Feb 20

Clovis Democrat Club February 2017 Newsletter

Newsletter 2-2017

Next Meeting
Thursday February 16th, 2017
At Seven Bar & Grill, 25 Shaw Ave. Clovis
Phone: (559) 322-1605
http://www.sevenclovis.com/
Members to convene at 6:00. Business at 6:15. Program
to follow immediately.
http://clovisdemocrats.info/

We are barely three weeks into the Trump administration and already the country is reeling as one assault after another comes out of the White House. Senator Diane Feinstein called this “shock and awe,” a reference to the initial invasion of Iraq. Naomi Klein brilliantly explained the role of such a governmental approaches in her book, The Shock Doctrine. She tells how ““free market” policies have come to dominate the world through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries. I highly recommend her book if you are not already familiar with it. It appears that the Trump administration plan is to overwhelm the country with so many “shocks” and hyped up fears of terrorist attacks, that rapid-fire corporate reengineering can occur while people are still reeling fromshock. So far, Americans have responded with protest, activism and resistance. The question is, can we sustain this or will we wear down? Our best hope is to stay engaged, not just online but in person. We need the support of the people around us, for camaraderie, and encouragement to be active in ways we may never have been before. Calling members of Congress, going to demonstrations, being a presence in our community, making donations to groups like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, and participating in local Democratic organizations are all options. This month we can be engaged by attending our meeting where the candidates for the Clovis City Council election will discuss their vision for the City of Clovis. We will also provide information about current actions and initiatives in our local area. Finally, membership dues for 2017 were due in January. If you have not yet paid your dues, please do so at the meeting or by sending payment to the club at P.O.
Box 792, Clovis, CA 93613. See you at the meeting!

Feb 20

Clovis Democratic Club January 2017 Newsletter

Newsletter 1-2017 Newsletter

Clovis Democratic Club
P.O. Box 792, Clovis, CA 93612          Volume 14, Issue 1, Jan. 2017   Officers thru 2016
President: Jeni Kren 322-9734  Vice-President: Cynthia Sterling 392-8718
Secretary: Bob Jones 787-2287  Treasurer: David Rowell 299-3030  Member At Large: Judy Steele 259-6694

Message from President Jeni:
At the Democratic Party Headquarters with fellow Democrats, I watched the farewell address of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States. It was a very touching event for all of us as he outlined his accomplishments in the last eight years and encouraged us to continue to be engaged in civic life, working for the “fair, just, inclusive America” that we believe in.

I hope that you will join us on January 19th for our regular meeting. It will be inauguration eve and we will benefit from being together as we face the new reality. For those of you who are not going to Washington for the Women’s March or to some of the events in Oakland or Sacramento, there will be an “Organizing for a Better Future” demonstration here in Fresno on January 21. More information will be available at the club meeting.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who took part in the ADEM elections on Saturday, January 7, and congratulate the delegates who were elected, including several of our club members.

CDC Officers Being Sworn In At The Holiday Party

 

Feb 20

No More Tax Cuts For The Rich

Clovis Democrat Club Members in Action

Nov 14

Clovis Democratic Club November 2016 Newsletter

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Next Meeting

Thursday November 17th 2016

At Seven Bar & Grill, 25 Shaw Ave. Clovis

Phone: (559) 322-1605

http://www.sevenclovis.com/

Members to convene at 6:00. Business at 6:15. Program to follow immediately.

http://clovisdemocrats.info/

Message from President Jeni:

I had planned to start my column for this month with “at last, our long electoral nightmare is over,” But I don’t think any of us expected this outcome and have no idea how to move forward. As I write this column, many of our fellow citizens have taken to the streets in protest. But we are fortunate to live in California which has a Democratic government. We need to focus on preserving Democratic gains in our state and be ready to stand up to Republican attempts nationally to take away what we value.

There was also not much to celebrate locally as Clivis Democrats did not fare well but we can be proud of those who tried. A message from club member David Rowell: “Thanks SO MUCH for the encouragement and support, the people who made calls and walked precincts, the people who contributed, the people who simply sent encouraging thoughts my way! Your support and trust meant a lot. It was a great honor, truly, and although I was unsuccessful in the end, running for office was something I’ll never forget. It was a lesson in civic responsibility, and something I’d encourage club members to consider in the future. Again, many, many thanks to all!”

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Phouangmala “Diane” Phakonekham, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central California (BBBSCC) will provide information about the program, for which she has been Program Director since 2011. She will speak on the organization’s mission: : “To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.” Currently, there are 306 BBBS nationwide and BBBSCC is now ranked in the top 3 for the Western Region. By the end of 2016, Diane’s goal is to have BBBSCC serving 1000+ children. In 2015, BBBSCC was recognized for the prestigious National Gold Standard Award.

An informational summary of the issues on the November Ballot
Marianne Kast, Mary Perich, and Liz Shields of the League of Women Voters of Fresno gave us some valuable information about the plethora of California ballot initiatives. It was a ponderous task which they handled with aplomb and good humor and which we can be sure helped us all make some difficult ballot decisions..

Trump Quietly Releases Plan to Privatize America’s Roads, Bridges
Overseeing effort: Gov. Chris Christie.

Nov 10

President’s Newsletter November 2016 Clovis Democrat Club

I had planned to start my column for this month with “at last, our long electoral nightmare is over,” but now I find that it is only a prelude to worse to come. So many people I spoke to today are struggling with shock and apprehension. I don’t think any of us expected this outcome and have no idea how to move forward. With time we will figure some of this out. As I write this column, many of our fellow citizens have taken to the streets in protest, especially as Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but not the electoral. We are fortunate to live in California which has a Democratic government. We need to focus on preserving Democratic gains in our state and be ready to stand up to Republican attempts nationally to take away what we value. Vigilance and activism will be required.

