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“We know we can’t run the city- it’s too complex- but our experience and our voices should count, especially because we’re the most affected.” – Listening Campaign Youth Participant

BEFORE 3PM TODAY: PUSH RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL TO UPHOLD THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS

With the exception of Councilmember Jael Myrick, City Council disregarded the democratic process and prevented the inclusion of Richmond Kids First on the agenda, thereby attempting to block the measure from being included on the November ballot.

You called, you emailed, you took to social media, and Richmond City Council is still silencing young people and voters. Tuesday night over 100 youth and community members packed the city council chambers in order to push the Richmond City Council to return Richmond Kids First to the agenda after it was removed at 5:50pm on Friday evening. Young people and allies spoke powerfully to the importance of making investments in youth services and programs, supporting youth leadership and civic engagement and the need for elected officials to support the will of voters and residents.

Press Release: Richmond City Council Fails to Uphold Democratic Process

News Story:

Letters from our legal counsel, sent to City Council:

Now, in defiance of its own procedural rules, as governed by Resolution No. 2-07, the City Council is refusing to hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, August 2nd, to pass a resolution to place the measure on the ballot.

This fight is not over. The Mayor and City Council can right their wrong by calling for a city council meeting before August 9th and passing the resolution. There are 6476 Richmond voters who now have the right to vote on this groundbreaking budget measure, let democracy happen in November 2016 and take a stand for young people!!

CALL AND EMAIL TODAY BEFORE 3PM:

Please call and send emails to the Richmond City Council asking them to call for a city council meeting before August 9th, 2016 and pass a resolution to place the Richmond Kids First measure on the November 8, 2016 ballot. (A sample email and call script can be found below.)

Richmond City Council Contacts:

Sample E-mail:

Dear Mayor Butt and Councilmembers:

My name is ___________  I am a [describe relationship to youth in Richmond – eg young person, adult ally, youth worker, parent, teacher, etc.]

I’m writing to urge you to uphold the democratic process and call for a city council meeting before August 9th, 2016 and pass a resolution to place the Richmond Kids First measure on the November 8, 2016 ballot. There were 6476 registered voters in Richmond who want to see this on the ballot.

The city council’s procedural rules, as governed by Resolution No. 2-07, indicates that the City Council regular meetings are to be held the first and third Tuesday of the month, and their summer recess starts after the first week of August. According to their procedural rules, the council is required to meet on Tuesday, August 2nd, where they can pass a resolution to place the measure on the ballot.

Youth and community members in Richmond have worked tirelessly to secure more than enough petition signatures to qualify for the November ballot, and now it is upon city council to follow through on democratic process. Please honor the community’s wishes by making sure Richmond Kids First is on the November 2016 ballot and call for a city council meeting before August 9th, 2016.

Sincerely,

(Your Name)

Phone Script:

Hello _[city council member]_, my name is ___________ and I am calling to urge you to call for a city council meeting before August 9th, 2016 and pass a resolution to place the Richmond Kids First measure on the November 8, 2016 ballot. There were 6476 registered voters in Richmond who want to see this on the ballot.

The city council’s procedural rules, as governed by Resolution No. 2-07, indicates that the City Council regular meetings are to be held the first and third Tuesday of the month, and their summer recess starts after the first week of August. According to their procedural rules, the council is required to meet on Tuesday, August 2nd, where they can pass a resolution to place the measure on the ballot.

Youth and community members in Richmond have worked tirelessly to secure more than enough petition signatures to qualify for the November ballot, and now it is upon you as elected officials to follow through on democratic process. Please honor the community’s wishes by making sure Richmond Kids First is on the November 2016 ballot and call for a city council meeting before August 9th, 2016.

Thank you.

THANK YOU for your continued commitment to young people and this initiative!!

Partners: RYSE Center, Community Health for Asian Americans, The Ed Fund, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Healthy Richmond, YES Nature to Neighborhoods, Mindful Life Project, Funding the Next Generation, Pogo Park, Building Blocks for Kids.

Additional Endorsers: Supervisor John Gioia, Urban Tilth, California School-Based Health Alliance, Students for Education Reform, Shields-Reid Residents Neighborhood Council, Teachers 4 Social Justice, CBE Action.

To learn more about the Richmond Kids First Initiative email us at info@richmondkidsfirst.org or check out our website: https://richmondkidsfirst.org/