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Richmond Progressive Alliance   

Sign online petition NOW if you don't want Board to sell Adams school site 6/15
Press Conf. 6/12: No on Sale of Adams to Caliber
6/15: Make your voice heard at WCCUSD Mtg on Proposed Sale of School Site
Show WCCUSD Brd Importance of Adult School
Help get 2540 Macdonald ready for the RPA, please!
6/15: Critical BAAQMD Board Meeting in SF
6/25: Free Citizenship Workshop in San Pablo
6/15: Special Accoustic Concert at BBPC
"Honoring Our Youth" Richmond's 7th Annual Contest Powwow Sat. 6/18
Celebrate Juneteenth with Parade & Family Festival Sat. 6/18
Summer Jobs for Youth as Rising Sun Energy Experts
Yes! NO to N&O!

Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
1021 Macdonald,


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Petition to block Adams Campus Sale on June 15th 
Allow time for alternatives to be developed

Right now: Sign the petition by the Coalition of Concerned Citizens of East Richmond Heights that calls for the WCCUSD to deny the sale of Adams Campus to Caliber Charter School at its June 15 meeting. (Click on the link or copy and paste this url into your browser: https://stopadamssale.wordpress.com/petition-to-oppose-the-sale-of-adams-to-caliber/)  Find out more at the Coalition's website: https://stopadamssale.wordpress.com. This move would allow time for alternative proposals to be developed.

Sun 6/12, 11am, Media Event/Press Conf., 5000 Patterson Cir.
No on Sale of Adams to Caliber for $60K!

There will be a Media Event = Press Conference  in front of  the Adams Middle School site, 5000 Patterson Circle, Richmond, CA 94805, organized  by the Fairmede Hilltop Neighborhood Council, in opposition to the proposed sale of the site to Caliber Charter School.

Wed. 6/15, 6:30pm, WCCUSD Brd Mtg, 3400 Macdonald Ave. 
Defend public assets from the push to privatize

The District will continue to consider the sale of the Adams site to Caliber Charter at its next meeting, in Lovonya DeJean Middle School. For background, see the RPA Activist #196, available here in the Archives, and the article now on the RPA homage. For more information, log on to www.publiccore.net.

Many important issues need to be addressed.  As Richmond resident Deborah Bayer wrote in a recent letter to the Board: 
I also protest the process under which this serious decision is being made. The WCCUSD seems to be conceding to the demands of Beller and Moses with minimal notice to the public, and unreasonable speed. Please slow down this process to allow for more public involvement and thought.

Attend the meeting and make your voice heard! 

Also at 6/15, WCCUSD Brd Mtg., 3400 Macdonald:
Show that our community values Adult School

Adult School Teachers United (ASTU), adult school students and teachers, and community supporters will be at the meeting to show the board --and convey to the new superintendent-- that the adult school has broad community support. 

Summer classes for the ESL, High School Diploma, GED, and Older Adult programs were cut in 2009 and never restored.  The week of June 13 will be the first week after these classes end for the regular school year; the students' presence will show that many students are in need of these summer classes. They plan to speak during the general public comment, and they will present the board a petition to restore summer school, signed by students.  

In addition, Adult School Teachers want the Board to understand the importance of funding substitute teachers as needed to maintain class continutity when regular teachers are ill or have emergencies.

Any friends of the Adult School are invited to the school picnic earlier on June 15th,  from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Miller Knox Shoreline in the Pintail/Killdeer Picnic Area.  Please send an RSVP to kpursley@wccusd.net for planning.

Prepping for our big move to 2540 Macdonald: 
Lend a hand to get RPA's new office ready!

Photo: Patsy Byers.

Whether you are able to give one hour or several, regardless of your skill level, please get in touch with Tim Laidman by text: 510-260-9393. Let him know when you could work, and what construction skills you'd want to use, if any.  He's at the new site 9-5+ 'most every day.

The biggest part of the move from 1021 to 2540 Macdonald will happen the last weekend in June. Please plan now to contribute a few hours then! Details on coordinating the move will be in the next newsletter.

Wed. 6/15, 9:45am, BAAQMD Brd. Mtg, 375 Beale St., S.F.*
Support Community-Worker Emissions Plan

From the Sunflower Alliance: 

Photo credit: pixabay.
The four-year struggle to limit pollution from Bay Area oil refineries is at a critical juncture. On June 15th, we can convince our allies on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Board to demand that our Community-Worker Proposal for enforceable numerical emission limits on toxics, particulate matter, and greenhouse gases be implemented this year in the Air District's proposed rule process

The BAAQMD staff's report promotes their three proposals for positive steps in reducing energy use and methane emissions along with our caps, but implementing their approach will take years. We need an immediate cap on emissions of greenhouse gases and dangerous particulate matter to stop the current flow of tar-sands oil to the Bay Area from becoming a flood. We are pushing the Board to demand that staff present a finished rule proposal with caps in September, so public comment periods and final votes can be completed before the end of the year.

