Dark Money.  Clean Money. Can an Ethical Candidate Compete?” 

“CTGCA’s How-To Guide: Working a Convention to Advance Your Candidacy”

“Catching a Wave or Building a Movement?”

“From Non-Partisan Office to Partisan Progressive Candidate”

In Honor of Black History Month

As we celebrate Black History Month, we honor the contributions of African American Women in the State Legislature. Groundbreaking legislation put forth by these extraordinary women includes criminal justice reform, support for children in foster care, improving teacher ratios for classrooms and much more.

As of 2019, the percentage of California Legislators who are women of color triples the national average. We are proud to lead the nation in this critical area, but there is more work to do in order to keep up the trend. CTGCA is working with numerous prospective African American candidates eyeing 2020 races and beyond.

The Senate Budget Chair, Senator Holly Mitchell represents SD-30 in Los Angeles County and serves as one of 5 who negotiate budget priorities for CA. First elected to the State Legislature in 2012, Senator Mitchell is the legislature’s leading advocate for closing the state’s “wealth gap.” She has been a frequent speaker and steadfast inspiration to CTGCA audiences over the years.

Assemblymember Autumn Burke represents AD-62 in Los Angeles County. She was first elected to the State Legislature in 2014 and chairs the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation. She recently addressed CTGCA prospective candidates on the “Real Life, Real Legislators” panel at our December 2018 Sacramento Symposium.

Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove has represented AD-54 in Los Angeles County since her victory in a 2018 special election. A longtime friend of CTGCA, she is one of the Assembly’s experts on education, having served as president of the LACCD. Last December, Sydney “wowed” prospective candidates at our Sacramento Symposium.

Assemblymember Shirley Nash Weber represents AD-79, portions of San Diego and Imperial County.  Dr. Weber chairs the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety. A former college professor, she has inspired CTGCA audiences with her practical advice and personal encouragement. 

< ![if !vml]>< ![endif]>Close the Gap CA is a campaign to recruit progressive women to run for open seats in the CA State legislature.  We ask allies to promote these electoral opportunities and identify and recommend to us prospective progressive women candidates. This month, we highlight Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA), a valued partner and a 501c4 whose mission is “to activate, motivate, promote, support, and educate African-American women about the political process, encourage involvement, and to affirm our commitment to, and solving of, those problems affecting the African-American community.”

News & Events

The Washington Post: Stacey Abrams lost the Georgia governor’s race. But her star is rising.
ALBANY, Ga. — Stacey Abrams walked into the roomful of cheering supporters with the posture of a winner — head high, bright smile, hearty hugs and handshakes. Read more.

The Difference Women Make

The Conversation: The more women in government, the healthier a population
Our findings, published recently in the journal SSM – Population Health, support the argument that yes, women in government do in fact advance population health. Read more.

LA Times: For L.A. County supervisors, era of ‘little kings’ is over
Grilling of sheriff over reinstating of deputy signals a new day for board that has women in a supermajority. Read more.

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06 Feb




Speaker Pelosi, Cameron Kasky and I before the SOTU

Dear Thomas J,

In the House gallery for last night’s 2019 State of the Union address were many gun violence survivors, including my guest, Cameron Kasky, a student activist and survivor of the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla. But President Trump didn’t say a single word about stopping the most dangerous people from getting the most dangerous weapons. I was disappointed and underwhelmed by the President’s address, but I was not left without hope.

Why?  Because this morning, about 12 hours after the President’s remarks, I joined my House Judiciary Committee colleagues for a hearing on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 – the first congressional action on gun violence in nearly a decade.  Finally, we have the opportunity to do something, because in America, the right to live – to survive a day in school, church, synagogue, the movies, or anywhere else without being mowed down by bullets – should be more important than anything else.

WATCH: Rep. Swalwell’s questions to House Judiciary Committee panel on ending gun violence

There is still so much work to be done.  Congress must immediately pass universal background checks and then turn our attention to lifting the decades-old restriction that prevents the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from studying the impacts of gun violence. We must address and prevent the root causes of gang violence, ensure every American has access to quality mental health resources, and institute a real assault weapons ban so weapons of war no longer terrorize our communities.

As always, I am honored to represent you in Washington, DC, where I remain committed to go big, be bold, and do good to ensure every American has the freedom to dream.

