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DNC Convention News – Just released info on Convention

DNC Convention News – Just released info on Convention

June 24, 2020


Anchored in Milwaukee, 2020 Democratic National Convention will be a “Convention Across America”

Convention will engage and unite more Americans than ever before
Delegates will conduct official party business without risking public health

MILWAUKEE, WI—The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced today their convention plan to broadcast from Milwaukee and across the nation, in a convention geared to reach out to all Americans. The DNCC reiterated the Democratic Party’s commitment to holding a convention that would protect public health while transforming the convention experience for delegates and viewers. Convention planners said that host city Milwaukee would anchor the events for the week, and that programming would include both live broadcasts and curated content from Milwaukee and other satellite cities, locations and landmarks across the country.

“Vice President Biden intends to proudly accept his party’s nomination in Milwaukee and take the next step forward towards making Donald Trump a one-term president,” said Jen O’Malley Dillon, Campaign Manager, Biden for President. “The city of Milwaukee has been an incredible partner and we are committed to highlighting Wisconsin as a key battleground state at our convention this August. This will be a convention for all Americans who wish to join our mission to win the battle for the soul of this nation and build a fairer, more united country for us all.”

Convention planners are also developing new ways to organize and engage online with more voters than ever before during this critical election year. Later this week, convention organizers will launch the first of a series of engagement campaigns that will allow Americans across the country to share their ideas and add their voice to convention programming.

Anchored every night in Milwaukee, the Democratic National Convention will include four nights of programming from August 17-20, 2020. The overall production of the convention’s program—including the satellite broadcasts—will be led by nine-time Emmy-award winning producer Ricky Kirshner. Kirshner has served as the Executive Producer of the Tony Awards since 2004, the Super Bowl Halftime Show—the most-watched television event of the year—since 2007, and has worked on every Democratic National Convention since 1992.

At the convention, Democrats will officially nominate Vice President Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee for president. Through multiple formats and mediums, it will also celebrate the promise of America by featuring the people and their stories that represent the strength and collective humanity of our nation and demonstrate that Vice President Biden is the leader the country needs right now—with the experience, steady hand, and compassion to lead us out of the crisis of the last four years, and strengthen our nation for all Americans.

“Leadership means being able to adapt to any situation,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “That’s exactly what we’ve done with our convention. Unlike this president, Joe Biden and Democrats are committed to protecting the health and safety of the American people. I couldn’t be prouder of the way our team has organized and mobilized to get out the vote and ensure a successful convention anchored in Wisconsin, and I’m grateful for the extraordinary leadership of our partners in the city of Milwaukee. Donald Trump’s days in the Oval Office are numbered.”

Additional updates unveiled by the Democratic National Convention Committee today include:

·  Conducting official business without risking public health—After consulting with public health officials about the COVID-19 pandemic, convention organizers are announcing today that they have determined state delegations should not plan to travel to Milwaukee and should plan to conduct their official convention business remotely. A process is being developed to ensure all delegates can cast their votes on all convention matters, including the presidential nomination, remotely during the convention. DNC standing committee meetings will take place virtually as well, with the first standing committee meetings set for the last week of July.  

·  Announcing our Convention Chair—U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson will serve as Permanent Chair of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. The Convention Chair presides over all official convention business.

·  Developing robust health protocols—In addition to continued collaboration with local, state, and federal public health officials, the DNCC is bringing on nationally-renowned epidemiologists and infectious disease experts Dr. W. Ian Lipkin and Dr. Larry Brilliant, who will help advise on efforts to protect the health and safety of convention staff, attendees, and the people of Wisconsin. Dr. Lipkin, Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University, is an expert in diagnostic testing and collaborated with the WHO on coronavirus outbreak control for SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. Dr. Brilliant, a former professor of epidemiology, is best known for his work on the successful eradication of smallpox.

·  Updating the convention campus—With fewer people gathering in person at this year’s event, convention planners are modifying the convention campus. All convention proceedings will move from Fiserv Forum to the Wisconsin Center, the convention center located in downtown Milwaukee. Specifics regarding delegation representation on the convention floor will be provided after public health officials complete their assessment of the trajectory and impact of the coronavirus pandemic and determine how many people can safely gather in person later this summer.

