19 Nov

Join us Northern California Poor People’s Campaign @ Press Conference, Rally and Public Hearing , Monday December 3 State Capitol (North Steps)


Northern California Poor People’s Campaign

10:00AM-12:30 PM

Monday December 3 State Capitol (North Steps)

The Northern California Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for A Moral Revival

At the moment that elected officials are entering the Capitol for the first day of the legislative session, we will convene to testify and demand that the Legislature address the needs of the people and the planet. 

The Northern California Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will be joined by the Campaign to End Child Poverty in California and the Lifting Children Out of Poverty Task Force for the press conference.

The Campaign to End Child Poverty in California ( and Members of The Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force ( have launched this coordinated campaign to end deep poverty in California this year!

 • Press Conference and Rally at 10AM- 10:45AM featuring speakers from Northern California (North Steps)

  Public Hearing Follows Inside the Capitol at 10: 45AM-12:30PM.  Testimony will lift the voices of the poor and disenfranchised, along with faith and community leaders.

 Join Northern Californians (Redding, Chico, Davis, Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno, Merced, Auburn, San Francisco, Marysville, and Oakland and other areas) to share testimony and demand that our elected officials act to fight systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy/militarism and our nation’s distorted moral narrative.





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19 Nov

Happening NOW: Health Care Open Enrollment

News from Representative Costa

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Dear Friend,

Open enrollment for health insurance through the Covered California marketplace is happening now.

This means that you can purchase a health insurance plan or renew your coverage until January 15, 2019 through Covered California, our state’s health insurance marketplace. 

For coverage beginning on January 1, 2019, you must sign up by December 15th.

If you sign up after December 15th but before the January 15th deadline, coverage will start on February 1, 2019.

For details about available plans, please visit: or call 1 (800) 300-1506.

Here are a few helpful links to get you started:

Would you like a live person to help you find a plan and/or sign up?

Find a certified enrollment counselor or certified agent who can assist you free of charge here.

Are you looking for in-person help at an enrollment center?

Find a certified enrollment center near you here.

Are you interested in learning more at an in-person information session? 

Find upcoming events in your area here.

Would you like an online video to guide you through the Covered California website?

For videos to guide you through comparing plans, creating an account, selecting a plan, and more here.

Please take the time to learn about your options, and as always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.


Jim Costa
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18 Nov

Transgender Day of Remembrance Rally This Tuesday



Here is a friendly reminder that on Tuesday, November 20th at 4:30pm Trans-E-Motion will hold a rally and protest against anti-transgender violence at Blackstone and Nees in Fresno (we will meet at the northeast corner by In N Out).    This is to raise awareness about safety for transgender and gender non- conforming identities. 

Join us as we demand justice for our fallen transgender community members. Now is the time to advocate for the transgender community. Signs will be provided but you may bring your own. We will hear a few speeches from local community organizers educate and speak out against malevolence towards our transgender community members. 

It is imperative that members of our surrounding community take responsibility to reduce the numbers of transgender people who die as a result of stigma and oppression.  Join us – your visibility is your support. RSVP on facebook

**** Trans-E-Motion will be holding their Monthly Art Night after the TDOR Rally on Tuesday, November 20th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Common Space at 2915 Tulare St, Fresno, CA 93721.

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17 Nov

Thank you for this victory


We did it! Thank you to the people of California for electing me to be the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction.


Earlier today Marshall Tuck graciously called me to offer congratulations, best wishes, and his offer to help in our work for students going forward. I give my best wishes to him and his family.


Thank you to all of you who contributed your time, dollars, and passion to make this historic victory possible.  I have so many people to thank and acknowledge in the coming days, and I can’t wait to celebrate this hard-fought victory with all of you.  I can’t wait for us to get to work for the kids of California.


I intend to be a champion of public schools and a Superintendent for all California students. I ran for Superintendent of Public Instruction to deliver to all Californians the promise that public education delivered to me – that all students, no matter their background and no matter their challenges, can succeed with a great public education.


As Superintendent of Public Instruction, I’ll fight for the values I’ve spent my career fighting for, and the values upon which we built this campaign together. That we should educate, not incarcerate our children. That we support educators. That we must fully fund and care for our public education system, for every child. These are the values that will create a better life for all through the power of public education in the great state of California.


Time to get to work. Thank you for trusting in me to serve California’s 6 million students.


With gratitude,


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17 Nov

Dec 5 Invitation: A luncheon to explore Community Based Research on Breast Cancer and Tobacco-Related Disease

California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP), Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), Commonweal and The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) invite you to join us for: 

A luncheon to explore Community Based Research on Breast Cancer and Tobacco-Related Disease

Wednesday, December 5, 2018; 10:00 AM -1:00 PM   

West Fresno Family Resource Center1802 E California Ave, Fresno 

Please RSVP to Heather Sarantis at:

Together we offer QuickStart, a program to help build capacity for California’s communities to partner with scientists to engage in research focused on breast cancer and tobacco-related disease. We are looking ahead to QuickStart 2019 to reach out to potential participants for our program and we need your help. 