Through all of this, my staff and I will be here for you.  Please visit my website or contact my East Bay office at (510) 370-3322 if we can be of service in any way.  To stay connected, join me on Twitter @RepSwalwell, and Facebook.


Eric Swalwell
Member of Congress

Castro Valley District Office
3615 Castro Valley Boulevard
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Phone: 510-370-3322

Washington, DC Office
407 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-5065

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06 Feb

Community Meetings on Proposed Voter’s Choice Act Changes to Future Fresno County Elections

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06 Feb

Fresno County Democratic Party Chair Comments on STOU



February 6, 2019


Democratic County Chair Comments on SOTU


We appreciate President Donald Trump’s call for unity in the State of the Union address and hope that he will move forward working jointly with Congress to solve the country’s many problems.

We are, however, disappointed in his continuing obsession with a southern border wall and the lies he tells to support that position. A border wall is unnecessary, racist and ineffective; moreover, the only discussions about a border wall should be with the Mexican government¾not the U.S. Congress or the American people—as per Trump’s own assurances throughout his campaign for the presidency.

This State of the Union address was also marked by what it did not include. Trump did not address the continuing influence of Russia on his administration’s policies, climate change, clean drinking water for every American, accessible and affordable healthcare for everyone, comprehensive immigration reform (a real solution to border concerns), voter protection (protecting democracy) or gun violence.

—Michael D. Evans, Chair, Fresno County Democratic Party


Contact the Fresno County Democratic Party at 559-495-0606 or


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05 Feb

I just finished delivering the Spanish State of the Union response

I just finished delivering the Spanish language response to President Trump’s State of the Union at my former high school, where I spoke among our nation’s future leaders.

I am the son of immigrants from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. My parents arrived in the United States with little more than faith in each other and in the promise of the country they would soon call home: that everyone who works hard and plays by the rules can get ahead.

My parents started with nothing. Today, we live the American Dream, and I have the privilege as California’s Attorney General to defend the rights of millions of Americans.

The state of our union decides our destinies, but right now, our union is in chaos. How can we move forward when the president doesn’t know how to drive?

Our federal government was shut down for 35 days, with another potential shutdown looming, because of President Trump’s extravagant obsession with building a wall that experts don’t want — not to mention that he promised Mexico would pay for.

Unfortunately, the wall with Mexico is not the only wall President Trump is trying to build. He’s putting a wall between you and your doctor, a wall between you and the voting booth, a wall between veterans and the protections they more than earned, a wall between students and the chance of living debt-free, and a wall between parents and their children.

Debemos derribar estos muros — we must tear down these walls. When my parents arrived in this country, they faced signs that said “no dogs or Mexicans allowed.” I know what damage these walls can do and who they exclude.

As California’s Attorney General, I’ve taken President Trump to court 45 times for harming our families and breaking our laws — and I’m not done fighting to protect our communities.

Are you with me? Contribute $5 now to help me keep up the fight.

As we move forward to defend rights of all Americans, as we raise our voices to be heard by our elected officials in Washington, as we march in the streets and to the polls, together we’ll keep the doors of opportunity open throughout this country.

Gracias por luchar junto conmigo — thank you for fighting alongside me,



Xavier Becerra -- California Attorney General

Becerra for Attorney General 2022
777 South Figueroa Street
Suite 4050 Los Angeles, CA 90017-5864


Thank you for supporting Xavier Becerra. Grassroots supporters like you help us protect California’s working families, advance criminal justice reform, and keep our communities safe.

Emails are a crucial way to stay in touch with our top supporters. If we’re going to protect and serve the people of California, we need you with us every step of the way.

To keep up to date with Xavier’s fight against Trump in court, click here.

From all of us at Team Becerra, thanks for your support!

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05 Feb

School to Prison Pipeline Panel at FCC

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05 Feb

BWOPA Candidate Training 101 (2) week series to be held Saturdays February 9th & 11th.

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04 Feb

Improving Quigley Park!

Improving Quigley Park! 

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Our Neighborhood Wins!

Last week, Councilmember Soria received support from her Fresno City council colleagues on a proposal to master plan the restoration and rehabilitation of Quigley Neighborhood Park! This is the first step in making sure District 1 has quality green space.

Quigley Park is a public, 8+ acre neighborhood park adjacent to Williams Elementary School. In December 2018, the Fresno City Parks Master Plan’s assessment of Quigley Park placed it in “poor” condition and as a top priority to fix.

