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Press release announcing Miriam Wong’s support of Sullivan

 

COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION LEADERSHIP COALITION

 

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 11, 2013

 

RICHMOND RESIDENT AND COMMUNITY LEADER KATHLEEN SULLIVAN

 

ENDORSED BY MIRIAM WONG, RICHMOND LATINA LEADER, TO REPLACE

 

COUNCILMEMBER-ELECT GARY BELL

 

Coalition Spokesperson: Lloyd G. Madden

Contact: 510-691-8057

 

RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA

 

 

—On Thursday, January 10, 2013, Miriam Wong, a Latina leader in Richmond and one of the founders of the Building Bridges Between the Black and Brown Community Project, endorsed Kathleen Sullivan for appointment to the Richmond City Council seat that Gary Bell won in the most recent election but, because of a medical condition, he is unable to serve at this time.

 

Ms. Wong joins the Community Mobilization Leadership Coalition of Richmond’s most powerful African American organizations who endorsed on Wednesday, January 9, 2013,

 

Ms. Sullivan for that same City Council appointment.

 

“Kathleen Sullivan is an excellent choice to represent the leadership that would have been provided by Gary Bell,” states Ms. Wong. “I have been working with her for a few years now to unite Black and Brown women in Richmond. We have been so successful, we have now become like sisters,” Ms. Wong added. “So I strongly support Kathleen Sullivan to be appointed to our City Council.”

 

Ms. Sullivan, 57, is an African American and longtime resident of Richmond who worked, among others, side by side with Ms. Wong three years ago to create the Building Bridges Project. Their purpose was to unify Richmond across ethnic and racial lines. The ladies believed that the Black and Brown women of Richmond could—and should—provide the leadership to have the best chance of healing any wounds and ameliorating any cultural differences between Black and Brown residents of this community.

 

“I am very appreciative of the relationship that Miriam Wong and I have developed over the years,” Ms. Sullivan said. “And our work continues—now we have to get the Black and Brown men on board,” Ms. Sullivan announced with a chuckle. “I’m very pleased to have her endorsement and pledge to continue this important unity work.”

 

Ms. Sullivan and Ms. Wong began this project three years ago with a community survey and the use of focus groups to expose and then debunk the myths that both sides—Black and Brown—believed about each other. One of the participants in the focus groups who made a significant contribution was former Richmond City Councilmember John Marquez.

 

From that beginning the group last year celebrated together Juneteenth—the oldest known holiday commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, dating back to June 19, 1865. Led by Ms. Sullivan and Ms. Wong, Black and Brown women sang and modified the famous James Brown lyrics “I’m Black and I’m Proud” to “I’m Black and I’m Brown” on what became an award-winning unity float that was part of a parade traveling up and down the streets of Richmond.

 

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 in Richmond. She has served as Chair of the City of Richmond Human Relations and Human Rights Commission until she termed out last year. In addition, Ms. Sullivan was a member of the Board of the Brookside Community 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 in Contra Costa

County and has fostered more than 42 children in her own Richmond home as well as provided leadership in West County in 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.

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 and Law Center.

Ms. Sullivan has adopted two girls while raising two sons with her husband of 13 years, who himself was born and raised in Richmond and 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).

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Don Gosney’s announcement re: replacing Bell on council

From emails today:

Felix Hunziker: If we don’t have a special election I think this is a very appealing alternative. Gosney, a labor leader and community activist, is respected by many and has provided years of volunteer service and insightful commentary to our City. I’m really pleased, though not surprised, with his honorable offer to hold Gary’s seat only until he becomes well enough to serve the voters who elected him.

 

Felix

 

From: Don Gosney [mailto:dongosney@comcast.net]
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2013 10:33 AM
To: Don Gosney
Subject: Gary Bell’s Vacant Council Seat

 

Gary Bell’s inability to be sworn in as a member of the Richmond City Council—a seat which he earned with the 11,474 votes cast on November 6th supporting him—has thrown Richmond into a situation which will be nearly as divisive as Point Molate, as the soda tax or as Chevron.  

