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TAKE ACTION- Push Richmond City Council to Put Kids First

Calling all Bay Area youth, families, organizers, activists, advocates, artists, community leaders, educators and public officials!!!

The Richmond Kids First initiative NEEDS your support. We are fighting to create a Children and Youth Fund in the City of Richmond that would provide opportunities for additional programs and services that could change the lives of countless young people and improve the future of this city.

We ask that City Council place Richmond Kids First back on the agenda for the Tuesday, July 26th meeting to pass a resolution to place the Richmond Kids First measure on the November 8, 2016 ballot.

Richmond Kids First resolution was removed from the city council meeting agenda at 5:50pm on Friday evening because the County was not able to complete the validation process by close of business on Friday. This morning the count was completed and the signatures qualify us for the ballot.

There are 6476 Richmond voters who want a chance to vote on this groundbreaking budget measure that will simultaneously create transparency and accountability in the city budget while prioritizing a wise and just investment in lasting local youth development. Let democracy happen and take a stand for young people.

Be a part of creating a legacy to invest in prevention, interventions, and mentorship opportunities to combat the cycle of violence, incarceration, and death that so many of us have seen throughout the years.

In consideration of the over 14,000 signatures collected on behalf of the Richmond Kids First measure, we ask that city council allow this to be on the agenda.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

#1: Attend the City Council Meeting

Tuesday, July 26th, 6pm at the Richmond City Hall[Community Services Building, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804]. It is crucial for youth, allies and community members to attend this meeting so the Council can hear directly from you why Richmond voters should have the right to vote on Richmond Kids First. 

#2: Send a letter or call the Mayor and Council

If you cannot attend the meeting, please call or send an email to the Richmond City Council asking them to place Richmond Kids First back on the July 26th city council agenda. 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 make sure the Richmond Kids First ballot measure is on the July 26th city council meeting agenda and that you vote in favor of the resolution to put this on the November ballot. There are 6476 of registered voters in Richmond who want to see this on the ballot.

Richmond youth are in a state of emergency. Youth in Richmond bear the burden of multiple health and social inequities, resulting in disproportionately high rates of homicide, gun violence, high school dropout and punitive discipline policies, unintended or early pregnancy, poverty and unemployment, and contact with the child welfare and juvenile justice system.

Key findings from a recent poll, commissioned by The California Endowment, reveal that Richmond voters overwhelmingly support dedicating additional city resources for children and youth services. When presented with the option to dedicate three percent of the City of Richmond’s annual budget to programs that serve children and youth, 84% of Richmond voters would support it.

This fund will increase and expand the number of services for children and youth in the City of Richmond. This includes alternatives to incarceration and school dropout, trauma-informed services, after-school and summer school programs, youth organizing and culture and art programs, and sports and recreation.

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 July 26th meeting agenda.
Sincerely,

(Your Name) 

Phone Script:

Hello _[city council member]_, my name is ___________ and I am calling to urge you to make sure the Richmond Kids First ballot measure is on the July 26th city council meeting agenda.

There are 6476 of registered voters in Richmond who want to see this 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 July 26th meeting agenda and vote in favor of the resolution.

Thank you.

THANK YOU in advance for your 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, Education Matters, 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.