Fighting for justice and equal opportunities to succeed

We’re in the middle of a radical change to our work force. Californians have been asking honest, tough questions, because changes in the economy have left many people behind, or wondering if their kids will be able to do better than they have.

 

Truck drivers, retail clerks, and many others all see what we see—new technologies are coming that will take away their current livelihoods. I'm prepared to roll up my sleeves and offer a new set of plans to make sure that this new economy brings everyone forward, and that we don't accept leaving anyone behind.

None of these issues will be easy. We’re going to have to educate our kids differently, empower and train workers for new opportunities, and stop doing things that we know don’t work. This is no time to fall back on wedge issues and poll-tested ideas that will bring out one group or another. It’s a time to solve new problems—taking risks, working across groups, challenging assumptions, testing out ideas, and letting others take the credit. We can’t count on politics as usual to help working families navigate the new economy, protect our shores from climate change, safeguard our homes from cyber-crime, to give communities the tools to fight the epidemic of addiction and depression, or to heal political divisions.

Every time we’ve been at a point like this, Californians have forged a way forward. That is our State's ethic. Californians settled here because, as a people, we've never been afraid to reach the furthest frontier. We pioneered public higher education, we pioneered space travel and satellites, we developed the world wide web, and the music and films and vision that have inspired and shaped the world. Californians won't settle for less in facing today’s challenges. It's time to do some good things together.

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    Jeff Bleich Raises Over $1.4 Million in 2017 for Lt. Governor Race

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    JEFF BLEICH RAISES OVER $1.4 MILLION IN 2017 FOR LT. GOVERNOR RACE

    Campaign powered by individual donations contrasts with self funding and special interest candidates

    Oakland, CA – Jeff Bleich, a candidate for Lt. Governor of California, announced today that his campaign raised over $1.4 million in campaign funding in 2017, from nearly 2,000 individual donations. Bleich’s campaign has over $1.3 million in cash on hand, which will allow Jeff to spread his message to Californians about how he plans to tackle tough problems, focus on long-term solutions, and deliver real results as the state’s next Lt. Governor.

    “I want to thank every person who has donated their time, money, and energy to our campaign,” said Bleich. “The groundswell of support we have received shows that Californians are hungry for leaders in Sacramento who have the skills and capacity to solve important problems. Our supporters have demonstrated that the public does not have to decide only between candidates whose financial support comes mostly from special interests, or candidates who are wealthy enough to contribute hundreds of thousands to their own campaign. There are other choices. I look forward to continuing to spread our message for the future of California over the coming months.”

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    Jeff Bleich's Keynote Address to New American Citizens

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    On January 11, 2018, Jeff delivered the keynote speech in a naturalization ceremony at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA. On the same day that President Trump insulted and disparaged immigrants, Jeff told the audience that the only way to drown out racism and bigotry is by ringing the bell of freedom louder and stronger than even a President’s voice.

    Below are Jeff's full remarks from the ceremony:

    There is no greater honor than the one I have at this moment. To be the very first person to call each of you "my fellow Americans."

    Nothing is more American than the journey that brought each and every one of you here today. You've come from 91 countries, and endured many different challenges. But today, we have all come together, to arrive at this place, at this moment, to pledge a common faith.

    That's unusual. People of other nations aren't expected to share principles. They share land, language, culture, and symbols. But what binds all Americans together is not simply our physical borders, our language, or our flags and symbols. We are bound together by an ideal. For centuries, people from around the world have come to the United States seeking a different life -- a life in which they could choose their leaders, speak their minds, live where they wish, marry who they wish, worship as they wish, pursue their dreams, and be among people who would honor those choices. That's who we are.

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