03 May

West Fresno Democratic Club taking pre-orders for Saturday’s BBQ

From Mikki Addison, President of the West Fresno Democratic Club:

The WFDC is currently taking pre-orders for our second annual BBQ Dinner/Yard Sale, scheduled 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 7. at 2159 S. Channing Ave. in Fresno (map).  The menu and prices are as follows:

  • Combination plate has 3 meats (pork ribs, chicken, hot links) with potato salad, string beans, and dessert $12.00;
  • A dinner with one meat (your choice) potato salad, string beans, and dessert $8.00.
  • We’re also selling sodas and water for $1.00 each.

To order or for more information, contact Mikki @ (559) 999-9445; or, Gloria @ (559) 255-3077.  With three orders or more, delivery can be arranged.

Mikki Addison, President
West Fresno Democratic Club

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26 Apr

Health Access seeking support for ‘Stop the Drop’ Campaign

From our friend Jessica Rothaar at Health Access comes this request:

Dear Central Valley Budget Allies:

The HHS Network is rolling out a postcard campaign, funded by the California Association of Food Banks (CAFB), urging 12 GOP legislators – including Senators Tom Berryhill and Anthony Cannella, and Asm. Bill Berryhill – to vote to “stop the drop” in revenues scheduled for July 1st, which would blow another $9 billion hole in California’s budget and force millions more in cuts to local schools, public safety and health & social services.

The postcards are meant to be signed by constituents of the legislators who can break California’s budget logjam. Our goal is to generate 10,000 postcards statewide by June 15.

If you can distribute (and collect them back after they’re signed!) these postcards at your meetings, in your waiting rooms, etc, please e-mail me the following:

  1. The number of postcards you would like sent to you and for which legislators. We will send printed address labels with the postcards so please specify how many postcards you want for each legislator.
  2. The name and address to send the postcards to.
  3. Whether you plan on sending the completed postcards back to us or mailing them directly to the legislators (Please see below for the logistics around either decision).

Our goal is to mail the postcards and address labels to you within a week of receiving your order. A sample of the postcard can be downloaded here.

Mailing Logistics

  • If you send your postcards directly to the legislators, the cost for a postcard stamp is 28 cents, so budget accordingly.
  • If you would like CAFB to pay the postage and mail the postcards from Oakland, please place all completed postcards in a large envelope and send it to:

Tim Shadix, California Association of Food Banks
1624 Franklin Street, Suite 722
Oakland, CA 94612

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks for all you do,

Jessica Rothhaar
Program Director, State-Level Advocacy and Organizing
Health Access
414 13th Street, Suite 450
Oakland, CA 94612
phone: 510-873-8787 ext. 107
cell: 415-517-0439
fax: 510-873-8789

For timely information on budget and legislative information, visit our website at

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25 Apr

Progressive Democrats of America invites you to meet their leadership at ‘PDA Road Show’ April 27

From our friend Judy Hess, leader of the Fresno Chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America, comes this invitation:

We warmly invite you to join PDA’s National Director Tim Carpenter, Field Director Conor Boylan, and California State Coordinator Dr. Bill Honigman, as they stop off in Fresno during the Central Valley leg of their ‘Healthcare Not Warfare’ roadshow through California. They’re on their way to the upcoming State Democratic Convention in Sacramento.

We will have an open discussion about organizing inside and outside the party, talk about PDA’s plans in Sacramento, and hear from you about organizing in Fresno.

Wednesday, April 27
Supper with the National Team: 6 p.m.
Meeting 7-9 p.m.
Denny’s Meeting Room, 1110. E. Shaw Ave, just east of N. First St., in Fresno.

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23 Apr

Fresno County Young Democrats invite you to their Pre-Convention Mixer

From Matt Rogers, Chair of the Fresno County Young Democrats:

Are you ready for CYD Convention, April 29-May1st, in Sacramento?? We are looking forward to a great convention and are hoping you are all planning on attending! Please feel free to call me if you need any details or assistance with transportation to Sacramento and we will do our best to make sure everyone has the opportunity to attend.

Make your registration payment today to take advantage of the early registration fee of $40 per person. After April 22nd it will go up to $50 per person! You must be registered in order to attend the CYD Party, CYD Awards ceremony, meetings, trainings, panels, and hospitality suites, and to get a CDP Convention Floor pass (access to the CDP Convention Floor), and a 2011 CYD t-shirt! (Note: If you are already a DSCC delegate, your registration fee for the CYD Convention is only $20.00).

Register online: cydconvention2011

For agenda and more information visit convention/

Looking forward to a great convention and a productive year with our YD club! See you Monday!

Matt Rogers
Chair -Fresno County Young Dems

Fresno County Young Democrats Pre Convention Mixer
Monday, April 25th, 6:00-7:30pm
Me n Eds in Tower District
1247 N. Wishon – Fresno, CA

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23 Apr

Planned Parenthood invites you to show your support in Sacramento

From our friends Monica Martin and Patsy Montgomery with Planned Parenthood:

Register TODAY for Planned Parenthood Capitol Day 2011!

Last year over 900 Planned Parenthood supporters, staff, parents and teens gathered in Sacramento to raise their voices in support of Planned Parenthood. Are you ready to join us this year?

Sign up now! Participation includes a free t-shirt, free lunch, and more importantly the opportunity to make a difference for reproductive health care in California. Make friends and meet people from across the state – participate in the education fair and fun workshops!

When: All day on Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Where: Sacramento, CA

Transportation: Our bus will leave from Fresno at 6 am in the morning and arrive back in Fresno around 6:30 pm. Buses will also leave from Bakersfield at 4 am, Visalia at 5 am,  and Madera at 6:45 am.

Contact: or 559-441-2744

Planned Parenthood Capitol Day is the perfect opportunity to talk with legislators about the many preventive health care services offered by Planned Parenthood and issues important to Californians.

Please fill out a registration form (available here) and send back to: by April 22nd.

We hope you can join us!

Monica Martin, Volunteer Services Coordinator  and Patsy Montgomery, AVP for Legislative Campaigns

Patsy Montgomery
Associate Vice President for Legislative Campaigns
Cell: 408.835.7198 / Office: 559.441.2733

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