About the Richmond Progressive Alliance


The RPA has this explicit goal: to take political decision-making back from corporations and put power in the hands of the people.  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

PO Box 5267, Richmond, CA 94805-5267.


Watch "Sharing Our Experience: The Richmond Progressive Alliance" 


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.  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 Action Team (AT) addresses the needs of immigrants in our city. Among its past 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. This AT at currently inactive but if you would like to restart it as its chair, please contact info@richmondprogressivealliance.net

Schools Action Team: This Action Team works to strengthen and improve neighborhood public schools in Richmond. Contact info@richmondprogressivealliance.net

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 Sophie Van Ronsele at svanronsele@gmail.com or Michael Gliksohn at mglicksohn@gmail.com.

Arts and Culture Action Team:  Music, poetry, and art help nourish our community.  This team has planned events, organizes parties, and adds a creative element to our advocacy and political work.  This AT is currently inactive but if you would like to restart it as its chair, please contact info@richmondprogressivealliance.net

Outreach Action Team: This new team supports activists and groups around the country establish progressive advocacy and political organizations in their communities. Contact info@richmondprogressivealliance.net

Council Assistance Team: This new team supports Council members by doing research and discussion of issues that come before the City Council.

In addition, members meet in standing committees (Finance and Governance, Fundraising, Communications, Membership, Office) to manage the operations of the RPA.  If you'd like to join one of these committees, contact info@richmondprogressivealliance.net


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 new Steering Committee was elected at the RPA membership meeting March 31, 2018.  They will serve a two-year term:

Co-chairs: Malia Everette and BK Williams

Recording Secretary: Michelle Chan

Treasurer: Michael Gliksohn (Finance and Governance Committee Chair)

Office Committee Chair: Chris Broglio

Communications Committee Chair: Sue Wilson

At large members: Jovanka Beckles, Claudia Jimenez, Ruscal Cayangyang, Marilyn Langlois,  Mike Parker, J Carlos Taboada, Melvin Willis, Eduardo Martinez

Organizational representatives: [TBD], SEIU; Alyssa Kang, California Nurses Association; Virginia Ramirez, ACCE; BK Williams, Richmond Rainbow Pride.


Recommended Reading

Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City by Steve Early

The Origins of the Richmond Progressive Alliance by Juan Reardon

Sharing Our Experience: The Richmond Progressive Alliance 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.


Other Resources

Richmond Sun Current Issue OCT 2020

Richmond Sun Previous Issues 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 , Summer 17, May 18, October 18, May 20

Richmond Progressive Alliance Bylaws

The Activist Newsletter Archive