Update from first Steering Committee meeting

2 months ago

Aaron Regunberg

Hi all, I wanted to share a quick update on the Resist Hate Steering/Organizing Committee's first meeting this Saturday.

It's a phenomenal group of Rhode Islanders, from folks like Duane Clinker who've been fighting the good fight since decades before I was born, to folks like Kate Vander Wiede who are newer to activism and bring in fresh energy; from talented professional organizers like Raul Figueroa to people with totally different sets of skills, like tech guru Cris Potter.

On Saturday they discussed the responsibilities and roles of this body, set up next steps, and then engaged in a very meaningful conversation on the role of the Facebook group, which they will post a longer summary of soon. For now, I wanted to do two things. First, share the notes from the meeting, which you can take a look at here: docs.google.com/document/d/1w-t9fh-9vweFLcrgouSjAJ2aMx58Ro0pzPivOr0TUew/edit

And second, I wanted let everyone know that I served as facilitator for Saturday's meeting for the first and last time. I am not on the Steering/Organizing Committee, so I won't be joining in the meetings going forward. A number of people have suggested that having an elected official helping to lead a political organizing effort raises flags, and I respect that. I'm proud to leave decision-making to Resist Hate's super awesome new leadership team, and really excited to continue engaging in every other way as an active member! Thanks, all. See you soon.
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Hi all, I wanted to share a quick update on the Resist Hate Steering/Organizing Committees first meeting this Saturday.

Its a phenomenal group of Rhode Islanders, from folks like Duane Clinker whove been fighting the good fight since decades before I was born, to folks like Kate Vander Wiede who are newer to activism and bring in fresh energy; from talented professional organizers like Raul Figueroa to people with totally different sets of skills, like tech guru Cris Potter.

On Saturday they discussed the responsibilities and roles of this body, set up next steps, and then engaged in a very meaningful conversation on the role of the Facebook group, which they will post a longer summary of soon. For now, I wanted to do two things. First, share the notes from the meeting, which you can take a look at here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1w-t9fh-9vweFLcrgouSjAJ2aMx58Ro0pzPivOr0TUew/edit

And second, I wanted let everyone know that I served as facilitator for Saturdays meeting for the first and last time. I am not on the Steering/Organizing Committee, so I wont be joining in the meetings going forward. A number of people have suggested that having an elected official helping to lead a political organizing effort raises flags, and I respect that. Im proud to leave decision-making to Resist Hates super awesome new leadership team, and really excited to continue engaging in every other way as an active member! Thanks, all. See you soon.

Announcing our new steering committee

3 months ago

Aaron Regunberg

Introducing...the new Resist Hate RI Steering Committee!

As announced last month, Resist Hate RI has formed a steering committee to make leadership and decision-making more transparent. We received over 30 applications for this committee — thank you to all who applied! We reviewed the applications carefully, taking input from group members who came to our open review sessions, and chose a committee of 15 Rhode Islanders with diverse backgrounds but a shared passion for organizing effective political and social change. Check out the full list below.

The committee’s initial meeting will be this weekend; expect a meeting report early next week. Thanks to everyone who participates in this group and is keeping the resistance strong in RI!

-- Laufton, Georgia, and Aaron
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The committee:

Bethany Sousa Foster is a finance professional in Bristol. She advocates primarily for reproductive rights, gun control, immigrant rights and voting reform.

Carlos Torres does civil rights enforcement work in his professional life and wants to bring true progressive politics into the Rhode Island mainstream.

Christine Rayner is a physician who lives in the Elmwood neighborhood in Providence. She is particularly interested in how pollution and climate change affect people and the planet, and fighting to change this.

Cris Potter loves RI, loves Providence and loves data. He wants to promote progressive policies through direct action and organization.

Duane Clinker is a retired liberationist pastor, labor and community organizer, worker and educator who lives in Cranston. He seeks deep and fundamental systemic change.

Gabrielle Godino is a lifelong Rhode Islander residing in Cranston with a background in strategic research, labor and electoral organizing.

Georgia Hollister Isman, state director for RI Working Families, brings over a decade of experience in organizing for progressive candidates and causes.

Jane Tucker, of Pawtucket, co-founded Indivisible RI. She sees RHRI as a way to bring groups together to have a stronger impact as a single force.

Justin Boyan, a computer scientist, wants our movement to grow strong enough to overcome corporate power, create social justice, and prevent climate apocalypse.

Kate Vander Wiede is a technical writer by trade. Lately, she's been working on the People Power Providence campaign to pass an ordinance that would make Providence more immigrant-friendly.

