We hope to see you at Nathan Bishop Middle School on Sunday May 20, 2-4pm, for our big community meeting! Don’t miss it! Please RSVP on Facebook and invite friends. This meeting is open to all.
Resist Hate RI was formed in the aftermath of Trump’s election to help channel the outpouring of Rhode Islanders’ righteous anger into progressive action to defend our state’s communities and values. As the dust has settled over the past 16 months, Resist Hate members have plugged into the work of dozens of local groups, most of which have been in this fight for years. Resist Hate RI, with our limited volunteer capacity, now sees our highest priority role as continuing to connect newcomers to the campaigns and actions being led by other progressive groups. Here’s how we’re going to focus on that role in the year ahead.
Last year, we had monthly meetings in which we helped educate and connect people to campaigns, organizations and people. Not all of these meetings were equally successful and some took more effort than they they seemed to be worth.
So this year, we on the volunteer steering committee are trying to do things a little differently in order to better use our time and capacity, as well as yours. We think this plan continues what is best about Resist Hate–getting good people plugged into great organizing in RI. This plan gives us the ability and capacity to plan more spontaneous events and actions throughout the year as they’re needed.
TWO BIG MEETINGS
We’re planning to have two big meetings: one in May and one in September. At both meetings we will connect activists to organizations leading crucial fights to win progressive change at the State House and build progressive power in communities. Because 2018 is an election year, we will also endeavor to connect activists to timely electoral campaigns. Because the two events happen at different times of year, they will have somewhat different focuses: in April/May legislative fights will be urgent and electoral campaigns just gearing up. In September the reverse will be true. We’ll invite a lot of organizations to participate and you will be able to learn about a lot of the work going on in Rhode Island – in the State House, in City and Town Halls, and in communities around the state.
When we’re not planning these large meetings, we’ll be emailing newsletters each week to keep you up to date on what’s happening in the state and at the State House, and we’ll be continuing to curate and add events to the Resist Hate RI online calendar. If you’re not yet on our email list, you can sign up on the right side of this page!
A RESOURCE FOR YOU
Finally, we want to help make it easier for you to plan events, campaigns and actions and get people plugged in. If you’re interested in planning your own action or getting people together, Resist Hate is a resource for you. We can include your work in our email and online outreach and we can provide a list for you to call on your own.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
If you’re interested in getting more involved in planning the April/May and fall events, writing emails to the list, and/or curating Facebook events, or if you want to use any of our resources to help raise awareness about something you’re planning, let us know at email@example.com
Thanks to everyone for your support and your activism! This year is so important to changing RI, and we know that together, we can make change and make a difference.
Raul, Walter, Carlos, Kate, Abby, Bethany, Jane, Georgia, Justin
The Volunteer Steering Committee
There are SO many things that happen each week, especially when the General Assembly is in session. It can feel hard to keep up. Here’s a few ways to keep an eye out for how, when and where to plug in.
#1 If you have a specific issue you care about that you want to get more involved in, find an organization that works on that issue here. Many of these groups have legislation they care about or ways to get involved to help in ways that have nothing to do with legislation. Join a group, show up, and get to work!
#2 Check out RI Action Alerts. Kim Jodoin has created a fantastic website that lists both the action items you can take this week, as well as a list of legislation that’s going through the State House this session. This is not a complete list of all important legislation and it is not intended to be — it is a list of legislation that has people and planning and movement behind it, and action items that you can take to support that legislation. If you want to be alerted when the list of action items is updated, join the text alert system by texting the hyphenated word Act-RI to 662-200-4303.
#3 Steve Alhquist does an amazing job highlighting what’s happening in the world of progressive action, both in the State House and outside of it, in his The Uprising blog series on UpriseRI. He writes about news and events and meetings as well, but “The Uprising” series in particular is where the (very detailed) rundowns can be found.
Details for our next community meeting this Thursday!
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Stop by the RHRI table at the Women’s March on Saturday: Let your legislators know that you care about progressive issues — and you plan to vote in 2018!
