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From Resistance To Running For Office: How Progressives Can Build Progressive Alliances to Win
Thousands of progressive activists are running for state and local office, inspired by the Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein presidential campaigns and the examples of Richmond, CA Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Seattle City Councilor Kshama Sawant. The Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) is successfully putting political decision-making power in the hands of the people by electing corporate-free representatives. The RPA mobilizes people in support of progressive policies and candidates, often in alliance with other local groups and across partisan labels. Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin is currently running for Lt. Governor in CA, helping to nurture additional Progressive Alliances across CA.
SATURDAY November 4th - 10:30am - 11:45am
David Cobb was the Green Party nominee for President in 2004, managed the Stein/Baraka 2016 campaign, and serves as the Coordinator of the GPCA Candidates & Campaigns Working Group. He is a co-Founder of Move To Amend and and Fellow with Liberty Tree: The Foundation for the Democratic Revolution and is active with the North Coast Peoples Alliance.
Richmond Progressive Alliance
Gayle was born in Chicago, Illinois into a working class union family. She is the middle child of five daughters. Her father was a carpenter and member of the Carpenter’s Union and her mother was a factory worker and housewife. As a young activist during the 1980’s, Gayle worked with the Central American solidarity movement, People United to Save Humanity (PUSH), and the Rainbow Coalition. As a two-term Mayor of Richmond CA, she led a successful grassroots movement to liberate that city from the grip of corporate giants and wealthy special interests, and returned political power to our residents and local businesses and we defeated the oil giant Chevron’s attempts to buy our democracy.
South Bay Progressive Alliance
Richard Hobbs is a former labor organizer, community organizer for the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, elected community college trustee, moderator of Move To Amend Santa Clara County, and head of the human rights office of Santa Clara County. Currently he serves as the executive director of Human Agenda, national board member of Take Back Your Time, steering committee member of the South Bay Progressive Alliance, and immigration attorney with the legal collective CLARO.
San Diego Progressive Alliance
Sean Bohac is active with the San Diego Progressive Alliance and the San Diego Green Party.