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Issue: # 25June 17, 2010
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IN THIS ISSUE
Juneteenth--One Richmond
Celebrate with Jovanka
Help Build a Better Richmond
Report From Houston Chevron's Annual Meeting
True Cost... Wins Award
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Juneteenth yard signJuneteenth  Saturday, June 19
One Richmond
March with the Mayor and Jovanka
 
Meet at 8:45 am   20th and Cutting
 
Parade to Nichol Park (33rd and McDonald) 
 
 Juneteenth Festival 12- 6  pm  Nichol Park  
 
W
e hope to have a big delegation marching in Mayor McLaughlin's contingent building  One Richmond, united in our demands for  for 
healthy jobs, a healthy environment, safe neighborhoods, good schools,  and an end to all forms of racism and profiling.
 
 
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
 
 
Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, 
and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection 
and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of 
maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are 
joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today
Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our 
society.  

JOvanka BecklesSaturday, June 19, 4 pm
Celebrate with
Jovanka Beckles
 
 

 In her daily life and as a candidate Jovanka Beckles carries  the respect for human dignity and freedom of Juneteenth  into her
activites to improve Richmond. 
 
Join her to celebrate the start of her campaign for City Council  for a better Richmond
 
Saturday  June 19, 4 pm
 at 1021 Macdonald (near Harbour)

 


Beginning the Campaign with Direct Contact
 
 
Jovanka and Gayle address canvassers.
Campaign Preparation
More than 50 supporters of Gayle and Jovanka gathered at the RPA
office on Saturday morning June 12 to begin the hard job of insuring
victory in November. Many others, who could not make that time have
volunteered to help in the campaign.
 
We expect Chevron and developers to put big money into trying to
defeat Gayle in her bid for re-election as Mayor and Jovanka's
candidacy for City Council. We all know that every issue from
getting good jobs, fair taxation,  getting clean air, and stopping
projects like the Point Molate Casino, to  getting bike paths
depends on having a Council that stands up for residents rather than
groveling for corporations.
 
Our strategy is to start early, and work hard to talk to Richmond r
esidents face to face.
Some canvassers are taking areas in their neighborhood.  We are
providing packets with campaign literature, "walk sheets" based on
the official registration lists  and other materials.  Our aim is
not just to drop off literature but to have good discussions and
find others willing to help in this important city campaign.
 
  
Remember--there is a direct connection between the issues we care
about and who gets elected.  A pro-Chevron city council could
approve just about any revised EIR Chevron might submit, shove a casino down our throats, and return us to the days of corrupt Richmond politics
 
 
Join Us
Talking to your neighbors is the key to making Richmond a better place.
 
You can pickup materials at the office, open most afternoons and Saturdays 9-2.  Or  email us and we will get you the materials and walk sheets.
 
Monday June 21st,  6:30pm
From Richmond to Houston:
Chevron Shareholders Meeting 2010 Community report back!
 Find out what happened in Houston?
 Get your copy of  The True Cost of Chevron Report 2010
 Plus a Report on Gulf Oil disaster in Louisiana
Antonia Juhasz - Author & Director of Global Exchange's Chevron Program
Dr. Henry Clark - Director of West County Toxics Coalition
Reverend Kenneth Davis - Communities for a Better Environment, Bay Area Coalition of Concerned Citizens & various other Richmond community groups
Aileen Suzara-Bay Area FACES-Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity
TJ  Buonomo-Iraq Veterans Against War (IVAW)

Food and Drinks will be served
 
RPA office located at 317 11th St (Cross St Nevin) in Richmond
walking distance from Richmond BART


Chevron can run, but it can't hide! Chevron shareholders meetings have been held annually in San Ramon, California.  This year Chevron decided to move it's annual shareholders meeting to Houston, Texas in an effort to run from the huge movement against them here in the Bay Area!  Activists and community leaders from all around the world-Angola, Australia and Ecuador, to name a few came together in Houston to confront the oil giant.  Come and hear the stories from our local Bay Area representatives.
For more information contact:

Jessica Guadalupe Tovar
510-302-0430 ext 24
Jessica@cbecal.org    
1440 Broadway Suite 701 Oakland, CA 94612
True Cost of Chevron Report  Wins Recognition  
 
The 2009  Alternative to Chevron's Annual Report to stockholders documented the role and crimes of Chevron around the world.  Project Censored has just announced that the report has been selected as one of the "Most Censored" news stories.   Antonia Juhasz of Gloabl Exchange, lead author and editor of the report, will be speaking at the event above on Monday 6/21.  The RPA submitted contributions to both the 2009 and 2010  reports.

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 the email, phone our neighbors, or go on marches building an organized movement to create real change.

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