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If you arrived here from the Ventura County Elections page then you may be thinking that you got to the wrong page but you didn’t.

I “pulled papers” and am running for the Ventura County Democratic Central Committee for District 3. Yeah, that’s a mouthful. Basically, I want to be a part of the group that helps support progressive causes in a collaborative and nurturing way.

Tackling the Bandit Ultra Trail Run

On February 16, 2014 I’ll be tackling the Bandit Ultra Trail Run 30K (will end up being 19+ miles) race in Simi Valley. This is a huge stretch for me. A year ago today I was about 35 pounds heavier and my idea of a workout was finishing up a package of cookies on the couch. You can be a Run Jesse Run 30K Justice Sponsor by donating to the CAUSE effort to build a pipeline of passionate young organizers and the next generation of movement leaders. Building a pipeline of talented community organizers and leaders is super important as cities and communities struggle to provide environments that are socially, economically and environmentally just for communities in need. Please consider serving as one of my 30k trail run sponsors at the $10, $25, $50, or $100 level. Click here to show support as I tackle this large challenge and the challenge to improve our communities.

#OAKLANDVOICES Reaches Out to FCC Chairman Wheeler at Town Hall

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler made his first town hall appearance since being appointed to the role by President Obama some three months ago. Chairman Wheeler attended the Oakland Voices (hashtag “#OaklandVoices”) town hall in Oakland on Thursday, January 9 in front of 100 community activists and reporters. The standing-room-only event took place at Preservation Park in downtown Oakland and was organized by Voices for Internet Justice, a collaboration of almost 30 organizations including The Center for Media Justice, Free Press, ColorOfChange and the National Hispanic Media Coalition.
The event was true to its billing, many voices with different issues spoke up to point out that people of color are often left out of the decision-making process, yet often disproportionately impacted by FCC decisions and practices.

Case Threatens Viability of an Open Internet

On September 9, 2013 the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals will start hearing oral arguments in Verizon V. FCC, a “net neutrality” case where wireless provider Verizon is challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) order regulating how Internet service providers manage their networks. Verizon seeks to undo some of the regulatory power of the FCC.

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Highlights from the California State Democrats Convention

It’s been a busy two weeks, first with going to the National Media Reform Conference and then participating in the California State Democrats Convention in Sacramento. When I finally got back to the office everyone asked me “how was it all?” so I thought I’d tell all of you.

Ten Things I learned at #NCMR13

Ten Things I Learned at #NCMR13

Ten Things I learned at #NCMR13Hundreds of media activists made their way to Denver for the National Conference on Media Reform this past weekend. This was my first time attending the conference and really my first major exposure to the media reform community. I’ll be blogging more about media reform in the weeks to come but I wanted to share some of what I learned before I forget the details.