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Building Community Coalitions

Berniecrats of Shasta County along with the Shasta County Green Party and the Redding Climate Coalition is co-sponsoring Building Community Coalitions a presentation by Gayle McLaughlin, on Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 6-9 p.m. at the Redding Library.

This program can help us learn how to build coalitions to stop Trump and the right-wing from taking away and preventing everything progressives have worked for since FDR.

Gayle McLaughlin, Richmond’s former mayor, current council member and Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) co-founder will be discussing creating local long-term, collaborative community organizations for local political power and how to organize the community to win elections.

Ms. McLaughlin’s talk will present a history of the Richmond Progressive Alliance, a coalition group including registered members of the Democratic, Green and other parties, as well as independents and union activists. As both mayor and city council member, McLaughlin successfully fought to restrict the municipal influence of Chevron Corporation, Richmond’s largest employer. Fifteen years of successful community organizing raised the minimum wage, challenged home foreclosures and evictions and sought fair taxation. In addition, Richmond police chief, Chris Magnus, brought community policing to the city and is now one of America’s leading public safety reformers.

The book Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City by Steve Early, with a forward by Bernie Sanders, is about the organizing efforts in Richmond. It shows how concerned citizens can harness the power of local politics to reclaim their community and to make municipal government a source of much-needed policy innovation. Copies will be available for purchase at the library presentation. The Shasta County Library has ordered a copy of the book.

The Richmond Progressive Alliance and Steve Early’s book have been lauded by numerous people including journalist Bill Moyers, Senator Bernie Sanders, former US Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, Larry Cohen past president of the Communications Workers of America and Annie Leonard, executive director, Greenpeace USA.

Gayle McLaughlin is running for Lt. Governor of California.

Also, on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 4:45-7:30 p.m. Berniecrats of Shasta County will hold the monthly meeting.  Through September these meetings will be at Round Table Pizza at 3633 Eureka Way, Redding CA.  There will be a period of 30 to 45 minutes of socializing and no-host pizza before the meeting starts.

Sheila Barnes will be tabling in front of the Redding Library on the same days as the Berniecrat meetings.  She will be there from 1pm to 3:30 p.m. with information about standing up for healthcare for all (SB 562), Medicare, and Social Security. Volunteers are needed to table with this important information.  Sheila can only do it one day a month.  If you can table even for an hour let Sheila know at sheilabarnes@mac.com.  She will be happy to explain what it entails and give you supplies to get started.  If you are interested in registering voters please let Sheila know about that also.