RPA Activist Info Masthead
Issue: #150
October 18, 2014  
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Richmond Progressive Alliance   

Richmond Town Meeting with Sen. Bernie Sanders
Rallying call for Team Richmond
Living Preview of the Yellow Brick Road
RPA=Richmond Poets & Artists
Signs for the Times
See The Iron Heel in Berkeley 10/31
Videos by Team Richmond
Billboards we can & wish we could see
New Graphic Artists Show Work
Richmond's in the News
10/25: North Richmond Green Fest
Thanks a lot.

Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
1021 Macdonald,


Since we don't take corporate money,  our success depends on our ability to use "people power" to promote activities and programs in Richmond. The RPA Activist is one tool we use to put out our ideas. One simple thing that YOU can do is to forward the RPA Activist to friends and acquaintances. Thanks.


Sen. Bernie Sanders paid us a visit:
Richmond Town Meeting for Economic Justice

From the work on the sidewalk outside the BBPC in preparation for the fund- raiser-reception to the final group photos, and all
the way in between, the Richmond Progressive Alliance events with Bernie Sanders on Thursday night were memorable.

At the end, the overflow audience of over 500 in the Richmond Auditorium lobby chanted "Run, Bernie, run" for the independent senator from Vermont who had energized and encouraged us.

"We have got to fight," he said:  For community ("Feeling good about those around you--that's the best!"); for the commons: good and free public education, single payer health care as a right, protected and expanded Social Security ("Raise the cap!"); for overturning Citizens United and defeating the far right agenda where money buys power. 

Those of you who were at the Town Hall will carry your own images and impressions.  These photos, taken with a cell phone in poor light, are an attempt to convey some of the flavor if you weren't able to be there.  All of it is offered in the hope that it will encourage you to do all that you can to propel Team Richmond to victory.  Ours is a local fight with implications both broad and deep.
Photos: Patsy Byers 

For the Contra Costa Times /Richmond Confidential coverage of the Town Meeting, click here
What you can do to fight this good fight:
Canvass, call, wave a sign, hold a banner, more...

First, many thanks to the more than 50 people who canvassed last weekend.  (Yay! No more pitching in the Key List.)  If each of us could recruit just one friend or neighbor for this weekend, think what an impact that would make!  Canvassing will be coordinated for Saturday morning from 9, Sunday 3-6 (note new time), and weekdays 4-6.


Phone banking continues Sunday and Monday, 5:30 - 8:30pm, at 117 Park Place in Pt. Richmond and Thursday at the Sierra Club in Berkeley (2530 San Pablo Ave. Ste. I), same hours.


Please sign up in advance at http://www.teamrichmond.net/ if you can, to help volunteers have materials (& snacks!) on hand. Use the buttons at the top. 


In addition, canvassing,  banner brigades, leafleting, continue anytime.  Call 412-2260 to get paired with someone.  Here's some inspiration: 

Photo: Melissa Murphy 

And plan now to give as much time as you can, post-Halloween-to-Election Day, so the next 4 years in Richmond don't feel like one long Night of the Living Dead! 
Continues Sat. Oct 18, 10am-1pm, Elm Playlot, 720 Elm Ave.
Yellow Brick Road Living Preview

Have the fun of piloting a place-making project!

Come and experience the "Living Preview" of Richmond's Yellow Brick Road project! Working together with government and community partners, our goal is to design street improvements that will:

a) Slow cars down;

b) Create a network of child and family-friendly streets that encourage people to walk and ride a bike to get to key destinations in the Iron Triangle neighborhood and around all of Richmond.


All community members are welcome to attend and provide feedback on proposed design changes (in 3-D!). We want to incorporate your feedback into the final design.


More information: (510) 215-5500 or contact@pogopark.org 


Sat., Oct. 24, 7-9pm, at Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Richmond Poets* Give Benefit for Team Richmond

endorsed candidates for City Council
  Your suggested donation of $10-15
will help to elect Team Richmond:
available for sale with proceeds supporting Team Richmond. 

