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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Congresswoman Jackie Speier Endorses Jeff Bleich for California Lt. Governor!

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Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) announced her endorsement of Jeff Bleich for Lt. Governor of California. Rep. Speier is widely recognized as a fierce advocate for women’s rights, and was the first member of Congress to push for fundamental reforms to end the epidemic of sexual assault in the military and on college campuses. The backing from one of Congress’s most respected leaders on education and fearless spokesperson for the #MeToo movement adds to Jeff’s growing base of support from progressive elected officials.

“Jeff has been a true leader on improving California education as Chair of the Cal State University Board, Chair of the Fulbright Board, and someone who has taught in our high schools and universities,” said Congresswoman Speier. “He also has a long track record for standing up for women and doing what’s right to make our workplaces, homes, and neighborhoods safer. Jeff has helped lead national programs to stop domestic violence and youth gun violence. As Lt. Governor, Jeff will keep California pressing forward.”

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Lt. gov candidates gain LGBT support

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December 21, 2017

Bay Area Reporter
By Matthew S. Bajko

Several candidates running in 2018 to become California's next lieutenant governor picked up key LGBT endorsements in recent weeks ahead of the June primary, where the top two vote-getters will advance to the general election in November.

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How a highly educated college lecturer became homeless, and why it matters

Ellen Tara James Penny is a full-time college professor in San Jose, and she’s homeless. She and her husband Jim and their two dogs sleep in their car in a protected spot not far from the home where she was born. We sat together on a noisy street in Morgan Hill, and — over several hours — they shared their journey to homelessness with me. It’s an important story.

 

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…Then The Conversation Gets Real

Opinion by Jeff Bleich

In people’s living rooms, I focus on kitchen table issues — changing job markets, the cost of education, housing shortages, on-line threats, mental health and addiction epidemics. Afterward, there are thoughtful questions about these topics; except rarely about mental health and addiction. That is, until the Q&A ends. People then approach me one on one. A few will wait, deliberately letting others speak with me, until the crowd has thinned. And that is when the conversation gets very real.

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Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

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Moving In Day

Jeff_Abby.jpgOpinion by Jeff Bleich

Last week, my wife Becky and I carried several boxes of books, clothes, bedsheets, and two boxes that were apparently filled with free weights and rocks, up 5 flights of stairs. It is a rite-of-passage we’ve been through twice before with our sons. And now one final time, as we delivered our daughter to college. 

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Two Yellow Lines and Charlottesville

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Opinion by Jeff Bleich

Originally published on Medium 

The things that make society work seem invisible to the naked eye — trust, faith, empathy, respect. But they are all around us if we pay attention. The reason you and I can drive home tonight is because of the trust we have in all other drivers. 

I know there will be people driving 60 miles an hour in deadly hunks of metal who could kill me simply by sliding across two small yellow lines. But I trust that they won’t. I believe that they love their life as much as I love mine, and that they will obey the laws the same way that I do. If I didn’t believe that, I’d never be able to leave my home. Those lines in the middle of the road represent bonds we all share — respect for the law, love of life, trust in others, and faith...

 

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Here’s what lieutenant governor candidate Jeff Bleich had to say during a San Bernardino visit

The Press-Enterprise | July 26, 2017
by Jeff Horseman

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Jeff Bleich wants to take the politics out of running for public office. A Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, Bleich expressed disdain for the horse-race aspects of political discourse – How much money did you raise? What’s your base? – during a visit to the San Bernardino Sun offices Tuesday, July 18...

 

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Why Dentons' Jeff Bleich Decided to 'Lace Up' for Lt. Gov. Run

The Recorder | July 3, 2017
by Cheryl Miller

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Dentons partner Jeffrey Bleich is crisscrossing California these days, introducing himself to voters who will decide next year whether he should be the state’s next lieutenant governor. The Recorder recently caught up with the Democratic candidate before he took his campaign to Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The conversation that follows was edited for length and clarity.

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Why Withdrawing From the Paris Accord Matters

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Opinion by Jeff Bleich

Originally published on Medium 

With all of the hyperbolic statements about Donald Trump and his policies (many by Trump himself), it can be easy to treat all things as equally “disastrous.” They aren’t. Some things are just talk, some are reversible, some will have a bad but temporary impact. But Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords is different. It will have enormous and likely irreversible effects on things that matter to all of us and future generations. This is not opinion. Rarely has a decision been so roundly condemned by every person who actually understands the subject — scientists, business leaders, and economists. Here is why.

The Future of the Planet: The Paris Climate Accord was signed by 195 nations to keep the planet from warming to a level that scientists say would produce irreversible consequences. It was signed by every nation (except Syria and Nicaragua). This includes China — the highest carbon emitter in the world — and many poorer nations who recognized that they will suffer economically. They signed on not because they don’t care about their own economies, but because the science is irrefutable. Scientists’ predictions are all coming true, but faster. The polar caps are actually melting faster than scientists predicted, the “sunny day” floods in Miami confirm that oceans are rising faster than expected, and the heartbreaking destruction of the great barrier reef proves the scientists were, if anything, too conservative. The ocean is getting warmer, more acidic, and subject to extreme weather events. By ignoring facts and ignoring science, in a single act, this President cost us the most precious thing we have in the fight against climate change — time. If sea temperatures rise two degrees, there will be no way to stop our environment entering into a tailspin. With one political act, we may have lost the only time we have to stop it.

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