Saturday: Canvassing for Reproductive Rights

Planned Parenthood’s health care and Roe v. Wade’s freedom of choice are under direct attack by the Trump administration. Don’t get mad — get organized! Canvassers will be knocking on doors this Saturday in Providence, Warwick, and South County to support women’s right to choose in Rhode Island.

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Thursday: Protest Travel Ban 2.0

Join White Noise Collective and allies Thursday evening to stand in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors and in solid opposition to hate.

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Resist Hate RI Welcomes Speaker Ryan

Once again, our resistance efforts are being noticed nationwide! This time it was Paul Ryan, Trump’s pusillanimous enabler-in-chief, who crossed our path. He came to Providence on March 2 to harvest corporate donations and a photo-op.


Like most Congressional Republicans, Ryan has been hiding from his own constituents, scared to face their wrath over his plans to gut health insurance, Social Security, public schools, environmental protections, and executive branch oversight. So when we heard he was coming to Rhode Island, we decided to call up our friends in Wisconsin and invite them to meet Paul Ryan in Providence … virtually.

On Thursday afternoon, hundreds of us gathered outside Ryan’s scheduled photo-op location, many of us holding up phones with Wisconsinites FaceTimed in for the occasion. As Ryan’s black car slipped by into the back alley under police protection, we chanted:

“Coward! Coward! Coward!”

“Hey hey, ho ho!
Paul Ryan has got to go!”

“2, 4, 6, 8, Congress must investigate!
3, 5, 7, 9, Paul Ryan, grow a spine!”

 

Of course, Paul Ryan never did stop by to talk to us or to his dialed-in constituents. But unfortunately for him, our still-free press did. Here’s what they had to say:

Watch our highlight reel, below:

Not in our state

When you learned that Democratic lawmakers in our state had introduced a bill to coerce state and local employees to cooperate in the detention and deportation of immigrants, you mobilized.

For the past two weeks, volunteers from the Resist Hate community have been knocking on doors to collect signatures for our petition demanding the bill be withdrawn. 

And it’s working. Two sponsors, Rep. Edwards and Rep. O’Brien, have already taken their name off the bill. 

More than 2,500 of us have signed the petition. Now it’s time to deliver it and stand together for the safety of immigrants in our state. Tomorrow, Tuesday 2/28, at 3pm, we’ll rally in the State House Bell Room and personally deliver the petition to the bill’s sponsors. Will you join us? RSVP here.

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Coverage of Yesterday’s Community Meeting

WPRI-12:

On a rainy Saturday afternoon, dozens of Rhode Islanders gathered in Providence classrooms, sitting behind desks usually reserved for the students of Hope High School. Instead of teachers, there were community leaders standing at chalkboards, imparting knowledge on fellow activists who see President Donald Trump’s agenda and policies as divisive and oppressive. The gathering was organized by a group that calls itself Resist Hate RI, and their primary goal is to push back against the new administration.

RIFuture.org:

  
To both celebrate a month of victories and to plan for the future, well over 800 people filled the cafeteria of Hope High School as Resist Hate RI convened their fourth meeting, and their first meeting since Donald Trump‘s inauguration. From the number of hands that went up when organizer Aaron Regunberg asked, it seems that more than a quarter of those in attendance were first timers. Regunberg is also the State Representative for District 4 in Providence. He opened the meeting explaining that Resist Hate RI was formed to support existing community organizing efforts and catalyze resistance to the Trump Agenda.

ProJo:

At Resist Hate RI’s fourth community meeting, held Saturday afternoon at Hope High School, activists were joined by hundreds of people who have been inspired by the election of President Donald Trump to develop and flex their own political muscle.

The meeting served as a way for people to join causes that are important to them, including reproductive choice, the Burrillville power plant controversy, immigration, health care and voting rights, to name just a few.

The high school’s basement cafeteria had a standing-room-only crowd that rallied before breaking up into smaller groups in classrooms. Many of the smaller meetings offered training for activism, including how to interact with the media, how to track down and communicate with public officials, and how to run for political office. The event attracted an estimated 800 people.

NBC 10:

At Hope High School in Providence Saturday afternoon, a group called “Resist Hate RI” hosted a community meeting. People who are anti-President Trump attended workshops focusing on several issues. This was the fourth community meeting event the group has held.

“Part of what we’re trying to do here is make change right here in Rhode Island, There are laws in the state that we need to change. We need to enact protections for reproductive rights,” said Craig O’Connor, Rhode Island Director of Public Policy and Government Relations with Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.

 

Fourth Community Meeting, Saturday February 25

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