October 2017 Medina Messenger

During the month of October, we have much to celebrate and honor. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month—increasing education on a disease that affects millions.

In October we also celebrate Black Poetry Day through a recollection of history and arts. Schools across the country are celebrating Red Ribbon week to support the nation's families and communities in nurturing the full potential of a healthy, drug-free youth. As the month ends, we will have Halloween, and I urge everyone to be safe while enjoying festivities with their families.

As always, if you have comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office. It is a privilege to be your representative for the 61st Assembly District.


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Jose Medina
Assemblymember, 61st District


BREAST CANCER MONTHBreast Cancer Awareness

Recent statistics indicate that one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. While breast cancer is most commonly diagnosed in women, men are affected and diagnosed with the disease as well. Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today. While you can't prevent cancer, practicing healthy living can reduce the chances of getting breast cancer, and so it is important to be proactive about your health. Get the free Healthy Living and Personal Risk Guide to help you protect your overall health and assess your breast cancer risk by visiting http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org


Between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15, the contributions of Latinos are celebrated in California and on the national level.  The roots of this celebration go back to 1968, during the farmworker movement led by Cesar Chavez. The diverse contributions of Latinos have made to California are invaluable.

The Latino community has had a deep and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service.


On October 17th, we celebrate Black Poetry Day. This is also the birthday of Jupiter Hammon, considered to be the first African American to publish his own verse.

This day recognizes not only Hammon but also the works of other black poets who have contributed so much to our community. They are rightfully commemorated in schools, colleges, and libraries across the United States.


National Red Ribbon week is celebrated in the last week of October, from the 23rd to the 31sy. The 2017 National Red Ribbon Week theme is Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free. Red Ribbon week was created by National Family (NFP), which was established as a public, nonprofit organization in 1980 by concerned parents who were convinced they should begin to play a leadership role in drug prevention. Today, NFP is one of the most prominent national leaders in drug prevention education and advocacy. As the network of parents strives to work in local communities, Red Ribbon week is celebrated in schools throughout the country to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse.

For more information about The Red Ribbon Week and how to get involved, please visit: http://redribbon.org/about/


For all Community Events, please contact my office if you have any questions: (951) 369-6644.

Tuesday, October 17th  – Capitol Connection Coffee

Assemblymember Jose Medina and Riverside and Capitol members of Team Medina will be at the Stratton Community Center to meet with local residents. Capitol staff will be answering questions about their work in Sacramento.

9:30 – 11 a.m.
Stratton Community Center

2008 Martin Luther King Boulevard

Saturday, October 28th  – Veterans Recognition Program

Assemblymember Jose Medina will be co-hosting a Veterans Recognition Program along with Congressman Mark Takano, Senator Richard Roth, and Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes. We would be honored if you would join us for this important opportunity to recognize the service and sacrifices made by our military veterans.

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
March Field Air Museum

2550 Van Buren Boulevard


Latina Empowerment Day

Latina Empowerment Day is a one day workshop series aimed at empowering Latinas to increase their community impact and strengthen their skills and knowledge on a variety of issues.

Latina Empowerment Day

Assemblymember Jose Medina spoke at the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Latina Empowerment Day at the Mission Inn.

RTA Rapid Link Gold Line Launch

The Riverside Transit Agency was proud to launch a new premium service of its own unique brand of RapidLink buses and stops, and Cesar Gomez from Team Medina was there supporting the new launch.

RTA Rapid Link Gold Line Launch

From L-R: Tyler Madary (Sen. Roth), Melanie Ling (Rep. Takano), David Santillan (Assm. Cervantes), Cesar Gomez (Assm. Medina) at the RTA Rapid Link Gold Line Launch.

Perris Senior Center Birthdays!

Team Medina celebrated birthdays of their senior community members of Perris Senior Center with birthday cards, cake, and well wishes for their coming years.

Team Medina celebrates with the Perris Senior Center the last Thursday of every month.

Perris Senior Center Birthdays

On the right is Tiffany Tran from Team Medina with the members of Perris Senior Center.

United College Action Recruitment Fair

Assemblymember Jose Medina enjoyed the RUSD United College Action Recruitment Fair at Martin Luther King Jr. High School, which gave students the opportunity to learn more about applying to Historic Black Colleges.

United College Action Recruitment Fair

From L- R: Patricia Dawson, Jose Medina, Neal Hardy II and Callie Rich Neal