General Meeting May 14th at 5:30 PM

Please join us for dinner, drinks, and our monthly meeting Tuesday, April 9th. All Democrats are welcome to attend meetings. Annual memberships cost $20 for the whole year and help us accomplish our mission and objectives.

As announced previously, this May 14 meeting will be an endorsement meeting. Members in good standing will vote to decide on endorsements of Luis Chavez for Fresno County Supervisor and possbily others.

Michael Evans will also be speaking at this meeting (via Zoom) about a statewide ballot measure that some are calling the “Taxpayer Deception Act.” Members will vote on a position after hearing Michael’s presentation. More information here: https://www.taxpayerdeceptionact.com

Show Unity and Support at Pride

HELP CREATE A DEMOCRATIC PRESENCE AT Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade & Festival June 1st!

Fresno Stonewall Democrats is a sponsor of Pride again this year along with Fresno County Democratic Women’s Club and Democratic Women In Action. ALL Democrats in Fresno County and surrounding areas are encouraged to show unity and support of the LGBTQ+ Community by RIDING on our float in the Pride Parade! We’ll need help decorating also and volunteers to run the Party Table & Booth at the Pride Festival afterward.

Please sign up to help decorate the float, ride the “Rainbow Wave” with us, and/or work a 2 hour shift at the Dem Party table at the festival: https://mobilize.us/event/622647/

Parade STARTS at 10:00 AM so we need you to be at the staging area by 8 am to decorate or 9am to assemble. Signs with your club name or logo would be fun to wave while riding down Olive Ave, or bring your favorite flags. The Festival OPENS at 11:00 AM and it would be nice to have people there as attendees start arriving.

JUNE 1, 2024
Help Decorate: 8 AM
Ride on our Float: 9 AM
Volunteer at our Festival Booth: 11 AM

RSVP / Sign Up on Mobilize: https://mobilize.us/event/622647/
Click to download the flyer to share.

Keeping The Promise of Education

A Fundraiser for James Martinez for
Fresno County Board of Education Area 3

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS
$2,000 Valedictorian
$1,000 Salutatorian
$500 Honor Roll
$100 Per Guest

Thursday, May 9th
6 pm – 8 pm

Announcements for April 2024

POSTCARDS TO REGISTER LIKELY DEMOCRATS
IN FRESNO COUNTY:

MONDAY – FRIDAY: 10:00AM – 12:00PM at Dem HQ:
https://www.mobilize.us/fresnocountydemocraticparty/event/598090/

WEDNESDAYS: 6:00PM – 8:00PM at Private Home in Clovis:
https://www.mobilize.us/fresnocountydemocraticparty/event/597981/

PHONEBANKING & CANVASSING FOR RUDY SALAS (CD22):
https://linktr.ee/southcentralvalley

THIS MONTH:

04/09 5:30 PM – Fresno Stonewall Democrats Monthly Meeting with guest Robin McGehee, Fresno City LGBTQ+ Liaison, and Zander Moricz on Zoom on organizing against “Don’t Say Gay”

04/14 2:00 PM – PFLAG Fresno Monthly Meeting: Speaker will be Adam Chang with Oasis Legal Services, experienced in immigration legal services for the LGBTQ+ community.

04/21 12:00 PM – Volunteer Round Up for Fresno Rainbow Pride at Dave & Busters: Long and short term volunteer opportunities. Experience not required. Everyone is welcome. Questions: tracie.fresnorainbowpride@gmail.com

MAY 2024:

05/11 8:00 PM – Sandra Bernhard Pride Kickoff at Tower Theatre (tickets at https://towertheatre.ticketsauce.com/e/sandra-bernhard)

5/14 5:30 PM – Fresno Stonewall Democrats Monthly Meeting: Endorsement Meeting and Guest Speaker Michael Evans on the Tax Payer Deception Act
https://fresnostonewalldemocrats.org/event/monthly-meeting-2024-05-14

5/19 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Fresno State Rainbow Graduation at Satellite Student Union. Fresno State LGBTQ+ and allied graduates will be provided rainbow-themed medals, stoles and tassels as graduation gifts! The crowdfunding campaign is April 2 to 30, 2024. We welcome your support! https://crowdfunding.fresnostate.edu/project/41929

JUNE 2024

06/01 10:00 AM – Fresno Rainbow Pride & Festival: https://fresnorainbowpride.com

General Meeting April 9th at 5:30 PM

Please join us for dinner, drinks, and our monthly meeting Tuesday, April 9th. All Democrats are welcome to attend meetings. Annual memberships cost $20 for the whole year and help us accomplish our mission and objectives.

