Newsletter from Fresno County Democrats October 23, 2019
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Newsletter: October 23, 2019
** In This Newsletter:
1st Annual Latino Inspire Awards (#LatinoInspire)
California Young Democrats Ambassadorships (#CYD)
Info Session on Gun Violence (#iSession)
Get Elected to the Democratic Central Committee (#ElectedCentralCommittee)
Weigh in on PG&E (#PG&E)
Attempted Crimes Are Still Crimes, Mr. Trump (#TrumpCrimes)
Donations of Office Supplies Welcome (#DonateOfficeSupplies)
Volunteer Orientation (#Volunteer)
Save the Date! (#SaveDate)
Rep. TJ Cox’s First Annual Latino Inspire Awards recognized 10 outstanding local leaders and three organizations from the 21st Congressional District on Oct. 19 in Selma. The honorees were as follows:
* Hon. Abigail Solis, Tulare County
* Aidee Cardenas, Kern County
* Alicia Jacobo, Kings County
* Hon. Alvaro Preciado, Kings County
* Flor Medina, Fresno County
* Dino Perez, Fresno County
* Hon. Magdalena Gomez, Fresno County
* Reyna Olaguez, Kern County
* Robert Isquierdo, Kings County
* Valerie Gorospe, Kern County
* California Farmworker Foundation
* Central Valley Scholars
* UFW Foundation
The California Young Democrats (CYD) Ambassadorship Program is the next step in the ongoing effort to bring more young Californians into the Democratic fold.
The program will place two to three CYD members on each Standing Committee of the California Democratic Party as non-voting members and include them in all meetings, conference calls and other committee activities. The CYD Ambassadors will be able to learn from the current committees and gain experience working within the party’s Standing Committee structure. This experience will help them become more valuable contributors to the party and leaders of the next generation of Democrats.
The program istaking applications until Oct. 25 ([link removed]) for the first class of CYD Ambassadors, 2019–2020 DSCC.
On Oct. 29 at 6 p.m., the Democratic Party HQ ([link removed]) will host another in our series of information sessions. Moderating a discussion on gun violence in our society will be Reza Nekumanesh, director of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno; Yasmin Mendoza, founder of March for Our Lives Fresno; and Aaron Foster of Faith in the Valley.
Want to be a part of the Democratic Party’s local decision-making body? Members of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee are elected by Democrats on the Primary Election ballot in Presidential election years. You may pull papers now at the Fresno County Registrar’s Office (2221 Kern St.). Contact 559-495-0606 or [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]?subject=Re%3A%20Getting%20Elected%20to%20the%20Democratic%20Central%20Committee) for more details.
Make your comments known on California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proceedings and issues:
* Speak at a Voting Meeting
* Attend a public forum
* Write the CPUC (letter or e-mail)
For more info, visitwww.cpuc.ca.gov/written_informal_comments.
In Donald Trump’s public speaking style, every statement is immediately accompanied by its own negation. This storm of “People say all the time…Now I’m not saying...But come on...” gives his sympathizers a partisan Rorschach Test of pick-and-choose platform positions and the thinnest veneer of deniability for his most hateful calls to violence. However, Trump is now using this same rhetorical jumble as a legal defense for the abuses of power his administration and party have committed.
Even before he bribed Ukraine to aid his personal reelection campaign, Trump was funneling more government money into his pocket through his hotels and properties. But he at least seems to have found one act where even the Republican Party will not defend him.
The President recently tried to arrange for the upcoming G7 global conference to be held in a Trump-branded hotel in Miami. Using the power and authority of a public office to enrich yourself is such a basic illegal act that it is expressly banned in the Constitution, and yet since inauguration the Republican White House has been encouraging traveling military personnel to reroute their journeys to stay in Trump hotels and hosting expensive international meetings at Trump properties. Foreign leaders seeking to curry American favor eagerly brag about how much money they have spent in Trump hotels.
President Jimmy Carter sold a peanut farm because it might receive farm subsidies, whereas the Republicans have set up an international system to directly funnel bribes and embezzlement into the President’s pocket.
After pressure from the remaining Republican leadership, Trump backed down on his attempt to use the G7 conference as a money-maker. Yet the administration continues to assert that this unconstitutional act would not have been illegal even if carried through. This is the new Republican strategy.
When White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney confessed in a press conference that the President and his administration had held back military aid to embattled Ukraine to pressure that country to investigate phony charges against the Biden family, he was trying to make our country accept illegal acts. That is the exact fact the House Impeachment Inquiry was set up to address. However, the Republican Party has learned that it can confess to crimes and it only serves to confuse the public as to what the law actually is.
The law must be upheld. U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Section 4: “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
The Fresno County Democratic Party does lots of work organizing and supporting important political ventures throughout the county and those activities generate paperwork. The Democratic Party HQ could use donations of reams of paper (color and white) and other fundamental office supplies. It’s not glamorous but printer paper, Post-It notes, pens and notepads are needed to support our efforts.
We earnestly solicit donations for any of these materials. Giving such things is an easy way to make a small impact on the political landscape of our county.
The Fresno County Democratic Party is always looking for volunteers, and we have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering, the party provides orientation sessions at the HQ. The upcoming schedule is as follows:
Nov. 19: Noon and 6 p.m.
Dec. 5: Noon and 6 p.m.
Democratic Party HQ, 1033 U St. (downtown Fresno) ([link removed])
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P.O. Box 5795, Fresno CA, 93755
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