Do you believe in a woman’s right to choose and universal healthcare? Do you want laws that protect immigrant communities? Do you think fair pay and a $15 minimum wage are absolutely necessary? Do you stand in support of world-class education, common-sense gun laws, and fighting climate change?
Too many of our state legislators do not. It’s time to let them know we’re not okay with that.
Resist Hate RI is launching a campaign to deliver the message to legislators that we believe in progressive values — and we’ll be coming out to vote this fall. We’ve created 1,000 postcards that we’ll be asking members and Rhode Island residents to fill out and sign over the next month. In March, we’ll deliver the postcards in person to the State House.
While you’re rallying at the State House this Saturday from 12-2 PM at the Women’s March, be sure to stop by the Resist Hate RI table and fill out one of these postcards! Encourage your friends and fellow marchers to do so, too!
Thanks to the awesome, local company, ALC Copies, for the discounted postcard printing. See you tomorrow! Check out the postcards below!
WE’RE LOOKING FOR 10 PEOPLE TO JOIN THE STEERING COMMITTEE
As an organization, Resist Hate RI exploded onto the scene after Trump’s election. Forming out of a meeting State Representative Aaron Regunberg scheduled on Facebook to figure out what the hell to do in the aftermath of the election, Resist Hate RI’s founders put on massive meetings in those first few months. At those meetings, they caught activists skills that they could use to change RI.
Having such a small group plan everything was unsustainable, so they decided to create a Steering Committee. Formed in March, the steering committee has worked to organize meetings, lobbying sessions, rallies, house parties and more. At the end of 2017, the steering committee and membership reflected on what worked and what didn’t, and came up with a purpose statement and separated into committee
About half of the current 10-person steering committee is stepping down by mid-2018 because of other commitments or because they are moving away from RI. To ensure RHRI is sustainable and able to meet the progressive goals you and we care about, we want to recruit 10 more people to the steering committee, and we want to start that process now.
The 10 new steering committee members would, ideally, serve for two years before being up for election again. For continuity’s sake, the remaining current steering committee members will stay on through 2018 (one year), at which point they will be a part of the next election in 2019. This would allow the steering committee election cycle to be staggered as RHRI moves forward.
What does a steering committee member do?
We are looking for people who will work hard to organize Resist Hate and its members and help put its purpose statement into action. Experience in politics or activism isn’t necessary for consideration.We are hoping the steering committee will become more diverse as a part of this process.
The ideal candidate for a steering committee position is someone who:
- can give 5-10 hours a week to Resist Hate RI
- agrees with the purpose statement and wants to work to put it into action
- is organized, follows through and works hard
- makes ethical, thoughtful decisions
- can work well with a group
- can commit to being on the steering committee for at least two years
Steering committee members:
- Help determine the purpose and direction of RHRI
- Meet regularly (currently twice a month) and speak regularly by email, text and phone
- Plan fundraising efforts, put them into action and keep track of finances
- Communicate with the membership via email, FB, and blog, and survey the membership
- Communication with other organizations, and promoting those other organizations and their events
- Plan educational meetings, community engagements and political actions with RHRI members
- Run/participate in the Communications, Membership & Events and Administration committees
- Communications – write emails, design communications, manage Facebook and website, etc.
- Membership & Events – survey members, manage the member database, answer emails, plan events, organize phone banking, etc.
- Administration – organize steering committee, fundraise and track financess, run steering committee elections, connect with other organizations, etc.
By February 28, let us know why you want to be a steering committee member. Be specific:
- What appeals to you, and what can you add to the organization?
- What do you see yourself doing? (Communications, Administration, Events and/or Membership) If you’re not sure where you fit in, tell us that too.
- Tell us your skills and strengths.
- Let us know how much time you think you could put to RHRI.
- Tell us how long you think you can make this commitment – for the full two years or less?
At our March steering committee meetings, we will review all the people who have reached out with interest, and we’ll set up meetings to talk to all the people who can expressed interest. We’ll be assessing whether people support RHRI’s mission, have the needed skills, and fill the holes we know we’re going to have in 2018.
