Our next election is less than seven months away. But memories of the last city election—one of Richmond’s most expensive—remain fresh in the minds of many voters. For residents of this refinery town whose recollections are fading, we now have a fascinating 90-minute video history of that campaign. Entitled “Nat Bates for Mayor,” it provides a timely reminder of the stakes involved in a local battle against big money in politics that got national attention.
Editor’s Note: Former NAACP President Ben Jealous recently announced his support for the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders. He is now campaigning to help build the candidate’s support among African Americans and other voters of color. Elected NAACP president in 2008 at the age of 35, Jealous was the youngest person to head the civil rights group. He was interviewed by NAM’s George White.
There were untold numbers of American veterans who felt insulted by the Republican presidential campaign’s all-time favorite cover girl, Sarah Palin. Palin, who is no stranger to factless exaggerations, outdid herself last month at a rally for Donald Trump by suggesting that President Obama is at fault for the deficient and delayed health and rehabilitative entitlement services of America’s military defenders.
2016 marks Eduardo Martinez’s first year as a Richmond City Councilmember. The retired educator and community activist was elected in 2015 in a historic election in which the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) defeated a $3 million dollar Chevron-backed campaign for opposition candidates, and in the process, claimed three of the seven seats on the council.
Mike Parker, co-coordinator of the Richmond Progressive Alliance, spoke to Richmond Pulse’s Malcolm Marshall about the evolving rent control campaign, which entered a new phase after a landlord-backed petition effort collected enough signatures to stall the city’s new landmark ordinance and force a public referendum on the issue.
Should 16 year olds be allowed to vote? That’s the question being debated right now in San Francisco, where San Francisco Youth Commission members Oliver York and Jillian Wu are spearheading the fight to lower the voting age in local elections from 18 to 16. And now they are bringing the idea to Richmond.
For Kerry Walls, carrying the weight of a decade-old drug related felony was exhausting. A recent call to the Contra Costa Public Defender’s office offered a ray of hope. Walls was told he was eligible to have his two drug-related felonies cleared through California’s Prop 47, a measure passed last year that reduces some nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors.