Progressive groups in Rhode Island need your help. We’ve listed a number of them below. Choose the theme that moves you most deeply, and get involved! Find organizations that work in the following areas below:
- Location Specific Organizations
- Immigration and Refugee Services
- Voting Rights, Fair Elections & Open Government
- Healthcare and Reproductive Rights
- Organizing White People Against Racism
- Environmental Justice
- Community Organizing
- Worker’s Rights
- Electoral Organizing
- Gun Violence
- Sexual and Domestic Abuse
- Legal Work
- Alternative Media
Indivisible RI: A local branch of the national Indivisible organization. They work to demystify congressional advocacy; support the community of local groups putting the Indivisible Guide into action; and, build momentum, shared purpose, and a vibrant community of angelic troublemakers. Indivisible RI focuses on the federal level. Learn more.
Cranston Action Network: We are a group of concerned residents of Cranston and neighboring communities interested in organizing our efforts for effective local progressive political and social justice actions. Let’s work together to make our corner of the world a better place! Learn more.
Immigration & Refugee Services
AMOR RI: We aim to help immigrant and refugee communities by crowdsourcing resources to provide: emergency/immediate legal services to protect people from ICE and other law enforcement agencies, culturally competent psychological services, supporting and tracking incidents and victims of hate crimes, protecting our communities against all forms of violence, especially state sponsored violence, and a network of sanctuary housing. Learn more.
Refugee Dream Center: The Refugee Dream Center is a post resettlement refugee agency. It offers services targeting gaps within the refugee community by ensuring continuation of services in their efforts towards self-sufficiency and integration. The Refugee Dream Center does referrals, social level assistance, and skills development such as English language education for adults, health promotion and cultural orientation, youth mentoring, and case management. In addition, the Refugee Dream Center is a strong advocacy agency for the rights of refugees. Learn more.
DORCAS INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF RHODE ISLAND: We empower individuals and families, especially the underserved, immigrants, and refugees, to become self-sufficient and fully participating members of our diverse community through innovative programs and advocacy that promote education, training, and cultural understanding. Learn more.
Voting Rights, Fair Elections & Open Government
Let People Vote: Let People Vote is working to repeal the 2011 Voter ID law. Learn more.
Common Cause: Promotes representative democracy by ensuring open, ethical, accountable, effective government processes at local, state and national levels by educating and mobilizing the citizens of Rhode Island. Learn more.
Healthcare & Reproductive Rights
Healthcare Revolt: We are a group of health professionals and residents who have come together to build a healthcare system that is for people, not profit. Healthcare Revolt is hosted by the George Wiley Center, the longest running grassroots organizing group in RI. Learn more.
The Woman Project: The Woman Project is a not-for-profit artistic activism group that uses creative messaging and artistic solutions to invite inclusiveness on difficult topics that effect every Rhode Islander. Learn more.
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. Learn more.
RI Coalition for Reproductive Freedom: The Rhode Island Coalition for Reproductive Freedom (RICRF) protects and advances access to reproductive health care through advocacy and legislative action. Learn more.
Organizing White People Against Racism
Showing Up for Racial Justice RI: Showing Up for Racial Justice Rhode Island (SURJ-RI) is a community of organizers working to fight for racial justice. Through discussions, community organizing, and action, we mobilize white people to act as part of a movement for racial justice with passion and accountability. We are a chapter of the national network SURJ- Showing Up for Racial Justice. There is a South County and Providence branch. Learn more.
Clean Water Action Rhode Island: Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. Learn more.
Climate Action RI • 350 RI (Statewide): We are concerned citizens working to build the climate movement in Rhode Island. An affiliate of 350.org, we’re fighting for 100% renewable energy, a clean and sustainable earth, and environmental justice for all. Join us! Learn more.
Environmental Justice League of RI: Promoting safe and healthy environments for ALL by building power, leadership and action in the communities most affected by environmental burdens. Learn more.
FANG Fighting Against Natural Gas (Statewide): Building, supporting and escalating nonviolent resistance to the natural gas industry while supporting other movements for justice. Learn more.
No LNG in 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. Learn more.
Sierra Club: The Rhode Island Chapter of the Sierra Club brings together its more than two thousand members and its tens of thousands of supporters to celebrate and protect the environment. We are an entirely volunteer driven organization, and our success grows from people like yourself who get involved to explore nature and make a difference. Learn more.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more.
PrYSM: PrYSM is a 501c3 non-profit youth organization which challenges and supports Southeast Asian youth to become leaders, organizers, and critical thinkers, by offering educational workshops, leadership opportunities, mentorship, and oversight of youth-led community organizing projects. Learn more.
STEP UP Coalition: 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 email@example.com for more info. Learn more.
Providence’s Democratic Socialists of America: Democratic Socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few. We are a political and activist organization, not a party; through campus and community-based chapters DSA members use a variety of tactics, from legislative to direct action, to fight for reforms that empower working people. Learn more.
George Wiley Center: The George Wiley Center is a grassroots agency that organizes members of the low-income community to advocate for systematic changes aimed at alleviating problems associated with poverty. Learn more.
RI Jobs with Justice is a local coalition that brings together labor unions, community organizations, student and faith-based groups in the fight to win economic and social justice. We believe all our struggles are interconnected, and that in order to win, we must stand together. We believe that long-term multi-issue coalition building, organizing and base-building in the community and the workplace, and strategic, militant, direct action are the foundations for building a powerful grassroots movement. We are there for each others’ fights and we unite to take on struggles that none of us could win alone. The only way we can win is if we stand together. Learn more.