We may decide some of those who have expressed interest aren’t a great fit for the steering committee in terms of capacity or ability. We’ll be transparent with candidates about the decisions we make.
We won’t be endorsing any candidates over others – we will only be interviewing candidates to ask questions about what they can bring to RHRI in terms of time, skill and vision, and allowing candidates to interview us on what being a steering committee member entails.
START OF APRIL
if we have more than 10 people who are interested in being on the steering committee, we’ll turn voting to add people to the existing steering committee over to RHRI members. We’ll do this online. If you are on the email list, you will be able to vote via an emailed link. Please join the email list so that you’ll be able to vote in April (and so you receive our newsletters and updates!).
END OF APRIL/MAY
At the end of April, the new steering committee will meet up to get to know each other, talk about the future, get on the same page and continue planning the #resistance. In April or May, we’ll announce the new steering committee makeup to all of Resist Hate RI.
Four to five (about half) of the current steering committee is stepping down, most by mid 2018, because of other commitments in 2018 or because they are moving away from RI. For continuity’s sake, the remaining five to six steering committee members will stay on through 2018, at which point they will be put up for election if they want to stay. Everyone else will serve for a two-year term, and be up for re-election in 2020.
RHRI PURPOSE STATEMENT: Resist Hate RI bring Rhode Islanders together to fight for racial, economic, environmental and social justice, and against the Trump agenda. We provide a doorway to activism, community-building, education and opportunities for collective action to combat systemic oppression.
A Summary from our December 10 Community Meeting
On December 10, well over 100 RHRI activists came out to talk about what RHRI had done well in 2017 and what it needed to do better in 2018. People had a lot of ideas for the future, and to be able to put those ideas into action, Resist Hate RI needs your help.
What RHRI members want to focus on in 2018
At the meeting, we asked people to write down three issues they felt were the most important things to focus on in 2018.
2018 RI elections, and National Policies
People overwhelmingly said that electing progressives in RI was the most important to them, along with fighting against the federal administration’s policies. One said having legislative ‘scorecards” would be helpful and one suggested support for traveling to elections outside of RI would be good to do.
Issues people want to work on
The other top issues people cared about working on in 2018 included: environment, racism and civil rights, voting rights, immigration, reproductive rights, economic justice, education and healthcare.
How RHRI did in 2017
In the small groups, people reported on things they liked, things they did not like about Resist Hate RI, and what could be done better as we move forward.
RHRI as a connector
Many appreciated RHRI’s role as an “umbrella,” “clearinghouse,” or “funnel” that they could use to learn to plug into different groups and actions, and felt RHRI had the potential for being able to bring people together to learn and make connections.
Rallies, Community Meetings, Education and Actions
People had varying opinions on the events we held throughout the year.
Some found the educational workshops and trainings helpful, but that RHRI lost momentum with education-only community meetings that lacked breakout/discussion sessions. A few felt we needed more focus, and one said that they loved meetings with direct actions.
One member said RHRI should hold regular community meetings that are consistent and should distribute agendas in advance. At those meetings, one said there should be “issue leads” that report back on what they’ve done and what they need. Another said there should be translations created for written communications and meetings.
One person felt more informational workshops on lobbying and introducing people to legislators was important.
Some supporting attention-getting rallies to show that citizens care, and said they had both expected and wanted more of them planned. One member thought that there were too many marches.
A few felt social, community-building events are important in addition to actions and suggested events in other towns (other than Providence), like the house parties RHRI members hosted this summer.
Leadership & Direction
Some felt RHRI’s leadership should be stronger/clearer and several disliked the use of Trump’s name in RHRI’s new statement of purpose. One member felt we spent too much time on thinking about what we do and who we are.
One member noted they they were active, attending meetings and rallies, but didn’t feel a part of the group and said they struggled with the one-way exchange of information, and lack of discussion or thought on what to do. Another said they’d learned a lot but were dissatisfied with the lack of leaderships on where to go with their activism and what they should do with the knowledge they get through RHRI. A few mentioned they felt RHRI was too fragmented and going in too many directions at once.