 The QuickStart program, which is offered free of charge, supports community members and scientists to conduct research together that:

  • comes from the concerns of communities affected by breast cancer and tobacco related disease, 
  • builds capacity for community groups and organizations to advocate on their own behalf, and
  • focuses on the role of environmental exposures and health disparities increasing the risk for breast cancer or tobacco-related diseases.

Upon completing the program teams are prepared to apply for research funding from CBCRP, TRDRP and other funders. Our past participants have been quite successful in receiving funding for critical research projects. 

Based on the work you do, we think our program may be either a match for you, or you may know people who would be interested in learning more, or both. We believe that you represent an important perspective on the issues communities are facing, whether it is environmental exposures or health disparities (both those that increase risk for breast cancer and tobacco related disease or exist within breast cancer, tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases among priority populations), providing culturally appropriate support for women experiencing breast cancer, reducing tobacco use in all its forms or exposure to secondhand smoke, addressing industry marketing of tobacco products to communities of color and young people, or a larger perspective of the environmental health and justice issues affecting California.

We would like to tell you about our program and then discuss you or other potential participants we could follow up with to discuss the possibility of applying. In exchange for your participation in the luncheon you or your organization will be offered an honorarium of $100.00.

We hope you can join us for lunch and a good conversation. We have included more information on our organizations and our training program below. You can also see our webpage and video at RSVP to Heather Sarantis at  

Please note, this invitation is only for you. If you would like to suggest someone else be invited, please contact us directly at We will send more information as the date approaches. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 


Mhel Kavanaugh-Lynch, Director, California Breast Cancer Research Program

Heather Sarantis, Women’s Health Program Director, Commonweal

Mary Anne Foo, Executive Director, OCAPICA

Norval Hickman, TRDRP



What is Community-based Participatory Research?

Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) is research conducted by a partnership that includes at least one community Co-PI and one scientific Co-PI. Together, as equal partners, the partnership decides which research questions are most important to them, determines how to study these questions, gathers and interprets data, and communicates findings to other community members, scientists, and the general public. By combining the knowledge and interest of communities with the expertise and resources of research scientists, partnerships are responsible for conducting research that answers important questions in a way that has immediate impact on knowledge, programs, and policies.

What is the QuickStart training?

QuickStart is an innovative face-to-face and online program for both newly forming and experienced collaborative community-academic research partnerships. Collaborative partnerships include two Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs). In each partnership there must be one community Co-PI and one scientific Co-PI. QuickStart will provide in-person, online, and phone-based technical assistance to stimulate community-based participatory research (CBPR) that addresses breast cancer, including the environmental causes of and/or disparities in breast cancer, prevention of breast cancer, or other topics.

It is expected that enrolled partnerships who are based in California and complete the program will be prepared to submit competitive grant applications to CBCRP Community Research Collaborations (CRC) awards during Cycle 25, in the spring of 2020, the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) for a grant type focused on community participatory research, in the fall of 2019 or winter of 2020, and to other funding sources. 

QuickStart is supported by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25CA188482. The content is solely the responsibility of the trainers and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. 

About the Organizers

California Breast Cancer Research Program

CBCRP is the largest state-funded breast cancer research effort in the nation whose mission is to eliminate breast cancer by leading innovation in research, communication, and collaboration in the California scientific and lay communities. One of the primary funding mechanisms is the Community Research Collaboration (CRC) Awards, which provide $150,000 to $600,000 of funding (plus indirect funds) for partnerships of California-based community organizations and research scientists. CBCPR also funds the California Breast Cancer Prevention Initiatives, which focus carefully crafted research initiatives on the effects of the environment on the development of breast cancer, why some groups of women are more likely to get breast cancer or to die from the disease, and breast cancer prevention.   

Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program

The Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) funds research that enhances our understanding of tobacco use, prevention and cessation, the social, economic and policy-related aspects of tobacco use, and tobacco-related diseases in California. TRDRP is solely funded through the tobacco tax and individual contributions. We support critically needed new priorities that represent gaps in funding by other agencies or are areas where other agencies are reluctant or unable to provide support. Since TRDRP’s inception, we’ve funded more than 1,200 research grants on tobacco-related studies, with 95 percent of our revenue going directly to funding research and education efforts. TRDRP revenue is used to make grants for California scientists and community researchers to find better ways to prevent and reduce tobacco use and its related diseases. 


Founded in 1976, Commonweal is a nonprofit health and environmental research institute in Bolinas, California. Commonweal seeks to engage in educational, charitable, and research activities, which contribute to the health of individuals, to public health, and to the health of the global environment.  Programs include the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness, the Juvenile Justice Program, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, the Regenerative Design Institute at Commonweal Garden, the Commonweal Biomonitoring Resource Center, and The New School at Commonweal. For more information on Commonweal and its programs, see


The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) is dedicated to enhancing the health, and social and economic well-being of underserved communities in Orange County, California. Established in 1997, OCAPICA serves more than 40,000 community members a year through programs in health, mental health, education, youth development, workforce development, and civic engagement.  OCAPICA has more than 100 staff that speak 26 languages including ASL.

