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Announcements From The Listening Project

Authored by Kyndelle Johnson, RPA intern

In August, the RPA announced its collaboration with community members and community organizers to develop The Listening Project, a people-centered process to guide our local transition away from the fossil fuel industry. To build this project, we have happily invited four new organizers to help us uplift voices left behind in the city’s political and economic history.

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Councilmember Martinez Retrospective Video

Check out this video of Councilmember Martinez reflecting on his current term, and visioning ahead to the future.

 

Video Throwback to 2016 City Council Blue Lives Matter Discussion

 

Many thanks to RPA intern Tony Tamayo for reviving this discussion from a Richmond City Council meeting in 2016. Former Councilmember Jovanka Beckles demonstrated tremendous leadership in her minority vote to not adopt a City Council resolution which included the harmful language of Blue Lives Matter. 

 

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RPA Calendar- September 2021

Here are upcoming RPA meetings and events. Please note, most meetings are only open to RPA members, although allies and guests are often welcome. If you are interested in becoming a member, you may do so here. Dues may be waived if they are a barrier to you joining the RPA. If you have questions about joining the RPA, or are interested in attending a meeting as a non-member, please contact [email protected]   

 

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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.

Here Ye, Here Ye, Voices Crying out for Better Safety in our City

Reimagining Public Safety was front and center at the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) recent quarterly membership meeting. We hosted a panel with the intention of informing our members and opening up our conversation to the public. We also wanted to broaden the dialogue about how RPA can participate more actively in this critical campaign. 

This panel included seven speakers, followed by a Q&A. We brought different voices to the table to talk about public safety. The planners acknowledged there are many sides of this contentious issue so we aimed to get people thinking beyond the one perspective most often presented to the public, that is, “police = safety.” And since police and other city officials have dominated the narrative with that one equation, we chose to focus on other stakeholders whose safety needs urgently need to be heard and addressed.

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2021 Richmond Rainbow Pride

Happy Pride Month! Richmond Progressive Alliance is a proud community partner of Richmond Rainbow Pride, a group of LGBTIQQ individuals who live, work and/or play in Richmond, CA, and who come together for the collective benefit of the LGBTIQQ community. They organize an annual pride event on the first Sunday in June, ordinarily in a Richmond park, however this year the ceremonies were conducted via zoom. This year's pride event, titled "Together We Rise" was hosted by Michelle Meow, featured panelists Amira Arov and Reverend Kamal Hasan and a range of performers. Richmond Rainbow Pride is active year round, check them out here.

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We are in Very Good Hands

By BK Williams, RPA Co-Chair

A few weeks ago, I logged onto a Zoom call with RPA colleagues and when I looked at the grid of friendly faces, something dawned on me. To my delight, I saw so much more than just the “old white retired people” that the classic stereotype might suggest.

Oh, they were there. Our veteran RPA members continue to fight the important battles they are bound to and believe in: the battle against Chevron, for Doctors’ Hospital, for the Richmond Municipal Identification program, for the Ban the Box ordinance and for the overturn of Costa Hawkins. Yes, our older members were still in the room. But all around them were fresh young faces that represent the next generation of progressives in Richmond.

Over the past several weeks, I took some time to connect one-on-one with these newer members. I wanted to understand what motivated them to get involved with our community and what would keep them motivated to stay involved.

What I found was that I myself was motivated by their vision, their boldness and their social awareness. They are the bright future of the RPA, and that future will be rooted in social justice.

Here are a few things I noticed about this next generation:

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