Come hear Steve Early talk about his new book on the politics of Richmond, Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City. Early, who moved to Richmond from New England in 2012, chronicles the ten years of successful community organizing in Richmond that raised the minimum wage, defeated a casino development project, created a municipal ID to aid undocumented residents, challenged home foreclosures, and took on oil giant Chevron.
The story has continued with the defeat of Chevron’s $3 million campaign to elect its own representatives to the city council and this year’s establishment of a progressive majority on the city council.
Speaking along with Early will be key figures in this success story — former Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Andres Soto, lifelong Richmond resident and organizer for Communities for a Better Environment.
The event, a benefit for KPFA radio, is sponsored by many organizations including Sunflower Alliance, Richmond Progressive Alliance, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Communities for a Better Environment, several unions, and more.
Tickets are $12 online and at independent bookstores, $15 at the door.
Thursday, Feb 2, 7:30 PM
First Congregational Church
2501 Harrison St.