Issues

RPA Launches Just Transition Listening Project

In support of a transition away from fossil fuels in the City of Richmond, the Richmond Progressive Alliance (the RPA) is undertaking a community-engagement process around Just Transition in Richmond, which we’re calling the Listening Project. The goal of the Listening Project is to better understand the concerns and needs of Richmond communities that have historically suffered the greatest harm from generations of fossil fuel operations in our City. The RPA has secured funding to support this Listening Project, which will be overseen by a dedicated subcommittee of the RPA and allied organizations and individuals. As such, although the Listening Project itself is a short-term project with defined tasks and time periods, depending on funding and success, we hope this role will expand into next steps when the Listening Project concludes. 

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RPA Internship Program

Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) has launched an internship program. Doing so serves joint purposes of cultivating the talent of young Richmonders around short term, action-oriented projects and also increasing visibility of RPA among Richmond youth. We are simultaneously creating opportunities for youth to work on emerging issues in a progressive political environment while also expanding RPA’s capacity. This small employment opportunity will enhance the local workforce and re-circulate money back into our own community through the hiring of Richmond youth.

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Councilmember Jiménez Retrospective Video

Check out this video of Councilmember Jiménez reflecting on her first seven months in office, and visioning ahead to the future.

BAAQMD Votes Breath of Fresh Air for the Bay Area

RPA environmental justice and climate catastrophe activists have been after our local refineries to clean up their air pollution for years, especially Chevron and now PBF Energy (who bought the Shell refinery in Martinez in 2020).  The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Board of Directors met this past July and voted overwhelmingly in favor of strict new requirements for particulate matter emission standards.

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Thoughts on Voting Rights in Richmond

Growing up, my head was constantly filled with fantasies about freedom, choices, riches, and justice. I was raised to believe that a country founded by immigrants and for immigrants was rooted in justice, liberty, and freedom for all. I was raised to believe that I could become whomever I wanted if I just worked hard enough. I was raised to believe that everyone mattered, was protected by the law, and was cared for by society.

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Exploding Fireworks

Richmond has a fireworks problem. For some of our residents, it feels like July 4th has become an entire season.

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AstraZeneca Site: State Sued Over Inadequate Cleanup Plans for Richmond Toxic Waste Site 

As part of a long struggle to prevent housing from being placed on top of toxic waste sites, community and environmental justice groups filed suit on August 3, 2021, against two state agencies over a proposed 4,000-unit residential development project to be built on the heavily contaminated site of Astra Zeneca’s former chemical manufacturing plant in South Richmond.

The lawsuit contends that state Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by signing an agreement with the site’s new owners, HRP Campus Bay Property LLC, without adequate environmental review, and that the agencies failed to consider current information on sea level rise and health risks posed by toxic chemicals remaining at the site. 

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Tom Butt Doesn’t Understand Public Safety

Mayor Butt’s obsession with Reimagine Public Safety Community Task Force member Tamisha Torres-Walker continues. Torres-Walker, who serves as a City Councilwoman in Antioch, recently made a call for the hiring of four more police officers in the district she represents.

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Retrospectiva de Concejal Jiménez

Mire este video de la Concejal Jiménez reflexionando sobre sus primeros siete meses en el oficina y mirando hacia el futuro.

Reflexiones sobre el derecho al voto en Richmond

Creciendo, siempre me inculcaron con creencias de libertad, justicia, oportunidad y riquezas.  Yo crecí con la creencia que un país construido de inmigrantes por inmigrantes estaba fundado en justicia y libertad para todos. Yo crecí con la creencia de que si trabajaba duro podía ser la persona que yo quisiera. Yo crecí con la creencia de que a todos importaba, estaban protegidos por la ley, y eran miembros de la sociedad.

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