December 2017 Civic Engagement Project


Images from Week #1 of CNC's December non-partisan civic engagement project. Team members are speaking with voters in Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern Counties about the issues impacting their families the most. Voters are stating the current proposed tax plan is a major concern. In addition to issues related to jobs and the economy, healthcare, and water. 

Victory! Fresno OK's deal to relocate meat-rendering plant out of a southwest neighborhood


A deal to relocate a meat-rendering plant out of a southwest Fresno neighborhood was unanimously approved Thursday evening by the Fresno City Council, providing a victory for neighbors who for years have complained about odors.

The council approved a development agreement with Darling Ingredients, which runs the operation on Belgravia Avenue, as well as planning and zoning changes for the company to build a new plant about three miles west near Fresno’s wastewater treatment plant.

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Fresno Residents File Lawsuit Over 40 Year Old Odor

“The city has a legal obligation to enforce laws that make Fresno a safe and healthy place for all its residents, no matter their income level, race, or the neighborhood where they live. West Fresno residents will seek to enforce that duty," says Phoebe Seaton of California Rural Legal Assistance, who is representing the CCWF.
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Five Victories By The California Immigrant Rights Movement

There’s no doubt immigration reform has a long way to go to ensure family reunification and a path to citizenship for the undocumented community. We must continue to fight for a federal DREAM Act and demand an end to Secure Communitiesand 287(g) programs that allow state and local law enforcement agencies to partner with ICE. I remain hopeful because California had major victories last year that prove just how powerful uniting with dignity as our moral compass can be.

Here are five immigrant rights bills California Governor Jerry Brown signed during his first year in office and what you need to know about them:

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Secure Communities: The Real Cost of Failed Immigration Policy

In his 2013 proposed budget, President Obama outlined the administration’s plan to cut $17 million from the failed and expensive,16-year-old 287 (g) program to expand the equally failed and expensive four year-old Secure Communities program. Both programs were created to allow state and local police to check fingerprints of the most violent, dangerous criminals who are booked in jail against federal immigration databases. If there is a discrepancy on the federal database, then local law enforcement must hold the person on a “detainer” until federal ICE agents can find out whether that person is documented or not. They then make decisions about whether or not to put that person into deportation proceedings.

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In Defense of My Body, Health & Choices

By Jacquie Marroquin

During the recent Women in the World Conference in Washington D.C., Liberian Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee said,  “Women need to stop being politely angry.”  She was referring to the ever-escalating war on women’s access to reproductive care in the United States. This powerful statement made by this equally powerful woman begged the questions: Where are the angry women? (A question she also asked.) And exactly how angry are we?

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We Can’t Afford to Give Away the Great Outdoors

Outdoor recreation and land conservation and preservation generates $1 trillion in economic activity and supports 9.4 million in jobs each year in the United States, according to a study by the National Fish and Wildlife

Outdoor recreation and land conservation and preservation generates $1 trillion in economic activity and supports 9.4 million in jobs each year in the United States, according to a study by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Unfortunately, there is an effort underway, led by Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, to undermine four decades of conservation efforts. Under consideration in the House and Senate is theWilderness and Roadless Area Release Act, which would open all roadless areas across the country to industrial development.

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Lessons for 2012 Elections from 2010 Nevada

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the political parties gear up for the 2012 Presidential Election, it would be wise to use this time to study the 2010 general election and the impact made by Latino voters throughout the country.

In particular, I offer the 2010 general election in Nevada as a case study.

The morning of November 2, conventional political wisdom, as illustrated by, predicted that the probability of Sharron Angle becoming the next senator of Nevada at 86.4 percent and that her margin of victory over incumbent Sen. Harry Reid would be 3 percentage points.  Election results later that day showed how wrong they all were. Angle was soundly defeated 51 percent to 45 percent.

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Why we marched in Sacramento

The headline in this week's San Jose Mercury News, "Harvard Now Cheaper Than Cal State," may have shocked many across the country. But for California's families and students, it reflects the reality of millions who have struggled for years with the rising cost of higher education. California leads the nation in tuition increases, with a 300 percent rise in costs since 2001. For a system that used to be a model for the nation, these skyrocketing costs are shameful -- and coupled with the recession has put a college education out of reach for many of California's young people.

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