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The June Community Alliance newspaper

The June Community Alliance newspaper

The June 2020 Community Alliance is now online

[Go to https://fresnoalliance.com/2020/06/ to see this month’s articles]

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From The Editor



Here are links to the individual articles in this month’s online edition 
of the Community Alliance newspaper.


The Peace and Social Justice Calendar https://fresnoalliance.com/peace-and-social-justice-calendar/
Protests of the Killing of George Floyd https://fresnoalliance.com/protests-for-the-killing-of-george-floyd/
Ambush of Arias Revisited https://fresnoalliance.com/ambush-of-arias-revisited/
Protest for Rent and Mortgage Relief https://fresnoalliance.com/protest-for-rent-and-mortgage-relief/
Supporting Small Farmers and the Community https://fresnoalliance.com/supporting-small-farmers-and-the-community/
One Fresno…Really? https://fresnoalliance.com/one-fresnoreally/
Fresno May 1 Actions for Essential Immigrant Workers https://fresnoalliance.com/fresno-may-1-actions-for-essential-immigrant-workers/

A Progressive Analysis of the March 2020 Fresno Mayoral Race https://fresnoalliance.com/a-progressive-analysis-of-the-march-2020-fresno-mayoral-race/
World’s Immigration and Poverty under the Pandemic https://fresnoalliance.com/worlds-immigration-and-poverty-under-the-pandemic/
Helping Fresnans to Stay Safe https://fresnoalliance.com/helping-fresnans-to-stay-safe/
Just the FAX, Please https://fresnoalliance.com/just-the-fax-please/
Attack on Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. https://fresnoalliance.com/attack-on-cuban-embassy-in-washington-d-c/
Connecting the Dots: The Plan to Invade Venezuela and Kidnap or Kill the President for Big Money https://fresnoalliance.com/connecting-the-dots-the-plan-to-invade-venezuela-and-kidnap-or-kill-the-president-for-big-money/
Fresno’s Connection to Nicaragua https://fresnoalliance.com/fresnos-connection-to-nicaragua/
Meet Madera County’s New Public Health Officer https://fresnoalliance.com/meet-madera-countys-new-public-health-officer/
Reunite, Resistance, Feminism and Activism https://fresnoalliance.com/reunite-resistance-feminism-and-activism/
Without Knowledge There Are No Solutions https://fresnoalliance.com/without-knowledge-there-are-no-solutions/
Hotbed of Radicalism Elicits Responses https://fresnoalliance.com/hotbed-of-radicalism-elicits-responses/
Meat Packing and the Coronavirus https://fresnoalliance.com/meat-packing-and-the-coronavirus/
Fresno’s Angry Right Very Wrong https://fresnoalliance.com/fresnos-angry-right-very-wrong/
Shelter in place? You mean all of us? Together 24/7? EEK! https://fresnoalliance.com/shelter-in-place-you-mean-all-of-us-together-24-7-eek/
Growing Up Black in Fresno https://fresnoalliance.com/growing-up-black-in-fresno/
Community Alliance Contributor George B. Kauffman Dies at 89 https://fresnoalliance.com/community-alliance-contributor-george-b-kauffman-dies-at-89/
Robert Mezey, a Fresno Figure in the Free Speech Movement, Dies at 85 https://fresnoalliance.com/robert-mezey-a-fresno-figure-in-the-free-speech-movement-dies-at-85/

SPANISH
El coronavirus ataca los centros para ancianos https://fresnoalliance.com/el-coronavirus-ataca-los-centros-para-ancianos/
La Pandemia Paralela: Las Mujeres Trabajan Más Y Duermen Menos Debido Al Covid-19 https://fresnoalliance.com/la-pandemia-paralela-las-mujeres-trabajan-mas-y-duermen-menos-debido-al-covid-19/
1 de Mayo, Acción Dedicada a los Trabajadores Inmigrantes Esenciales y Primer Rally Virtual en Vivo https://fresnoalliance.com/1-de-mayo-accion-dedicada-a-los-trabajadores-inmigrantes-esenciales-y-primer-rally-virtual-en-vivo/
La conexión de Fresno con Nicaragua https://fresnoalliance.com/la-conexion-de-fresno-con-nicaragua/
1970’s en un rinconcito de mi corazón… https://fresnoalliance.com/1970s-en-un-rinconcito-de-mi-corazon/
En Busca del Equilibrio Faltante https://fresnoalliance.com/en-busca-del-equilibrio-faltante/

