RPA Activist Info Masthead
Issue: #154
November 24, 2014  
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Richmond Progressive Alliance   

12/7: Be at the Victory Party!
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Filmmaking workshop for LGBTQ People of Color
11/28: Black Friday at Walmart
Petition Effort to Roll Back Supe's Big Raise
12/11: Refinery Task Force Safety forum
12/17: Downtown Holiday Festival
Upcoming US Chem Safety Brd Report

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.


Sun. 12/7, 7-10pm, at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts* 
Celebrate with Team Richmond & the RPA

Come to the Victory Party!  The invitation goes out to all campaign volunteers & supporters to get together for an evening of music, munchies, & mingling.   The party's being thrown to celebrate the Team Richmond sweep and to thank all those who contributed so much in so many ways to make it happen. 

Save the date now; details will be coming soon.
*The Winters Bldg,, 339 11th St., at Macdonald, Downtown Richmond 
Don't put it off! Dues start at $12/yr.  Do it today!
We are asking you to take sides--to join the RPA RPA Logo

Let's use the momentum of our recent triumph at the polls to carry forward the work of building a better Richmond together.  Our 3 council members-elect will need lots of support to fulfill their campaign pledge of continuing to build on the  progress of the last 10 years.

To learn more about the history of the RPA (through early 2013) read the article by Mike Parker at the end of this newsletter.

To read a brief description of our core beliefs and primary activities are, follow
this link to the membership form.  If it sounds like a good fit for you, print and complete the form and mail it in with a check for your dues.  Alternatively, you can:
  •  send us an email at info@richmondprogressivealliance.net with the information requested on the form
  • go to the RPA web page & press the "Donate" button in the left column and make a payment for dues. Any additional contribution is greatly appreciated and helps us keep dues low for those with low income.

We will welcome your interest and participation! 

Register by 5pm Wed, 11/26, for a free Filmmaking Workshop
LGBTQ People of Color: Richmond Opportunity

The City of Richmond is proud to partner with Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) for the Film & Freedom Academy Filmmaking Workshop, Dec 6 to 9.
LGBTQ People of Color are welcome to join us, create a film, and tell their own stories...stories that otherwise will go untold leaving our lives and important stories and conversations under-documented and distorted by mainstream media. And, after witnessing the political battles and triumphs of this year, wow, have we got stories to tell, and we know the world is watching!

This workshop is offered to Richmond residents who are LGBTQ people of color. Other East Bay residents who are LGBTQ people of color may also apply.
  LGBTQ People of Color includes, African Descent/Black; Asian Pacific Islander; Chican@/Latin@; Native American/Indigenous; Southwest Asian, North African/Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, South Asian (SWANA/AMEMSA); and Mixed-Race people, who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer.

You may create a film individually or as part of a team.  Some equipment will be provided for shared use among the participants.  To participate, you must be able to attend ALL 4 classes: Saturday, 12/6, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 12/7, 10am-7pm; & Monday, 12/8, 6-10pm & Tuesday, 12/9, 6-10pm.

Here is the link to the Registration Form.

 If you have any questions, please contact: Steph Yan, Film & Freedom Academy QWOCMAP, by email teachassist@qwocmap.org  or phone, 415-752-0868. Website:  www.qwocmap.org    

Clear your calendar.                                Pick up a camera.
Come have an incredible and creative 4 days in December.

RPA co-sponsors Black Friday action 11/28, 9:30am, at Walmart*
Putting one of the worst climate criminals on trial!

To read the full the call to action, click here.

Visit the Facebook invite, with links for flyers & leaflets, here:

*1400 Hilltop Mall Rd, Richmond.   
Public Employees Union, Local #1 spearheads drive:
Rescind CCC Supe's 33% raise for themselves.

In late October, Contra Costa County's Board of Supervisors voted to give themselves a hefty pay raise, from $90K to $120K annually, with future increases automatically tied to judges' salaries.  The Contra Costa Times story is available here.   


In the words of Jovanka Beckles: "The union is organizing around the Board giving themselves a raise, while Local 1 members have not been given back what was taken from us.  We took a 4% paycut  a few years ago, with the understanding that when things got better, we'd be given back our paycut.  We have yet to be given back what was taken and yet the County administrators got a 15% raise and now the Board of Supervisors has approved a 33% raise for themselves.

"Local 1 wants our help in organizing to get signatures to put on the ballot to rescind that raise... to defeat that greed."

Petitions are available in the RPA office, BBPC, 1021 Macdonald.  (It's generally open 2-5pm, M-F.  Call 510-412-2260 to confirm.)  Stop by and sign one, or better, pick one up to collect signatures.  Bring it back to the office before the 12/29 deadline, and we'll get it carried forward.

12/11, 6-8pm, CA Interagency Refinery Task Force Safety Forum
"To promote dialogue on worker & community safety."
From the planners: This forum is the first of a series to provide information and promote dialogue on worker and community safety. The two hour forum offers an opportunity for the public to obtain facts and insight, ask questions, and discuss how refinery operations impact the community. Translators will be available to translate in Spanish and Lao.

The Task Force was convened under direction from Gov. Brown in response to the August 2012 Chevron Richmond refinery explosion and fire. Participating and planning organizations include local, state, and federal agencies; labor and contractor organizations; refineries; academia; and community and environmental groups.

● Emergency Warning and Notification Systems

● Air Monitoring Systems
● Transportation of Petroleum by Rail and Other Means

RSVP requested, but not required, to refinery@calepa.ca.gov or (916) 327-9558.
*Richmond City Council Chambers, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804

Wed. 12/17, 4-8pm, at East Bay Center for Performing Arts:
Downtown Holiday Festival

RPA has signed on as a sponsor for the festival, which will include performances by memebers of the resident companies, light refreshment, group caroling, holiday lights on Macdonald Avenue, and a visit from Santa.  It is a Richmond Main Street event.
Also on Wed. 12/17, US Chemical Safety Board to release report:
3rd Installment of its investigation of Chevron
This event will be held in the Richmond City Council Chambers.  Details & schedule will be included in an upcoming issue of the RPA Activist. 
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.

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