RPA Activist Info Masthead
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Richmond Progressive Alliance   

Phone & web info for CCC Polling Places, etc.
Slate Card Review
The State Measures & WCC Wastewater Dist.
Vote for Team Richmond TODAY!

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.


Contra Costa County Elections website is having problems* ...
 Here is an alternative source for information
You can find out where to vote by calling the Elections office at 925-335-7800. The Elections website is experiencing problems some of the time, but you can find your polling place online elsewhere as well. Get the most important information using this link:
County Election Information webpage

=> Remember that vote by mail ballots in the return envelopes can be dropped off an any polling place until 8pm. 

*Per the SF Chronicle: Contra Costa County's election website went dark Tuesday morning just after the polls opened, becoming one of many sites nationwide to fall prey to a malfunction linked to a Florida software company. 
Richmond Election Day is TODAY!  Polls close at 8pm.
Slate card reminder:
The Richmond Progressive Alliance endorses the Team Richmond Candidates for the 4-year City Council positions: Jovanka Beckles, Gayle McLaughlin, and Eduardo Martinez. 

In addition, Team Richmond's candidates have asked us to share with you their recommendations for the 2014 election for Richmond City Council (2 year term) and Mayor:
Completed vote by mail ballots may be dropped off at any polling place until 8pm today.  
The flip side,
State Measures & West County Wastewater Dist.
These recommendations are made jointly by the RPA and Team Richmond:

Last chance: Easy, fast, & free!
Vote for Team Richmond today

Please vote.  We expect the election here to be close.
If you've done anything to help get Team Richmond elected, thank you!
 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!

Join the RPA

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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.