General Meeting July 9th at 5:30 PM

We are excited to have Dr. Katherine Fobear back at our meeting tonight! She’ll be talking about being counted and Senate Bill 957.

Also, we’ll have information about postcarding and how you can help save Democracy. Not everyone is cut out for phone banking and door knocking but postcarding is easy, you can do it at home, and there are numbers to show that it can be effective.

Please join us tonight at Los Amigos at 5:30 pm. Dinner orders start going in about 5:45 so we can call to order at 6:00 pm and proceed with our agenda for the evening.

We hope to see you there!

Terry Stasio (he/him)
President

As the saying goes, if you’re not counted, you don’t count. 

LGBTQ+ people are more likely to rely on social welfare programs, income assistance, shelter and housing assistance, public health insurance and programs like Medicaid and Medicare, and student assistance and relief. 

However, it was only until January 2023, under President Biden’s Executive Order 14075, that federal agencies like Housing & Urban Development, Health and Human Services, and Education collected data on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). Before last year, millions of LGBTQ+ Americans were left out of federal health, housing, and education statistics, ensuring that their needs were not addressed in federal policies.

The California State Auditor recently released a report revealing a lack of progress by the California Department of Public Health to collect SOGI, despite several state laws requiring them to do so. 

Without accurate data on LGBTQ+ Californians, it makes it impossible to understand fully how the LGBTQ+ community is impacted by public health disparities and to create comprehensive programs. 

Dr. Kat Fobear, an Associate Professor at Fresno State’s Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the founding coordinator of the LGBTQ2+ Studies program, will discuss the need for better collection of federal and state SOGI data. She will also discuss Senate Bill 957, proposed by Senator Scott Wiener, making it mandatory for the California Department of Public Health to collect SOGI data.

Meeting documents (agenda, minutes, reports, etc) can be viewed / downloaded at:
https://bit.ly/fsd-mtgdocs

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


POSTCARD TO SWING STATES

Writing postcards to Democrats in swing states boosts voter turnout. It engages voters, but also gives us a proven way to do our part in those key swing state elections. In addition, writing postcards helps us relieve the anxiety about the election that so many of us feel this year. Losing this election is not an option – we need to do everything in our power to win.

With our help, Postcards to Swing States hopes to send over 26 million postcards to Democratic voters in the key swing states. Postcards are estimated to boost turnout by 1.3%, so this campaign can boost turnout by over 300,000 Democratic voters, and that can make the difference in close swing state elections.

Democratic Clubs like ours can make the difference in this election, and many are already writing postcards. Our members are proven advocates for our side and they can play a key role in the 2024 election by handwriting postcards to Democrats in swing states.

Postcards to Swing States
https://www.turnoutpac.org/postcards/


FACEBOOK EVENT

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Candidates Endorsed at June 11, 2024 Meeting

Tuesday, June 11, 2024, members of Fresno Stonewall Democrats met to hear from local candidates and then voted by secret ballot to decide endorsements. Most of the candidates completed the club Questionnaire which seeks to inform members of the candidate’s positions on LGBTQ+ issues and includes a special section just for school board seats. Endorsements are won by a 60% vote of members present — Zoom attendees are allowed to vote using the anonymous polling feature.

Congratulations to these candidates who received the club’s endorsement:

COUNTY OF FRESNO ENDORSEMENTS

EDUCATIONAL ENDORSEMENTS

  • State Center Community College District Trustee Area 2: Nasreen Johnson
  • State Center Community College District Trustee Area 3: Danielle Para
  • Fresno County Board of Education Area 3: Itzi Robles
  • Fresno Unified School Board Area 2: Elizabeth Jonasson-Rosas

Please refer to our Endorsements page for a full list that includes candidates previously endorsed for the March Primary. Candidate names are linked to their campaign websites if known.

Also refer to our Candidate-Information page for a list of all candidates who submitted the FSD Club Questionnaire. These forms provide insight into a campaign which you might not find on their website.

General Meeting June 11th at 5:30 PM

This month:

  • Candidates in attendance to discuss their campaigns
  • Endorsement Voting by members in good standing
  • Guest Speaker: Hugo Morrison on Voter Engagement

Please come out Tuesday night for our June meeting as we will have several candidates in attendance to announce or discuss their campaigns. They will each have 3 minutes and allowed up to 2 minutes for Q&A.

As announced at our May meeting and in email sent out that night, we will be voting on additional endorsements for the upcoming November Election. Candidates were invited to complete our club questionnaire which is always available to download from our website. We very much appreciate the time taken by candidates to answer our questions.

Please read through each questionnaire to familiarize yourself with the candidates seeking our endorsement:

Previously Completed Questionnaires: https://fresnostonewalldemocrats.org/candidate-info/

Questionnaires help to inform our members of candidate’s positions on important LGBTQ+ issues. The questionnaire is not required for endorsement but it is obviously helpful in understanding the candidates. Please take the time to read the questionnaires that have been submited before considering your vote for endorsement on Tuesday.

Candidates invited (links to websites if known):


Guest Speaker: Hugo Morrison – Many of you know Hugo through Fresno’s Democratic Central Committee and other community projects. Hugo will speak to us about voter education and engagement. His insight and efforts in this area are important in understanding today’s voters and what November might be like.

Meeting documents (agenda, minutes, reports, etc) can be viewed / downloaded at:
https://bit.ly/fsd-mtgdocs

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

Follow us on Facebook or let us know you’re going so you get reminders: https://www.facebook.com/events/809349587547313/

All Democrats are welcome to attend meetings regardless of membership status but we hope you’ll decide to join and participate in club business, the endorsement process, and election of officers in January. New members must wait 28 days before they are eligible to vote on ANY club business.

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

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