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14 Mar
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Earth Day 2019: Get Involved!

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Dear Friends,

The Earth Day Fresno 2019 planning committee needs your help… we are looking for volunteers, vendors, exhibitors, and sponsors to get involved in making this year’s event a success!

This year’s event will take place on April 20 at Radio Park in Fresno from 10am to 4pm.

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14 Mar
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Fresno County Public Library Hosts Community Discussion on Recognizing Fake News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 10, 2019

CONTACT:  Rocky Vang, 559-600-6274, rocky.vang@fresnolibrary.org

 

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Does Accuracy Matter? 

A Panel Discussion with Experts

 

 

The Fresno County Public Library will host a panel discussion on “fake news” Tuesday, March 26, at its Betty Rodriguez Regional Library, 3040 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno. Start time for the event is set for 6:30 p.m.

Discussion participants will include Donald Barclay, interim university librarian at UC Merced; Eduardo Stanley, a San Joaquin Valley-based photographer and journalist; and Rocky Vang, the Library’s public information officer, will serve as moderator.

Before coming to California, Barclay worked at libraries in New Mexico and Texas. He has written extensively on the subject of “fake news,” both in academic publications and, more notably, in a book-length study published last year, Fake News, Propaganda, and Plain Old Lies: How to Find Trustworthy Information in the Digital Age (Rowman & Littlefield).

Stanley has reported on immigration and other social issues in the Valley for the past 25 years. He is currently producing and hosting content on the Fresno Free College Foundation’s KFCF-FM.  Until 2012 he was the editor of El Sol, a Spanish-language newspaper published by the Visalia Times-Delta.

This program is part of the Library’s “Let’s Talk” series of public programs, designed to explore different points of view on issues of local and national importance, and place them in context with the community and its citizens.

The event is free and open to all members of the public.

 

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Fresno County Public Library:  A place to grow.

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14 Mar
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Stacey Abrams’ message for Democrats

PBS News Hour: Stacey Abrams on how Democrats could win in 2020.
Team – Stacey Abrams has a message for Democrats to win in 2020: Fight voter suppression.

Stacey Abrams: we know voter suppression is real because most of us have faced it.

We know Trump and the GOP will deploy mass voter suppression measures in 2020. It’s how they defeated Stacey Abrams in Georgia, and it’s their go-to playbook to win the next year.

Democratic Secretaries of State are on the front lines fighting voter suppression, and if we are going to have a chance to win in 2020, we must elect more Democrats Secretaries THIS YEAR.

Elections are happening in key states where Democrats can expand our numbers of Secretaries of State before 2020. But without your support, we can’t help our Democratic candidates win.

Will you answer Stacey Abrams’ call to action and donate now to help fight back against voter suppression by electing strong Democratic Secretaries of State? This effort is so crucial that all donations to this email will be MATCHED! Donate now and DOUBLE your impact >>>

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14 Mar
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A Texas-Sized Announcement

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

 
 

Friend,

I’ve got some big news — this morning my campaign announced that we have now received more than 30 endorsements from elected and appointed officials from across Texas!

“This is a critical moment in our nation’s political history,” said former San Antonio Mayor and HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. “These times demand a candidate with the vision of an executive, the heart of a powerful personal story and a successful track record of not just talking about bold policy, but delivering results. As Mayor of the nation’s seventh-largest city and a Cabinet Secretary of a complex agency that touches Americans at every level along the economic spectrum, Julián Castro has proven himself at every step of the way, which is why he’s my choice to be the next President of the United States.”

From State Representatives to County Judges, from members of Congress to a former Cabinet Secretary, our campaign is quickly picking up support all across my home state. I’ve spent much of my life campaigning with Texas Democrats up and down the ballot, and I’m humbled by the support of so many outstanding colleagues.

My home state has been ignored by presidential campaigns for decades. But in my campaign, everyone counts. I know with your support, too, we can win Texas’s 38 electoral votes in November of 2020. 