Kyle Stumpe is a lifelong Rhode Islander, currently living in Providence’s West End, who is inspired and motivated by the hard work and passion he sees among activists on a daily basis.

Laufton Ascencao is an electoral organizer with a passion for economic justice and Portuguese sweetbread.

Nirva Rebecca LaFortune, a university administrator, born in Haiti, emigrated to the South Side of Providence at the age of three. She is an advocate for education reform and equity.

Raul Figueroa, community organizer with Fuerza Laboral in Central Falls, fights for immigrants’ and workers’ rights on the front lines.

Walter Anthony Jr., a retired Academic Dean (Brandeis) and professor (JWU), aims to help us grow beyond resistance into an uplifting loving revolution.
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Welcome to the Week of Resistance!

3 months ago

Justin Boyan

Welcome to the Week of Resistance!

Today we join Providence's May Day March, 3pm at Burnside Park downtown, or 6pm at Dexter Park if you can only make the rally at the end. Unite for workers' rights, immigrant rights, and climate justice.

From tomorrow through Thursday, we'll converge on the State House from 3-5pm each day, to demand that the law protect LGBTQ+ rights, voting rights, and the right to health care, respectively. Tuesday afternoon will also feature the Senate hearing on Single Payer health care.

And on Saturday at noon, join Working Families to canvass for earned sick days and a $15 minimum wage. Canvassing works!

More activities, including letter-writing and social media campaigns that you can participate in even if you can't make it to Providence all these afternoons, will also be happening. Stay tuned to the FB group and RHRI email list for updates.
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Welcome to the Week of Resistance!

Today we join Providences May Day March, 3pm at Burnside Park downtown, or 6pm at Dexter Park if you can only make the rally at the end. Unite for workers rights, immigrant rights, and climate justice.

From tomorrow through Thursday, well converge on the State House from 3-5pm each day, to demand that the law protect LGBTQ+ rights, voting rights, and the right to health care, respectively. Tuesday afternoon will also feature the Senate hearing on Single Payer health care.

And on Saturday at noon, join Working Families to canvass for earned sick days and a $15 minimum wage. Canvassing works!

More activities, including letter-writing and social media campaigns that you can participate in even if you cant make it to Providence all these afternoons, will also be happening. Stay tuned to the FB group and RHRI email list for updates.

Comment on Facebook

Correction — Sunday's reproductive rights canvass in Cranston will start at noon, not 11am.

April 2017 Community Fundraising Drive — Donate Now!

This month, Resist Hate RI begins a new effort to raise funds for local organizations that do vital work defending Rhode Island communities from the Trump agenda.

RHRI believes that it is especially important to support the work of groups that empower and protect communities here in Rhode Island. The community organizations we are supporting in April are:

  • Fuerza Laboral / Power of Workers
  • DARE – Direct Action for Rights and Equality
  • Dorcas International Institute of RI

We’ve set a modest initial goal of $750 and are already 75% of our way to the goal. To put us over the top, please visit the campaign page at crowdrise.com/ResistHateRI, or just click the link in the sidebar of this website. Your support makes a difference!

 

Update 4/25/2017: We have reached our goal! But that’s no reason to refrain from donating if you haven’t already — help us blow past the goal by clicking here.

Saturday’s Action-Packed Agenda

 

We’re excited to announce our program for Saturday afternoon’s Resist Hate RI Community Meeting at Juanita Sanchez Education Complex!

The Extraordinary Rendition Band will kick things off to get our blood running. Our general session will feature the kickoff of two new initiatives from the RHRI Outreach Team, followed by a presentation from the Step Up Network on the Community Safety Act. We’ll then divide into issue-focused subgroups, with a goal of creating and planning a concrete action on each issue. Each subgroup will include an expert on the topic, but they’re not responsible for the action ideas — you are! So bring your best and craziest ideas on whichever of the following topics you’d like to see progress on:

  • Immigration: Trust Act
  • Immigration: Sanctuary Cities
  • Single Payer Health Care
  • Defending the Affordable Care Act
  • Environment: Climate Change and Carbon Pricing
  • Environment: Fighting Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
  • Providence Community Safety Act
  • Gun Violence Prevention
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Conversion Therapy Ban
  • Earned Sick Days
  • $15/hour Minimum Wage
  • Free College Tuition
  • Voting Rights
  • General Strike Preparation
  • Resistance Choir

Please RSVP and share our Facebook event…. See you Saturday at 3!

