BAPAC, others call on Richmond council to appoint Kathleen Sullivan

Press release:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Thursday, January 10, 2013


Coalition Spokesperson: Lloyd G. Madden
Contact: 510-691-8057

—The Community Mobilization Leadership Coalition, a group of Richmond’s most powerful African American organizations, met on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, to endorse a community leader to be appointed to replace Gary Bell, Richmond City Councilmember-elect, who, unfortunately, will not be able to take his City Council seat because of a medical condition.

The group’s endorsement went to Kathleen Sullivan, 57, an African American and longtime resident ofRichmondwho has served this community in a range of capacities for about fifteen years. Her Pastor, Wynford Williams of Richmond’s All Nations Church, speaks proudly of Ms. Sullivan’s commitment to the city and its residents: “She’s faithful to the ministry and very dedicated to helping families, children and adults in need here. She is a real asset toRichmond.

The Coalition made the choice to endorse Ms. Sullivan to serve in Gary Bell’s place because she met its criteria of being closely aligned with Mr. Bell’s fundamental philosophy, “That of unselfish leadership,” explained Lloyd G. Madden, President of the Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC) ofContraCostaCounty. “Ms. Sullivan also has an exceptional history of community involvement, knowledge of the issues facingRichmond, and great compassion, sensitivity and fairness,” he added.

“I’m proud to have been endorsed by the Black leaders ofRichmondto undertake the challenges that Gary Bell would have conquered,” Ms. Sullivan stated. “Among other things, I hope to have the opportunity to support new businesses coming intoRichmond, including companies that bring green jobs, uniteRichmondacross ethnic lines, and work hard to mediate the misunderstandings that have caused much division in the Richmond City Council,” Ms. Sullivan said. “I commit to the residents ofRichmond, if given the chance to serve, I will do my best to honor Gary Bell and all of the residents of this community.”

About Kathleen Sullivan
Ms. Sullivan worked for the Neighborhood House of North Richmond for eight years providing Senior Case Management services to the most at-risk Black families and mothers with young children inRichmond. She has served as Chair of the City ofRichmond Human Relations and Human Rights Commission until she termed out last year. In addition, Ms. Sullivan was a member of the Board of theBrooksideCommunity Center for the last eight years until it successfully merged with Lifelong Corporation in 2012.

Ms. Sullivan has been a successful consultant to the foster care system inContraCostaCountyand has fostered more than 42 children in her ownRichmondhome as well as provided leadership inWestCountyin the redesign of its foster care system.

Currently, Ms. Sullivan is the President of the Richmond/Contra Costa Chapter of Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA), which has supported local elected officials and initiatives, as well as launched “Building Bridges Between the Black and Brown Community”—an effort to unite the residents ofRichmond.

She also recently cofounded the ByExampleNation Project, a group of mostly Richmond women formed to support its members in learning how to make healthy choices about eating, drinking and exercising.

Ms. Sullivan obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from New College San Francisco in Human Relations and was a Master’s candidate in Community Economic Development at the National Economic Development andLawCenter.

Ms. Sullivan has adopted two girls while raising two sons with her husband of 13 years, who himself was born and raised inRichmondand comes from one of the African American pioneer families of this community.

About the Community Mobilization Leadership Coalition
This coalition includes, but is not limited to, Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC) of Contra Costa County, Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)-Richmond Branch, 1 Richmond, Men and Women of Purpose, One Accord Project, Men and Women of Valor, Guardians of Justice, National Brotherhood Alliance NBA) and Black Men and Women (BMW).



Richmond: “Cheesecake” on the home front in 1945

Stop in at the new visitors center for the Rosie the Riveter national park in Richmond — highly recommended — and you can get a great overview of the valor and sacrifice made on the home front during World War II.
But don’t let them fool you.
There was always room for cheesecake, even in mainstream publications like Life magazine, which ran the full page collection of “garage calender art” shown above.

Cartoon director Tex Avery offers a good idea of reaction to the artform.


Learn how downtown El Cerrito was different in the 1940s

An early photo of Miefer's Furniture from the collection of the El Cerrito Historical Society, courtesy of the Kiefer family.

For most of the 20th century, Kiefer’s Furniture was the anchor store at the busiest intersection on what was once the busiest commercial block in El Cerrito.
In its earlier days, as seen in the photo above, the store sold divan chairs and other furniture, plus other assorted goods — such as tricycles and records.

Kiefer’s later strictly sold furniture, with this ad from the mid-1960s changing with the times by offering a recliner instead of a divan chair.

Harry Kiefer, who grew up in and later worked at and managed the family business, will talk about the 1940s and the concentrated business district in the blocks just after the Alameda-Contra Costa County line at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Open House Senior Center, 6500 Stockton Ave.

The talk is part of the annual meeting of the El Cerrito Historical and is free and open to the public.

The society will also present recent accomplishments and goals, elect officers and discuss a hike in dues.

For details contact Dave Weinstein at 510-524-1737 or davidsweinstein@yahoo.com.