I spoke at the Unitarian Universalist Church Town Hall the other day. I was asked to talk about “How Progressives Can Bring Social Justice to Fresno.” Without trying to be too flippant, I said that progressives need to be more “effective” at what we are doing if we are going to succeed in achieving social, economic and environmental justice in this community. We also need to think more strategically about what we are doing.
I have lived in Fresno all of my life. My family goes back generations in this area and, having …[Read the details]
By Michael D. Evans
With the California Primary Election scheduled for June 5, it appears that most of the exciting national drama will play out long before we go to the polls. Nevertheless, there will be presidential primary elections for Republicans and Democrats, as well as a new twist with the open primary for Congressional, State Senate and State Assembly races.
With only two propositions on the June ballot, and neither particularly controversial, the national agenda will likely be what drives turnout. It will be interesting to see how California, and specifically the Central Valley, responds to the right …[Read the details]
By Michael D. Evans
If Patch ran for mayor of the City of Fresno, the issue of homelessness would have been front and center in his campaign. Even though Patch had the money for filing the fee he was disqualified from running.
How does a candidacy come to be? As progressives, we need to be continually trying to identify potential candidates for public office and provide them with the tools necessary to be competitive in elections for those offices. It often seems that the decision to run is made at the last minute …[Read the details]
By Richard Gomez
The California Green Party will be sending a delegate to the Presidential Nominating Convention (PNC) in Baltimore in July. California has been allotted 65 delegates out of about 150 nationwide. Greens from Fresno and the Central Valley are encouraged to participate. The Delegate Selection Committee will choose after the Primary Election from a list of those capable and interested folks. Every state has its own procedure to select delegates, and California’s procedure is as follows:
Interested persons must be California Green Party members at the time of application and …[Read the details]
By Stephen Sacks
Since the Jim Hightower event last October, many progressive groups in the Central Valley have been working together to make an impact. Meeting once a month, representatives are discussing ways to become more politically effective.
The first specific event that many thought was important to support involved saving Jesse Morrow Mountain. Cemex, a Mexican multinational mining company, is seeking approval from the Fresno County Planning Commission for a 50-year plan to mine the mountain. When I arrived at the hearing on Feb. 9 at 8:45 a.m., the meeting room was filled to capacity. More than a …[Read the details]