Issue #219, 02-15-2017
2/25, 3pm - Bobby
Bowens Progressive Center
Vote for the new RPA Steering Committee!
We hope to see you at the upcoming RPA
General Membership Meeting on Saturday, Feb. 25, 3:00-5:30 pm at the
Bobby Bowens Progressive Center (2540 Macdonald). At the meeting, we
will be conducting important business, including electing a new
Steering Committee. All members in good standing should have already
received two email announcements with candidate information, as well
as an agenda.
If you have not yet received these emails, it may be because
your membership has expired or you are not on our official membership
roster. But never fear! You can email Michelle for meeting/
election materials, and show up a few minutes early on Saturday the
25th to refresh your membership at the door. Please bring a
check or cash to cover membership dues, which are $12/year
We thank you for your ongoing involvement!
[Photo: 2016 Steering Committee, courtesy of Juan Reardon]
2/25, 9am - Nevin
Join CCISCO in building unity and resistance
There are no shortage of excellent opportunities in Richmond to
build unity and grassroots resistance against the Trump agenda! Please
join the Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization for
a community summit on Saturday, February 25, 9am - 1pm (lunch
provided) at the Nevin Community Center, 598 Nevin Ave.
more info, contact Nancy Ybarra: 510-334-8821, email@example.com
3/4, 10am - City
Hall and Lavonya Dejean
Sisters in Solidarity event
Commemorating International Women’s Day,
we invite women of all ages and male allies to
#beboldforchange by participating in the 2017 Sisters
in Solidarity celebration to affirm our shared values of peace,
justice, equity, inclusion, caring for future generations and the
The day will begin with a rally on the steps of
City Hall at 10am, followed by a march to LaVonya Dejean where we will
enjoy entertainment, lunch, roundtable discussions and inspirational
speakers. Community Violence Solutions Executive Director Cynthia
Peterson will be our keynote speaker. Ms. Peterson is a tireless West
County advocate for eliminating all forms of violence against women.
Don’t miss this wonderful event and opportunity to Be Bold for Change!
For more information, contact Trina Jackson at 510 620 6581 or Trina_Jackson@ci.richmond.ca.us
Apartment Association takes Richmond to court
Measure L still needs your support!
From our friends at Fair and Affordable
In November, 65% of Richmond voters voted yes
on Measure L to establish rent control and just cause eviction
protection in the City of Richmond. Now, these protections are under
attack from the California Apartment Association (CAA).
A Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge will decide whether to
pause the implementation of rent control and just cause eviction
protections after the CAA sued the City of Richmond claiming Measure L
violates federal and state laws.
This is not the only assault on rent control; several opponents for
Measure L are being considered to serve on the rent board. This body
is crucial to the implementation of Measure L and opponents of rent
control on the board could hurt efforts to create a fair and
As Measure L continues to come under attack, we need your
support. Like our Facebook
page to stay up to date on the CAA vs. City of Richmond court
case, and how you can make your voice heard on rent control.
Learn more about the battle over Measure L in The East Bay Times.
[Photo: Fair and
2/16, 6pm -
RYSE Love and Rage series
In response to incidents of hatred in our community, and to defend
strengthen our rights and resources,
the RYSE Center, in collaboration with Catholic Charities of the East
Bay, the RPA and other organizations, are presenting the latest in the
Love and Rage in Action series!
This series is aimed at creating community spaces focused on unity,
safety, and empowerment to help continue the tradition of our youth
and adult residents cultivating beautiful things in Richmond.
Thursday, February 16th, 6-8:30pm
Catholic Charities of the
217 Harbour Way, Richmond CA 94801
David Brazil, EBASE - Bay Resistance, Rapid Response
Jess Heaney, Critical Resistance - Oakland Power
Fei-Fei Chang, Girl Army
Soo Hyun Han, Self-Defense
Instructor & Advocate
In addition to the panelists, two
of our partners will share information on local efforts:
Jimenez, Contra Costa Racial Justice Coalition
Catholic Charities of the East Bay
For more information
please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alliance of Californians for Community
As the RPA membership heads into Steering Committee elections,
we wrap up a series featuring organizational representatives on the
current RPA Steering Committee. We encourage all those who are
interested in the work of these organizations to get involved and join
Alliance of Californians
for Community Empowerment
The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
Action is a grassroots, member-led, statewide community organization
working with more than 10,000 members across California. ACCE is
dedicated to raising the voices of everyday Californians, neighborhood
by neighborhood, to fight for the policies and programs we need to
improve our communities and create a brighter future.
ACCE runs several campaigns around issues such as worker justice
and sustainable communities. In Richmond, they are known for their
housing justice work, most recently through their leadership in Fair
and Affordable Richmond and the campaign to pass Measure L (rent
control and just cause for eviction).
ACCE also leads ReFund California, a coalition of more than
thirty organizations working to advance corporate accountability
campaigns that raise needed revenue, preserve and expand affordable
housing and raise the floor on wages and benefits. As part of this
campaign, they are advocating for commercial property tax reform,
which can raise an additional $6-8 billion in revenue to support a
strong and healthy California; and working to raise the minimum wage
in multiple cities across the state. They also helped passed laws in
three cities to fine banks $1,000 per day for vacant, blighted
properties. In Oakland this led to a massive clean-up of blight and
has generated more than $2 million so far, which has funded the new
Housing Assistance Center to help struggling homeowners and
Dave Sharples represents ACCE on the RPA Steering
not more jails!
Board of Supervisors votes for jail expansion
Earlier this month, the Contra
Costa Board of Supervisors voted
to expand jail services at the West County Detention Facility.
This decision was made despite the strenuous objection of many
Supervisor John Gioia was the lone
dissenting vote on the five-member panel. He explained his decision in
a recent Opinion-Editorial, penned with Jane Fischberg of Rubicon
Programs and Claudia Jimenez of Contra Costa Racial Justice Coalition.
An excerpt of the Op-Ed follows:
Contra Costa County needs
greater investment in mental health treatment, job training,
affordable housing, and youth services to help keep people from
becoming incarcerated, not a larger West County
Approving expensive new jail construction runs
counter to the more fiscally responsible and humane strategy of
investing greater resources in prevention and rehabilitation services.
These cost-effective measures help keep people out of jail, reduce
reoffending and improve public safety.
The recent 4-1 vote by the Board of
Supervisors to spend $25 million in county funds and apply for $70
million from the state to add 416 high-security beds at the West
County Detention Facility in Richmond comes at a time of budgetary
uncertainty, with the county facing possible federal funding cutbacks
from the new presidential administration.
The Prison Law Office, a
well-respected nonprofit public interest law firm specializing in jail
system reform, wrote to the Board of Supervisors that “The county
would better serve its population by expanding efforts to reduce the
jail population instead of expanding the capacity of its
We could not agree more.
For the full OpEd, see the East
6:30pm - Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Free Screening: The Healthcare Movie
With the future of the Affordable
Care Act in serious doubt, millions may lose their health insurance.
Medicare and Medi-Cal are under attack.
Please join the RPA and Healthcare for All - Contra Costa
for a free screening of "The Healthcare Movie" at the Bobby Bowens
Progressive Center (2540 Macdonald Ave.) on Wednesday, March 8 from
6:30 - 8:30pm. This documentary explains what single-payer healthcare
is and how it saves money. It shows what behind-the-scenes heroes are
doing to clear the fog of misconceptions that has kept us from moving