Issue #211, 10-27-2016
We are in the home
Five ways you can help secure a progressive victory!
Well…we are unlikely to see a triumph of progressive values in
our presidential election, but as Bernie Sanders has pointed out, our
political revolution will continue -- but only if we carry the banner
forward. And what better place than Richmond to carry forward the
vision for progressive change.
Although we Richmond progressives have a track record we can be
proud of, it’s no time to rest on our laurels. Just because Chevron
has not crammed our mailboxes this year with nasty mailers, it doesn't
mean that there is any less at stake in next month's election. And
just think of how much more we could achieve with Melvin and Ben on
City Council – more affordable housing, better funding for county
social services, the fight for a hospital in West County, and
If you haven’t pitched in yet, now is the time! Here are five
ways you can help ensure that our city government continues to make
Richmond a more healthy and just place to live, work, play and
Canvass! It’s fun and makes a huge difference. We
meet on Saturdays at 10 and Sundays at noon at the Bobby Bowens
Progressive Center at 2540 Macdonald Ave. And check out our special
canvass event this Saturday (below)!
Phone bank. We will be doing phone banks every day up
until the election, starting this weekend. You can RSVP
online or call Zak Wear at 510 621 7566.
Sign planting. We have plenty of signs to plant in
public places. Come by the office at 2540 Macdonald Ave and pick up as
many as you can use. Plant them in public places – freeway off ramps,
vacant lots, etc.
Election Day! This is a huge day for us! We need
people to hand out slate cards at polling stations, canvass the
day-of, and work the phones in order to get out the vote. If you can
help out all day, please do so -- otherwise we have plenty of shifts
ranging from 2 hours or more. RSVP
Donate. Of course, your donations are always needed
and welcome. Donate securely to the campaigns of Ben
Choi and Melvin
[Photo credit: A Kang]
Who inspires us: volunteer canvasser Abebe Mesfin
In our second interview in a series, we speak with Abebe Mesfin,
who is one of the many volunteer canvassers who form the engine of our
grassroots progressive movement in Richmond. Abebe’s advice for first
timers? “Simple. Get involved. You are going to enjoy it and have fun
What was it like the first
time you went door to door?
The first time was last year. I was kind of scared. I was with
Melvin Willis. Now he’s running for the City Council. He’s a really
nice young man. He showed me how to approach a person, how to explain
in a short way the thing you’re trying to.
And when you went by yourself?
I was supporting Bernie Sanders that time. I walked around Atchison
Village where I live and around Macdonald Street. It was a really good
experience for me.
What about this year?
I walked for Measure L. That was with Melvin again. We knocked on
doors. Actually he knows every person by name. He met them before.
He’s knows whose going to vote for it and not vote for it.
What do you think about the campaign
I feel confident that we’re giving them good things. We knock at
the door. If nobody answers, we leave the materials in front of the
door. And if the person is very willing, we’re going to give them a
Do you have any advice for first timers?
Simple. Get involved. You’re going to be enjoying it and have fun
with it. Besides that, you get to know your neighbors. You get to know
People want to know more, want to get more information. The
more you can tell them, the more will show up to vote for it.
[Photo credit: M Beer]
Special canvass event this Saturday!
Please join us on Saturday, October 29 to canvass and phone bank
with our candidates, and to support Measure L (Rent Control and Just
Cause for Eviction)! The fun and food starts at 10:00 am at Bobby
Bowens Progressive Center, 2540 Macdonald Avenue.
Refreshments will be served along with a festive atmosphere and
camaraderie. We will have special guest speaker Councilmember and
former Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin to cheer us on and send us on
our way. Then we will pair up and hit the streets for a few hours.
Please come on down with your families, friends, neighbors and
colleagues. Call (415) 734-0711 if you have any questions. We look
forward to seeing you Saturday!
1st annual Trick or Treat on 23rd Street
On Monday, October 31, from 3:30 -
5:30 pm, 23rd Street will host its first annual "Trick or Treat on
23rd Street," a pedestrian-friendly Halloween family event for
Richmond and West Contra Costa County.
This event is free and
fun for all ages, with treats, activities, and a costume contest.
Lego Robotics by YMCA, a NASA robot table
& "slime making" demos courtesy of Contra Costa College, a Wish
Wall mural, animal balloons, face painting, and masks. There will also
be a community altar dedicated to families of gun
Organizers hope that this event will
start to change perceptions of 23rd Street, encourage more foot
traffic, and help take back the neighborhood with a positive event
that involves our diverse community.
Next RPA memberhip meeting: November 12
Please save the date for the next RPA general membership
meeting: Saturday November 12, from 2:30 – 5pm. We will have an
election recap, and exciting updates from various RPA committees which
are working to improve our schools, accelerate affordable housing,
etc. We will also have a discussion with the new RPA nominating
committee, which will work over the winter to nominate a slate of new
Steering Committee members (to be voted upon in early 2017).
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