Congressman Ted Lieu Endorses Jeff Bleich for California Lt. Governor

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February 19, 2017

Contact: Max Wertheimer, (415) 302-1584, max@jeffbleich.com  

CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU ENDORSES JEFF BLEICH FOR CALIFORNIA LT. GOVERNOR

Oakland, CA – Today, Congressman Ted Lieu announced his endorsement of Jeff Bleich for Lt. Governor of California. Rep. Lieu is a United States Air Force veteran and a strong advocate for our men and women in uniform. He is also one of only four computer science majors serving in Congress, and has been a leading voice in calling for more focus on cybersecurity issues. Rep. Lieu has also authored legislation to ban so-called “gay conversion therapy” programs, reform our criminal justice system, and combat climate change.

“I’m endorsing Jeff for Lt. Governor because he’s demonstrated that he has both the courage and the skill to take on the tough problems affecting Californians across the state,” said Congressman Lieu. “Our new economy has brought new vulnerabilities.  From addressing cybersecurity concerns, to modernizing our state’s education system for a new, 21st century workforce, to addressing the anxiety so many Californians are experiencing, Jeff is prepared to take on the big issues that Californians face.  I’m also proud to support a candidate with a long track record of standing up for those who haven’t had a voice, including minorities and immigrants. In today’s political climate, we need someone like Jeff Bleich leading California.”

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Jeff Bleich's Keynote Address to Santa Clara Democratic Party on "How Dems Will Lead"

On Sunday, February 11th, Jeff spoke to the Santa Clara County Democratic Party at a "How Dems Will Lead" Program.

In Jeff's remarks, he said Democrats in California need to expand the issues that we address to reflect the real struggles and threats in this new economy, rather than focusing only on issues that distinguish us from Republicans. 

Full remarks below:

Thanks to Santa Clara County Democratic Party for hosting this, and for inviting me. I'm not going to give a stump speech. This meeting asks a serious question and I want to give you a serious answer. How do Democrats lead? We Are Not Leading First, we have to confront that we aren't currently leading. By any measure, Democrats should be the dominant party in the U.S. There are more Democrats than Republicans in the U.S. And the public supports Democrats on the issues. Polls show the public agrees with Democrats' positions on the vast majority of key platform issues, like equal pay for women, sensible gun control laws, a woman's right to choose, an LGBTQ couples' right to marry, minimum wages. You name it.

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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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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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