Several appreciated the moderated Facebook page and its ability to allow people to connect and do outreach. One noted that the Facebook discussions were messy but helpful, and that the comment shut off in the spring was harmful, and that the discussion had still not yet recovered.
One suggested that if RHRI needed assistance that they make very clear asks, not just on Facebook, for help.
One noted that there was no forum for open discussion of the group’s problems — like lack of diversity. Another suggested having some of the other community groups give RHRI feedback on how it is doing.
Communication with Other Groups
Several felt that we’d worked well and closely with other community groups, but others said RHRI should do more to collaborate with activist groups and have more of a shared vision, or at least cross-community education. One said we need to have conversations to communicate across lines of race and class, being wary of labels like parties or group affiliations. One suggested we need both discussion and guidance to activist groups.
Attendees had many ideas for 2018 and the future. They wanted to keep promoting activism, and noted that RHRI members have limited time and patience and that discussion must lead to action. One person suggested creating a youth group. Another wanted to ensure we keep on our federal delegation and another said we needed to make connections between national and local issues. Another said we needed to help meet the psychological needs of members who feel battered by the federal political landscape. One suggested knitting and other craft groups that could create things in support of others. Another said we needed to plaster the state with posters.
Others said RHRI needs to work to inspire others, include the voice of feminists, become more diverse and get more people involved, reach out to more of the population and work on building trust. One suggested weekly actions and another suggested a newsletter.
In this newsletter:
- Community Safety Act: Action needed now!
- Net Neutrality
- Tank the tax bill
- The next two weeks: upcoming events
- The future: keep these on your radar
- Give a gift
The Community Safety Act could be in Jeopardy
The STEP UP Coalition statement is as follows:
“January 1st 2018 is approaching fast, signaling the long-awaited implementation for the Community Safety Act. However, to be able to implement the CSA, the Providence External Review Authority (PERA) must first be re-established. PERA, as written in the CSA, will be the governing body to review and investigate police misconduct and violations of the CSA, to issue reports about how the police department is doing, and to review proposed labor contracts with the police.
PERA is one of the biggest ways the CSA is holding the police accountable, which has made it a target of City Hall. Currently, PERA needs to get up and running fast, to be fully functional by the time the CSA goes into effect on January 1. But the Elorza administration, through its Law Department, is taking the questionable legal position that the PERA ordinance has to be amended in order to do its work. We know that if City Council goes back in to amend PERA, it will just be an opportunity to weaken it and to delay the January 1 start-up of the CSA.
We ask that you call your City Councilor and Mayor Jorge Elorza and demand that PERA be up and running IMMEDIATELY so that the CSA can be implemented on January 1st, 2018 without delay. Any weakening of PERA or delays in the implementation of the CSA is undermining the will of the people. We have very little time due to the holidays to re-activate PERA and implement the CSA as promised so we ask that you please spread the word and start calling your councilors and the mayor NOW and DEMAND that they stop trying to dismantle PERA and start implementing the CSA.”
Seth Yurdin | 401-484-7207 | firstname.lastname@example.org | @SethYurdin
Samuel D. Zurier | 401-861-6313 | Ward2@providenceri.com
Nirva LaFortune | Ward3@providenceri.com
Nicholas J. Narducci, Jr. | 401-497-1430 | Ward4@providenceri.com
Jo-Ann Ryan | 401-595-8604, 401-464-2046 | Ward5@providenceri.com | @JoannRyanPVD5
Michael J. Correia | 401-603-6723 | Ward6@providenceri.com
John J. Igliozzi | 401-351-9802 | Ward7@providenceri.com
Wilbur W. Jennings, Jr. | 401-461-3617 | Ward8@providenceri.com
Carmen Castillo | 401-226-4678 | Ward9@providenceri.com
Luis A. Aponte | 401-781-6861 | Ward10@providenceri.com
Mary Kay Harris | 401-481-8268 | Ward11@providenceri.com
Terrence M. Hassett | 401-454-0644 | Ward12@providenceri.com
Bryan Principe | 401-486-2488 | Ward13@providenceri.com
David A. Salvatore | Ward14@providenceri.com | @DavidASalvatore
Sabina Matos | 401-383-3814 | Ward15@providenceri.com | @Sabina_Matos
Fight for Net Neutrality
Tell the Rhode Island Attorney General to sign on to the lawsuit against the FCC’s net neutrality decision. Attorney General Kilmartin has said he is interested in signing but he wants to review the lawsuit first. Urge Kilmartin to sign on now.
