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30 Sep
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Democratic Presidential Debate viewing party Oct. 13

Mark your calendars and plan to attend this year’s first Presidential Democratic Debate Watch Party. The Potluck Party will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, at Fresno County Democratic Party HQ (1035 U St.). Please bring your favorite dish. Water and cold drinks will be provided. The debate should be exciting and generate a lively discussion among those of us in attendance.

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30 Sep
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Volunteer at the Big Fresno Fair

We will have a Democratic Party booth at the Big Fresno Fair, and we need people to staff each shift throughout each day of the fair. Help us promote the Democratic Party by volunteering for a shift. To volunteer, call Christine Conley at 559-495-0606.

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30 Sep
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From Esmeralda Soria: Neighborhood meeting re Inspiration Park happening Oct. 1

From the office of Fresno City Councilmember Esmeralda Soria:

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29 Sep
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Stonewall Democrats have a new meeting venue

From our friends at Fresno Stonewall Democrats:

Just to give everyone a heads up about our latest Stonewall venue change. Special “thank you” to Barbara Pyle Rodgers for recommending it.

Next month, Tuesday, October 13th, Fresno Stonewall Democrats will be meeting at the Santa Fe Basque Restaurant located 3110 N. Maroa Ave., on the east side of the street across from the Legends night club.

As usual, the social (dinner) hour begins at 6 p.m. with the meeting call to order at 7 p.m. We have been struggling with attendance that last few months so PLEASE come out and support the club.

Santa Fe Basque is a locally owned non-chain restaurant and full service bar. The owner has graciously offered to waive our attendance minimum if we make it our on-going meeting place. We will have a private room off to the right of the entryway. Curious about the menu? http://www.santafebasque.com/menus.htm

They have a wide variety of menu choices from and prices start at a soup and house salad for $5. There is plenty of parking behind the restaurant. Just remember that at this point, Maroa is a one way street going north until Shields.

Our guest speaker will be Matt Armstrong of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) CCL is building support for a greenhouse gas emissions control policy called carbon fee and dividend (CF&D). It is a way of pricing carbon that return money to the citizens of the US and has tariff mechanisms to encourage overseas trading partners to enact similar policies. He would like Stonewall to endorse this proposal.

For more information on Stonewall contact the club president, Chuck Krugman at 559-266-9237 or ckrugman@sbcglobal.net

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22 Sep
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Democratic Coffee, Episode 10: Dottie Smith talks about the Fresno County Democratic Women’s Club

In the tenth episode of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee’s ‘Democratic Coffee’ podcast, recently elected President of the Fresno County Democratic Women’s Club Dottie Smith shares some of her history and tells us about the influential Fresno County Democratic Women’s Club.

Download the episode here, or listen now by clicking the Play button below. You can now subscribe to our Democratic Coffee podcast through iTunes. To subscribe, click here to open your iTunes account, then click the ‘View in iTunes’ and ‘Subscribe’ buttons. New episodes will then be delivered to your iPhone, iPod or iPad with every sync.

Democratic Coffee, our audio podcast, features news and interviews with local Democrats, presented as friendly conversations over coffee. New episodes will become available approximately every other week. Please continue to join us for a Democratic Coffee!

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16 Sep
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Watch Republican Presidential candidates debate at Democratic Potluck tonight, Sept. 16

The Fresno County Democratic Party will host a potluck Watch Party for this week’s Republican Presidential Candidates Debate at 5 p.m. today, Sept. 16, at the Democratic Party Headquarters, 1035 U St. in downtown Fresno.

Bring a small dish to share, and join fellow Democrats in critiquing the Republican presidential candidates.

For more information, call 559-495-0606.

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16 Sep
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Fresno for Bernie campaign activities update

From Yez Kaoosji and Chip Ashley:

From left: Nancy Griesser, Chip Ashley, Mary Zuccaro, Gene Roza, Dee Barnes, Yezdyar Kaoosji, Simone Cranston-Rhodes and her son Fresno. Photo by Pam Whalen.

From left: Nancy Griesser, Chip Ashley, Mary Zuccaro, Gene Roza, Dee Barnes, Yezdyar Kaoosji, Simone Cranston-Rhodes and her son Fresno. Photo by Pam Whalen.

The Fresno For Bernie activities have started to reflect the surge of the national Bernie Sanders for President campaign. Nearly 20 new supporters joined our campaign at the Labor Day Breakfast last week, and our Facebook group has grown to 377 at press time.

The Steering Group of local progressives started in June by Bev Fitzpatrick, Dee Barnes and Yezdyar Kaoosji now includes Nancy Griesser, Bob Jones, Simone Cranston-Rhodes, Abel Para, Chip Ashley, Ellie Garabedian, Rod Sanderson, Larry Johnson, Mike Wells, Mary Zuccaro, Sonny Karlyle, Hopita Valdez, Anna Wells, Yamina Grace, Daniel O’Connell and the list keeps growing at every meeting.

Last week we published a “tool kit” to help Bernie supporters launch their own Get Out The Word (GOTW) activities among family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. While community gatherings are not currently planned, the next live Bernie Sanders streaming event will be locally hosted when scheduled.

At this time we are inviting volunteers to join in tabling events at the Clovis Fest Democratic Club Booth on Sept. 19, the CVPPAC Dolores Huerta event on Sept. 27 and the Fresno Democratic Party Booth at the Big Fresno Fair on Friday, Oct. 16. Anyone interested in these events may contact Chip Ashley by emailing wattsvalleypreservation@gmail.com.

At this stage of the campaign, ten months before the California Primary we will remain an informal group and we will not be raising campaign funds. Everyone wishing to donate to the Bernie Sanders campaign or purchase official campaign promotional materials may do so via the www.berniesanders.com official website. Locally the Democratic Party office has Bernie Buttons and Bumper Stickers available for sale.

The Bernie Movement depends on passionate volunteers. Bernie does not have a huge paid staff contingent across the nation directing volunteer activity. This remains a grass roots driven campaign, and our objectives is to support volunteers to Get Out The Word (GOTW) by providing relevant information and support in these five areas:

  • EVENTS: Provide volunteers with information about local and national events as well as advice and resources for tabling, hosting local events, such as flyers, check-lists, sign-up forms, etc. Events Contact: Chip Ashley (wattsvalleypreservation@gmail.com)
  • COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Track opportunities for joining community celebration rallies, walking and waving with banners and signs at high traffic locations and in all neighborhoods.Community Outreach Contact: Dee Barnes (dee.barnes@comcast.net)
  • PRECINCT OUTREACH: Train and plan Precinct Outreach Walks in neighborhoods. Precinct Outreach Contact: Simone Cranston-Rhodes (simone@tenantstogether.org)
  • SOCIAL MEDIA/MEDIA: Plan and post information on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Social Media/Media Contact: Carlos Diaz (carlos@carlosmd.com)
  • SPEAKERS BUREAU: Train and schedule volunteers to make presentations about the Bernie Sanders Campaign at political and social clubs and groups. Speakers Bureau Contact: Yezdyar Kaoosji (yezdyk@comcast.net)

To join any of the above teams please email the contact person. The teams will meet as necessary to function effectively.

Contact: Fresno4Bernie2016@gmail.com www.berniesanders.com

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