*And Artists, too. 
In celebration of Issue #150, another gif!  Signs of the times.
Appreciate the creativity & join in!

Thanks to the many contributors:  Michael Beer, David Moore, Steve Birnbaum, Daniel Goodwin, & Jack Shirley.  Just coincidentally, I hope, all male this time... 
Fri., Oct. 31, 6pm at Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant:
Jack London's The Iron Heel.

A Readers Theater, Puppetry and Music adaptation of the visionary dystopian science fiction tale of anti-capitalist rebellion & the rise of authoritarianism.

A benefit for the Richmond Progressive Alliance & the Sunflower Alliance in their fight for the climate, health, and safety of Bay Area communities threatened by big oil and for building a just, sustainable economy. 

Featuring: * Jack London's great granddaughter Tarnel Abbott & his great-great grandson, Devin O'Keefe
* Live Saxophone musical score by master musician Andrés Soto 
* Introduction by Jonah Raskin, editor of The Radical Jack London: Writings on War & Revolution.  
Please "join" the Facebook Event Page and "invite" interested friends.  Also get an actual ticket --to hold your spot and to let us know how many to expect-- from
http://ironheel.brownpapertickets.com.  Suggested donation is $10-20 (no one turned away for lack of funds). All proceeds after expenses will go to the RPA & Sunflower Alliance.

Written by: Tarnel Abbott & The IronHeel Theatre Collective 
Art Director: Regina Gilligan
Puppetry Director: David Solnit 
Readers Theater Director: Alicia Littletree Bales

Contact: tarnelabbott@comcast.net

Yes, it's on HALLOWEEN; COME IN COSTUME as a police state figure, your favorite 99% rebel, or in from the post-capitalist future.  This performance is in conjunction with the international Jack London Symposium, held this year in Berkeley. 
The one-night-only performance will start promptly and go for about 1 hour 15 minutes with no intermission. Join us!
Plant a little garden. Eat a lot of peaches.*  In celebration of #150:
Enjoy this Team Richmond Videofest!

And then share them!

Team Richmond Responds to Chevron's Attack Ads 
Team Richmond Responds to Chevron's Attack Ads

Eduardo Martinez Sets the Record Straight
Re-elect Jovanka Beckles, Richmond City Council, 2014
Re-elect Jovanka Beckles, Richmond City Council, 2014

*Lyrics from John Prine's "Spanish Pipedream," aka Blow Up Your TV.
Green means Go!  Go Team Richmond!  Go!  Fight!  Win!!! 
We have billboards!  And brains!  And beauty!
Photo: Michael Beer
Just like the Richmond Sun, shining light on Richmond politics. Photo: Joshua Shepard 
Just a photo-shopped effect, alas.

The Buttinskis:  Richmond's own Banksys
Smart Art from the Heart

These graphics were submitted by a group calling
themselves the Buttinskis, part of a long & noble tradition.  


Media round-up:  Links to stories you might have missed:
Richmond's Making Headlines Far Away

Let's make sure the people here are also informed.  [Canvass, call, talk about it.]

Los Angeles Times
Economy Hub, Michael Hiltzik: "How Chevron swamps a small city with campaign money and bogus news" available here. This story notes "the superb reporting of Harriet Rowan," sited for her Richmond Confidential work on Chevron's PACs spending in the last issue of the Activist.

She has a follow-up article, here, which shows that more than 99.5% of the Moving Forward funding has come from Chevron.  The other contributors make up a mighty slim slice of the pie.  And she notes that the nearly $3M "figure is sure to grow quickly now that Moving Forward is running TV ads, expenditures for which have not yet been reported to the Richmond City Clerk."

To watch Rachel Maddow's 5 minute feature on Richmond's election and Chevron's "muscle," take a look right here:
Rachel Maddow : Chevron OIL Trying to BUY Richmond, CA's Government =  
Rachel Maddow : Chevron OIL Trying to BUY Richmond, CA's Government = "Citizens United"
(Or if that doesn't work well, check this out.)

