Truth and Integrity Prevailed!
Greetings good people,
As I've been saying for a long time: there is so much good going on in Richmond! Tuesday's election victory is yet another good thing to add to Richmond's pride and purpose.
Tuesday's victory is a victory for the people of Richmond in a big way. Truth and integrity prevailed. Team Richmond (Gayle McLaughlin, Eduardo Martinez and I) won the 4-year City Council seats. Tom Butt won the seat for Mayor and Jael Myrick won the 2-year City Council seat.
We were faced with more than a $3 million dollar war chest that Chevron had at its disposal and utilized to defeat the people of Richmond, but it did not succeed in buying our election and our government. The people of Richmond mobilized and united to defeat a giant of a corporation, sending a loud message that our government is not for sale!
I send you my sincere appreciation and deep gratitude for all the ways so many of you showed up and dedicated time energy and resources to help bring about this victory. Thank you for your donations. Thank you for volunteering by walking precincts, phone banking and reaching out through social media. Thank you for organizing precincts, using your artistic talents to fix vandalized signs, helping to create mailers and billboards and greeting voters at the poll. Thank you for all that I am aware that you did as well as that of which I am unaware. There was simply so much happening by so many of you so much of the time! It was our united effort that helped defeat $3 million dollars of false ads and propaganda. Together, as with our efforts during WW11, we did it!
As Mayor McLaughlin stated so eloquently:
"This historic election marks the culmination of a decade of hard work by so many in our grassroots movement. At a time when our nation's democracy is in peril due to the outsized influence of corporate money, grassroots democracy has prevailed in Richmond. What an awesome accomplishment we have achieved together!"
I am incredibly proud and honored to be part of our ongoing transformation in Richmond. I am so proud of Richmond!
Gayle was invited to the Bill Moyers Show this week, along with the Richmond Confidential reporter who broke the story that caused a chain reaction throughout the country.
You can see it here: Facing Down Corporate Greed, http://vimeo.com/111188023
Another great article:
Peace and blessings,