There was also not much to celebrate locally as Democrats in Clovis did not fare well but we can be proud of those who tried. A message from club member David Rowell who ran: JenniK pict“Thanks SO MUCH for the encouragement and support, the people who made calls and walked precincts, the people who contributed, the people who simply sent encouraging thoughts my way! Your support and trust meant a lot. It was a great honor, truly, and although I was unsuccessful in the end, running for office was something I’ll never forget, even when the election does not turn out as I hoped. It was a lesson in civic responsibility, and something I’d encourage club members to consider in the future. Again, many, many thanks to all!” Jeni Kren.

Oct 12

Our Club Treasurer and Candidate for the State Center Community College District Board of Trustees Area 6

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Our club treasurer and candidate for the State Center Community College District Board of Trustees Area 6, David Rowell, meets Kamala Harris on Monday, Oct 10 at the Daily Grill

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Oct 08

2016 Democrat Booth at the Fresno Fair

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Sep 14

Clovis Democrats Newsletter September 2016

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Next Meeting Thursday September 15th 2016

At Seven Bar & Grill, 25 Shaw Ave. Clovis

Phone: (559) 322-1605

http://www.sevenclovis.com/

Members to convene at 6:00. Business at 6:15. Program to follow immediately.

http://clovisdemocrats.info/

Message from President Jeni:

Labor Day weekend marks the traditional start of the election season, and so it is in the Central Valley. Political signs are popping up everywhere! Even so, you’ve heard me say again and again in the last few months that Clovis has few competitive races in which to get involved: California is going to go for Hillary, even if Clovis does not; our next Senator is going to be a Democratic woman of color, no matter who wins; two Republicans are running in the Assembly race. But none of these races are especially exciting or interesting to Clovis residents. It turns out, though, that the action in Clovis will be in the education arena. Our own club member and treasurer, David Rowell, is running for State Center Community College District Trustee representing Area 6. Anyone who wants to get involved should contact him at 559-825-1239. He needs walkers, phone bankers, office help, and even assistance in setting up lunches and snacks for walkers.  

Another educational election to watch is for the Clovis Unified School District Board. Recently, Clovis has been struggling with dress codes and compliance with federal and state transgender bathroom access. An organization called Stop the Madness has encouraged a number of very conservative people to run for the four board positions that are up for election. If they are successful, the school district could be dramatically impacted. We will be hearing from a strong Democratic candidate, Scott Troescher, who is running in opposition to this group.

Jeni

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Trump Still Highly Popular With Rednecks
The only group he hasn’t insulted, yet.

 

Nathan Magsig

Our September speaker is newly elected Fresno County Supervisor, Nathan Magsig. A veteran member of the Clovis City Council, including his most recent position as Mayor Pro Tem. He will provide insights for us on the issues surrounding his transition from a city to a county office.

Dr. Holyoke provided an intriguing look at both national and local elections pending this November. The continued erosion of party support for Donald Trump was a particular focus.

 

Jul 18

Clovis Democratic Club July 2016 Newsletter

 

 

 

 

 Next Meeting
Thursday July 21st 2016
At Seven Bar & Grill, 25 Shaw Ave. Clovis
Phone: (559) 322-1605
http://www.sevenclovis.com/
Members to convene at 6:00. Business at 6:15. Program
to follow immediately.
http://clovisdemocrats.info/Newsletter 7-2016

What a great picnic we had! Our room was full of Democrats enjoying camaraderie and celebrating our nation. It was a privilege to hear Fiona Ma, a candidate for statewide office. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this event! Our Club is making its mark in the local political scene.

Despite the unity shown in our picnic, early July has been marked nationally with conflict and tragedy with several police shootings of citizens followed by the sniper killings of police officers in Dallas. It appears that divisiveness in our political climate has reached a crisis point with the politics of demonizing the “other” culminating in fear and blame. Daily protests have been occurring across the country and tensions have been high. It is too early to tell how these events are going to resolve, but the party nominating conventions are starting with the Republicans next week. Whether we move toward more divisiveness or more conciliation within our country may depend on the way these conventions address the issues. My hope is that it will be toward conciliation.

A theme that President Obama has returned to repeatedly as a step toward bringing people together is to see the world through somebody else’s eyes, and to stand in somebody else’s shoes. In an effort to move in this direction, our club has invited Reza Nekumanesh to talk to speak of the experience of Muslims in American society. Please join us for this very informative presentation and for our first ever meeting in the month of July!

                                 Jeni

 

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Trump Calls Climate Change “Chinese Hoax”
But has only praise for their “great wall.”

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Hajj Reza Nekumanesh

Hajj Reza Nekumanesh

Our speaker for this month is Hajj Reza Nekumanesh, the Director of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno. He has been active in interfaith and human rights organizations locally. He will be addressing Islamophobia and the experience of Muslims in America.

Jun 12

Clovis Democratic Club Annual Patriotic Picnic – Guest Speaker Fiona Ma

ANNUAL PATRIOTIC PICNIC

Friday June 24, 2016, 6 p.m.

American Legion Hall

508 4th Street, Clovis

Fiona Ma

Fiona Ma is the 2nd District Board of Equalization (B.O.E.) board member, December 2, 2014.  Her counties are Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Lassen, portion of Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, portion of San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tulare, Tuolumne, and Yuba.

Guest Speaker

State Board of Equalization

Candidate for California State Treasurer

Complete Tri-Tip Dinner/Fundraiser

$25.00 per person

RSVP 559-322-9740

or ClovisDemocraticClub@gmail.com

Tickets available at

www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2549357

Or send checks Payable to Clovis Democratic Club

to P.O. Box 792, Clovis, CA 93613

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