Resist Hate RI Community Meeting: Week of Resistance

Saturday April 8th - 3:00pm - Saturday April 8th - 5:00pm

Resist Hate RI Community Meeting: Week of Resistance

Juanita Sanchez Education Complex
182 Thurbers Ave.
Providence, RI  02905 Map

Join Resist Hate RI for our next community gathering - the most hands on meeting yet!

We're calling for a Week of Resistance to start off the month of May. On April 8th, we will come together to plan a host of resistance actions for that week. Work with your fellow resisters to plan and execute the creative and powerful resistance work we need to keep our movement going strong.

New location - JSEC, a Providence public high school at 182 Thurbers Avenue. Can't wait to see you there!

Update... Here's our agenda for Saturday:

The Extraordinary Rendition Band will kick things off to get our blood running. Our general session will feature the kickoff of two new initiatives from the RHRI Outreach Team, followed by a presentation from the Step Up Network on the Community Safety Act. We’ll then divide into issue-focused subgroups, with a goal of creating and planning a concrete action on each issue. Each subgroup will include an expert on the topic, but they’re not responsible for the action ideas — you are! So bring your best and craziest ideas on whichever of the following topics you’d like to see progress on:

• Immigration: Trust Act
• Immigration: Sanctuary Cities
• Single Payer Health Care
• Defending the Affordable Care Act
• Environment: Climate Change and Carbon Pricing
• Environment: Fighting Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
• Providence Community Safety Act
• Gun Violence Prevention
• Reproductive Rights
• Conversion Therapy Ban
• Earned Sick Days
• $15/hour Minimum Wage
• Free College Tuition
• Voting Rights
• General Strike Preparation
• Resistance Choir

Please RSVP and share this event…. See you Saturday at 3!
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Leadership Announcement!

Five months since our first meeting, we continue to be inspired by the way so many Rhode Islanders have come together in Resist Hate RI. This community’s early successes have been recognized by Robert ReichMSNBC, the Associated Press, the Washington Post, and others. And there’s a lot more work to do.

RHRI has developed on the fly, without organizational infrastructure in mind. But the group is now five months old, and it may be time to bring some decision-making organization to the community. We have been reflecting on the March 25 anti-MAGA actions and the controversy before and afterwards — in particular, how there was no real channel (beyond a Facebook post) to request the endorsement or support of RHRI, and how a clearer leadership structure might have allowed Resist Hate to more effectively support all the actions organized for that day.

With this in mind, and with the aim of increasing transparency and accountability, we want to encourage the formation of a steering committee for RHRI — a group of Resist Hate community members that can serve as an official decision-making board. Would you like to have a say in the group’s operation and direction? Please apply to join the steering committee: https://goo.gl/forms/2yvZQVrvknw2aVZK2

This online application form will be open until midnight April 12 April 19.

We look forward to hearing from lots of participants about where RHRI is, and should be, going.  We hope to announce members of the newly-formed committee before the end of April.

Thank you so much for your commitment. This is what hope and resistance looks like. Let’s keep working.

Sincerely,

Georgia Hollister Isman
Laufton Ascencao-Longo
Aaron Regunberg

Want to Plan Your Own Resistance Action?

On Saturday, April 8, you have the chance to take the resistance to Donald Trump into your own hands.

Come to our Fifth Community Meeting and try something new: you’ll work side by side with fellow Rhode Islanders to invent and plan a creative action on issues such as:

  • immigration
  • single payer health care
  • fighting fossil fuels
  • gun violence
  • minimum wage
  • free college tuition
  • Providence Community Safety Act
  • reproductive rights
  • … and many more!

The actions you create will be knitted together into a “Week of Resistance” in May that shows the world that the Rhode Island resistance is going strong.

Note our new meeting location: Juanita Sanchez Education Complex, a Providence high school at 182 Thurbers Avenue. Can’t wait to see you there! Please share and invite friends!

Resist Hate RI Community Meeting: Week of Resistance

Saturday April 8th - 3:00pm - Saturday April 8th - 5:00pm

Resist Hate RI Community Meeting: Week of Resistance

Juanita Sanchez Education Complex
182 Thurbers Ave.
Providence, RI  02905 Map

Join Resist Hate RI for our next community gathering - the most hands on meeting yet!

We're calling for a Week of Resistance to start off the month of May. On April 8th, we will come together to plan a host of resistance actions for that week. Work with your fellow resisters to plan and execute the creative and powerful resistance work we need to keep our movement going strong.

New location - JSEC, a Providence public high school at 182 Thurbers Avenue. Can't wait to see you there!

