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Issue: # 26June 24, 2010
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IN THIS ISSUE
Pow-Wow Saturday
Saturdays: Precinct Walks
Protesting Gaza Blockade
Juneteenth--One Richmond
Challenge Council on Casino
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Saturday, June 26, 10 am - 8 pm

 Lucreatia Edwards Shoreline Park
1500 Marina Way South, Richmond  CA
(End of Marina Way, South)

  

First Annual Richmond Pow-Wow

Presented by the Richmond Native American Pow-Wow Committee

"Honoring The Native American Community"

 

Powwow graphicAll Drums & Dancers Welcome!
Cash Prizes
Princess Contest
Hand-Drum Contest
Drum Contest
Arts & Crafts Vendors
Free  Car & Bike Parking from Bart to Marina.
Community Feed.
Raffle Drawings all day.
Please bring your  own chairs.

Sponsored in part by
Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin,
The Family & Child Guidance Clinic-
NAHC of Oakland  and others.

Information: 510.684.1535/510.672.9877
E-mail  for  vendor  applications: richmondpww1@yahoo.com
Facebook: Marina Richmond Pow Wow

Every Saturday is precinct canvassing 
Put your mouth where their money is
 
Well not literally--it's probably not healthy. Chevron and the developers will be spending big bucks to get a City Council more to their liking,  to defeat Gayle, and keep the progressive voice on the council a minority.  Our answer is to talk directly to Richmond voters, to make sure they understand the issues before the deluge of pricey  election propaganda in the media and mails.
 
Here is how you can help:
 
Saturday morning precinct walks: 

(10 am is best time  but the office is open 9:30 to 2:30 on Saturday) 
Start at the RPA office  317 11th St.  Have cup of coffee and get an      assignment and packet.  If you haven't gone before, go out with someone else. This Saturday do your canvassing early then go to the Pow-Wow.
 
Take charge of part of a precinct in your neignhborhood:
 Let us know what streets you want to cover and we will perpare walk-sheets
 
Volunteer in the office:
 The office is open  2 pm -5 pm weekdays.  It is often open other times.
 Call the office  510-412-2260 to make sure.
 
 If you don't care for door-to-door work, how about helping enter data in the computer. Call or email us and let us know.
 
Phoning:
We have not set up phone banks yet, but if you want to help with phoning, let us know and we will make sure to contact you  when it starts.
 
House Parties:
 One of the most valuable things you can do is hold a house party.  You invite your friends and neighbors to have a frank discussion with one or more of the candidates. Call the office and we will give you some help.
 
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Talking to your neighbors is the key to making Richmond a better place.
 
 BP spill and the big picture
Thinking about Energy  Policy
 
The BP spill is a huge disaster for the Gulf Area,  But it  will be even worse with current policies.  The spill should be a wake-up call for us to make the kind of changes that can allow us a livable future. 
 
For one thing we can remind ourselves that the job of corporations is to make profits for themselves.  It is up to us,  through our  government--local and national-- to make sure that  we protect ourselves
 
For another we can start looking at energy  power, politics, and alternatives.  A good start can be found  in an article by Naomi Klein  published Sunday 6/20 in the Guardian/UK entitled  Gulf Oil Spill: A Hole in the World
 Protesting Israeli Policy on Gaza 
Picketers Delay Unloading Ship 
 
Nearly 1000  protesters delayed unloading an Israeli freighter at an Oakland dock in a community/labor protest over Israel's policy toward Palestine. Many  Richmond activists were among those who gathered to picket the impending arrival of an Israeli cargo ship starting at  5:30 Sunday morning, June 20.   No longshoremen crossed the picket line and the unloading of the ship was delayed for 24 hours. 
 
Singers at Port Picket
Singers at Port Picket
The action was reminiscent of 1984, when longshoremen refused to unload a ship from apartheid South Africa that had docked in San Francisco.
 
On May 30 Israeli assaulted  the Freedom Flotilla that was attempting to break the unjust blockade of Gaza and deliver much needed humanitarian supplies by sea. In response a Bay Area labor/community coalition succeeded in stepping up the nonviolent resistance to the blockade and ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
 
Immediately following the flotilla incident, Mayor McLaughlin issued a press release expressing concern over the mistreatment of the two Richmond residents on the flotilla, as well as the on-going human rights violations committed by Israel against Palestinians. 
 
At the June 15 City Council meeting, Vice Mayor Ritterman and Mayor McLaughlin had planned to introduce a resolution denouncing the Israeli attack on the flotilla, calling for an independent investigation and challenging the Israeli blockade of Gaza.  Putting this on the agenda clearly struck a nerve, drawing numerous supporters and opponents to the meeting. At the last minute, they withdrew the resolution when it became clear that the rest of the council was adamant about not discussing it and would take action to table the item.  Community allies advised this move, noting the need to do more organizing and consciousness raising from the ground up before coming back to the Council.  
 
At the June 22 Council meeting, nine of the people who had wanted to speak in support of the Gaza resolution the week before spoke during Open Forum about the importance of Richmond taking a stand against the mistreatment of Palestinians funded in part by US tax dollars.  You can view the streaming video of their comments  
(scroll down after E-4 to C Open Forum) 
 

---Marilyn Langlois
photos: Charles Smith, Michael Beer

Members of the RPA steering committee agree that we live in a world where major injustice affects us all, as individuals and as a community.  The achievement of peace in the Middle East requires justice and full equality for both Palestinians and Israelis. While as an organization we have not taken a position on a specific solution, we oppose the blockade of Gaza as an unjust punishment of a civilian population
Juneteenth yard signJuneteenth  Big  Success
 
By all accounts the Juneteenth festival was the biggest and best in the the City's history.  The entertainement and food were great.  The park was packed.
 
The large crowd was mellow, with good vibes.  Those who missed it should be writing it in on your calendar for next year. Congratulations Richmond. 
 
Special thanks goes to the National Brotherhood Alliance  and City of Richmond Staff
Casino opposition group
Charge Council Brown Act Violation
 
Citizens for a Sustainable Point Molate  has challenged the City Council's decision to extend the Land  Disposition Agreement with casino developer Upstream.  CSPM charges that the Council violated the California Brown Act which requires community notification and input before reaching a decision.  Although the item on the agenda was a two month extension of the LDA, after community input was over, Council member Viramontes  made a confusing series of amendments which extended the agreement for 11 months  which apparently had been agreed on by part of the Council in executive session

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

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