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RPA Holiday Party 2021

RPA is having a Holiday Party on Sat. Dec. 4 from 3:00-6:00pm at Bridge Storage and Art Space.

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Want to Write for the Activist?

Red and White Plum Blossoms with Poem SlipRyuryukyo Shinsai (c. 1810)


The Activist wants to hear from you. And we all know that progressives have plenty to say. Help us get the word out on issues most important to you and the Richmond community.


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RPA Calendar November 2021

City Council Endorsement Process 2021

Running for Richmond City Council? Want an Endorsement from the RPA?

Photo credit: Tony Tamayo

Are you or someone you know thinking about running for Richmond City Council and interested in seeking an endorsement from the RPA?  Here's how it works.

The Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) is looking for candidates to endorse for the 2022 Richmond City Council race. Members of the RPA Election Coordinating Committee (ECC) will interview candidates in November of 2021, and the RPA membership will vote on endorsements in early 2022.

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RPA Calendar- October 2021

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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