Update... Here's our agenda for Saturday:

The Extraordinary Rendition Band will kick things off to get our blood running. Our general session will feature the kickoff of two new initiatives from the RHRI Outreach Team, followed by a presentation from the Step Up Network on the Community Safety Act. We’ll then divide into issue-focused subgroups, with a goal of creating and planning a concrete action on each issue. Each subgroup will include an expert on the topic, but they’re not responsible for the action ideas — you are! So bring your best and craziest ideas on whichever of the following topics you’d like to see progress on:

• Immigration: Trust Act
• Immigration: Sanctuary Cities
• Single Payer Health Care
• Defending the Affordable Care Act
• Environment: Climate Change and Carbon Pricing
• Environment: Fighting Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
• Providence Community Safety Act
• Gun Violence Prevention
• Reproductive Rights
• Conversion Therapy Ban
• Earned Sick Days
• $15/hour Minimum Wage
• Free College Tuition
• Voting Rights
• General Strike Preparation
• Resistance Choir

Please RSVP and share this event…. See you Saturday at 3!
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Community Meeting set for JSEC, April 8

Details for our next community meeting on April 8th!

We’re calling for a Week of Resistance to start off the month of May, and we need to come together to plan a host of resistance actions for that week. Work with your fellow resisters to plan and execute the creative and powerful resistance work we need to keep our movement going strong.

New location – JSEC, a Providence public high school at 182 Thurbers Avenue. Can’t wait to see you there! Please share and invite friends!

Resist Hate RI Community Meeting: Week of Resistance

Saturday April 8th - 3:00pm - Saturday April 8th - 5:00pm

Resist Hate RI Community Meeting: Week of Resistance

Juanita Sanchez Education Complex
182 Thurbers Ave.
Providence, RI  02905 Map

Join Resist Hate RI for our next community gathering - the most hands on meeting yet!

We're calling for a Week of Resistance to start off the month of May. On April 8th, we will come together to plan a host of resistance actions for that week. Work with your fellow resisters to plan and execute the creative and powerful resistance work we need to keep our movement going strong.

New location - JSEC, a Providence public high school at 182 Thurbers Avenue. Can't wait to see you there!

Update... Here's our agenda for Saturday:

The Extraordinary Rendition Band will kick things off to get our blood running. Our general session will feature the kickoff of two new initiatives from the RHRI Outreach Team, followed by a presentation from the Step Up Network on the Community Safety Act. We’ll then divide into issue-focused subgroups, with a goal of creating and planning a concrete action on each issue. Each subgroup will include an expert on the topic, but they’re not responsible for the action ideas — you are! So bring your best and craziest ideas on whichever of the following topics you’d like to see progress on:

• Immigration: Trust Act
• Immigration: Sanctuary Cities
• Single Payer Health Care
• Defending the Affordable Care Act
• Environment: Climate Change and Carbon Pricing
• Environment: Fighting Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
• Providence Community Safety Act
• Gun Violence Prevention
• Reproductive Rights
• Conversion Therapy Ban
• Earned Sick Days
• $15/hour Minimum Wage
• Free College Tuition
• Voting Rights
• General Strike Preparation
• Resistance Choir

Please RSVP and share this event…. See you Saturday at 3!
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Resisting Hate in Providence, This Wednesday and Saturday

This Wednesday afternoon March 22 at the State House, stand in solidarity with our immigrant neighbors as the Judiciary Committee hears bills on immigration, including the pro-family, pro-safety Trust Act (H5515) and a racist, demagogic, anti-safety hate act (H5093).

Protect Our Immigrant Neighbors

Wednesday March 22nd - 3:30pm - Wednesday March 22nd - 8:30pm

Protect Our Immigrant Neighbors

On Wednesday, March 22nd, we invite you to stand up to protect our immigrant neighbors in Rhode Island.

The House Judiciary Committee (room 205) will face a choice in either protecting our immigrant neighbors from Trump's deportation force, or collaborating with federal immigration officials in the splitting apart of families and our community.

The Comittee will hear H5515 (webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText17/HouseText17/H5515.pdf), a bill we support, as it would:

• Prevent ICE from enlisting the help of local law enforcement officials in deporting families.

• Protect cities and towns from the threat of litigation as a result of cooperating with ICE, as it prevents said cooperation

We encourage community members to testify AGAINST H5093 (webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText17/HouseText17/H5093.pdf), a bill that would:

• It will not make our communities safer. This bill mandates widely discredited policing practices, eroding public trust and making local policing more difficult. And has been publically opposed by Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare, and also nationally criticized by mayors and police chiefs.

• It will drive our immigrant communities further underground, making people less likely to report crimes for fear of being targeted by the police.

• ICE's Secure Communities Program has deported several undocumented immigrants as a result of "collateral" arrests, leading to the deportation of those who have not committed nor been convicted of any crime in the United States.

