South Valley Civics Events

Monday, January 15.  Fresno Annual Martin Luther King Day March.  9:15-10:45 am.  Gather in front of Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno St., downtown Fresno, and march together to the Fresno Convention Center.  For more march info, contact James Lett III at (559) 284-6420.

Saturday, January 20.  First Anniversary Women’s March from 10 a.m.-noon. Gather at College of Sequoias parking lot #3 (corner of Mooney Blvd and Meadow Lane) and there will be LOTS of free parking in parking lot #7 which is along Tulare Ave.  Marchers will convene, then proceed along Mooney down to Walnut Ave and back at which point we’ll get to hear from some local inspiring women speakers.  About noon, we’ll head on over to Barrel House Brewing Co. downtown to keep the fun going.  All large and small two-legged and four legged critters happy to march with us are very welcome indeed!  Family! Friends! Neighbors! Spread the word! This is an SVC sponsored event.

NOTE:  We’re still looking for volunteers–to help direct humans from parking lot to gathering place, to show speakers to the podium, to give safety guidance, to remind walkers to keep driveways clear, to help folks cross intersections etc. It will be easy work but very important to keep everyone happy and safe.  THANKS to those of you who have already responded!

NOTE #2:  If you happen to be in Fresno that day, 1/20, the Fresno Women’s March starts at 11 at the corner of Nees and Blackstone.  It will be as exciting as last year, we’re sure!

Sunday, January 21.  Sigala for Assembly Meet&Greet.  4:00 p.m. 3704 S. Julieann Ct., Visalia.  Bring $26 to support Sigala for CADistrict #26!  Hosted by and at the home of Ruth McKee, a cherished SVC supporter and Chair of the Tulare County Democratic Central Committee.

Tuesday, January 23.  Monthly Nunes Watch Rally.  11:30 am-12:30 pm.  Corner of Church and Main Sts. in downtown Visalia.  Come!  We will provide all signs.  Theme:  Votes Nunes has taken have HURT THE MIDDLE CLASS.

Saturday, February 3.  Days of Action:  Register, Mobilize and Organize Democrats.  9:00-11:30. Meet at the Democratic Central Committee Office at 1320 W Walnut Ave (in the strip mall at the corner of Walnut and Giddings), Visalia.  There will be a short training period, then volunteers will be off to walk their assigned areas. Lunch will be served at 1:30. Note:  This event will happen MONTHLY on the first Saturday til the election!  Contact the office at 559 754 0566 for more details. (Cynthia just did this monthly canvassing event today and loved it!  Go! SVC will be there to partner!)

Thursday, February 15.  Issues 22: An Evening with CD22 Candidates for Congress, Reedley College’s Forum Hall, 995 N Reed Ave, Reedley.  7:00-8:30 p.m.  All declared candidates (Democratic, Republican, Libertarian) running for CD#22 will come together to speak about our Valley and their visions for responsive representation.  Event sponsored by United Valley Civics and South Valley Civics in partnership with Mi Famila Vota, Central Valley Partnership, and Fresno Women’s Huddle with assistance from Reedley College Associated Student Government.

Friday, February 16.  Liberally Speaking:  An Evening with Steve Natoli6:30 p.m. Lamplighter Inn, 3300 W. Mineral King Blvd.  Visalia.  Hosted by the Democratic Tulare County Central Committee. Natoli will be reading excerpts from his book, “Liberally Speaking” and signing copies for those who wish to purchase the book. Benefits from the evening will be used to support the COS Young Democrats to attend the California State Democratic party convention and to help organize a Tulare County Young Democrats Club.  A donation of $15 per person is requested. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.  Make checks payable to COS Young Democrats.  For more information, contact Katherine Dodson, President. (559) 750-6916 or email:  You may also make a donation to the COS Young Dems directly online by visiting their site here. The Young Dems are a valued SVC partner, with several of their members also members of SVC.  Additionally, they have been go-to volunteers for canvassing, registering, and for helping at our events.  Support them if you can.

Saturday, February 24, 2018:  An Evening with Tamara Keith. Clovis Community College, 5:00 p.m.  Join FM89’s 40th Anniversary with an evening with NPR White House Correspondent and Valley native, Tamara Keith. Tickets $40 (get it?) and are on sale now. See here for more details.

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Covered California – What You Need to Know

From the office of Kamala Harris, U.S. Senator for California:

It’s that time of year again, OPEN ENROLLMENT, when people can enroll in a health insurance plan now by visiting

Let’s talk about the facts around Covered California. If you’re uninsured, coverage may be more affordable than you think.

Visit for updates on plans and prices, even if you’ve already obtained coverage. Plans and prices change every year and there might be a more affordable option available for 2018. And if you haven’t already signed up, make sure you visit today and enroll in a quality, affordable health care plan that meets yours and your families’ needs.

Here are some sample Tweets in English and Spanish where you can encourage your friends and family to enroll today:


English: Today – sign up & get covered:
Spanish: Hoy, inscríbase y obtenga cobertura médica:

English: We need everyone’s help getting the word out about signing up for insurance. You can go to & choose a plan and get covered today.
Spanish: Necesitamos la ayuda de todos para correr la voz acerca de inscribirse en un plan de seguro. Pueden ir a

English: Tell your family, friends, and community to sign up.
Spanish: Dígale a su familia, amigos, y comunidad que se inscriban.

Here is some important information that all Californians need to know:

Open Enrollment Period: Nov. 1, 2017 – Jan. 31, 2018

Please note that Consumers can now shop and compare to find a plan that fits their needs and budget. Covered California’s Shop and Compare Tool allows consumers to preview 2018 plans and prices.

Available Assistance:

Free in-person help is available.

Certified insurance agents, applications counselors, and enrollment counselors can help consumers enroll in coverage and apply for financial assistance.

Trained staff are available to help over the phone (800-300-1506) and through a Live Chat.

Automatic Re-Enrollment:

Consumers can lower their costs by shopping for a plan that meets their budget and health needs. Current Covered California members will be automatically re-enrolled in their current plan in mid-November, but have until December 15, 2017 to change their plan for coverage starting on January 1, 2018. This year, consumers should go back through the shopping process to shield themselves from premium increases before open enrollment ends. Even if consumers’ own financial situations haven’t changed, consumers who automatically re-enroll without shopping for a new plan could be better off if they shopped around.

For more information, visit Covered California at


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Nunes Watch!

The Every Tuesday Nunes Watch gatherings are going on hiatus during July and August. We will resume them (or another permutation of them!) after Labor Day. A big THANK YOU to all the people who have participated, even in 107 degree heat!

These meetings have been ongoing, to inform voters about our lack of ethical, responsive representation in the District.

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