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01 Sep
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My resolution to censure President Trump


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


Dear Democrats:

My name is Tony Thurmond and I’m running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. I believe deeply in the power of public education to change lives, because my public school education changed my life.

This past weekend I shared my story with many of you in Anaheim for the California Democratic Party Executive Board meeting. The energy there was palpable, and for good reason. Like many of you, I have never been more motivated to speak and act out in resistance to what I see happening in our country.

Like you, I am horrified by the President’s toleration of racists and bigots – and I am saddened. President Trump does not exemplify the values we want our children to learn. This past week I convened educators from across the state to talk about how we teach tolerance and combat hate in our schools.

But we can’t take back what President Trump has done. We can’t take back his words which encourage white supremacists or his pardon of a sheriff who abused his power to tear apart families. We can’t make him see that a hero is a hero no matter their chosen gender.

Only he can apologize for his actions.

So last week I introduced a resolution in the State Assembly calling upon Congress to censure President Trump, demanding his public apology, and calling on other state legislatures to do the same. Tomorrow we will vote on my resolution, and if we stand together as Democrats to pass it, California will become the first state in the nation to vote for the censure of President Trump.
As we should, because California is the epicenter of the resistance.

You can help move this resolution to a vote. Tweet, Facebook, and call your legislators to make your voice heard – Californians will not let President Trump’s disgraceful behavior go without consequence.

In Solidarity,

 

Tony Thurmond

 

 

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01 Sep
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Such a wonderful summer!


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


 

I’ve had such a memorable summer traveling up and down California on my Summer Road Trip.

From Siskiyou to Inyo, and Kern to Modoc, I have been so energized meeting with hundreds of community leaders and seeing diverse communities and ways of life all across California these past two months. I am so grateful for all the inspiring and informative conversations I’ve had, and I promise to carry the issues you shared with me forward.

As we get ready for fall and the next phase of our campaign, I wanted to share with you just a few of my memorable snapshots from my time on the road this summer:

With Plumas County Democratic Central Committee Chair Faith Strailey -- and their wonderful signs!

With Plumas County Democratic Central Committee Chair Faith Strailey — and their wonderful signs!

With Zoe, who I met while discussing the rising cost of housing in El Dorado County with her grandmother Sherry.

With Zoe, who I met while discussing the rising cost of housing in El Dorado County with her grandmother Sherry.

With farmworker Juan Carlos Vargas, who works 12 to 14-hour days at an alfalfa ranch in Lassen County.

With farmworker Juan Carlos Vargas, who works 12 to 14-hour days at an alfalfa ranch in Lassen County.

Meeting with the San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party (SLOCDP) -- thanks for the great conversation!

Meeting with the San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party (SLOCDP) — thanks for the great conversation!

In Mi-Wuk Village in Tuolumne County, where pine bark beetles have devastated neighborhoods.

In Mi-Wuk Village in Tuolumne County, where pine bark beetles have devastated neighborhoods.

At the National Chavez Center in Kern County -- in the famous words of Dolores Huerta herself, sí, se puede!

At the National Chavez Center in Kern County — in the famous words of Dolores Huerta herself, sí, se puede!

Thank you so much for following along with my Summer Road Trip. We’ll keep you updated on our campaign’s incredible momentum, and please be sure to follow my campaign accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Yours,
Eleni Kounalakis

P.S. Have you had a chance to fill out my Summer Road Trip Survey on the issues that matter to you and your family? We’re closing the survey this week, so be sure to fill it out today.

 

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