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10 Mar
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Violence Against Women Act

By Jesse Franz

On Feb. 26, Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The bill was originally created in 1994 under the leadership of then Senator Joe Biden. It improved criminal justice responses to domestic violence and ensured that victims have access to services for their safety and in order to rebuild their lives after the trauma. However, Republican Representative Tom McClintock, whose district encompasses part of Fresno County, voted against reauthorization.

McClintock claimed that he voted no on the VAWA because of a provision that seeks to protect women on tribal lands, mandatory minimum sentences for domestic abusers and because of the grant money it would allocate to programs that assist and protect those who fall victim to abuse.

Since the VAMA was first ratified in 1994 the rate of intimate partner violence has fallen by 67%. The rate of intimate partner homicide has fallen 35% for women and 46% for males, and more victims are reporting domestic violence to police creating more arrests for abuse. Also, it has led to the creation of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which has received more than 3,000,000 calls since its creation, and 92% of those callers report that it was their first attempt to reach out for help (this being one of the programs that McClintock does not want to spend federal money on).

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07 Mar
0

Get your tickets today for our ‘We The People’ Annual Fundraiser, scheduled April 19

logoGet your tickets for the Fresno County Democratic Party’s Annual Fundraiser Dinner Dance, scheduled 5:30-11 p.m. Friday, April 19, at International Catering, 4227 N. West Ave., in Fresno.

Meet your elected officials at the dinner, and help the Fresno County Democratic Party honor several  community leaders and volunteers, including:

  • Dee Barnes
  • Humberto Gomez
  • Marina Magdaleno
  • Howard Watkins

Tickets are $75 each, and event sponsorships are available. Proceeds go to help the Fresno County Democratic Party accomplish its mission.

Purchase your tickets online today through ActBlue. For more information contact Fresno County Democratic Headquarters at (559) 495-0606, or via e-mail at fresnocountydemocrats@yahoo.com.

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07 Mar
0

FCDCC approves resolution: Fracking Resolution in lieu of a moratorium

At its March 6 General Meeting, the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee approved the following resolution:

Fracking Resolution in lieu of a moratorium:

WHEREAS the California state regulatory agency of oil and gas drilling, the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), has been too close to the oil and gas industry for decades and their regulatory process is outdated, not transparent to the public, and even allowed fracking to occur without permits or any other form of specific approval for over 50 years; and

WHEREAS the first-ever draft fracking regulations for California were released by DOGGR this past December and they were universally criticized by the environmental community as not going far enough, for allowing the industry to keep the chemicals they use secret, for not providing notice of fracking to neighbors, and for not revealing where they get their water from, among other problems. Therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee (FCDCC) asks the California State Legislature to pass legislation (there are at least seven bills on the subject that have been introduced this session) and asks Jerry Brown to sign them, so that our state regulatory agency, DOGGR, ceases to rubber-stamp drilling permits, requires a permit for all forms of oil drilling, including fracking, is more transparent and public-oriented, requires adequate bonding levels for the industry, and assures the wastewater generated by the industry is properly disposed of, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the FCDCC will notify all state legislators representing Fresno County in order to engage with them, and their staff, to promote this legislative agenda.

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07 Mar
0

FCDCC approves resolution: Aspartame and Dairy

At its March 6 General Meeting, the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee approved the following resolution:

Aspartame Resolution

WHEREAS the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have filed a petition with the FDA asking the FDA to alter the definition of “milk” and other dairy products; including yogurt, cream, sour cream, eggnog, whipping cream, and others; to secretly include chemical sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose;

WHEREAS if the petition is successful, these chemical sweeteners would not be required to be listed on the label;

WHEREAS these chemical sweeteners are scientifically proven to cause seizures and other serious medical illnesses

BE IT THEN RESOLVED that the FCDCC opposes such alteration of the definition of milk and other dairy products to allow chemical additives to dairy products and supports transparent labeling of milk and all foodstuffs so that consumers can be aware of what they are purchasing;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the FCDCC will notify local, state, and federal representatives of said petition to request in the strongest possible language that our representatives oppose the petition.

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07 Mar
0

FCDCC approves resolution: Sustainable Growth

At its March 6 General Meeting, the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee approved the following resolution:

Resolution Urging Sustainable Regional and Local Planning to Improve Public Health, Social Equity, Land Use, and Economic Viability

WHEREAS Regional Transportation Plans (RTP) and Sustainable Communities Strategies (SCS as outlined in CA SB 375) based on smart-growth principles as outlined in the attached sign-on letter to the San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Council can stimulate the region’s economy and save families and local governments money;

WHEREAS said smart-growth principles will mitigate against climate change by reducing production of greenhouse gases and improve public health by reducing air and water pollution and stimulating more physical activity;

WHEREAS said smart growth principles will improve local economies by saving farmland from sprawl development and thus strengthen the agricultural sector and by promoting equity, access, and opportunity through a strategy of complete neighborhoods that offer all necessary daily goods and services that can be easily accessed by walking and bicycling;

BE IT THEN RESOLVED that the FCDCC authorizes the chair of the FCDCC to sign onto the attached letter to the San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Council supporting Smart Growth Principles;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the FCDCC authorizes the chair of the FCDCC to send this resolution to the CDP and urge the CDP to resolve to support the principles addressed in the attached sign-on letter.

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07 Mar
1

FCDCC approves resolution: Close Corporate Tax Loophole

At its March 6 General Meeting, the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee approved the following resolution:

Close the Corporate Loophole

WHEREAS, Proposition 13 is fundamentally unfair and allows corporations to exploit loopholes to avoid paying property taxes and has shifted the tax burden to everyday homeowners and working families; and

WHEREAS, loss of revenue from corporate property taxes has lead to an increase in regressive taxes and fees that hurt the most vulnerable Californians and,

WHEREAS closing the corporate loophole would generate desperately needed revenue for education and public safety,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee supports requiring corporate properties to be reassessed annually; and,

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee will communicate this position to Democratic elected officials and delegates to the California Democratic Party Convention.

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07 Mar
0

FCDCC approves resolution: Resolution to Stop the Destruction of the United States Postal Service and its Unions

At its March 6 General Meeting, the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee approved the following resolution:

Resolution to Stop the Destruction of the United States Postal Service and its Unions

WHEREAS, The United States Postal Service, to make up an annual loss of approximately $5.2 Billion will only save approximately $2 Billion by eliminating Saturday delivery with the resulting layoff of employees, thereby leaving an annual deficit of over $3 Billion; and

WHEREAS, Regulations passed in 2006 mandate that the United States Postal Service pre-fund health benefits and pension plans for all employees born and unborn to cover a period of 75 years into the future by making payment of approximately $5.6-5.8 Billion from 2007 through the year 2017; and

WHEREAS, the elimination of Saturday delivery will have a severe adverse affect on Postal Service employees and their unions, its customers, and businesses other than competing, for profit, package and document delivery corporations

BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party submit a letter to the United States Postal Service, our Congressional Delegation, appropriate Senate and House oversight committees, and the President of the United States stating that the United States Postal Service discontinue payments to its pension fund until the pension funding regulation is reviewed and replaced, cancel its plan to end Saturday delivery, and recalculate rational rates for all postal services.

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