Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Gracias! September calls for celebrating Hispanic Heritage month. I send my greetings and my gratitude to the 15 million Californian Latinos, who constitute the largest demographic group in our state. Nothing happens here without Latinos and we are…


Rosh Hashanah Greetings to Our Jewish Neighbors

As Jewish communities throughout California and around the world celebrate Rosh Hashanah, I want to extend my warmest greetings. Our Jewish neighbors usher in 5778 facing a U.S. presidential administration that has nurtured white nationalism and…


A candidate for lieutenant governor says inmate firefighters are slave labor. Is she right?

… One person who is being vocal is Gayle McLaughlin, the former Richmond mayor who is running for lieutenant governor in 2018. She says using prisoners as firefighters amounts to “slave labor” and calls it an example of a criminal justice system…


The Bernie Sanders of the East Bay is exploring run for Lt. Gov.

As a Richmond mayor and councilmember Gayle McLaughlin railed against Chevron, one of the most powerful corporations in the world, for its environmental indecency, sought to protect residents from the cold grip of home foreclosures by Big Banks…


What A California Refinery Town Can Teach America

By Kathy Kiely A soon-to-be-published book by a longtime labor organizer chronicles how a grass-roots democracy movement overcame corporate money. In Richmond, California, a refinery town near San Francisco, a vibrant community coalition is…


Sharing Our Experience: The Richmond Progressive Alliance

https://youtu.be/UxthsOj2yhc In 2004, Gayle McLaughlin was the first corporate-free progressive candidate ever elected to the Richmond city council. The Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) is an organization key to the electoral success of Gayle and…


In Richmond, We Would Not Let Democracy Be Bought

In November 2014, my city of Richmond, California, provided us with a beautiful and successful David vs. Goliath story in which ordinary people (the people of Richmond) triumphed over the Chevron Corporation and its $3 million attempt to stop…