·  Eliminating official auxiliary events—Previous conventions have included several large-scale events attended by thousands of people, such as a welcome reception for media and delegates as well as an event for volunteers. In keeping with the commitment to deliver a convention that poses no unnecessary risk to public health, convention organizers will no longer proceed with hosting these in-person parties.

“Everything is on the line this November, which is why we must find creative and forward-looking ways to organize, mobilize, and unite our party around our shared values at the convention so that we can launch Joe Biden to victory this fall,” said Joe Solmonese, CEO of the Democratic National Convention. 

As convention planners continue to monitor the coronavirus health crisis and its impact across the nation, they will continue to examine all options for the success of the convention that ensure the safety of any participants and the host city. More details will be made publicly available as the convention’s plans are further finalized.

Warm Regards,

Susie Shannon

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ACLU Settles Fresno Polling Place Lawsuit

ACLU Settles Fresno Polling Place Lawsuit

ACLU Settles Lawsuit against Fresno County over Removal of Polling Place in Dispute over Black Lives Matter Signs


For Immediate Release:  June 23, 2020 

Media Contact: (415) 621-2493;

FRESNO –Today, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California settled a lawsuit with Fresno County over the chief elections official’s removal of a polling place at Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno – all because the church refused to cover up Black Lives Matter banners on church property.

The removal of the Church as a polling place was spurred by complaints from one person calling Black Lives Matter a “terrorist” group.

Under the settlement agreement, the county has agreed to designate Unitarian Universalist Church as a voter ballot drop-box location for at least four years, including two presidential elections and the primaries in between. In addition, the congregation will be allowed to continue to display its signs affirming the worth and dignity of Black Lives during the elections.

“The settlement affirms our commitment to participating in the democratic process while continuing to display our Black Lives Matter banners and we will continue to do so to highlight the racial injustice against Black people,” said the church’s minister Rev. Tim Kutzmark. “We’re thrilled that the church will be able to serve voters again, now as a ballot drop box location.” 

In our lawsuit filed in June of 2019, we argued that Brandi Orth, Fresno County Clerk and Registrar of Voters, violated the church’s right to free speech when she ordered the polling place moved, saying the Black Lives Matter banners prevented the church from being a “safe and neutral” voting place for the November 2018 elections.

“It’s ironic that county officials took away the church’s polling place because they said it made some voters uncomfortable. Yet now, a year later, community activists have emblazoned Black Lives Matter on a street in front of Fresno City Hall, encouraged by city officials,” said Christina Fletes-Romo, a voting rights attorney with the ACLU Foundation of Northern California

“This settlement is a victory for Fresno County voters. In a time when vote-by-mail is more crucial than ever due to COVID, this additional ballot drop-box will ensure that voters don’t have to choose between their health and their right to vote,” said Steve Hankins, partner with Riley, Safer, Holmes and Cancila LLP, our co-counsel in the lawsuit.






ACLU of Northern California, 39 Drumm St, San Francisco, CA 94111 United States

Find Out How to Make a COVID-19 Testing Appointment Near You

Find Out How to Make a COVID-19 Testing Appointment Near You

News from Representative Costa

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Dear Friend,

Everyday I am in the district listening to constituents and community leaders on the impacts of the pandemic. As we update you on my work to support a safe reopening, there was also significant news this week in our fight to help Dreamers, protect our farmworkers, and address police reform. Here are some highlights: 

Fighting for our Dreamers


The Supreme Court ruled the Trump Administration’s move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was unlawful. This is big win for our Dreamers! But the fight is not over. We must work to pass comprehensive immigration reform  to ensure a legal process for those who want to stay and continue to contribute to our country in meaningful ways.These young people should not have to live in fear of being ripped away from their families and for many, the only home they have ever known. 

COVID-19 Testing Near You

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We all play a part in helping prevent the spread of coronavirus. One of the ways we can help protect one another is by getting tested. Testing appointments are available at locations in Fresno, Madera, and Merced counties. Last week I scheduled an appointment on a drive-thru testing site in Fresno and am pleased to say I tested negative. It was easy! If you have concerns, I urge you to get tested. 

