I wanted to take a moment to drop you a thank you note.
I don’t think I’m overstating this: if we unseat David Valadao come November — it’ll be because of your incredible support ahead of last night’s end-of-quarter deadline.
Not only did you help us record our strongest grassroots fundraising month to date, you’re also proving that grassroots donors have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with the special interests and super PACs doing everything they can to defeat us.
Now, a reality check: Voters in California receive their mail-in ballots beginning on October 8th.
That’s one week away! From here on out, this campaign will be hard at work securing these votes so we can win this race and we’ll be depending on your continued support.
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FRESNO—In April 2018, Aileen Rizo won an important court battle in defense of equal pay for equal work. It all started in 2012 when Rizo, a math consultant at the Fresno County Office of Education, learned that a newly hired male coworker was five rungs higher on the pay scale than she was. Rizo had climbed that ladder for four years working with the county and yet was still getting paid far less for the exact same position and title. It wasn’t a case of someone being more qualified; Rizo had more education and seniority. However, one employee was a man and one was a woman. Rizo knew this treatment was unjust.
The Ninth Circuit Court agreed. Rizo’s employer tried to hide behind the defense that it was just playing salaries relative to what employees had earned at their previous jobs and that this form of discrimination was legal because it is based on a factor other than sex. The Ninth Circuit Court decided that even if it is not explicitly worded that way, that practice still discriminates against women. It still boiled down to unequal pay for equal work. Unequal status is easily perpetuated when employers can simply pass the blame for low pay back to previous jobs. Discriminating on past pay institutionalizes the wage gap. Rizo won her verdict, and a valuable precedent was set.
Now this victory is at risk. Jim Yovino, the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, has appealed the decision all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. To justify the appeal, Yovino has focused on one aspect of the Ninth Circuit trial. There, one of the 11 judges presiding over the case died after the arguments had been made and his vote on the case had been recorded before the verdict was officially gaveled in. This was unusual enough to enable Yovino to push forward this case after Rizo’s victory.
This appeal matters both to Fresno County and the entire country. In addition to the incredible importance of pay equity to all workers, the appeal is costly to Fresno taxpayers. Supreme Court cases are long and labor intensive. The county is paying to try and give employers the ability to discriminate against the people that they hire. Yovino, an elected official as Fresno County superintendent, is trying to ensure that employers everywhere can pay two people of the exact same ability doing the exact same work two different rates. This is an issue beyond political parties. It is simply a matter of fundamental rights.
“Aileen Rizo’s victory for equity pay is a positive development for everyone in our society—especially women,” says Michael D. Evans, chair of the Fresno County Democratic Party. “In challenging the court’s decision, Yovino’s priorities are severely misplaced. We should support pay equity and use our tax dollars to better our communities, not line the pockets of greedy attorneys looking to screw our neighbors out of a fair wage.”
Rizo is now running against Republican Jim Patterson for State Assembly. She has not given up fighting against unjust treatment. It is uncertain when she will be in front of the Supreme Court to state her case, but she will be on the ballot Nov. 6 pledging to fight for the rest of us.
The Fresno County Democratic Party can be reached at 559-495-0606 or email@example.com.
Nunes Iowa Family Farm Exposed
Fresno, CA (October 1st, 2018) – Devin Nunes and his relatives secretly moved their family farm from California to Iowa a decade ago and they now likely employ undocumented workers. Extensive reporting from Esquire magazine details that the farm Devin Nunes touts constantly was actually sold in 2006. The reporting exposes the hypocrisy of the Nunes owned dairy farm that is working hard to protect their brother’s reelection chances and most likely profiting off of undocumented labor. Andrew Janz released the following statement in reaction to that story:
“It is disgusting that Devin Nunes has been lying for years about his family farm, pretending he is one of us. Devin has shown once again that he’s left the Valley and the values we hold dear behind just to make a profit. His family moving their farm to Iowa and lying to Californians to protect Devin’s political career is just the latest and most heinous example. We deserve better.”
Read the full account from Ryan Lizza here, https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a23471864/devin-nunes-family-farm-iowa-california/.
Andrew Janz was raised in Visalia and is running for Congress against Devin Nunes in California’s 22nd Congressional District. Andrew’s campaigning on water for the valley, more jobs, social security and medicaid, and fighting corruption in Washington. Andrew Janz is 34 years old and resides in Fresno with his wife Heather and their two dogs
This is a big election! Senator Ricardo Lara’s election to the office of Insurance Commissioner will be historic. He will become the first LGBT candidate elected statewide in California. As the nation’s most progressive state, we can only say…it’s about time!
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In a moment, I’m going to ask you to make a donation to TJ Cox’s campaign to flip California’s 21st district. But first, let me explain why it’s so important that we all come together to make sure TJ gets elected.
TJ’s not even in Congress yet and he’s already been delivering positive outcomes for our Central Valley communities.
Thanks to his work as a community development leader, tens of thousands in the Central Valley have access to health care, job training, and better career opportunities. Now, he’s running for Congress to make sure our government does right for working families and to ensure his community has a voice in Congress.
While Cox worked to help build health clinics across the Central Valley, his opponent David Valadao was in Washington voting with Donald Trump 99% of the time — including a vote he took to strip away health care insurance from thousands of hard-working families in this district.
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