There were a couple
of other speakers before the ones photographed
below, but they processed across the stage so fast I didn't manage to
get set up in time to take their pictures. Besides which, I was busy
gathering signatures and passing out fliers in the back of the room.
The first one that got me to listen was the woman who wrote the
biography of Tookie Williams. She pointed out that there was a complete
lack of courage among the Democrats on the death penalty. She felt it
was up the Greens to be the ones showing courage and working in
opposition to the death penalty. She thanked Aimee for standing against
it when Tookie was on death row.
The MC (I never did
get his name) introduced the speakers and did housekeeping chores. At
one point he read a list of names of people he thought were "all the
candidates in the room." I wasn't on it, so when he got off the stage I
told him he had missed me and gave him one of my fliers. Later he read
another laundry list of candidates, but I wasn't on that one either.
Gayle McLaughlin, a
member of the City Council in Richmond and the Green incumbent with the
district nearest to Oakland gave a great endorsement of Aimee. She said
"Aimee is one of those candidates that is so good that if you touch
your forhead while you are voting for her you can feel your spirit
Aimee herself sounded good. She talked about how some members of the
council that had been bought and paid for by developers had sold a huge
parcel of city land to their masters, who had then proceeded to develop
it into yuppie housing without paying a dime of taxes. She promised to
do better about getting value for the citizens of the city than that.
By the time she sat down I wished I could vote for her.
Wilson Riles Jr. did
the pitch. Lots of people pulled out their wallets. Me, I had to take
an envelope home with me and write a check here. I did it though.
After that there was
plenty of time for schmoozing....
That guy on the right
with Aimee and his wife is Todd Cretien, who is also running for the
Green Party Nomination for the U. S. Senate seat. He gave a nice speech
endorsing Aimee before I got my camera out.
Behind all the people talking, these guys, who go by the name
"quijerema" played some nice music.