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Issue: # 19April 19, 2010
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Successful Rally for Gayle
Jeff on Misdirected Anger
RYSE fundraiser
Cinco de Mayo
Kick-off to Re-elect Mayor Gayle
The kick-off rally to re-elect Gayle on Saturday was a big success.
GayleSee the RPA websitefor some pictures and quotes. 
See the story  by Robert Rogers  in the Richmond Confidential
See Gayle's new election web site  www.MayorGayle.net
 Jeff Ritterman:
Unemployed MISDIRECT Frustration and Anger at Richmond Mayor
At the April 6 Richmond City Council meeting a stream of unemployed laborers and labor leaders vented their anger and frustration on Mayor Gayle McLaughlin. They blamed the mayor for their unemployed status. They were aided and abetted by some in the audience and some on the dais who were clearly motivated by their own political agendas and not the plight of the workers.
The reason given for turning their anger on the mayor was their claim that the mayor had voted against their interests in the past. It didn't seem to matter much to the unemployed that often they had the facts wrong... 
What are the causes of the unemployed worker's plight?
Complete article press here

 April 24, 6-9:30 pm
'Be A Kid' Fundraiser!  for RYSE  Center
Location:  RYSE Center
205 41st Street

For one evening only, RYSE Center will be open for adults!  Now is your opportunity to take part in all the fun activities that our youth partake.  Learn how to DJ, record your own song in the recording studio, take a yoga/meditation class, meet with a wellness counselor, and show off your moves at a hip hop dance session!   Hors d'oeuvres will be provided, and Bay Area's own St. George Spirits/Hanger One will be preparing a specialty cocktail.  Security will be strictly enforced with our bouncer, Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia!

Event Includes:  Hors d'oeuvres, 2 Drink Tickets, Music & Dancing,
Fun Activities

Workshops and activities will be offered between 6-8pm, and music and dancing to follow thereafter.  

 RYSE is a safe and welcoming center for diverse West Contra Costa youth that builds youth power and leadership towards personal and community health and transformation.

Be a RYSE Adult Supporter by purchasing tickets at levels from $25.00 up in advance.  Tickets at the door are $60.00

To purchase tickets online, go here. 

For questions about the event, contact Charles Ugalde, RYSE Development Director, at 510.374.3401.

- Ché Soto-Vigil

Sunday May 2
Cinco de Mayo  Fesitval and Parade

Celebrate the Mexican Culture and enjoy Mexican art, music, dance, food, exhibits, and classic cars on display from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. This event also includes a one mile long parade.
Join wiith the RPA in the parade. Email uas at RPAActivist@gmail.com and we will let you know where we are meeting up. 

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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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