DNC Member Communication: Civil rights is the unfinished business of America

DNC Member Communication: Civil rights is the unfinished business of America


No person of character and common sense can watch the video footage of what police did to George Floyd without being horrified. There are no words to sufficiently capture the pain so many people are feeling right now. But here’s what I do know: Civil rights is the unfinished business of America, and it’s all our responsibility to see that work to completion.

We’ve no doubt made progress, but if there’s anything the events of the past couple weeks have laid bare it’s that we have so much more work to do. From George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, to Breonna Taylor’s death in Louisville, to Ahmaud Arbery’s death near Brunswick, Georgia, everything we’ve seen serves as a sobering reminder of the violence Black men and women face every day in America — and just how far we have to go to root out the poison of racism that pervades every facet of our society.

And yet, this president has done nothing to heal the wounds that have been so vividly exposed. Rather than condemn the racist violence that launched these protests, Trump has sown division and incited violence by threatening the protesters.

More than 100,000 are dead, 40 million newly out of work, and the country is on fire. Americans are crying out for leadership and reform. Instead of providing it, Trump is fanning the flames and retreating into the White House.

This work is not easy, but I’ve seen it done. As head of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, I worked to investigate police misconduct and hold police departments accountable to the communities they serve.

I’ve seen countless heroes step up in tragedies like this. I know there’s reason for hope and there’s reason to press on.

We will continue to honor the lives of those we have lost. And we will keep seeking justice for all the families that go through these tragedies by fighting to end police brutality and the institutional racism that pervades every aspect of our society. So long as Black men and women cannot breathe, we cannot rest.

In unity,

Tom
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George Floyd

George Floyd

What’s happening in this country — in Minnesota, and right here in California — is an unspeakable tragedy and an epic failure of our justice system.

The California Democratic Party unequivocally denounces the racist violence inflicted upon Black Americans each and every day. We must speak out to demand true justice — not just for George Floyd — but for all those taken too soon at the hands of racial violence and police brutality.

Unfortunately, we are well beyond the point of thoughtful prayers, profound tweets, or hopeful messages.

We must act. Not later. But now.

It begins in our homes and in our communities. To counter systemic racism, we must start having conversations about race at the dinner table, tangibly supporting black creators, artists, and activists, and contributing to groups doing necessary work on the ground like Black Lives Matter, NAACP, and Color of Change, to name just a few.

The tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others must prompt us to stand up, speak out, and eradicate the systemic violence, murder, and hate that continues to target Black Americans.

Until then, we fall woefully short of our highest collective calling — to ensure “liberty and justice for all.”

The California Democratic Party is committed to ending the deep-seeded racism and brutal violence perpetrated against Black women and men each and every day. As long as they cannot breathe, we cannot and will not rest.

In solidarity,

Rusty

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California Democratic Party

 


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George Floyd

We Stand in Solidarity in the Call for Justice

We are well beyond the point of thoughtful prayers, profound tweets, and hopeful messages. We stand in solidarity with the CDP’s African American Caucus in calling for justice for George Floyd.

The California Democratic Party (CDP) stands in solidarity with our Sisters and Brothers of the CDP’s African American Caucus to unequivocally denounce the racial violence inflicted upon Black Americans each and every day.  

But, we are well beyond the point of thoughtful prayers, profound tweets, and hopeful messages. We must act. Not later. But now. 

The tragic death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others call upon all of us to stand up, speak out, and eradicate these unspeakable tragedies and epic failures in our nation’s justice system.

Until then, we fall woefully short of our highest collective calling – to ensure “liberty and justice for all.” 

The following statement is from Taisha Brown, Chairwoman of the CDP’s African American Caucus. We stand in solidarity with her call for justice.


Members of the African American Caucus and Concerned Americans:

Everyday we mourn the senseless deaths of innocent black men and women, we fear for our children, our young men and our families. We mothers, we sisters and we brothers of black men. We wonder who is next while at the same time hoping that the next time will never come – but yet again it has.