We need a massive public turnout for the public comments section of this BAAQMD meeting, to insure our Board allies meet our goals.  
Come early to get a seat in the main hearing room. For support, look for Ratha (Sierra Club).

Do you need a ride? Can you offer your car for a carpool? Have other questions on this action? If so, contact AndrĂ©s Soto: email: andres@cbecal.org; phone: 510-282-5363

For detailed information to use in your speaking points, contact Janet Johnson: sunflowerjsj@gmail.com.

(*From Embarcadero BART on Market St., walk 3 long blocks south on Beale St.)

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Note: A press conference  will be held the day before; please be there if you can!
PRESS CONFERENCE 1 pm, June 14th - 375 Beale St. San Francisco
(In front of the new BAAQMD Building)

Sat. 6/25, 10-2, San Pablo Community Center, 2450 Road 20*
RPA Co-sponsors Free Citizenship Workshop

Let your friends, neighbors, and co-workers know about this free event to help qualified residents complete the application process for U.S. citizenship.

A document in English that also outlines the requirements is available at this link:
For questions, contact: Antonio Medrano by phone 510-223-0237 or Lucia Perez Loera by email: lperez2007@yahoo.com

* Next to Helms Middle School, in San Pablo.
Wed. 6/15, doors @6:30, music 7-10, BBPC, 1021 Macdonald
Live in concert: Twin & Machine Zero

Come listen as talented performers move you and make you move. 
This acoustic blend of hypno folk and unplugged rock is not to be missed. Admission is by donation.  Part of the proceeds will benefit BBPC.

If you can make it and are on Facebook, please RSVP here.  

Sat. 6/18, 10-6, Wendell Park, 25th & Esmond Ave., Richmond   
"Honoring Our Youth" 7th Annual Powwow

Photo: Richmond Pulse, 5/11/16.
In her recent article in the Richmond Pulse, Isabella Zizi noted:

"Growing up, my family attended Native American powwows to stay rooted in our culture. As I got older, I realized why this was so important: We were preserving a culture that society and history books told us only lived on reservations, or didn't exist.

"If you would like to help support your local Native American community in Richmond, check out the 7th Annual Richmond Contest Powwow on June 18 at Wendell Park (25th & Esmond Ave). There will be vendors selling crafts from North and South America, delicious Indian tacos and strawberry shortcakes (made by yours truly), along with Native American dancers dressed in their handmade traditional clothing from all over the Bay Area. Be mindful that this event is drug and alcohol free so please be respectful to the powwow. For more information please email ccummings1102@yahoo.com."

There's also more about the Powwow here: https://en-us.fievent.com/e/honoring-our-youth-7th-annual-richmond-contest-pow-wow/3075791

Sat. 6/18, Parade 10am, Family Festival 11:30-6 in Nicholl Park
Juneteenth Parade & Festival

Photo from www.facebook.com/RichmondJuneteenthFamilyDayParadeFestival/.
From the City of Richmond's description:
Watch the parade route through four Richmond Neighborhood Communities. The Family Festival will be located at Nicholl Park (32nd & Macdonald) with entertainment, food, contests, children's activities, and fun. This event is sponsored by the National Brotherhood Alliance and the City of Richmond. For more information, please contact (510) 620-6793.

Apply now for Green Summer Jobs for 15-22 year olds:
Rising Sun Energy Experts Opportunity



Paid training, June 27-July 1, 9:30-5; then work July 5-Aug 12, Tu-Fri 10:30-6 & noon-7:30 on July 14th & 28th.



The end may be near!
Com'on people now...

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                                                                                            --Patsy Byers
Some things to look forward to:
It's Summertime...

Fri. 6/10, 5:30pm, Pt. Richmond Summer Concerts Kickoff.
Sat. & Sun, 6/11-12, 10-7: BridgeMaker Arts Open Studios, 23 Maine, Richmond.
Sat. 6/11, 9am on: Refinery Healing Walk, Benicia to Rodeo: Info here.
Sat. 6/18: 3-5pm, RPA Housing Action Team (HAT) meets, BBPC.

Sat. 7/9: From 3:30, RPA Members Meeting & Party in the NEW RPA office!
Just in case you didn't see the election results:
Richmond said NO to N&O! Bravo!!

Measure N ("Richmond Riviera") went down nearly 2:1, but the margin against O (Limit on City Mgr compensation) was only 225 votes.

And as a long-time RPA activist noted: Bummer about Bernie!

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