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An overflow, standing room only,
crowd enthusiastically embraced Eduardo Martinez and Marilyn Langlois
as we ick-off their campaigns for the City Council. Jeff Ritterman
announced that he had decided not to run for reelection so he could
spend more time with his family but was pleased that someone as
qualified as Marilyn would step in.
Here are Marilyn's remarks:
you Jeff and thank you all for being here.
another beautiful day in Richmond, like yesterday, when we had so many
fantastic Earth Day activities going on: at Civic Center,
EcoVillage Farm Learning Center, Point Molate Beach and the dedication
of the Fred Jackson Harmony Garden in North Richmond. How fitting a
tribute that was to our beloved Fred.
want to give special acknowledgment today to my mother, Barbara
Langlois, who just turned 90 and is here with us, for giving me so much
support and unconditional love. And for being a role model in local
politics. She was the first woman elected to the Lafayette City Council
in 1974, and she advocated for equitable development and smart growth
long before these concepts became buzzwords throughout the country.
too, believe in equitable development in Richmond with the emphasis on
EQUITABLE. After all, Richmond is the city we call home, and we all
deserve to feel healthy, happy and safe here. As a City Council member,
I will support every policy we can to achieve this end, addressing the
needs of those among us who are hurting, while also recognizing that
each of us has something to contribute to benefit our community as a
one of the many things I'm grateful to you for is drawing attention to
the issue of excessive income inequality and how that correlates with
all the social ills we face in Richmond. I intend to pursue that theme
throughout my campaign, because I know it's possible for everybody to
have a good life if we can collectively to do a better job of sharing
our many resources and assets-and that includes multi-billion dollar
corporations whose sharing skills are still a bit lacking. I also want
to thank you Jeff for your leadership in the Fit for Life campaign both
leading up to the coming election and beyond, and you can count on me
as a participant in that effort.
and Eduardo, I'm really looking forward to joining both of you and our
Mayor on the City Council come January. You have been steadfast
comrades throughout so many struggles in the past years, ever since I
first met each of you--Eduardo, in 2004 when we were part of the group
that organized March4Education and we walked side by side from Richmond
to Sacramento demanding equitable funding for our schools-and Jovanka,
in 2006 when we campaigned for the first Measure T to raise taxes on
Chevron, and you came up with that wonderful slogan: T taxes Chevron
not you! I really appreciate the deep commitment from both of you
our Mayor, you have been the pioneer and guiding light for all of us.
For your first four years on the Council-2 years as City Councilmember,
and your first two years as Mayor, you were often the lone voice of the
grassroots progressive movement until we got Jeff elected and then
Jovanka. Our challenges are still huge, but because of you, it will be
easier for all those who follow to achieve social, environmental and
racial justice. Gayle, I also want to express again publicly how much
it has meant to me personally to work with you in the Mayor's office
these past four plus years, where I learned so much. If it weren't for
you, I wouldn't be here now, running for office. Thank you Gayle.
now, most importantly of all, I want to express my gratitude to all of
you who are here today for your inspiration and your undying support
for our movement and our vision of a beautiful and healthy city for
future generations. You are all amazing people with a rich diversity of
backgrounds, skills and ideas and I feel privileged to know so many of
you. Fred Jackson would call you a People Bouquet. You have
taught me a great deal over the past years by sharing with me your pain
and frustrations, as well as your insights and ideas for solutions.
Thank you for that. I look forward to getting to know more of you
during the course of my campaign. After all, we're here because of you,
and we're all in this together.
See Eduardo's website
See Marilyn's website
keynote speaker for the afternoon was Pierre Labossiere, a grassroots
human rights activist and frequent guest on several KPFA radio programs
and a co-founder of the Haiti Action Committee. He is also an active
member of BAJI, Black Alliance for Just Immigration and has worked in
Richmond as a union organizer. Labossiere told us that our challenge to
corporate power in Richmond was a beacon of hope to people in other
communities in the U.S and countries like Haiti.
us in completing this historic step to help build One Richmond
to the City Hall Plaza at 7 pm.
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11, 7 - 9 pm
2002 5 de
Mayo Richmond Police Riot:
Happened and How It Changed Richmond Forever!
Sunday, May 5, 2002, the Richmond Police Department launched an assault
on Richmond's 23rd St against the civil rights of the
Richmond's Latino community. Among those attacked and arrested that
evening were Richmond Progressive Alliance Co-Founder Andres Soto and
his family. They were the first of more than 20 Chicanos and Mexicanos
arrested that night!
will have an exciting and important panel discussion followed by a
community dialogue featuring a number of people who lived through the
happened on the road to seeking justice for the community changed
Richmond's politics, race relations and the power structure of
Richmond. Those changes are still being felt to this day as evidenced
in the recent police race discrimination trial that just concluded on
April 10, 2012.
of the panel include:
Soto - First victim of the police assault and lead Plaintiff
in Soto, et al v. The City of Richmond. Andres later ran
for City Council in 2004.
