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:

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Video from our Paul Ryan welcoming party! Nothing says "We need to talk" like FaceTime and a bullhorn.
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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from the Resist Hate community have been knocking on doors to collect signatures for our petition demanding the bill be withdrawn.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.

Dont Legislate Trumps Hate!

Tuesday February 28th - 3:00pm - Tuesday February 28th - 6:00pm

Don't Legislate Trump's Hate!

Rhode Island State House
82 Smith Street
Providence, RI  02903 Map

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On February 28, we will deliver a petition to the offices of Democratic Representatives Corvese, O'Brien, Phillips, Ucci, and Edwards to express our opposition to the so-called “PUBLIC SAFETY AND PROTECTION ACT” (Bill H 5093). This bill would make it a crime for local public officials not to aggressively target immigrants in our community and allow any citizen to sue them if they didn’t. This measure forces every local official to be a tool of Trump’s racist immigration policy -- and it goes against Rhode Island values & and what Democrats purport to stand for. Representatives, take your names off it!

Sign the petition here:

More information on why we oppose Bill H 5093:

• 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.

• In a state whose hallmark is The Independent Man, H 5093 would require your state and local governments to do what they are told by the Trump administration, whether it is good for Rhode Islanders or not, including reporting the citizenship status of any Rhode Islander to the Federal Government.

** This event is being organized by a new coalition to protect immigrant rights **
El 28 de febrero, entregaremos una petición a los Representantes Demócratas Corvese, O'Brien, Phillips, Ucci y Edwards para dejar claro nuestra oposición al llamado “ACTO DE SEGURIDAD Y PROTECCIÓN PÚBLICAS” (Bill H 5093). Esta propuesta de ley definiría como acto criminal que los funcionarios públicos no persiguieran y acosaran a los inmigrantes de nuestra comunidad, y permitiría que cualquier ciudadano demandara al oficial que se negara a hacerlo. Esta medida obliga a todo funcionario público a ser una herramienta de las políticas de inmigración racistas de Trump – y además va en contra de los valores del estado de Rhode Island y todo lo que los Demócratas pretenden defender. ¡Pedimos a los Representantes que quiten sus firmas de esta propuesta!

Se puede firmar la petición aquí:

Más información acerca de por qué oponerse al Bill H 5093:

• No hará que nuestras comunidades sean más seguras. La propuesta ordena unas prácticas policiales que han sido rotundamente desacreditadas, que dañarían la confianza pública y harían más difícil el trabajo policial local. Además, Steven Pare, el Comisionado de la Seguridad Pública de Providence, se ha declarado públicamente en contra de la propuesta, que ha sido criticada a nivel nacional por alcaldes y jefes de policía.

• La propuesta llevaría a que nuestras comunidades de inmigrantes se escondieran, haciendo que la gente estuviese menos dispuesta a reportar crímenes por el miedo de ponerse en la mira de la policía.

• En un estado cuyo sello distintivo es el “Hombre Independiente,” H 5093 requeriría que su gobierno tanto estatal como local hiciera lo que diga la administración de Trump, sea bueno o malo para los ciudadanos de Rhode Island; esto incluye reportar el estatus de ciudadanía de cualquier residente de Rhode Island al Gobierno Federal.

** Este evento ha sido organizado por una nueva coalición interesada en la protección de los derechos de inmigrantes**
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Coverage of Yesterday’s Community Meeting


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.

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.


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

Resist Hate RI Fourth Community Meeting

Saturday February 25th - 2:00pm - Saturday February 25th - 4:30pm

Resist Hate RI Fourth Community Meeting

Hope High School
324 Hope St
Providence, RI  02906 Map

The movement keeps growing! Come join Resist Hate RI on February 25th for our next community meeting, which will include more action updates, more working opportunities, and more trainings. Childcare will be provided.

UPDATE - Here's our list of trainings for Saturday. Get yourself plugged in and activated to the resistance in Rhode Island!

* Islamic Outreach
* Lobby 101: Legislative Advocacy
* Invenergy Fracked-Gas Plant Opposition
* Planned Parenthood - Reproductive Rights advocacy
* Media Training
* Elections: How to support, how to run
* Organizing 101
* Approaches to Cultural Sensitivity
* Working Families Party - Orientation & Strategy
* Indivisible RI
* SURJ (3 sessions!) - Showing Up for Racial Justice
* Immigration Executive Order Teach-in
* Clean Energy in RI
* Neighborhood Health Stations
* Single-Payer Health Care Teach-in
* Voting Rights
* Sanctuary Cities
* Just Transition (from fossil fuels to renewables)
* State legislative training

Please spread the word and bring your friends and family. Thanks, everyone - you're beautiful!

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What we’ve done, and what’s next

What we accomplished yesterday was remarkable. Any piece of what we attempted would have been impressive but together it’s inspiring. We pulled together a rally with over 2,000 attendees in less than 24 hours, we marched across Providence, and we flooded a town hall to make sure our elected officials are held accountable with tough, focused questions.

Every action we take is a brick used to build a movement. This community mobilized overnight to stand in solidarity with Muslims and refugees. We made it clear: this is not the new normal and we will not accept hate.

At the town hall with Sen. Whitehouse the message was also clear. We expect him to be a leader in the resistance to Trump and will accept nothing less. On the steps of Nathan Bishop Middle School, the Senator committed to us to vote NO on 10 upcoming Trump nominations.

Video of our action yesterday is available below and events from some of our partners are also listed. We encourage you to review the details below and join as many as you can. Also look out for an announcement of our next community meeting time and location later this week.

Footage of our march and excerpts from the town hall with Sen. Whitehouse

Upcoming actions

Reproductive Freedom Advocacy Day with Planned Parenthood

When: Wednesday, February 1st, 3:00 PM
Where: Rhode Island State House
What: Stand with Planned Parenthood to demand our elected leaders, including the Governor and the Rhode Island General Assembly, take action to protect reproductive rights and access in RI.

Press Conference: EnergizeRI Act of 2017

When: Thursday, February 2nd, 3:00 PM
Where: State Room at the State House
What: Join EnergizeRI, Rep. Regunberg, and Sen. Calkin as they introduce carbon pricing legislation designed to combat climate change and promote Rhode Island as a leader in the clean energy economy.

RI Moms Demand Action

When: Thursday, February 2nd, 6:30 PM
Where: Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick RI
What: Moms Demand Action are meeting to discuss how to prevent gun violence here in Rhode Island.

Fight Back and Win! Organizing Training with Local 26

When: Saturday, February 4th, 12:00 PM
Where: 33 Harrison Ave, Fourth Floor, Boston MA 02111
What: Join UNITE HERE Local 26 for a training on how to organize and fight=
back in the Trump era.

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

2nd Community Meeting

Our second community meeting was on Saturday, December 10th at Hope High School in Providence. We saw over 800+ people turn out for a continued and in-depth discussion of the threats facing us from a Trump Presidency.

Below you’ll find videos of the speakers and reports from the working-groups.
More detailed notes from the working groups will be released later.