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CA-04’s Ridiculous Representative

CA-04’s Ridiculous Representative

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Dear Friend,

There’s a certain mindset in a committed cult member. Whether he’s a true believer or just willing to go along to achieve the goals of the leader, he will follow even the most ridiculous commands. He will do as the leader asks, even when it makes no sense and will do harm. Tom McClintock has become that ridiculous cult member, following the lead of a President who’s behavior has become self-destructive.

The evidence is clear: Masks work, shockingly well. COVID-19 is spread almost entirely through the air we breathe, and even talking to someone can result in transmission. As this chart shows, two months ago it already was becoming clear that the countries who were having the most success in suppressing the virus have one thing in common – their residents wear masks, either because of their culture or because their government has demanded it. Those countries have suffered the least amount of harm – in lives lost or injured, and damage to their economies – because they did that one critical thing. We could be like them, if we had done the same.

We needed to pause transmission in March and get a better understanding of this virus and how we can control it. We shut down our economy for two months, causing immense harm, because the alternative would have been worse. And in that time, we learned a lot about COVID-19. We learned, most importantly, how easily we could suppress this virus if everyone wore a mask. We should be that knowledge to work.

But the President doesn’t want to wear a mask. For whatever reason, he has decided to discourage the one simple step that could help this country re-open safely. And because he has managed to inspire an unusual level of devotion in his followers, too many Americans are going along with his self-destructive behavior. Tom McClintock is one of them. Instead of doing what a good political leader does and setting the right example, Tom McClintock has doubled down on his senseless definition of “freedom”. Without any recognition of the government’s long-held and acknowledged right to compel us to take action that will protect ourselves or others – we’re required to wear underwear when we leave the house, don a seatbelt when we drive, and dress appropriately when we enter a courtroom, to name a few – he insists that mandating masks infringes on rights protected by the Constitution. He’s ridiculous and he’s embracing a ridiculous and devastatingly self-destructive position.

California’s 4th District deserves better. We deserve a representative who sees our challenges with clear eyes and takes meaningful action to fix them. We deserve a representative who truly cares about what happens in this District. We deserve a representative who will fight for us.

Join us, as we fight to send Tom McClintock back to his own District, and to finally stop him from selling us out, one vote at a time. To learn more about the alternative, visit

Because we know, as Margaret Mead said, that “a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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Hello, everyone – I hope everyone is in continued good health and well being.

I also hope you’ve heard that Fresno Filmworks is screening the film JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE starting July 4th weekend. This is our first try at Virtual Cinema (Filmworks has no current plans to screen films indoors). The film features interviews and rare archival footage, and takes a look at Lewis’ sixty-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform, and immigration. Director Dawn Porter, who also directed “Trapped” and “Gideon’s Army” uses present-day interviews to explore Lewis’ childhood experiences and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In addition to interviews with his family, the film also includes interviews with congressional colleagues and others who have been inspirational in the Congressman’s life.

The film is being offered for 30 days (once you have started the film, it is good for 72 hours). Here is a link to our film page with more information: The link to purchase tickets will be added by end of day tomorrow.

I believe you have all been past sponsors of Filmworks’ films. With Virtual Cinema, we are now seeking Partners. We would like to add our Partner organization names to our website film page and social media pages. In return, we ask that you add the event to your calendars and share posts about the film in your networks, on social media and/or email lists. Can we add your organization to our list of Partners? Here is the film page:

Thank you – please let me know if you have any questions or need further info!

Rita Bell


Just in: LA Times: “Trump broke the law by using military money for border wall”

Just in: LA Times: “Trump broke the law by using military money for border wall”

This is big — Xavier just secured another victory against President Trump, blocking his illegal money grab for a wasteful border wall: 
Developing Story: 

Los Angeles Times: “Trump broke the law by using military money for border wall, appeals court rules”

The trend line is clear — we’re building strong momentum. Today’s win joins dozens of other court victories and it comes a week after Xavier’s win on DACA at the Supreme Court. 
Trump thinks he can: 
  • Rip away healthcare from our families
  • Rollback decades of civil rights progress 
  • AND steal billions of dollars for his border wall
Jeff: Not on our watch. As we keep making that clear and holding Trump’s harmful agenda accountable to the law, will you stand with Xavier in the fight toward victory and progress? 
Today’s ruling affirms something simple, but fundamental to our democracy: No one is above the law — including the President of the United States.
Team Becerra

Thank you for supporting Xavier Becerra. Grassroots supporters like you help us protect California’s working families, advance criminal justice reform, and keep our communities safe. 

Emails are a crucial way to stay in touch with our top supporters. If we’re going to protect and serve the people of California, we need you with us every step of the way. 

 If you’d like to donate to help Xavier, please click here. 

To keep up to date with Xavier’s fight against Trump in court, click here. 

From all of us at Team Becerra, thanks for your support!

CDP Region 8 Meeting This Weekend

CDP Region 8 Meeting This Weekend

Please join us for a virtual meeting for California Democratic Party Region 8 on Saturday, June 27, at 11:30 a.m. See the attached flyer for more details. The agenda is below. Register
June 27, 2020
  1. Welcome and Introduction:
Special Guests:
  1. Dr. Angel Bettis, M.D.(Founder of LEGNA Rehabilitative and Support Services Inc.)
  1. Curtis Wright(Vice President of Student Affairs, Xavier University of Louisiana)
  1. Kerri Alexander(Education and Public History Fellow, National Women’s Museum)
  1. CDP Chair Rusty Hicks
Any important updates that we need to know about or any information that he would like to provide.
  1. Rep. TJ Cox
Federal legislative updates, Updates on Congressional race in CA 21
  1. Taisha Brown, Chairwoman of the African American Caucus
Any updates for the chair to share.
  1. Presentation, Open Forum with our Special Guests, Open to many Topics but will be concentrating on the issues regarding
  • Disparities in COVID19 in Black and Brown Communities
  • Defunding of Police Departments
  • Black Lives Matter
  1. Announcements and Closure
  • CDP Coordinated Campaign
Important Update Regarding National Convention

Important Update Regarding National Convention