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RPA Endorses Melvin Willis for Richmond City Council 2016

Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
1021 Macdonald,


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Special RPA Members Meeting last night made it unanimous:   
RPA Endorses Melvin Willis:
Richmond City Council 2016

At a special meeting on August 1, 2016, the Richmond Progressive Alliance membership voted unanimously to endorse Melvin Willis for Richmond City Council 2016.
Melvin, an RPA Steering Committee member since 2012, is a community organizer with Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE). He is known by many in Richmond for his efforts to keep Richmond residents in their homes in light of the foreclosure epidemic caused by predatory lending and sub-prime mortgages. He also was part of the successful effort to increase the minimum wage and a leader in the fight to save Doctor's Medical Center.
Born and raised in Richmond, Melvin has the distinction of serving as Richmond's youngest ever City Planning Commissioner (2012-14), and he is also the recipient of the prestigious 17th annual "Mario Savio Young Activist Award" (2013).
Like all RPA-endorsed political candidates, including Ben Choi, whom the RPA endorsed for City Council in April 2016, Melvin has pledged to not accept any political donations from corporations or businesses.
Along with the RPA, he has also received endorsements from Vice Mayor Eduardo Martinez, City Council member Jovanka Beckles and City Council member Gayle McLaughlin.
The RPA Steering Committee is thrilled with the energy and excitement that Melvin's candidacy adds, and it encourages all RPA members and supporters to come out and canvass for Ben, Melvin, and for Fair and Affordable Richmond (the rent control, just cause for evictions, and homeowner protections ordinance). Meet at the new RPA office (2540 MacDonald, across from Civic Center, 510-412-2260) on Saturdays starting at 10am and Sundays starting at noon.

Let's work together to make it a perfect trifecta in November! 
                                                                                                  --Michelle Chan
                                (& Patsy Byers, who contributed little more than the last line)

Here's an early look at Team Richmond 2016:
Melvin Willis & Ben Choi, Team Richmond 2016
Jan. 2016 Photo by Juan Reardon

This special issue is my last one:
Look for Michelle Chan's RPA #201 coming to you soon, via Nation Builder. 

There's not much I'd rather finish my editorship with than the announcement of another strong and capable City Council candidate from the RPA! 

Thank you for reading the RPA Activist.
                                                                                                    --Patsy Byers 

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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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