Special guest Robin McGehee will talk about her work with the City of Fresno, as the newly appointed LGBTQ+ Liaison to the Office of the Mayor, as well as her National work to organize against the ‘Don’t Say Gay” efforts in the state of Florida and beyond. She will have one of the youth that she organizes with, Zander Moricz Zooming in from ground zero!

Meeting documents (agenda, minutes, reports, etc) can be viewed / downloaded at: 

We hope you can join us at this meeting. If you have additions to the agenda, future speaker suggestions, or announcements to be included on our meeting handout please send them to info@fresnostonewalldemocrats.org.

For Zoom and other links visit our LinkTree at https://linktr.ee/fresnostonewall

Meeting Recap for March 12, 2024

Our March meeting with Dr. Peter Robertson was very well attended and held in the larger meeting room that is so much nicer for our group. The huge TV made it possible for everyone to clearly see Dr. Robertson’s presentation and there was even a microphone and speaker setup so he could be heard over the sounds from the other rooms. It was a pleasure to see new faces and recognize some familiar faces from the past, who who came for their very first Stonewall meeting.

During normal business the club motioned and voted to approve a $250 sponsorship for “Democrats In Action”, an annual fundraiser for the Fresno County Democratic Women’s Club, being held this Saturday at 11:30 AM at the Manhattan. The sponsorship includes two tickets for the luncheon. Terry Stasio and Marsha Conant will represent the club at this event.

Club members tonight also voted to become a sponsor of the Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade & Festival at the $400 level. The sponsorship includes a spot in the parade, a booth at the festival, and an ad in the program. We’ll now need all of you to show up on June 1st to walk with us in the parade or ride on our float! We’ll also need a couple volunteers to run our club’s Information & Voter Registration booth at the festival afterward (we will soon have a sign up sheet for this).

SPECIAL ELECTION ANNOUCEMENT (28 day advance notice per our bylaws): Myra Coble has volunteered and been nominated for the currently open position of Treasurer. Next month, at our April 9th meeting, members will vote to elect her officially in that position.

THANK YOU Dr. Peter Robertson for your wonderful presentation on “Fostering Authentic and Sincere LGBTQ+ Allyship”. It was so nice for members to learn about your life, your accomplishments, and what motivated you to follow the path you’re on.

AND THANK YOU Joseph Bascetta for the cake! What an unexpected treat that was! Yum.

Thanks again for all that attended the meeting tonight. It was great to see those of you who return every month, and it was really wonderful to see so many new faces coming to their first meeting. We hope to see you all again at our next meeting in April, if not before. :)

General Meeting March 12th at 5:30 PM

Please join us this month for a special treat as we welcome Dr. Peter Robertson as our speaker.

FOSTERING AUTHENTIC AND SINCERE LGBTQ+ ALLYSHIP.
Dr. Peter Robertson (he/his/him) shares award-winning doctoral dissertation research and findings, completed at Fresno State. (Dissertation chair and faculty mentor: Dr. Jonathan Pryor).

ABOUT PETER ROBERTSON:
Dr. Peter Robertson (he/his/him) has been referred to as a “change maker” on behalf of Fresno’s disenfranchised and marginalized communities. For the past 36 years, he has been passionate about serving others and strives to lead by example.

A four-time graduate of Fresno State (BA, MA, MBA, and EdD), the genesis for his activism was fostered as an undergraduate student. He was a founding member of United Student Pride, a co-founder of the Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival, and named a grand marshal for the inaugural Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade. In 2023, he was presented the Harvey Milk Award: Champion of Change by the City of Fresno. Recently, he was appointed the co-chair of the President’s LGBTQ2+ and Allies Advisory Council at Fresno State.

As a Fresno State staff member, he has continued to advocate for creating a powerful sense of belonging while maintaining respect for students, alumnx and allies, as well as faculty and staff. As a volunteer, he established the Bulldog Pride Fund, and started the Rainbow Alumnx and Allies Club.

Robertson is the director of alumni connections with the Fresno State Alumni Association, where he has worked for, donated to, and volunteered with the past 21 years.