 
Sincerely,
Julián

 

 
 
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14 Mar
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Beto O’Rourke

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

 
 

 
We are facing something unprecedented: a record number of Democrats — including a record number of women and people of color — are running for President. This is greatly encouraging for the future of our country, but there is still a long path ahead of us.
I look forward to engaging in substantive debates with each of these candidates — including the newest to join the race today, Beto O’Rourke — and ultimately selecting a Democratic nominee who will take on and beat Donald Trump in November of 2020.
This will not be an ordinary election, and we have a lot of work to do. Running a competitive, winning campaign will require building and sustaining a robust grassroots organizing program to get our message to voters across the country.
That’s why I’m asking: If you are with me in this campaign, can you pitch in a donation today? We are just a few weeks out from the first FEC fundraising deadline of our campaign, and we need to continue building on our momentum in these early months:

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I’m running for president because I love my country. And I’m running to be president of the people, by the people, and for all people.
To run a winning campaign, we are going to have to cut through the noise of this crowded primary and share our message with as many voters as possible. That’s why I am planning to spend as much time as possible out on the campaign trail, meeting with communities across the country, listening to the issues affecting them.
I know that, with your support, we will share our stories, organize across the country, and we can win this fight and the many fights ahead — together.
For The People,
— Kamala Harris

 

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14 Mar
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Tell President Trump: It’s time to end the United States’ support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen

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

 
A war most Americans know little about and that Congress never voted to authorize.

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Sisters and Brothers –

Yesterday evening, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution I introduced that will end our country’s support for a morally indefensible Saudi-led war in Yemen — a war most Americans know little about and that Congress never voted to authorize.

This bill, co-sponsored by Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, is the first time that Congress has successfully utilized the War Powers Act, passed 45 years ago, by coming together in this way to say that the constitutional authority for declaring war rests with the United States Congress — not the president, whether that president is a Democrat or Republican.

I expect that it will pass the House next, where our friend and national campaign co-chair, Congressman Ro Khanna, has introduced a similar bill.

Not surprisingly, given our president’s deep affection for authoritarian regimes, the White House has threatened to veto this bill if it gets to Trump’s desk.

So what I want to do today is make sure President Trump knows that it isn’t just the United States Senate and House of Representatives that believes we should end our involvement in this humanitarian catastrophe, but the American people do as well.

So I want to ask:

Sign my petition: say that you support legislation that will end the United States’ involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a war that has caused the greatest humanitarian catastrophe on our planet today.

Our support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen has been one of the great moral stains on our nation resulting in the worst humanitarian crisis on earth.

During the last several years more than 85,000 children in Yemen have starved to death, while millions more face imminent starvation.

With the water infrastructure destroyed by Saudi bombs, 10,000 new cases of cholera occur each week as people are unable to find clean drinking water.

And the truth is, by continuing to back Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen with weapons, aerial refueling, and targeting assistance, the United States has been complicit in this humanitarian catastrophe — one that no one can seriously claim is actually making us any safer.

So yesterday, with our vote in the Senate, we said enough is enough. Enough killing. Enough starvation. Enough destruction. This is the time to tell Saudi Arabia, and indeed the rest of the world, that we will no longer be a partner to the horrific crisis in Yemen.

Next, I expect the House of Representatives will do the same.

Then it goes to the president’s desk. But before it does, I want to make a request:

Please sign my petition: say that you support legislation that will end the United States’ involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a war that has caused the greatest humanitarian catastrophe on our planet today.

The historic importance of this resolution is not only moving the United States out of that horrific war, but having the country see that their elected representatives are about to take back their constitutional responsibilities on the issues of war, one of the most important functions that the United States Congress has.

Thank you for adding your name.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders


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13 Mar
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Presidente de la Asamblea Rendon Alaba la Moratoria del Gobernador Newsom Sobre la Pena de Muerte


Subject: Speaker Rendon Commends Gov. Newsom’s Moratorium on the Death Penalty

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March 13, 2019
 
 
Speaker Rendon Commends Gov. Newsom’s Moratorium on the Death Penalty
 
SACRAMENTO — Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) wrote a Medium post expressing his support for Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order to impose a moratorium on the death penalty in California. The text of that post is below:
 
What the Governor does today – and what California does today – is courageous and civilized and more than a grand gesture. 
 
It is a momentous achievement. 
 
When our state resumed executions 27 years ago next month, we stepped backwards into a dark past of settling scores. 
 
An eye for an eye is not justice. 
 
