The event was held at the SEIU 521 union hall, which was generously donated to the Community Alliance for the fundraiser.

Fresno Supports Local Independent Media

Our keynote speaker was David Bacon, the world-class photographer of working people and the culture of the San Joaquin Valley. All photos by Peter Maiden

More than 100 supporters from Fresno, the San Joaquin Valley and the newly renamed Yokuts Valley came to the Community Alliance fundraiser on Dec. 3. The event was a huge success giving old friends an opportunity to reconnect, hear from great speakers and help us achieve our fundraising goals.

Every time the Community Alliance has faced a financial challenge we have asked our supporters for help, and they have come through for us. In 2022, our operating expenses were $600 higher than our income each month. The fundraiser erased the imbalance and pushed us over the top to start the new year.

We increased our monthly sustainers from 72 to 100. We have supporters who give between $5 and $100 a month, bringing in about $2,000 a month. If you have not done so already, please consider becoming a monthly sustainer. You can do that at fresnoalliance.com/support.

Smiley Calderon is working on a video of the Community Alliance fundraiser so that you can see and hear what the event was like. We will let you know when that video is available.

Always know that it is you, our supporters, we are accountable to. We will not take funding from developers, right-wing special interest groups, big business or other fat cats. Thank you for making local independent media a reality in Fresno.

All photos by Peter Maiden

Nayamin Martinez, MPH, director of the Central California Environmental Justice Network and a writer for the Community Alliance, spoke about environmental justice and why it is important to share information with the community through this newspaper.
Huron Mayor Rey Leon talked eloquently about the need for a high school in that community. 

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Nayamin Martinez, MPH, director of the Central California Environmental Justice Network and a writer for the Community Alliance, spoke about environmental justice and why it is important to share information with the community through this newspaper.

I. smiley G. Calderon, Community Alliance advertising director, was the emcee for the event.
Editor Eduardo Stanley welcomed our guests and introduced the many writers for the paper who were in attendance.

Roman Rain Tree, founder of the S-Valley Coalition, announced the new name of that Sierra Mountain community as Yokuts Valley.
Pam Whalen implored the audience to give generously. They did. We got 24 pledges from people wanting to be monthly sustainers to the Community Alliance newspaper.  
  • Community Alliance

    The Community Alliance is a monthly newspaper that has been published in Fresno, California, since 1996. The purpose of the newspaper is to help build a progressive movement for social and economic justice.

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