Soto-Vigil - Second victim, co-plaintiff and son of
Soto-Vigil - Third victim, co-plaintiff, son of Andres
Soto and a UC Berkeley student at the time of the attack.
Mark Gagan, Richmond Police Department - Capt. Gagan was a
young Richmond police officer at the time of the assault, saw what
happened from the inside of the department and how things have
changed since then.
Sutcliffe - Former Richmond Police Commissioner who sat on the
commission during the time of the complaint against the department
for the 2002 5 de Mayo Richmond Police Riot.
Fischer - Reporter, West County Times. Karl had just started
with the Times when the story broke and covered it for several
Richmond Progressive Office
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save the date and share with friends and colleagues. For more
information or questions please contact Andres Soto 510.237.6866 or email@example.com.
May Day Activities
There are a large number of activities scheduled for May 1, or May Day
as the original American Labor Day is called. In recent years the
holiday has also become an Immigrant Rights Day.
The March for
Dignity and Resistance will begin at 3 pm at the
Fruitvale BART station in Oakland and will proceed to downtown
County United in Defense of Immigrant Rights, Alliance of Californians
for Community Empowerment (ACCE), American Postal Workers Union,
Amnesty International USA (Western Regional Office), Arab Resource
& Organizing Center (AROC), AFSME 444, Alameda Labor Council,
ANSWER Coalition, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1555, Bail Out
the People Movement (SF), Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice,
Bay Area Solidarity, The Bikery, California Faculty Association (Cal
State East Bay Chapter), CARECEN (Central American Resource Center)
(SF), Centro Legal de la Raza (SF), CodePINK: Women for Peace, Colectivo
de Mujeres (SF), Cycles of Change, Day Labor Program (SF), Decolonize
Oakland, Ella Baker Center (Oakland), , FMLN NorCar, Gay Shame, Instituto
Familiar de la Raza (SF), International Action Center - SF,
International Socialist Organization, Movimiento por los Derechos de
los Inmigrantes MDI (SF), La Raza Centro Legal (SF), LAGAI-Queer
Insurrection, Left Party, Mujeres Unidas y Activas (SF & Oakland),
Nonviolent Caucus of Occupy Oakland, Oakland Coalition to Stop Goldman
Sachs, Oakland Education Association (OEA), Oakland Sin Fronteras,
Occupy Education (NorCal), Occupy Oakland, Occupy Public Health, Old
Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC), Progressive Labor Party, Queers
Undermining Israeli Terrorism! (QUIT!), ROOTS (formerly Occupy the
Hood), San Francisco Labor Council, SF 99% Coalition, SEIU-United
Service Workers West (USWW),SEIU 1000 District Council
("DLC") 743 (SF), San Mateo County Central Labor Council, SF
Women In Black, Social Irruption Theater Troupe- Una piedra en el
zapato (SF), Teamsters Local 70, Unite Here Local 2850, Women's
Building/Edificio de Mujeres (SF), Workers World Party, WAK (Women
Against Killing), Xinaxtli la MeXa de UCB
(Click here for more info)
The Golden Gate Labor Coalition is calling for a mass
rally and action at the bridge at 7am on May 1.
Bridge, bus, and ferry workers will be reaching out directly to
commuters this week to notify them of possible disruptions to their
commute and ask for their support.
The Golden Gate Labor Coalition is made up of over 380 bridge, bus, and
ferry workers who help San Francisco commuters get to work safely each
day. Bridge, bus, and ferry workers belong to 14 unions including the
Inlandboatmen's Union, MEBA D-1, Operating Engineers, Teamsters #665,
Machinists, Ironworkers, Laborers, Electricians, Plumbers, Carpenters,
Cement Masons, IFPTE Local21, Transport Workers, Teamsters #856. (Click here for more info)
The California Nurses
Association is planning a strike at Sutter Hospitals.(Click here for more
May Day by passing the Municipal ID at the Richmond City Council
Cinco de Mayo
Participants must register with the Parade Staff located
in the parking lot at 24th Street & Barrett
Avenue in Richmond between 8:00am - 9:00am. Late arrivals will be
denied entry. The parade begins at 10:00am SHARP.