Today, we mourn the senseless death of yet another unarmed Black man, whose life did not matter and whose rights were violated by a man in blue, wearing a badge, an officer sworn to “Serve and Protect.” That man was George Floyd.

We the African American Caucus are not only deeply saddened but we are furious! Furious at a system that is broken, furious at Americans who are not equally as disturbed and furious at policies that fail to appropriately govern and do not discipline those officers who break the law.

Will Smith said it best when he said “Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed.”

When a Black man dies by the hands of police officers while being filmed and officers are not charged, it reinforces a form of institutionalized racism that says it is okay to kill first and deny later. Why are the rights of Black Americans being violated on the street, in their homes and even while on camera? When one American is executed by the judge and jury of one officer, that American has been stripped of his right to due process. According to the law, the officer is just one of the first steps in civil and criminal processing. So why are death sentences being ordered on our streets? Who can Black America expect to protect us, our rights and our lives?

On Monday,May 25th, George Floyd was murdered at the hands of armed police officers, who insisted on using excessive and unnecessary force. This is not the first time a man pleaded with Men in Blue to please just let me breathe, before being forced to die on the street while bystanders watched and recorded.

George repeated over and over again, “I can’t breathe,” until he breathed his last breath. Despite these pleas and even the cries of bystanders who begged the officers to release him, the officer rocked back and forth applying fatal pressure to Floyd’s neck, while another officer passively stood close by unmoved. Floyd ultimately lost consciousness and died.

We will not just sit and watch silently, but will continue to fight for equity, justice and the lives of all Black people. How many times will the police be allowed to execute Black people for all to see? How many more times will our human rights be violated? We say NO MORE! George Floyd is our son, he is your brother and he is someone’s father.

We can no longer allow privileged men in uniform to continue to commit genocide on our streets in the name of self defense and call it justice! We will no longer wait for more tragedies to terrorize the Black community, to threaten and take our lives, our children, fathers, sisters, mothers,brothers and friends because they feel threatened by the color of our skin. #BLACKLIVESMATTER

We, the California Democratic Party African American Caucus, are calling on the Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to arrest and conduct a full investigation of all officers involved in Floyd’s death for murder.

Today we fight back, and we also ask our allies, and partners in the California  Democratic Party to join us, in this effort.

In Solidarity for Black Lives,

Honorable Taisha Brown, Chair

African American Caucus 

California Democratic Party

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DNC statement on George Floyd and Trump’s Response

DNC statement on George Floyd and Trump’s Response

DNC Statement.

DNC on George Floyd and Trump’s Response

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on the killing of George Floyd and the shameful response of Donald Trump:

“The killing of George Floyd is another tragic case of the violence Black men face in America every single day. No person of character and common sense can watch the video footage of what police did to George Floyd without being horrified. And yet, this president has done nothing to heal those wounds. Instead, he has sown division; he has advocated violence against protestors, rather than condemning the racist violence that launched these protests in the first place. We will not heal as a nation through silence, but through justice, through progress, through activism and action. George Floyd is the name we’re chanting today. Yesterday it was Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Before that it was Botham Jean, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Walter Scott, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling, Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald. We will keep saying their names. We will keep honoring their lives. And we will keep seeking justice for their families and the families of those whose tragedies weren’t captured on video by fighting to end police brutality and the institutional racism that pervades every aspect of our society. So long as Black men and women cannot breathe, we cannot rest.”

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Esmeralda Soria Fresno City Councilmember District 1

Dear resident, 

The City of Fresno PARCS Department will open its cooling centers today, May 27th and tomorrow May 28th from 1pm to 7pm at two locations:

In order to reduce the risk of COVID19 transmission, the cooling centers will not allow the use of any recreational equipment or games while the cooling center is open to the public and will follow the guidelines for social distancing, sanitation, and health screening. Protective facial coverings will be available for all visitors.

Cooling Centers are expected to be open when the National Weather Service forecasts a high of 105 degrees or hotter. If the forecast is below 105 degrees, City officials will monitor conditions and may call for activation. For information or assistance with the City Heat Relief Plan call (559) 621-CITY (2489)

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Yesterday, the City of Fresno released the Save Our Small Businesses Grant Program application providing much needed assistance to small businesses. The City of Fresno allocated an additional $2 Million for small business grants that was added to the existing City of Fresno Save Our Small Businesses Program.

