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Issue: # 27July 8, 2010
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RPA Endorses Eduardo Martinez
Campaign: New Spanish Lit
Ritterman on Eaarth
Bay Trail Improvements
BP Spill, Big Oil Teach-in
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RPA Endorses

Eduardo Martinez for City Council

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The Richmond Progressive Alliance is proud to announce its endorsement of Eduardo Martinez for the Richmond City Council in November Election. With the re-election of Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and the election of Eduardo and Jovanka Beckles, Richmond has the opportunity to elect a city council which stands for the residents and is independent of the corporations and developers who have so much power in this city. All three candidates pledge not to take any corporate or developer funds.

Eduardo is a long-time Richmond teacher, recently retired so he can serve the community in other ways. He brings to the campaign his expertise on education and ideas about how the city can help in breaking the gridlock which is destroying our public school system and threatening the future of our kids.

He is a firm believer that schools are a major part of the reputation and attraction of a city. "As a Richmond City Council member I see myself leading efforts, policies, and mobilizations that respond to Richmond's many educational needs that are not satisfied by the School Board." The theme of his campaign will be to a make Richmond a city for children.

Some ideas on education Eduardo puts forward:
  • Mobilizing the community to support parents and teachers to improve neighborhood schools.
  • Establishing Yearly Popular Education Conventions so students, parents and teachers can be involved in setting priorities.
  • Promoting a "Richmond Tutors" program, recruiting tutors, and connecting them to students.
  • Supporting Adult Education and especially English as a Second Language Programs to assist immigrant families.
  • Organizing "Richmond Learns from Richmond" Sharing the stories of our people.
  • Bringing "El Systema" the now world famous music program developed in Venezuela to Richmond.
  • Mobilizing and working in statewide coalitions to demand that the State of California provide real aid to public education instead of dismantling and privatizing it.
  • Providing expanded learning opportunities to prepare Richmond's children for the new jobs and new economy.
  • Working to bring good healthy jobs to Richmond so our children will see the possibilities of a healthy productive future.
  • Demanding that industry meets guidelines that protect the air we and our children breathe.
  • Finding resources for more, safer, parks and recreational programs for our children.

Eduardo can be reached at


or his cell phone at 510-712-4934

For more information see Eduardo's website

About Eduardo

Eduardo taught in the public school system for 18 years. (Downer Elementary and Sheldon Elementary) and has been a Richmond resident for16 years.

He was the co-organizer of Richmond Area March for Education (from Richmond to Sacramento) 2004.

He serves on the West Contra Costa County Unified School District Community Budget Advisory Committee, and on the Steering Committee of the East Bay Sanctuary Committee.

Eduardo is President of the Richmond Chapter of the Mexican American Political Association (MAPA) and a former Steering Committee member of the Parent Leadership Action Team (PLAN).

Every Saturday is Precinct Canvassing 
New Spanish Campaign Lit
Last week we introduced our new 3-in-1 door hanger, promoting the re-election of Gayle,  and election of Jovanka and Eduardo.  It has turned out to be very popular.  You can view the  door hanger (click here)  and come by the office to pick them up.
This week we have a new 3-in-1  piece in Spanish.  Come by the office on Saturday or next week and get some of these.
Saturday morning precinct walks 

    (10 am is best time  but 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.
Take charge of part of a precinct in your neignhborhood.
 Let us know where you want to cover and we will perpare walk-sheets
Volunteer in the office.  The office is open at least 2pm -5pm weekdays.  Usually more hours.
 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.
 We have not set up phone banks yet, but if you this is what you would like to do, let us know and we will make sure to contact you  when this starts.
Other ways to help:
 There is a much longer list of ways you can help on the RPA website: Get Involved
Join Us
Talking to your neighbors is the key to making Richmond a better place.
You can pickup materials at the office, open afternoons 2-5 and Saturdays 9-2.  Or  email us and we will get you the materials and walk sheets.
Eaarth CoverSuggested Reading::
 Eaarth by Bill McKibben
Two decades ago Bill McKibben was the first to warn us of global warming in his book "The End of Nature".  We didn't listen or act on his warnings and as a result we find ourselves on what McKibben calls Eaarth.  Eaarth, the name of McKibben's new book, is the new planet we now inhabit. 

In Eaarth, McKibben explains quite clearly that we no longer live on the same human friendly planet we once did.  Ice caps are melting, oceans acidifying, glaciers disappearing, and species loss is worse than at any time in the last 65 million years. Climate change is already here.  Our new planet requires us to act in an entirely new way.  No longer can perpetual growth continue to be our mantra.  The new planet requires us to hunker down, to figure out what we really need and what we can do without.  Clearly overconsumtion is not a lifestyle compatible with our new reality.  Oh, and one more thing, we're in more than a bit of a hurry to make the changes we need to do.

What does this mean for us in Richmond.  McKibben argues for local self-reliance.  Producing as much of our own food and our own energy are strategies he endorses. 

I urge you all to read what really is a new bible for a new age.

Jeff Ritterman
Improvements to Bay Trail 

Bay Trail LogoTRAC has issued its 11th annual

Richmond Bay Trail Mid Year Report (click here).  Read this upbeat report to learn about major accomplishments during the first half of 2010 including:

--construction underway to complete three-mile Landfill Loop trail;

--plans developing to close the dangerous gap between Point Richmond and Point Molate;

--upgrades to old Bay Trail sections in Marina Bay.

 For maps and more information see the Baytrail website 

Part of the 3-Month Gulf Disaster Anniversary National Week of Action
Tuesday July 20, 7-9pm
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave (at Woolsey next to Ashby BART), Berkeley
Free-donations appreciated. Food will be provided.

Rose Braz, Center for Biological Diversity. Since the BP explosion, the Center's decisive action and in-depth investigating have exposed massive government corruption and lax environmental review, leading to major media exposés and six lawsuits to secure a full cleanup and wildlife protection.
Antonia Juhasz, Director of Global Exchange's Chevron Program. Antonia will have just returned from the Gulf, meeting with impacted communities and groups. She is an organizer with True Cost of Chevron Network, and the author of The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry--And What We Must Do To Stop It.
Lindsay Imai, Urban Habitat's Transportation Program, advocating for affordable, reliable, and racially and economically just public transit system in the Bay Area. 
4:30 to 6:30pm: Nonviolent Direct Action Training: Same location
Sponsored by:
Mobilization for Climate Justice West & The Center for Biological Diversity
Anywhere, USA: another American factory is closing its doors, and on the final day of work, one tired employee sits down on the job. "Oh no, a worker sit-in, an occupation!" thinks the hapless Boss. Actually, the tired employee's just gone into labor - no pun intended - but before anyone can stop to think twice, the work force IS occupying the factory. Will these accidental organizers make the most of their plight? Can they successfully save their jobs without being tainted by - shudder - politics? And what can they learn from Mexican telenovelas and the workers of Argentina? Stay tuned to see what is . . . possible! RPA Activist Logo

A Richmond presentation  by the San Francisco MIME Troup

Wednesday, August 25
6:00 p.m. - Music

6:30 p.m. - Play begins

Richmond Civic Center (stage will be at Nevin Street end of the plaza)

Ticket Info: FREE (donation)
For more info and other dates see the
SF MimeTroupe website

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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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