We are excited to begin the work! The Master Plan will be dependent on YOUR input to create the long-term vision for Quigley Park.

Want to get involved? We will be forming an advisory committee. Please contact us at, if interested in participating.

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, February 25th!
1st Community Meeting
Location and Time TBD

Contact our office with any questions at (559) 621-7816 or at 

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04 Feb

Black History Month at Fresno City College

FYI – The FCC Black Faculty and Staff would appreciate your support.  Please share.

Thank you,


———- Original Message ———-
From: Monique Kelley <>
Date: January 30, 2019 at 6:15 PM
Subject: Black History Month at Fresno City College

The Black History Month calendar may be found here –

Please see the available flyers for some of the BHM events by clicking on the link.  Spread the word to students, colleagues, and folks in the community.


(Ms.) Monique S. Kelley, MPA, CPA
Accounting Instructor

Co-Accounting Department Chair 2017-2019

Distance Education Committee Chair 2018-2019

AAFSA President 2017-2019

Academic Senator Spring 2019

Business DivisionFresno City College
559-442-4600 ext. 8480

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04 Feb

Xavier is giving the Spanish language response to President Trump tomorrow night

Big news: Xavier is giving the Spanish language response to President Trump’s State of the Union tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s speech is an important opportunity to respond to President Trump’s divisive rhetoric with a forward-looking vision for our country.

You can watch the speech tomorrow night immediately after the State of the Union at

If you’re on Twitter, please follow @XavierBecerra and tweet with the hashtag #SOTU to show your support for Xavier’s response.

As California’s Attorney General, Xavier is leading the fight to challenge President Trump’s harmful agenda in court. Tomorrow night, he’ll explain how President Trump’s policies are hurting our communities and speak to the values that make our nation strong.

Thank you for supporting Xavier tomorrow night,

Team Xavier


Xavier Becerra -- California Attorney General

Becerra for Attorney General 2022
777 South Figueroa Street
Suite 4050 Los Angeles, CA 90017-5864


Thank you for supporting Xavier Becerra. Grassroots supporters like you help us protect California’s working families, advance criminal justice reform, and keep our communities safe.

Emails are a crucial way to stay in touch with our top supporters. If we’re going to protect and serve the people of California, we need you with us every step of the way.

To keep up to date with Xavier’s fight against Trump in court, click here.

From all of us at Team Becerra, thanks for your support!

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04 Feb

Commemorating Black History Month

A message from Senator Kamala D. Harris

Commemorating Black History Month


This month is a time to come together and remember how far we have come, and how far we still have to go. Black History Month acknowledges and applauds the contributions and accomplishments across the African American community, and provides us the opportunity to celebrate black excellence in all its forms.

Its leaders like Dr. Carter G. Woodson who have also reminded us that Black History Month should be celebrated all year round.

Throughout the last two years, our community has stood up and fought hard against injustice and in support of a healthier community where all people can live and thrive safely and are provided the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Just last month, we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the words of Coretta Scott King could never be more true. She reminds us that, “struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.”

While we recognize Black History Month, let us remember that we must fight each and every day for the best of who we are as a country – for dignity, equity, and justice. We must always remember that as Dr. King did, we are fighting for something and not against something. Because if it’s worth fighting for, it’s a fight worth having.

As Dr. King taught us, “let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”



Kamala D. Harris
United States Senator 

Speaking Truth:

Watch the moment when the United States Senate agreed unanimously to make lynching a federal crime for the first time in history.

In December of 2018, Senators Harris and Booker took to the Senate floor to ask for unanimous consent to pass the bipartisan Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018, historic legislation that would criminalize lynching, attempts to lynch, and conspiracy to lynch for the first time in American history. The motion passed, marking the first time in American history that federal anti-lynching legislation has been passed by the Senate.

Image/By passing this bill we have offered some long overdue 
justice and recognition to the victims of lynching crimes. Image/

-Senator Kamala D. Harris


The Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018 amends the United States Code to specify that lynching is a crime under existing federal civil rights statutes. The legislation was originally introduced in June 2018 by Senators Harris, Booker, and Scott, and unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in October 2018.

Taking Action:

Senator Harris is a longstanding advocate for our African American communities. Here’s some of what the Senator has worked on recently.


Paying Attention:


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03 Feb

BWOBA/BAPAC Board of Supervisors Candidate Forum

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