Find a testing center near you:

Protecting Valley agriculture


We need to do more to protect the dedicated individuals who work our farms to feed America.  I’ve been active on this issue, leading 129 of my colleagues in urging Congressional Leadership to provide critical protections for this essential workforce in future legislation. Earlier this year, I introduced a COVID-19 agriculture framework, to provide relief for producers and farm workers alike. And last fall, I partnered with a bipartisan delegation to introduce the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. Farmers want to do the right thing for their employees who help put food on America’s dinner tables every night. 

Hometown Heroes — Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity Greater Fresno Area is helping low-income families and individuals in Fresno and Madera counties meet their most basic needs. Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization team has been focused on providing over 100 households per week with free essential deliveries containing:

  • Essential household cleaning supplies
  • Emergency food supplies
  • An exterior home inspection for potential future Habitat support after the state of emergency has expired.

During these difficult times, it’s important we all work to help one another. Thank you Habitat for Humanity Greater Fresno for doing your part! 

To learn more visit their website or call 559-237-4102. 

Addressing racial divisions and observing “Juneteenth”


Over the past few weeks we have been faced with the stark realities of persisting racism in our nation. While protests across the country have once again exposed our nation’s scars, they also represent something uniquely American — that people from all different walks of life can unify around an issue and effect change.

This week, I cosponsored the Justice in Policing Act to increase transparency, and create change that safeguards every American’s right to safety and justice. 

Historically, when we reject division, come together and believe in one another, we can ensure this country works for everyone. As we recognize the 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth  — the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States — I invite you to reflect on the importance of this moment.

Staying Safe

We are seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases in California, including the Valley. Please take these health guidelines from our county health leaders seriously:



Track recent COVID-19 developments in: 

Locally-sourced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)



Madera County Department of Public Health has hand sanitizer available for distribution to non-profits, government agencies, healthcare providers, and small businesses. Make a request. 

California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) is also putting CARES Act funding to use to help Valley manufactures create personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face shields, masks, gowns, plexiglass dividers and hand sanitizer. 

Here is a list of local businesses where you can find these products. This is an opportunity to not only have good safety practices, but to support local businesses. Buy local!

  • Image Masters – Masks
  • Country Plastics – Ear Savers
  • Blue Dolphin – Pi Shop – Face Shields
  • Snowflake Designs – Masks
  • CTEC High School – Face Shields
  • Precision Plastics – Face Shields
  • Dumont Printing – Face Shields
  • First Fold Tie Dye – Cloth Masks
  • Uppitees Fashions and Designs – Cloth Masks
  • Total Concept Enterprises – Clear Plastic Space Dividers
  • Whole Earth Laboratories – Cloth Masks
  • Monster City Studios – Face Shields
  • Riley’s Brewery – Madera – Hand Sanitizer
  • Corbin Cash Distillery – Atwater – Hand Sanitizer
  • 411 Broadway Ales & Spirits – Hand Sanitizer
  • CA Manufacturing Network (CMTC) – PPE
  • Whole Earth Laboratories – Commercial Strength Cleaning Solutions
  • KLSD – Cloth Masks


We’ve compiled all the resources you need in one convenient location on our website.  

If you need specific help from our district office, please submit a request and a member of our staff will contact you. 

Recursos en Español 

Hemos concentrada toda la información sobre COVID-19 que necesita en un lugar conveniente. Visita mi sitio web.


To better respond to the COVID-19 crisis, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is hiring full-time temporary Program Technicians. These technicians will provide valuable support for FSA programs at the field level. 

If you or someone you know is interested in applying, email your resume to



Thank you to those of you that have already responded to the 2020 Census.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, now is the perfect time! Make sure you count and help shape your future!

Respond now!


If someone you know is unable or should not go to the grocery store, TakeCare has set up a grocery relief program, where you can get help and volunteer. 




The COVID-19 crisis has left millions of Americans unemployed. OnwardCA, built by Bitwise Industries in Fresno, is a great resource to help you find relief, training and jobs.

Stay strong and we will get through this crisis. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you need assistance.


Jim Costa
Member of Congress

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Virtual Action Meeting

Virtual Action Meeting

CADEM & the CDP African-American Caucus present a virtual action meeting.

Join the virtual action meeting via zoom on Saturday, June 20, 2020 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. to discuss ways to engage, energize, motivate and activate the African American population in the Central Valley and recruit new members to the African American Caucus (AAC) of the California Democratic Party (CADEM).

Zoom Meeting ID: 815 9974 7109

Zoom Meeting Password: 087426