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Progressive activist Gale McLaughlin April 15 book signing event
by Lynda Carson
Tuesday Apr 10th, 2018 2:14 PM
Sunday, April 15, between 4 and 6 P.M., at the Bobby Bowen Progressive Center 2540 Macdonald Ave. Richmond, CA 94801
Progressive activist Gale McLaughlin April 15 book signing event

By Lynda Carson - April 10, 2018

Progressive activist and left-leaning politician Gale McLaughlin has been a staunch defender of tenant’s rights in Richmond. She has a book that just came out that tells her story about organizing a corporate-free progressive movement in Richmond.

According to the release, “My new book tells the story of 14 years of organizing a corporate-free progressive movement in Richmond - behind the scenes of life as an activist elected official. I really enjoyed writing it and am so happy to get it out there! I hope this book can serve as a teacher and inspiration in your own political thought and activism.”

Gayle McLaughlin is running for lieutenant governor of California, and has been on the road for months traveling up and down throughout California spreading her message at town hall meetings, special events, and rallies.

She is a co-founder of the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) formed in 2003. The RPA has been involved in some fire battles against Chevron, the California Apartment Association, and the RPA has been involved in many other battles on-behalf of the residents of Richmond.

Jim Lynch, Richmond resident since 2006 said, “I have been in Richmond for much of Gayle McLaughlin’s 14-year career as mayor and city councilor here. I am delighted that she has written her practical memoir of that career in her new book, Winning Richmond: How a Progressive Alliance Won City Hall (Hard Ball Press, 2018). She and the Richmond Progressive Alliance achieved something that nobody else was able to in recent memory. They politically transformed a working-class rust-belt city from being a company town, owned and dominated by Chevron Corporation, to empower its residents like me to address decades of neglect and urban blight. While she was mayor, Richmond was the largest city in the United States served by a Green Party mayor. Bill Moyers brought attention to her work to a national audience, marveling at what she was able to do to build a durable grass-roots political movement able to repeatedly fend off Chevron and their attempts to buy elections. Now in her new book, she goes in to detail on how such a thing can be done in this age of dark money politics. I wish her well in her campaign for lieutenant governor of California. She’s a long-shot, but she’s already pulled off improbable things over and over. Viva McLaughlin!”

According to the release: “For those of you in Northern California, I hope you can join me next Sunday, April 15, between 4 and 6 p.m. for live music by Patrick O’Malley, and refreshments with fellow members of the RPA and many friends.”

Bobby Bowen Progressive Center 2540 Macdonald Ave. Richmond, CA 94801

Call 510-412-2260 if you need more information
Lynda Carson may be reached at tenantsrule [at]


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