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Tonight: Trans people and allies unite against homeless ban!

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  • Published: Friday, 17 November 2017 10:49
  • Written by Jason Scott

On Friday, November 17th at 4:30pm Trans-E-Motion will hold a rally and protest for transgender rights and awareness, beginning at City Hall at 2600 Fresno St, Fresno, CA 9372. With the recent passage of the "No Camping" Ordinance in Fresno, which criminalizes the homeless - many of which are transgender, we are holding this rally and protest to express our grievances with the Fresno City Council. Join us as we demand Fresno recognize how transgender people are affected by their vote. Now is the time to advocate for the transgender community.

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2017 Transgender Day of Remembrance

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  • Published: Tuesday, 31 October 2017 08:55
  • Written by Jason Scott

2017 Transgender Day of RemembranceTransgender Day of Remembrance. Those whose lives were taken will be honored through singing, written and spoken poetry, and art.  There will also be inspirational speakers addressing topics such as: transgender, gender diversity, inclusion, and the importance of being an ally to the transgender community. Information on crisis services, resources, and organizations in the local area will also be available via our resource fair. A memorial will be held to honor transgender individuals who have died from violence this past year.

Monday, November 20th Doors @ 5:30pm; Event begins at 6:00pm and ends at 8:30pm at Fresno State at 5241 N Maple Ave, Fresno, CA 93740 in North Gym room #118

It is important to increase community awareness about the level of violence this community experiences and the shocking rate of 41% of transgender individuals who have attempted suicide.  It is imperative that members of our surrounding community take responsibility to reduce the numbers of transgender people who die as a result of stigma and oppression.  

Fresno Unified trustees reject proposals to increase power of Ashjian

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  • Published: Friday, 27 October 2017 08:42
  • Written by Jason Scott

Fresno Unified trustees shot down a slew of proposed revisions to board bylaws that would have lessened the power of the superintendent and given more authority to the school board president.

Revisions to 20 policies were submitted at Wednesday night’s board meeting, including changes that would have given embattled board president Brooke Ashjian more control over public meetings and agendas. In more than one instance, the revisions removed decisions currently in the hands of the majority of the board and gave that authority solely to the board president.

“There are a handful of changes that restrict or provide what I think is an overly abundant amount of power to the board president,” said trustee Claudia Cazares, who voted against the motion, along with a majority of the board.

Continue reading at The Fresno Bee.

Police seek info from students in juice box hate crime against gay teen

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  • Published: Saturday, 28 October 2017 12:49
  • Written by Jason Scott

Logann PrunedaCitywide efforts are underway to identify the Bullard High student or students who pelted a girl with juice boxes while shouting gay slurs at the school earlier this week, including a cash reward.

Logann Pruneda says she was hit with full boxes of apple juice at school on Monday and was called “a faggot, a queer and a lesbo” during the attack. Monday was her 16th birthday.

The Fresno Unified sophomore, who has been openly gay since middle school, took pictures of abrasions on her neck and back that she says are from the incident.

The school has no surveillance cameras in the outdoor area of the campus where the incident happened during a fire drill, and no students had come forward as witnesses or suspects as of Wednesday.

Fresno Police spokesman Mark Hudson said Wednesday that police are seeking information from students and hope to make progress on the case soon.

“It’s an assault that can also be investigated as a hate crime based upon sexual orientation as a substantial motivating factor,” Hudson said. “Once we are able to obviously speak to a person who’s willing to talk to us, who committed the crime, then we’ll have more evidence to try and move a case forward. We’re asking for students’ help in identifying who assaulted her.”

Former Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea, along with two other donors, is offering a $750 reward for any student who identifies the perpetrator. “I was just outraged,” Perea said. “We want to get this out as broadly as possible. I have a pretty good feeling we are going to catch these kids.”

Continue reading at The Fresno Bee.

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Action needed! Email FUSD Superintendent

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  • Published: Thursday, 19 October 2017 14:42
  • Written by Jason Scott

On October 11, 2017, clergy presented a letter to have Mr. Ashjian removed as board president and/or censured. It is clear to us that the only Board Member willing to act upon this is Christopher De La Cerda. Mr. De La Cerda has heard the pain of our community that Brooke Ashjian has caused with his vile and divisive words. Mr. De La Cerda has petitioned the Superintendent Bob Nelson to move the presentation we made at the October 11th School Board meeting from "Item B" (conference and discussion) to "Item A" (consent: the board voting on censure and/or removal from Brooke Ashjian the title "president) or a still “B” item which the Board can act upon. Regardless of an “A” item or “B” item, we want a vote. Unfortunately, it was not added on October 11th. That is why we need to act to get this on the agenda for November 8th.

ONLY VOICES INUNDATING THE SUPERITENDENT’S OFFICE WILL MAKE THIS SO.

Please e-mail Superintendent Bob Nelson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and kindly request he allow a vote on the November 8th meeting.