The RPA has this explicit goal: to put political decision-making power in the hands of the people by electing corporate-free representatives. The RPA mobilizes people in support of progressive policies and candidates, often in alliance with other local groups.
Recent RPA Achievements include: Elected progressive candidates to city offices despite being outspent 20-1 by corporate donors; increased Richmond minimum wage to $13 by 2018; rejected an urban casino at Point Molate; ended driver license check-points and the impounding of cars driven by drivers without licenses; forced Chevron to pay on average an additional $7.5 million in taxes per year for 15 years; created and funded the Office of Neighborhood Safety, which helped reduce homicides 75%; passed Fair Rent Control and Just Cause for Eviction; advanced green job training and led the Bay Area in solar installation in 2010.
Contact the RPA
Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
2540 Macdonald Avenue, Richmond, CA
RPA Membership Meetings
Membership meetings are held every two to three months. Members elect the Steering Committee of the RPA and are the final authority on RPA policy. Membership costs $12 per year. Click here to become a member or to renew your membership.
RPA Action Teams
RPA Action Teams are open to all members interested in doing research, discussion, and action around specific topics. Click here to join an Action Team.
Current Action Teams are:
Immigration Action Team: This new Action Team that has been formed to address the needs of immigrants in our city, especially in the wake of the national election. Among its early activities: hosting a meeting on responding to hate crimes in our area, and cosponsoring an know-you-rights immigration workshop with JINA Immigration Legal Services. Contact Claudia Jimenez at email@example.com.
Schools Action Team: This Action Team works to strengthen and improve neighborhood public schools in Richmond. Contact Peter Chau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Housing Action Team: Ensuring that Richmond has quality and affordable housing is a key priority for the RPA. This team not only will be making sure that Measure L is successfully implemented, but it also is developing creative proposals for creating new low income/ affordable housing stock in the city. Contact Melvin Willis at email@example.com.
Arts and Culture Action Team: Music, poetry, and art help nourish our community. This team pans events, organizes parties, and adds a creative element to our advocacy and political work. Contact Tarnel Abbot firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outreach Action Team: This new team supports activists and groups around the country establish progressive advocacy and political organizations in their communities. Contact Juan Reardon at email@example.com
In addition, members meet in standing committees (Treasurer, Arts and Culture, Communications, Membership, Office) to manage the operations of the RPA.
RPA Steering Committee
The RPA Steering Committee plans actions, collaborations, and statements on behalf of the RPA, focusing largely on big issues such as affordable housing, minimum wage and how we can work with the city council and other groups in the city to bring about positive change. Our positions on these issues are made public on this website, and in the RPA newsletter.
The current Steering Committee was elected at the RPA membership meeting February 25, 2017. They are:
Co-coordinators - Sharron SK Williams and Marcos Bañales
Communications Chair - Sue Wilson
Membership Chair - Kabir Kapur
Office Chair - Tarnell Abbott
Treasurer - Shoji
Recording Secretary - Michelle Chan
Schools Action Team - Peter Chau
At-large members - Jovanka Beckles, Nancy Combs, Ben Choi, Sung Ae Cho, Porschea Brown, Kelly Dugan, Malia Everette, Laura Garcia-Santiago, Marilyn Langlois, Paul Larudee, Juan Reardon, Ada Recinos, Carlos Taboada, Zak Wear, and Melvin Willis.
Representatives of allied organizations - Claudia Jimenez (CCC Racial Justice Coalition), Millie Cleveland (SEIU Local 1021), David Sharples (ACCE), Alyssa Kang (California Nurses Association), Brenda Williams (Richmond Rainbow Pride).
The origins of the Richmond Progressive Alliance by Juan Reardon
Sharing our Experiences by Juan Reardon
Richmond Progressive Alliance, Communities Fight for Community Control Over Corporate Power by Mike Parker, Social Policy, Summer 2013, Volume 43 #2.
Chevron Hit with One-Two Punch in Richmond, California, by Steve Early & Susan Gordon, Huffington Post
A Social Policy Case Study and Follow-up on Richmond Progressive Alliance Two Years Later: Richmond Progressive Alliance: Defeating Big Money in Politics, by Mike Parker. Social Policy, Winter 2016.