Ways to Plug In

Progressive groups in Rhode Island need your help to mobilize against the Trump agenda. We’ve listed a number of them below. Choose the theme that moves you most deeply, and get involved!


Immigrants Rights Organizing

Coalition for Safer Rhodes (Statewide)

The Coalition for Safer Rhodes is made up of community organizers seeking common sense immigration reform. In light of the recent election we will be taking steps to push for the state and the city to establish a commitment to making Rhode Island a “hate free zone” by becoming Sanctuary state.

We have continued our campaign for Driver’s Licenses for all regardless of immigration states.

For more information and to plug in to community actions follow us on Facebook!

Reproductive Rights

Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island 

PPV!RI is the advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.  We work with our activists, elected officials and allied organizations to:

  • Promote and protect everyone’s fundamental right to control their fertility and access to a full range of reproductive health care
  • Advocate public policies which guarantee the right to full and nondiscriminatory access to reproductive health care and defend against restrictions on abortion and health care access

Please sign up at PPV!RI or visit our page

Police Accountability Organizing

Providence Community Safety Act (Providence)

Say NO to Racial Profiling, ICE Holds, and the Gang List!

Since June 2014, the STEP UP Coalition has been working on a comprehensive city ordinance to ban racial profiling and change the way that police interact with members of our community, especially young people, immigrants, and people of color. The STEP UP Coalition is comprised of the Providence Youth Student Movement, Direct Action for Rights and Equality, American Friends Service Committee, and Olneyville Neighborhood Association.

Contact vanessa@prysm.us for more info.

Organizing White People

White Noise Collective (Statewide)

whitenoiseri@riseup.net

“A collective of people working at the intersection of whiteness and gender oppression to disrupt racism and white supremacy.”

We are looking for volunteers to…

  • Do base building and outreach (specifically building a base of white people interested in doing anti-racist work),
  • Join dialogue groups for deeper learning, to
  • Provide child care and rides to people of color led organizing, and to
  • Help with fundraising for people of color led organizing.

Environmental Justice

FANG Fighting Against Natural Gas (Statewide)

Building, supporting and escalating nonviolent resistance to the natural gas industry while supporting other movements for justice.

Fighting to support #NoDAPL and to beat back the Spektra pipeline in Burrillville.

No LNG PVD Campaign (Providence)

We are working to stop national grid’s proposed “liquefaction facility” in the port of providence, which would take fracked gas from the pipeline and manufacture LNG (liquefied natural gas) for storage and export by truck. We need help getting more organizations and elected officials to join the coalition and oppose the project. We are pushing federal and state regulatory agencies to deny the permits but will be using direct action if it comes to that.

Contact email for the campaign is NoLNGinPVD@gmail.com

Youth-Led Organizing

PrYSM: Providence Youth Student Movement (Providence)

The Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) is proud to announce the launch of a new program called the Community Defense Project (CDP). Developed by Steven Dy (former lead organizer) and Shannah Kurland (community lawyer), CDP aims to a variety of services to community members who have faced police brutality.

CDP aims to offer:

  • free to low cost legal services
  • training and support for CopWatch
  • investigating and intel on problem police
  • community education and outreach
  • healing ourselves from police abuse

PrYSM hopes that through CDP, we will be able to further reclaim our streets and take safety back into our own hands. If you are interested in learning more about the program, contact our Organizing Director Steven or Legal Director Shannah. Check CDP out on Facebook too and look out for us at CSRI’s Khmer New Year’s Celebration where we will be officially launching the program.

If you want to find out more about CDP’s work or how you can contribute to it, please fill out this googleform.

Providence Student Union (Providence)

Building student power to ensure young people have a fair say in improving their education.

Email for opportunities to volunteer and help elevate young people’s work.

741 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

contact@providencestudentunion.org

Community Organizing

Direct Action for Rights and Equality

Organizing community power to demand housing justice and justice for individuals and families impacted by the criminal justice system. Want to get involved? Contact us at swright@daretowin.org

Legal Work

RI American Civil Liberties Union

For almost sixty years, the ACLU of Rhode Island has been fighting in the courts, the legislature and public forums to promote the protection of basic civil rights and civil liberties for all Rhode Islanders. We will continue to be available to challenge violations of basic constitutional and civil rights as they arise, and encourage people who believe their rights have been violated to contact us. Information on how to file complaints can be found on our website, www.riaclu.org, but people can also call us at 401 831-7171 or email us at info@riaclu.org. We further encourage people concerned about what the coming years will bring to become “card carrying members” of the ACLU, which can also be done on our website.

Electoral Organizing

RI Working Families Party

Working Families is a growing progressive political organization that fights for an economy that works for all of us, and a democracy in which every voice matters. We believe that our children’s life chances must not be determined at birth, and that America must be a nation that allows all its people to thrive.

Contact us at: agodino@workingfamilies.org

Fighting Gun Violence

Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence (Statewide)

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV) is an organization that was created by concerned citizens of Rhode Island. The organization came to be in 2013 after the Rhode Island General Assembly failed to pass common sense gun legislation. We recognize gun violence as a public health issue. Using common sense means and methods, we seek to reduce injuries and deaths from gun violence.

We are dedicated to changing the narrative of common-sense gun safety legislation.

PLEASE VOLUNTEER TODAY!

 

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to reduce drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to demand action from legislators, state and federal; companies; and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms.  Moms Demand Action supports the 2nd Amendment, but we believe common-sense solutions can help decrease the escalating epidemic of gun violence that kills too many of our children and loved ones every day.  We have chapters in 50 states, including a strong presence here in Rhode Island.

 

 

For more information, contact RhodeIsland@MomsChapterLeaders.org.

 

Healthy Workplaces

Do you feel strongly that Workplace Bullying is wrong? Join the grassroots campaign. Volunteer to help State Coordinators enact the Healthy Workplace Bill.

Learn more about the campaign at www.healthyworkplacebill.org

Alternative Media

Local:

www.RIFuture.org

www.ecoRI.org

National/International:

Democracy Now!

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