Festival: Sunday May 6, 10
am -5 pm
Sponsored by 23rd St Merchants Association
is Killing Adult Education
Please circulate the report by the
California Federation of Teachers (click here to download)
about how misguided policy decisions are driving the elimination of
both adult education and non-credit community college classes in
California. The report supports what the Communities
Organized to Support Adult School (COSAS) has been saying for years and
backs it up with data. Please bring it to the attention of adult
education advocates and any elected officials you have contact
with. The authors are trying to get this information widely
Organized to Support Adult School
Jim Miller explaining bank action
Jim Miller is a lifelong Richmond
resident. After his mother passed away, Jim took ownership of the
family home in the North and East and the reverse mortgage that came
along with it. Immediately upon receiving ownership of his
childhood home, One West Bank demanded a lump sum of 95% of the value
of the home, or $100,000. Employed as a landscape gardener, Mr.
Miller makes enough to make modest payments and has requested a
modification of the loan, which has been denied by the
lender. ACCE and community members rallied on April
27 to help Jim fight foreclosure
Chevron's Quarterly Profit Is Up To $6.5 Billion,
Production Is Down, Tax Rate Is Still Lower Than Yours
California protest Chevron on Earth Day.
Chevron posted a modest 4.2 percent increase in
first-quarter profits compared to 2011, increasing net gains from $6.2
billion to $6.5 billion. That still translates to more than $71 million
per day in the first three months of 2012.
Despite a drop in production, a 12 percent increase in average oil
prices boosted Chevron's profits this quarter.
Meanwhile, Chevron has faced recent protests in
California, home to Chevron CEO John Watson, for environmental damage and tax dodging.
Here's the context for Chevron's $6.5 billion
Chevron paid a 19 percent effective federal tax rate in
2011, after making $26.9 billion profit.
Spent 19.2 percent of its Q1 profits buying back
stocks ($1.25 billion), which enriches the largest shareholders.
Production dropped by nearly 5 percent, from 2.76
million barrels per day in Q1 FY 2011 to 2.63 million barrels in 2012.
Chevron CEO John Watson received $25 million compensation last year, a
raise of 52 percent. Chevron's Vice President received a 75 percent
increase to $7.8 million.
Chevron is sitting on even more cash reserves,
$18.9 billion, up from $15.9 billion in January.
Has spent more than $500,000 on federal political
contributions in the 2012 election cycle. 87 percent of these
contributions went to Republicans.
Has spent $3.24 million on lobbying in the first
few months of 2012, after spending $9.51 million lobbying in 2011. Some of
the Chevron PAC's major recipients for 2012
include House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) ($5,000), House Majority
Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) ($5,000), Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) ($5,000),
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) ($7,500), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) ($5,000).
Chevron is in a legal battle over a $18 billion judgment for environmental
damage to Ecuador's rainforest communities. According to Amazon
Defense Coalition, the company has tried to block the decision four different
In January, Chevron had a natural gas explosion
off the coast of Nigeria, which killed two contractors and "caused
a fire to burn for weeks," according to Reuters.
With just BP left to report its profits on
Monday, four of the five Big Oil companies have already made over $26
billion in the first 91 days of 2012
May 16 4:30 pm
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Reich and Bay Area Participants in Recent Hospital Strike
19, 4-8 pm
Meet Adam Reich, author of
newly published book, and Bay Area participants in the recently
concluded 9-year struggle to unionize Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in
Home of Steve Early and
Lobos Avenue, Pt. Richmond (See Map)
Jr., Dave Bacon, Dan Siegel, Randy Shaw, Peter Tappeiner, Vanessa Tait,
Claudette Begin, Libby Sayre, Craig Merrilees, Sal Rosselli, Ellen
David-Friedman, Eduardo Soriano-Castillo, Mike Parker, Margaret Jordan,
Celia Cody, Paul Kumar, Carl Finamore, Marty Bennett, Chris Finn,
Charlene Harrington, Harry Brill, Glenn Goldstein, Frank Fried, Helena
Worthen, Joe Berry, Ramsey Kanan, Sasha Lilley, Cal Winslow, Faith
Simon, Barry Eidlin, Charlie Eaton, Bill Balderston, Tom Edminster,
John Borsos, Alan Benjamin. (partial list)
will be served. If you get lost or need further information, call
For more on
With God on Our Side: The
Struggle for Workers' Rights in a Catholic Hospital
see Cornel ILR Press Website
WithTwo Authors on Contemporary Cuba
Sunday May 20
6 pm Reception /7 pm Program
by Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin
Bolender, Author of Voices from the Other Side:
An Oral History of Terrorism Against Cuba
Saney, Author of CUBA: A Revolution in Motion
3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, near Ashby BART
- $20.00 Benefits LA PEÑA Cultural Center
one turned away for lack of funds
Richmond- Regla,Cuba Friendship Committee, Berkeley-Cuba Friendship
Association, & International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban
www.lapena.org www.thecuban5.org www.berkeley-cuba.weebly.com
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 email, phone our neighbors, or go on marches
building an organized movement to create real change.
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