Remember to use http://www.teamrichmond.net/media as a source for updated coverage on Team Richmond and the Richmond election.

Sat., Oct. 25, 11am-4pm at Fred Jackson Wy & Pittsburg Ave.
5th Annual North Richmond Green Festival

Y en español , aquí.
We're making the path as we travel,
and we've reached a milestone [ :-D> ]*.

For this celebratory Issue # 150 of the RPA Activist, great thanks go to its founder and first editor, Mike Parker, whose vision, dedication, and energy made it possible.  It is generally a pleasure and always an honor to continue this work.  Thank you, too, for being a reader.
                                                                        *Smiley emoticon, with a goatee :-)
Easy, fast, & free!
Give your endorsement to Team Richmond today

If you've read this far, odds are you're a Team Richmond supporter.  Please show that publicly by adding your name to the candidates' list of endorsers.  
All that's needed is a brief e-mail to langlois-rine@comcast.net, with "endorse Team Richmond" in the subject line. Include your full name, city of residence, and any affiliation or title you would like to include (affiliation is for identification purposes only).
Thank you.  It only takes a moment and will be greatly appreciated!

 RPA Membership Drive Continues 

Become an RPA member
Under the leadership of Mayor McLaughlin and her progressive colleagues on the City Council, 
Richmond has drawn local, national and international attention with its innovative solutions to persistent problems.  Let's keep the momentum going!  As we gear up for the coming election year in 2014, RPA needs your support more than ever. Join now and be part of history in the making.
Dues are just $12 per year (or more if you are able), and go towards paying our share of rent at the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center, 1021 Macdonald Ave--a space that is used by RPA and other organizations for educational forums, town hall meetings, strategy sessions, campaign organizing, celebrations and many other events open to the community.
By joining now you'll get our e-newsletter and action alerts, and opportunities to participate in building a better Richmond.  We'll also give you a large, attractive tote bag--ideal for grocery shopping, now that Richmond has enacted a plastic bag ban as another step toward protecting our precious environment. 
Don't put it off--  write, call or e-mail us now!

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We can only keep this city moving forward, protect our health and safety, and resist corporate domination of our politics if enough of us join together. We are asking you to take sides--to join the RPA.     




UNITY - One Richmond: African-American, Asian, Latino/a, Native Americans, white, united for the good of all.

DEMOCRACY- Government of, for, by the people; all the people, not just those rich enough to buy influence.

DIVERSITY - of ideas: Democrats, Greens, independents, or other. We sometimes disagree but respect each other enough to keep working for a better Richmond together.


  • participate in periodic RPA discussions and events of community interest;
  • staff the office, make phone calls, meet in committees, arrange events and parties;
  • work on campaigns of RPA-endorsed candidates for city council;
  • engage with neighbors;
  • help shape RPA and its priorities;
  • join in support of other allied organizations working to make a difference in Richmond;
  • read the newsletter at www.richmondprogressivealliance.net for what REALLY goes on in Richmond;
  • eat; have fun.

Download the membership form and mail it in with dues.


Send us an email at info@richmondprogressivealliance.net with the information requested on the form.  And go to the RPA web page. Press the "Donate" button in the left column and make a dues contribution. An additional contribution is greatly appreciated and helps us keep dues low for those with low income.


Some History and Understanding of the RPA
  Social Policy Article

Long article with pictures 

--have patience in downloading


RPA Activist Info

is for Richmond community members who want to be active in taking on the problems of the environment, racism, joblessness, housing, and crime to create a healthy Richmond. We believe that community involvement means more than voting every two years. It means regular communication with the candidates we elect, letting them know our issues and positions, supporting them as they try to take our issues forward. It means we attend meetings, use email, phone our neighbors, or go on marches building an organized movement to create real change.

Comments and columns are welcome. Articles and columns are the views of the authors, unsigned text  the views of the editor, Patsy Byers, and not necessarily those of the RPA. Send photos, articles, and comments to  RPAactivist@gmail.com or call  510-595-4661. Longer articles of analysis and archives of past newsletters can be found on our website.