07 Mar

The petition is live!

It’s no secret: the San Joaquin Valley has some of the dirtiest air in the nation. Some days, it’s unsafe to be outside because the air is just too unhealthy to breathe.

Instead of adopting a plan to improve our air quality, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and California Air Resources Board are seeking more delays on an already-overdue plan to clean up pollution in the region.

We deserve better and we can change this! Tell the Valley Air District and state Air Resources Board to stop dragging their feet and adopt a strong plan to reduce pollution in our communities.

The San Joaquin Valley recently experienced one of the worst air pollution events in decades, with fine particulate matter pollution (PM2.5) reaching dangerous levels. These extremely small air particles and droplets create hazy views and when inhaled can lodge deep in our lungs and even enter our bloodstream – constricting or blocking blood flow to the heart and brain.

We can’t wait any longer for cleaner air.

Speak up now! Sign our petition and urge the Valley Air District and the State Air Board to take significant action to clean up our air without further delay.

Thank you for taking action for clean air in our Valley,


Genevieve Gale

Policy Associate, Central Valley Air Quality (CVAQ) Coalition

San Joaquin Valley Representative, Coalition for Clean Air


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07 Mar

California Democratic Party Convention Recap

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06 Mar

2018 Inaugural Regional Midyear Planning Conference

BAPAC-Fresno would like to invite all  Educators, Students, Political Figures and African American Organizations to attend this year’s Midyear Conference. There will be a variety of workshops and forums that focus on topics that are affecting our communities politically and socially.

We honorably request your ‘Sponsorship’. Your contribution will greatly help with student participation & program cost.

BAPAC Midyear Sponsorship Flyer 2018_0

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06 Mar

HUGE Update!

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

TJ Cox for Congress

After much deliberation, and with the encouragement of family, friends, and supporters here in the Central Valley, I’m proud to announce that I’m taking my campaign for Congress to California’s 21st Congressional District.

Believe me, this wasn’t an easy decision. But to my supporters and the new friends I’ve made throughout this campaign, I want you to know that I’ve always been committed to giving this community the representation we need.

The Central Valley is my home. I know every inch of its landscape — the towns, farms, and fields. I’ve spent the last 7 years here investing in projects like community healthcare clinics, job-training, and starting educational facilities. My teams and I were working in these neighborhoods where Wall St. wouldn’t come close, and this work continues.

I’m ready to keep serving this community, and I believe it’s time we had representation in Congress that understands our needs here at home. I can’t do this alone, and I need you to with me in this fight. Can you sign on to reaffirm your support for our campaign?

Join the campaign

Let me be very clear: My decision to move our campaign back to this district is about the thousands of Californians in the Central Valley — from Tranquillity to Arvin — who stand to lose access to health care under the status quo. It’s about the hard-working immigrants who would be torn from their homes and families if this administration gets its way. And it’s about all of us who face a deteriorating social-safety net with the callous cuts to Medicare and Social Security that special interests in Washington keep pushing.

That’s where we’re headed under Donald Trump and his “yes-man” and my opponent — David Valadao.

Right now, a Democrat is well positioned to defeat Jeff Denham in CA-10. But in CA-21 — where I have deep roots — I refuse to let David Valadao off without a fight for betraying our community by voting with Trump 98.5% of the time in Congress. He’s out for the special interests, and we’ve had enough. That’s why I’m in this fight.

I know we can win the 21st. And with your support, we have a chance to make history in the Central Valley by flipping a seat that will be instrumental in winning back the U.S. House.

Stick with me. This journey isn’t over, we’ve only just begun. Sign on to support my campaign to unseat David Valadao and flip California’s 21st district >>

Thank you,

TJ Cox


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06 Mar

Central Valley Women to Celebrate International Women’s Day by Challenging Human Rights Violations of Immigrants



Central Valley Women to Join in the Celebration of International Women’s Day by Challenging Unlawful Human Rights Violations of Immigrant Families in the

Central Valley

#TIMEISNOW to respect and uphold immigrant women and their families’ human rights. 


Myrna Martinez Nateras, AFSC (559) 222-7678 or

WHAT:  Fresno, Calif. – On this International Women’s Day the Pan Valley Institute of The American Friends Service Committee will hold a press conference to express our voice for women’s rights, gender equality and justice particularly within our Central Valley immigrant and refugee women and their children who are facing so much distress amidst the harsh immigration policies that are separating our families and intimidating our communities.

Together with other local immigrant rights organizations we will join the rest of the globe in the United Nation’s International Women’s Day celebration under the theme #timeisnow by calling attention to the recent ICE activity in the Central Valley and the immediate chaos and instability that these detainments are causing to our communities.

We will call on our elected officials and the President to STOP using immigrants and refugees as a political game and demonstrate political will and wisdom to find a solution to the current immigration crisis they have caused.

WHEN: Thursday, March 8, 2018 12:00 PM

WHERE: Robert E. Coyle Federal Building, 2500 Tulare Street, Fresno

WHO: Pan Valley Institute of The American Friends Service Committee


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Established in 1998, AFSC’s Pan Valley Institute (PVI) in Fresno, California, has been at the forefront of serving thousands of immigrants in California’s multicultural Central Valley. PVI’s work is grounded in   the knowledge that immigrants bring enormous cultural capital and valuable perspectives to the Central Valley. By intentionally creating and opening public spaces to immigrants, PVI enhances expressions of creativity, stimulates a sense of belonging, and fortifies immigrant contributions to the Valley’s civic life

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