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Issue: # 24June 7, 2010
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June Results Mean Start 6/12
Juneteenth--One Richmond
Celebrate with Jovanka
Lessons of BP for Richmond
June Ballot Recommendations
Photos by Fletcher
Next Council Meeting
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Saturday  June 12,  9:30 am
RPA Office  317 11th St
June Results Mean November Must Begin Now
Chevron and the developers have always put a lot of money into Richmond Elections.  This year expect them to outdo themselves.  The Supreme Court has made it easier, and they have a lot at stake in this election.
We don't try to match them in the money field (although contributions gratefully accepted ). We try to match them with activism and community work.  We get started earlier and we work harder and longer in  making direct contact with Richmond residents.
We are starting on June 12.  After coffee and snacks we will review how we are organizing the campaign and some of us will be starting to cover our neighborhoods. Some people will cover the same neighborhood every time.  Others will go out in groups to different neighborhoods.  Even if you can't do much that day but want to canvass a part of our community, we urge you to attend the 9:30 am  briefing and pick up materials.
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  submits.  A City Council which goes blind to every other issue, including whether the jobs are real, every time a developer mentions jobs, is a city council that will not respond to citizen movements or needs. 
Can't make it?  Call or email the RPA office and we will get you materials.
Juneteenth  Saturday, June 19
One Richmond
March with the Mayor
Meet at 9:00 am   20th and Cutting
Parade to Nichol Park (33rd and McDonald) 
 Juneteenth Festival 12- 6  pm  Nichol Park  
e hope to have a big delegation marching with Mayor McLaughlin 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 

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

 at 1021 Macdonald (near Harbour)


Lessons of the BP disaster for Richmond 
As we watch while the might of the United States seems to be helpless against  a drilling accident in the Gulf, we should keep in mind what this means for Richmond.
 1. Oil can not be the future of this country.  Supplies are running out and it is getting more dangerous to get at what is there, more threatening to our future to process and use it.
 2. Corporations whose main motives are profits can not be expected to make human and environmental safety their real priorities.
 3. We can not depend on a govenrnment run by politicians who look to these same corporations for their campaign contributions, social power, or beneficence  to sufficiently monitor or regulate these corporations to protect us.
 4. That is why we need to build political movements in this country freed from corporate control and dedicated rebuilding our society to provide decent jobs, a healthy sustainable environment, and  healthcare, education, safety, and opportunity for us all. 

 Anyone who says the government should get out of the way and let the corporations loose so they can provide us jobs in some kind of trickle down economics just isn't paying attention to the environmental and social disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and what has happend to working people  in the past 30 years. We should be very proud that we in Richmond have had a Mayor and some Council members who have not caved into the developers and corporations and have insisted that the welfare of the people of Richmond comes first.
         -Mike Parker
We Have a New Opportunity
In the month since BP's oil rig exploded in the US Gulf Coast, what has struck me the most is not, unfortunately, the magnitude of the spill, the damage caused that is likely to continue for decades, the inability of BP or federal agencies to clean up - much less stop - the spill, or the revelations of BP's pre-explosion lobbying, which likely contributed greatly to the disaster taking place.
I have instead been most moved by the rapid, overwhelming and broad-based demand from people all across the US and the world for a fundamental rethinking of just how far they are willing to let Big Oil go in pursuit of the world's remaining oil.
It has likely been 40 years since the American public in particular, was so ready to hear and embrace this message. In 1969, a Unocal (now Chevron) oil platform off the coast of California experienced a massive blowout and the issue forced its way to the nation's attention. Activists organized against offshore drilling in their community, ultimately enlisting millions of supporters and advocates, spawning a massive environmental movement which, within just a few years, achieved the establishment of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the US Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.
The communities most directly harmed by oil's abuse are organized, networked and ready. The public is roused, angered and ready to act. The oil corporations are on notice: the true cost of their operations is simply too great to bear. For as long as we continue to use oil, the operations of its providers will be restricted, reined in, regulated and, ultimately, retired.
       -Antonia Juhasz 
excerpt from Guardian article 
Antonia Juhasz will be speaking in Richmond on June 21  Watch for time and place. See the True Cost of Chevron Report 

June Election Recommendations

Measure D Schools   YES
Prop 14  Wipe out minor parties, favor incumbents   NO

Prop 16   Boost PG&E  Monopoly   NO

Prop 17  Mercury Auto Insurance Bill  NO

Gayle and Van JonesPhotographer Fletcher Oaks has posted  an impressive seried of photos from Gayle's kickoff event featuring Van Jones, Nativo Lopez-Vigil  and Jeff Ritterman.
You can see them  here 
Fletcher Oakes
Website (portfolios and archives)   
Tuesday  June 15
Coming Up at City Council 
--Resolution denouncing the Israeli attack on the humanitarian flotilla (the two Richmond residents who participated hopefully will be at the meeting) and calling for an end to the blockade of Gaza.
-- Resolution calling for the County to find a way to opt out of the "Secure Communities" program that gives ICE access to all fingerprints taken whenever someone is arrested, whether or not they are ultimately charged or convicted.

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