Tank the Tax Bill: Call progressives in Maine and Arizona
Indivisible is bringing back their peer-to-peer calling tool so that progressives like us can help motivate and move progressives in other states with Republican legislators who may be able to be swayed to vote against the tax bill. Can you sign up to make calls to progressives in Maine and Arizona?
Tuesday, December 19: Showing Up For Racial Justice Open Meeting
7 – 9 PM | 99 Morris Ave, Providence
The meeting will focus on accountability partner asks such as DARE and PrYSM fundraising and continued No LNG action, and more. Learn more about what the meeting will cover (and RSVP).
Thursday, December 21: Civil Rights Round Table – A Conversation with DARE
3 – 4:30 PM | Smith Hill Annex, 231 Douglas Ave., Providence
DARE is leading the conversation at the Civil Rights Round Table, discussing the work they do, and what needs they have. Read more about the event here and while it’s not required that you RSVP, you can if you’d like to Toby Ayers at email@example.com.
Saturday, December 30: The Woman Project HQ’s Sewing Bee
10 AM – 4 PM | , 27 North Rd, Peace Dale, RI 02879
For the last few months The Woman Project has been gathering signed quilt squares to create Petition 2.0. On December 30th, they will turn those squares into a patch work quilt for the legislative session. Sewers and non-sewers are encouraged to attend. Learn more and RSVP.
Keep on your radar
TBD, Mueller Firing Rapid Response: Indivisible RI has a placeholder protest event on Facebook for if Robert Mueller, the special investigator, is fired. The protest would take place in Burnside Park. RSVP now so you know what to do and can respond immediately if Mueller is fired.
Saturday, January 20, 2018: The Women’s March. It’s been a long year. On January 21, 2017 Rhode Islanders made history as part of the worldwide movement known as the Women’s March on Washington. Join together again and recharge to continue to work in 2018. RSVP and learn more.
Give a gift
The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence has a wishlist on their website. See if there is anything on the list you can provide.
What can we do together in 2018?
It’s been a while since we’ve seen each other. We’ve missed you!
After a busy summer and legislative session, the election anniversary and Thanksgiving, it’s time to meet again to review what we accomplished in 2017, think about what worked and what didn’t, and look forward to and plan for 2018.
We are really looking for your input and feedback as Resist Hate RI looks to 2018 and thinks about what we can accomplish together. Even in the midst of the busy holiday season, we hope you can take a few hours to come together and plan for the future of RI.
What: Community Meeting
Where: St. Martins Church, 50 Orchard Ave, Providence, RI 02906
When: Sunday, December 10, 2 – 5 PM
Pawtucket, RI— Health Care Revolt, a collaboration between the George Wiley Center and the Lown Institute, is a critical Rhode Island organized effort to build a health care system that is for people and not for profit. We are organizing health care workers to fight for better patient care in their hospitals, community health centers, and practices. We want to build systems of care in each Rhode Island community that are run by and for community members. We believe Neighborhood Health Stations and Multidisciplinary Healthcare Teams, which are designed to meet local community’s health needs, can help.
There are now two Neighborhood Health Stations in Rhode Island, one in Central Falls and one in Scituate, which both grew out of the work that people in each community did together. Because these Health Stations have been successful on a number of fronts, from reducing emergency room visits and teen pregnancy, we want to build similar Health Stations across Rhode Island.
Health Care Revolt is working with people in Mount Hope, in South Providence, and in Valley Falls. We hope to get other collaborations started in three or four other Rhode Island communities (Elmwood, Bristol, Cranston and other possible communities around Rhode Island)!
Join us! We need you, especially if you’re a health care worker or if you live on the above-mentioned communities. For more information about how to improve health care access in your community, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.