Read more on what 287(g) cooperation could mean for Rhode Island: www.rifuture.org/deportation-force-backyard/
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And on Saturday, in downtown Providence, rise up in defense of women’s rights and human rights! This family-friendly rally will take place at Roger Williams Memorial on North Main Street… about a quarter-mile away from the pro-Trump march and anti-Trump counter-protest happening at the State House at the same time. Whichever rally you join, let’s show the Trumpers that they are vastly outnumbered in our state.

RISE UP! Rhode Island

Saturday March 25th - 12:00pm - Saturday March 25th - 3:00pm

RISE UP! Rhode Island

Roger Williams National Memorial
282 N Main St
Providence, RI  02903 Map

It's time to RISE UP! Rhode Island. This rally is to honor and celebrate Women's History Month and the work of multiple human rights organizations in RI. This non-violent gathering is led by the RI Chapter of the Women's March Network - join us and add your voice to the chorus who believe in equal rights for everyone! You'll hear from a diverse group of speakers, enjoy local musicians (The Strattones and the Becky Chace Band), and local food trucks.

This event is organized and led by the RI Chapter of Women's March Network, and is co-sponsored by RI Working Families, Resist Hate RI, RI NOW, RI Council for Muslim Advancement, McAuley Ministries, Coyote RI, the RI Democratic Party, RIPTA Riders Alliance, and the Women's Fund of RI.

Please dress warmly, bring signs, wear your pink hats and gather at Roger Williams National Memorial Park on North Main St in Providence. This event is a PRO-human rights event that will be non-violent.

968 interested  ·  440 going

 

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.

PVD: Canvass for Planned Parenthood

Saturday March 11th - 12:00pm - Saturday March 11th - 3:00pm

PVD: Canvass for Planned Parenthood

118 Gano St, Providence, RI 02906-3806, United States

We'll be knocking on doors this Saturday in support of The Reproductive Health Care Act. This critical bill protects a woman's right to choose should Roe v Wade be overturned. Many are not aware that if Roe v Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court, Rhode Island does NOT have laws in place to protect a woman's right to choose. This bill will change that.

Our job is to spread this message to our pro-choice neighbors, and ask them to let their State Representatives and State Senators to support this bill. If you have never canvassed before, find out just how easy and fun it can be. Planned Parenthood will be there to train us and provide scripts and maps. Meet up at the address above and we'll disperse from there. Dress warmly and wear sneakers! Let's do this!

34 interested  ·  8 going

Warwick Canvass to Codify Roe v. Wade

Saturday March 11th - 11:00am - Saturday March 11th - 2:00pm

Warwick Canvass to Codify Roe v. Wade

Warwick, RI
Warwick, RI  02886, 02888, 02889 Map

Warwick Canvass to Codify Roe v. Wade

With Trump's extremist Supreme Court pick putting Roe v. Wade in danger, we've got to fight back here in Rhode Island. Right now, our state has tons of abortion restrictions on the books that are unenforceable because of Roe v. Wade. Without this decision to protect us, they'd snap back into place. We cannot go back! That's why it's so important that we fight for the Ajello-Goldin bill to codify Roe v. Wade into Rhode Island law.

State Senator Michael McCaffrey has not signed onto the bill. That's why we're going door to door in his district to ask him to do so.

Jennifer Siciliano has graciously offered her home at 14 Harris Avenue in Warwick for us to use a staging area.

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 11 AM to 2 PM

20 interested  ·  5 going

Canvass and/or Phone Bank for Planned Parenthood!

Saturday March 11th - 2:00pm - Saturday March 11th - 5:00pm

Canvass and/or Phone Bank for Planned Parenthood!

75 Kingstown Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882-3309, United States

We'll be knocking on doors and making calls this Saturday in parts of South County in support of The Reproductive Health Care Act. This critical bill protects a woman's right to choose should Roe v Wade be overturned. Many local folks are not aware that if Roe v Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court, certain states have laws in place to protect a woman's right to choose, currently Rhode Island is NOT one of them. This bill will change that. Our job is to spread this message to our pro-choice neighbors, and ask them to let their State Representatives and State Senators to support this bill. If you have never canvassed before, find out just how easy and fun it can be. Volunteer to be a walking buddy and let your friend do the talking! Planned Parenthood will be there to train us and provide scripts and maps. Meet up at the address above and we'll disperse from there. Dress warmly and wear sneakers! Let's do this! If you're making calls, please bring with you a laptop or a tablet and a cell phone!
For more information, send an email to lovethe401@gmail.com
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