2022 Fresno Arts Council Horizon Award — https://youtu.be/SWAqUNFguZE

NEWS RELEASE: 01/09/2024

Fresno Stonewall Democrats met on January 9, 2024, to decide on candidate endorsements for the upcoming Primary Election on March 5, 2024. We are pleased to share the following endorsements:

FEDERAL ENDORSEMENTS
U.S. Senator: Adam Schiff

STATE ENDORSEMENTS
CA Assembly District 6: Evan Minton

CITY & COUNTY OF FRESNO ENDORSEMENTS
Fresno Co. Board of Supervisors District 2: Bryce Herrera
Fresno Co. Board of Supervisors District 3: Miguel Arias
Fresno Co. Board of Supervisors District 5: Jennifer Cruz
Fresno City Council District 2: Mike Karbassi
Fresno City Council District 4: Tyler Maxwell

Endorsement Meeting Jan 9 at 5:30 PM

Fresno Stonewall Democrats will be conducting our Endorsement Meeting on Tuesday, January 9th, where members will vote to decide which candidates to endorse for the upcoming Primary Election on March 5, 2024. Candidates in local races (Fresno County Supervisor, Fresno City Council, and Mayor) have been invited to attend if they would like to address members before the selection process begins (candidates will be allowed to speak for two minutes).

Fresno Stonewall Democrats has asked candidates to complete our Questionnaire to inform our members as to their positions on issues related to our mission and goals. Below are candidates who completed our questionnaire.

QUESTIONNAIRES RECEIVED:

We will also be considering endorsements in two State races:

  • U.S. Senate
  • State Assembly AD-6

We didn’t receive questionnaires from candidates for these offices but we’d like to mention that Evan Minton for State Assembly AD-6 (click here for his Bio) was our guest speaker in September 2023, is a champion for Transgender issues, and is the only Democrat running for that office.

Candidates being considered for endorsement:

OFFICEDEMOCRATIC CANDIDATEQUESTIONNAIRE
U.S. SenatorAdam B. Schiff
Hamesh Kumar
Perry Pound
Katie Porter
Christina M. Pascucci
Douglas Pierce
David Peterson
Sepi Gilani
Barbara Jean Lee
Akinyemi Agbede
John Rose
Raji Rab
U.S. Senator –
Partial/Unexpired
Adam B. Schiff
Katie Porter
Christina M. Pascucci
Sepi Gilani
Barbara Jean Lee
State Assembly District 6Evan MintonBio Submitted
Supervisor District 2Paul Dictos
Bryce Herrera
Supervisor District 3Luis Chavez
Sal Quintero
Miguel AriasView / Download
Edward “EJ” HinojosaView / Download
Supervisor District 5Jennifer A CruzView / Download
Mary Helen Lopez
City Council District 2Mike KarbassiView / Download
Matthew GillianView / Download
City Council District 4Tyler MaxwellView / Download

Endorsement of a candidate requires 60% of members voting. New members must wait a grace period of twienty-eight (28) days before they are eligible to vote — this means only members who joined on December 12, 2023 or earlier may participate in this process.

5:30 PM – Dinner, drinks, and general discussion of hot topics or current events
6:00 PM – Meeting Calls to Order

The Agenda, previous meeting minutes, and other relevant meeting documents, are available online here:

Holiday Party December 8th at 6:30 PM

Greetings Democrats,

We are meeting this month on Friday, December 8th at 6:30 pm for a party! Please join us at Patty & Keith Cappelluti’s Fabulous Home to enjoy holiday music, good food, tasty drinks, and great company!

We hope to have some silent auction items available for you!

We will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the Fresno EOC’s LGBTQ+ Resource Center downtown as well as hygiene products (shampoo, conditioner, soap, brushes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, lotion, feminine products, etc).

Everyone is invited to attend this free event and kick off the holiday season with us.

PLEASE Tap or Click the Flyer below to RSVP:

(Download Flyer)

We hope you can attend this free event and enjoy the company of other like-minded Democrats. Whether you can make it or not, Fresno Stonewall Democrats appreciates your support and wish you a fabulous holiday season and all the best in 2024.

NEXT GENERAL MEETING: JANUARY 9, 2024

In January the club will meet to consider and vote on candidate endorsements for the upcoming election cycle. Our endorsements serve as a Voting Guide for many of the club’s members and followers who might be undecided on some positions. If you’re a paid member you are encouraged to attend this meeting to participate in the decision making process. If you are not a paid member you may join the membership to participate as long as you do so by December 12 (new members must wait 28 days before they are eligible to vote in club matters).