Our moment is here, California! Election Day is only four days away - voting is well underway and September 14th is our deadline to vote in this historic election. It’s time to roll up your sleeves, cast your ballot, and fight for the future of California. Conservatives have weaponized the recall process so help us send a resounding message about the strength of our democracy and our values. Here’s how we are meeting the moment together:
Keep going California! Here’s how to vote by the September 14th deadline: Ballots need to be received or postmarked by 8:00 PM on Election Day, September 14th. We’re almost there! If you haven't yet registered to vote, you can register and vote in person with same-day voter registration. Protect your family, your state, and your future – vote NO by September 14th! One of the easiest ways to drop off your ballot is in a drop box: find yours here! If you choose to vote in person, grab your favorite mask and find your polling place here.
CNC meets Governor Newsom! Governor Gavin Newsom stopped by Fresno to rally supporters against recall (vote NO!). The event featured speeches from CNC Political Organizer Mai Thao, Dolores Huerta, and Governor Newsom, followed by volunteers from across Fresno texting and phone-banking in support of Governor Newsom. CNC engages residents on issues they care about year-round, and now we've pivoted to working on this election. In addition to yesterday’s event, we’ve been doing virtual voter outreach to inform all of our neighbors about the recall election and how they can cast their ballot and we’ve hit Latino airwaves from now until Election Day on stations that range from regional Mexican to raggaetton and top 40s. The rally was an energizing event filled with hope for the future and love of our state. Keep going California, we’re almost there!
In the Fresno Bee: San Joaquin Valley, Inland Empire seen as keys to beating back Newsom recall attempt. CNC Action Fund’s Founding Executive Director, Pablo Rodriguez, along with Michael Gomez Daly, Executive Director of Inland Empire United, penned an op-ed in the Fresno Bee discussing the importance of our neighborhoods in the Inland Empire and San Joaquin Valley in this recall election. The op-ed highlighted how the work of Communities for a New California Action Fund, Inland Empire United and partner community groups who canvas in battleground regions are meaningful investments in political engagement that keep democracy healthy in the long run. “Our Black, Brown, and Asian communities thrive on inclusivity and camaraderie. That’s why we are working hard to defeat this recall.” Rodriguez and Gomez Daly said. “We have been the firewall against conservative extremists before. We must be, again.” Read the full story here.
‘Fresno Speaks 2021’ has spoken: The city of Fresno is rejecting the recall. CNC, along with UC Merced and partner organizations, recently concluded Fresno Speaks 2021, the largest random sample survey of Fresno registered voters in 2021. The study finds that likely voters in the City of Fresno oppose the recall of the current governor of California by a 14% margin and that climate change is the major dividing issue for recall voters.
Dr. Venise Curry, coordinator of the Fresno County Civic Engagement Table, said of the study’s findings, "Historically Fresno has been considered a conservative stronghold. If the recall proponents cannot win Fresno, they won't win any other major city in the state of CA. We have an opportunity to participate - to not only phone bank - but to tell conservatives that the status quo will no longer be tolerated.” Fresno has spoken: we need to address issues of climate change, safe drinking water, affordable housing, and police reform in order for our families.
Mark your calendars! We're partnering with Univision to host a back-to-school forum discussing how to keep kids safe from COVID-19 scheduled for September 29th ... stay tuned! In the meantime, mask up and help the children in your life get vaccinated. Children aged 12 and up are eligible to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and are always free. The best way to protect our children is to get vaccinated and follow health recommendations. Schedule your vaccination appointment now at myturn.ca.gov, and watch the full interview on Despierta Valle Central here.
Meet the moment with CNC: Mark your calendars for these upcoming opportunities in your area so you can take action with us! Follow CNC on Facebook for more updates on ways to create change in your neighborhood by getting involved with us.
In case you needed extra, extra tips on how to vote: Have you seen this week’s Side Eye? We’ve brought an Election Day style guide straight to you, so now you don’t need to worry about what you’ll wear to vote! Check out all the trends you and your friends can try when going to vote here. Do you know what you’ll wear to vote?