We are not saying to turn the other cheek, when the offense involves taking a human life. 
 
We must be steadfast, and look the killer in the eye. 
 
We will demand punishment, seek rehabilitation and long for restoration. 
 
We may not achieve that, but we must try. 
 
Capital punishment, by contrast, is immoral. 
 
It can only be counterproductive to kill people when you are trying to convince people that killing people is wrong. 
 
We have wrapped capital punishment in a veneer of legal proceedings and peer judgment, but it remains, at heart, a form of ritual retribution. 
 
The philosophical moral arguments against capital punishment are weighty. 
 
Practical considerations tilt the scales even further. 
 
Practically speaking, we know that our justice system makes errors. 
 
It is a human process and humans make mistakes, especially in groups. 
 
But the death penalty is irreversible. 
 
We have seen many cases of wrongful convictions reversed only after decades. 
 
The most convincing exonerating evidence will not bring back a person who has been executed. 
 
The costs of our broken capital punishment system – the financial costs – are also extensive and undeniable. 
 
I may not convince even one death penalty advocate by what I say here. 
 
The emotions that move the advocates are real, understandable and as strong as any human bond. 
 
With time, however, our society will change its understanding of what is cruel and unusual under the Eighth Amendment. 
 
In a decision six decades ago, Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote, “The Amendment must draw its meaning from the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society.” 
 
The state I love and the government for which I am a leader now take a step that reveals that evolution and marks our maturity. 
 
I commend Governor Gavin Newsom for this decision, putting California on the same path as other civilized governments of the world.
 
 
Below is a link to a Spanish audio from assemblymember Wendy Ccarrillo.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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13 Mar
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One of my favorite things about being on the campaign trail

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

 
Face to face, person to person.
Warren for President

I used to be a school-teacher, and I loved watching faces. It felt like a victory every time I saw the click! when a student understood a really hard idea.

And that means I’m still a face-watcher.

When I’m out on the road at our events across the country, I look out into the crowds and watch people’s faces to see if what we’re talking about is hitting home.

I see them nod when I tell a story — because it’s their story, too.

I see how they react when we talk about our plans for big, structural change. Like the Ultra-Millionaire Tax, and how it would fully pay for Universal Child Care (and then some).

I watch as it clicks for people. Their faces light up as they realize that we could actually do this. We have a plan. This could work.

People come up to me afterwards for a hug and to tell me that they’re hopeful.

They’re in this fight because they believe we can make change. They know we’re in a tough place as a country. Sometimes they have tears in their eyes — about health care, or the environment, or student loans, or anything else they’re worried about. But they know there’s a roadmap to get somewhere better.

They’re right. To me, this is what hope is all about: We see what’s wrong, we figure out how to fix it, and we make it happen. We dream big and fight hard.

Side by side, shoulder to shoulder, we won’t just build a movement and deliver a win in 2020. We’ll deliver real change.

We’re going to do this. You and me. I’ll keep fighting, but I can’t do it alone. Pitch in $3 or whatever you can and let’s make it happen.

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This is a grassroots-powered campaign, through and through. No glitzy fundraisers where you can only get in if you write a giant check. No federal lobbyists buying favors. No Super PACs, no corporate PACs — heck, no PACs of any kind.

Since I’m not running around trying to scoop up buckets of cash from big-money fundraising events, I can spend more time talking with people at events across the country. I can go to places that are getting left behind in this economy — where there might not be a ton of super-rich donors.

Face to face, person to person, we talk about real problems and real solutions for how we’ll build a grassroots movement to make Washington work for everyone, not just a thin slice at the top.

And I get to make the most fun thank you calls in the world. Instead of only calling people who can raise a bazillion dollars, I talk with school-teachers, power plant operators, servers — people who’ve counted their pennies and pitched in any amount to our campaign.

This is the right way to run a campaign: Grassroots up, with no special access for the wealthy. But it’s also an experiment, and it makes grassroots donations from emails like this one even more powerfully important.

Please make your first donation to keep building our grassroots movement and know that this is possible because of you.

I hope to see your face at an event soon.

Thanks for being a part of this,

Elizabeth 
 

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13 Mar
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BWOPA-Fresno/SJV presents “Running for Office-101” – Saturday, March 23rd

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