What to do with that vacant seat?  Should it go to the next runner up?  Should the Council make an appointment? Should they throw it back to the people for a Special Election?  These are all subjects for future discussions (which I will elaborate on in due time).

Right now, though, I’m announcing that when the Council formally declares the seat to be vacant, I will fill out the paperwork seeking the appointment from the Council.  My own qualifications to serve on the Council and to represent my community—the entire city—makes me a candidate who should be given due consideration.  In particular, my core beliefs are very similar to Gary’s and my representation of the people would be similar to the representation that Gary would have provided.  On the other hand, appointing the next highest vote getter from the November 6th election would seat someone with dramatically inconsistent views from Gary’s and would go contrary to the wishes of those 11,474 voters.

It is my firm belief that this seat belongs to Gary Bell.  I would much rather that the Council wait as long as possible to allow Gary an opportunity to become healthy enough to take the seat that has his name on it.  Political expediency for the sake of retaining control over the Council would be a selfish thing to do and would not serve the best interests of the City as a whole.

Absent that as an option, though, I’m seeking the serious consideration of the six remaining members of the Council for their appointment.

I’m making a commitment here and now—in writing—that my appointment would be as a temporary placeholder until Gary becomes healthy enough to take the seat that is rightfully his.  I would publicly commit that if I could get signed commitments from a majority of the Council that they would appoint Gary to fill a vacancy should I resign, then when Gary tells me that he is ready to take his rightful seat, I would step down without hesitation so he could serve this community as they have asked him to do so.

I support Gary Bell as I have since I first met him nearly 15 years ago.  I personally supported Gary Bell for every local position he’s sought and I’ve used my limited influence with Organized Labor, with the business community and with my neighbors to encourage them to support Gary as well.  My support has not diminished just because he’s not yet able to be sworn in.

I will be actively seeking the support of all six members of the Council and will strive to meet with each one as soon as possible to discuss my qualifications and viewpoints so they can assess my qualifications based on what I’ve done, what I believe in and what I can do for our community.

I welcome the thoughts from each and every one of you on this.

Don Gosney
929 Lassen Street
Richmond, CA  94805-1030
Home Office: (510) 233-2060
Mobile: (510) 685-2403
dongosney@comcast.net

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BAPAC, others call on Richmond council to appoint Kathleen Sullivan

Press release:

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Thursday, January 10, 2013

RICHMOND RESIDENT AND COMMUNITY LEADER KATHLEEN SULLIVAN ENDORSED BY THE CITY’S BLACK LEADERSHIP COALITION TO REPLACE COUNCILMEMBER-ELECT GARY BELL

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

RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA
—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).

 

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Richmond races down to wire

Who will win Richmond’s three council seats? I don’t really know, but a lot of people think it comes down to six people: Incumbents and Tom Butt, Nat Bates, along with RPA-backed Eduardo Martinez and Marilyn Langlois and Chevron-backed Gary Bell and Bea Roberson.
 
Who are the favorites within those six? Tough to say, although Butt and Bates have both been consistent re-election winners for a long time, so that may imply some edge.
 
Andres Soto, a longtime local leader and founding member of the Richmond Progressive Alliance, posted this on Facebook today. As you can read below, he says that it’s really a battle between four at this point, Butt, Langlois, Bates and Martinez.
 
What do you think?
 
 
Dear Friends:

Regardless of the national election as they say, “All politics are local”. We need you now. This election in Richmond is being watched nationally because of Measure N and we have a chance to put a stake in the heart of Chevron and its efforts to dominate and corrupt the Richmond City Council.

This Saturday is the last day for door to door canvassing – great way to meet neighbors and feel the pulse of the election.

The recents hit pieces against Eduardo Martinez and on behalf of Gary Bell tells us Eduardo is battling Bell for the third slot and that Tom Butt and Marilyn Langlois are on top – Nat Bates is almost gone forever – but we must keep up the fight until 8:00 p.m. on election night. Then we party!!!!

We also need you to take next Tuesday off from work and join us all day as we persuade voters in Richmond to stand up to Chevron and to support our children’s health.