Happy hour for East Bay activists

There’s a new monthly happy hour for the East Bay’s young activists, organizers and leaders: Mix It Up East Bay (“Casual cocktails, serious organizers”) launches this Thursday, July 12, 6-9 p.m. at Arsimona Bar & Grill, 561 11th St. in Oakland (above Le Cheval). It’ll continue on the second Thursday of every month.

This inaugural meet-and-greet will feature brief presentations by the Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC), the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE), and the Greenlining Institute.

It’s the brainchild of Emily Weinstein, an Oakland Democratic activist who back in 2004 was a co-founder of East Bay for Kerry and a Democratic National Convention delegate. She says Mix It Up is about “the importance of growing the next generation of leaders in the East Bay.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.