*PLEASE NOTE: LIST OF ELIGIBLE BUSINESSES HAS CHANGED. TO SEE IF YOUR BUSINESS QUALIFIES PLEASE SEE UPDATED LIST OF ELIGIBLE BUSINESSES PROVIDED IN THE APPLICATION DESCRIPTION


Please click here to access online application. Application is available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Punjabi.

 Application Deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 5

ATTENTION: Is your small business in need of FACE MASKS? The City of Fresno announced Tuesday 10,000 masks would be made available for small businesses to give to shoppers while another 4,000 would be available for employees. The masks are available in packs of 25. For delivery, call the city’s Code Enforcement Department at 559-621-8400.


Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office at (559) 621-7817 or via email at District1@fresno.gov. 

Sincerely, 


Esmeralda Soria
Fresno City Councilmember
District 1 

Querido residente,

El Departamento de parques de la Ciudad de Fresno abrirá sus centros de enfriamiento hoy, 27 de mayo y mañana 28 de mayo de 1pm a 7pm en dos ubicaciones:

Para reducir el riesgo de transmisión de COVID19, los centros de enfriamiento no permitirán el uso de ningún equipo recreativo o juego mientras el centro de enfriamiento esté abierto al público y seguirán las pautas de distanciamiento social, el saneamiento y exámenes de salud. Máscaras faciales protectoras estarán disponibles para todos los visitantes.

Se espera que los Centros de Enfriamiento estén abiertos cuando el Servicio Meteorológico Nacional pronostique un máximo de 105 grados o más. Si el pronóstico es inferior a 105 grados, los funcionarios de la Ciudad supervisarán las condiciones y pueden solicitar la activación. Para información o asistencia con el Plan de alivio de calor de la ciudad, llame al (559) 621-CITY (2489)

RECORDATORIO IMPORTANTE: Ayer, la Ciudad de Fresno lanzó la aplicación del programa de becas Salvemos a Nuestros Negocios Pequeños que brindara asistencia muy necesaria a los negocios pequeños. La ciudad de Fresno asignó $2 millones adicionales para becas para negocios pequeños que se agregaron al programa existente Salvemos a Nuestros Negocios Pequeños de la ciudad de Fresno.

*TENGA EN CUENTA: LA LISTA DE NEGOCIOS ELEGIBLES HA CAMBIADO. PARA VER SI SU NEGOCIO CALIFICA, CONSULTE LA LISTA ACTUALIZADA DE NEGOCIOS ELEGIBLES PROPORCIONADA EN LA DESCRIPCIÓN DE LA APLICACIÓN

Haga clic aquí para acceder a la solicitud en línea. La aplicación está disponible en inglés, español, hmong y punjabi.

 

La fecha límite de solicitud es a las 11:59 p.m. el viernes 5 de junio


ATENCIÓN: ¿Su pequeño negocio necesita máscaras de proteccion? La ciudad de Fresno anunció el martes que 10,000 máscaras estarán disponibles para que los negocios pequeños se las den a los compradores, mientras que otras 4,000 estarán disponibles para los empleados. Las máscaras están disponibles en paquetes de 25. Para entrega, llame al Departamento de Aplicación del Código de la ciudad al 559-621-8400.

Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, no dude en comunicarse con mi oficina al (559) 621-7817 o por correo electrónico a District1@fresno.gov.

Sinceramente,

Esmeralda Soria
Concejal De La Ciudad De Fresno
Distrito 1

Please find COVID-19 Resource Links below: 

PLEASE FIND UPDATED EMERGENCY ORDER  AND COVID-19 UPDATES HERE: www.Fresno.gov/coronavirus/
APPLY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT/DISABILITY BENEFITS OR PAID FAMILY LEAVE:
www.edd.ca.gov
APPLY FOR SBA PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM:
www.SBA.gov
GET ADDITIONAL BUSINESS RESOURCES:
www.fresnoedc.com/covid19
MEDI-CAL COVERAGE FOR ALL:
www.DHCS.ca.gov

 

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