Heather Sarantis
Women’s Health Program Director
In difficult times, always keep something beautiful in your mind. 
—Blaise Pascal





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16 Nov

Ricardo Lara makes history!

The news you’ve been waiting for… ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

Equality California

Sign our card to congratulate Ricardo!


We wanted to be the first to tell you the HISTORIC news: Ricardo Lara has won his race for State Insurance Commissioner, making him the FIRST openly LGBTQ statewide elected official in California history!

Sign our card to congratulate Ricardo and take part in this historic moment! >>

Ricardo’s election is a clear signal: thanks to YOU, the ‘Rainbow Wave’ came to California — and it’s not going away anytime soon. Equality California and our members poured a lot into Ricardo’s race because we know how important it is for LGBTQ leaders to have a seat at the table and we know Ricardo will be a champion for our community and for all Californians.

, Ricardo’s victory — and the victories of hundreds of other openly LGBTQ and pro-equality leaders across California and the nation — were only possible because people like YOU knocked on doors, made phone calls and turned out to vote! For that, we are forever grateful — and I know Ricardo is, too.

Don’t miss out: Sign our card to tell Ricardo Lara, “Congratulations!” >>


Sam Garrett-Pate
Communications Director
Equality California

PS: I can’t overstate what Ricardo’s victory means to young LGBTQ Californians and to immigrant communities across our state. The son of a factory worker and seamstress who immigrated from Mexico can grow up to represent 40 million people in the world’s fifth largest economy. Join me in congratulating him >>


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15 Nov


This week, we have all watched in horror as wildfires rage across California — killing at least 56 people with many more missing. So many of our friends and family have lost their homes. It is devastating, Fresno Dem club.

More than ever before, we need to come together — following the courageous example of the firefighters and ordinary people who have saved many lives — to support those displaced and hurt by these historic wildfires.

Here’s how you can help:

Make an immediate difference by chipping in $10 or more to support non-profit organizations that are doing incredible work to help all those displaced and hurt by the California wildfires:

If you’ve saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation to Wildfire Relief Fund (California Community Foundation), Humane Society of Ventura County, United Way of Northern California, Northern California Fire Relief Fund (North Valley Community Foundation), United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Caring Choices, and California Fire Foundation will go through immediately:

In the past, our team has raised nearly $2 million for victims of national disasters, including wildfires and hurricanes across our country.

It’s time for us to do it again for our neighbors, and make a difference for those who need our help right now.

Thanks and take care,

— Kamala

“Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.”
– Dolores Huerta



. Join us today in fighting for justice, equality, and an economy that works for everyone by making a contribution to Kamala’s campaign here.

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14 Nov

Join The Blue Wave – Delegate Applications Open

Fellow Democrats:


Thank you for all of your hard work this election season – and congratulations on the incredible Blue Wave that we pulled off. We not only took back the House – in no small part because of the outstanding work we did to flip seats here in California – but we also saw an encouraging trend of progressive victories throughout the state and the country.


From electing Josh Harder in Congressional District 10 to electing Democrats to every single state constitutional office, we had an amazing showing. Now it’s time to continue the energy and success that we had in this election – and you can start by attending the Assembly District Election Meetings! 

ADEMS are being held the weekend of Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13, 2019 and Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, 2019, click here to apply, find the date, time and location, and a list of candidates for your AD election.  We have all had something to celebrate because Democrats swept California on November the 6th! Now the California Democratic Party must proceed with our reorganization, which occurs biennially to determine its members of the Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC). These Delegates will meet for the first time at the California Democratic Party State Convention held May 31 – June 2, 2019 in San Francisco.

The 2019-2021 term for these Delegates promises to be an eventful one. California has many issues facing us including the budget, possible special elections and the 2020 presidential election.

For general information about the Party structure, you can visit and go to the About Us section.


–The CDP Team




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13 Nov

YOU made this possible

It may have taken more than a handful of days after the polls closed but I can now say, “we did it.” 

We ultimately won through grit, determination and commitment to the cause. But most importantly, we did this together.

And as your representative, that’s how we will continue: as a community, finding solutions to problems both big and small, local and global. Together, we will get our district back on the path to prosperity and civility.

Thank you for everything you’ve done for us. Whether you canvassed, volunteered, wrote an op-ed, attended a town hall, donated or simply shared a post on our social media, you are the reason we won this huge race.

Thank you and I can’t wait to be your representative.

Now, let’s get to work.

Josh Harder












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Harder for Congress
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Modesto CA 95352 United States


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13 Nov

Thank you.

Dear friend,

It is clear from the latest results that our campaign will prevail when the final tally of votes is completed.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I am profoundly humbled and honored to have received your support. We accomplished something many thought was impossible, and we did it because of you.


From the beginning, I made it clear that this race was about the people of the Valley, their issues and their right to have a chance at achieving the American dream. Our message  prevailed, and our work is only just beginning.


We won together, and it is my hope that we continue to work together to provide our communities with good paying jobs, access to healthcare, clean air, water infrastructure, and quality education.


I will work towards these goals every single day in office. This victory is just the first step in ensuring a better life for everyone in the Central Valley.


With gratitude,

Melissa Hurtado




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