Fuerza Laboral / The Power of Workers: Fuerza Laboral builds worker power. We are a Rhode Island-based organization of immigrants and low-income workers who organize to end exploitation in the workplace. We train workers in their rights, develop new community leaders, and take direct action against injustice to achieve real victories. Learn more.
Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics RI (COYOTE, RI): In 2009, Rhode Island criminalized all prostitution. In response, Bella Robinson founded the RI Coyote group, based on Coyote’s core principles. The Rhode Island Chapter of Coyote advocates for laws that make sense to protect youth rather than continuing the Moral Witch Hunt against consenting adults. Their goal is to initiate harm reduction models, advocate for the health and safety of sex workers and to support sex workers who are in crisis. Learn more.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more.
Young Democrats of RI: The Young Democrats of Rhode Island is the newly reconstituted organization for young people 13-35 who wish to mobilize on behalf of the Democratic party and to advocate for issues facing young people in Rhode Island and America. Our mission is to organize young Rhode Islanders to realize democratic change. Learn more.
RI Democratic Women for Leadership: Recruit, Activate, Empower & Support Rhode Island Democratic Women in Leadership. Learn more.
Our Revolution: We will be focusing on local issues vetting progressive candidates for 2018. Taking part in direct actions and following what Our Revolution National does. They work on Direct Action, Electoral Organizing, Advocating for Legislation or Ballot Measures, Community Organizing. Learn more.
Rhode Island Democratic Party. Learn more.
Rhode Island Democratic Party’s Women’s Caucus: Learn more.
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. Learn more.
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. Follow us on FB: www.facebook.com/MomsDemandActionRI/. For more info: RhodeIsland@MomsChapterLeaders.org. Learn more.
Sexual and Domestic Abuse
RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence: The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence. The RICADV was formed in 1979 to support and assist the domestic violence agencies in Rhode Island. The RICADV provides leadership to its member agencies, strives to create justice for victims, and raises awareness on the issue of domestic violence in Rhode Island. The RICADV’s network of member agencies provides a wide array of services for victims, including emergency shelter, support groups, counseling services, and assistance with the legal system. For more information about these organizations and services, call the statewide Helpline at 800-494-8100. Learn more.
Sojourner House: Our vision statement says it all: Sojourner House envisions a world where everyone lives their life free from domestic and sexual abuse. Sojourner House is a nonprofit organization founded in 1976 by Providence residents and Brown University students who were concerned about what was then a silent epidemic: domestic and sexual violence. Thanks to the efforts of our many supporters, Sojourner House has grown from a part-time, volunteer hotline into a provider of comprehensive services available to victims of abuse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’ve taken steps to determine how best to prioritize our future efforts to help those who are most isolated due to abuse, as well as efforts to improve systemic and institutional responses to people in abusive relationships. Learn more.
Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (CASARA) – The Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (CASARA) aims to combat sexual, gender-based, and relationship violence at Brown University. Through facilitating conversations about relevant issues, creating safer spaces for survivors, and organizing events and campaigns, CASARA strives to dismantle the cultural norms and public policies that allow violence to flourish on our campus and in our communities. Learn more.
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 email@example.com. 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. Learn more.
RI Center for Justice: The Rhode Island Center for Justice is a non-profit public interest law office working to increase access to justice in our State. The Center provides free civil legal assistance to low-income Rhode Islanders, engages in key impact litigation affecting the rights and wellbeing of thousands across the State, and conducts legislative and policy advocacy on behalf of the communities we serve. Learn more.
Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America: The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University supports and generates rigorous and accessible research, performance, art and scholarship on a broad range of pressing issues related to race and ethnicity to help build greater understanding and a more just world. Learn more.
RWU Latino Policy Institute: The Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University is committed to generating and communicating non-partisan data of Latinos in Rhode Island. LPI stimulates public policy discussions and enhances the public’s understanding of the Rhode Island Latino experience. Learn more.
Center for Reconciliation: The Center offers a wide range of events and ongoing programs designed to connect us to our past (slavery, the slave trade, American history) so we can together build a more just and equitable future. The goal of each event or program is to engender dialogue — as part of the event, on the way home afterwards and with family, friends, co-workers and strangers in the days after the event. Join us for programs and events that will inform and inspire you to become an ambassador of reconciliation. Learn more.
Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence: The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence’s (ISPN) mission is to teach, by word and example, the principles and practices of nonviolence, and to foster a community that addresses potentially violent situations with nonviolent solutions. We work to build Dr. King’s ideal of the nonviolent Beloved Community. Learn more.
The Rhode Island LGBT Center: The Rhode Island LGBTQ Center will be a hub of activity where LGBTQ community organizations can hold meetings, where LGBTQ organizations without offices can find a home, and where members of the community can get information and support, attend events, meet people and organize around common goals. Learn more.
AIDS Care Ocean State: AIDS Care Ocean State is dedicated to providing quality housing, case management, medical and nursing care, and prevention to adults, families, adolescents and children who are affected by or at risk for HIV infection. AIDS Care Ocean State will act as an advocate for individuals and families at risk while providing those support services needed to ensure and maintain a high quality of life for the people we serve. Learn more.
AIDS Project RI: AIDS Project Rhode Island (APRI) is dedicated to providing a compassionate, nonjudgmental, and collaborative response to the needs of people living with, affected by, and at risk for HIV/AIDS. Originally founded more than 30 years ago, APRI achieves this mission through leadership in prevention, education, supportive services, and advocacy. In 2008, APRI expanded its array of services by merging with Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI). Learn more.
SAGE RI:The mission of SAGE/RI is to serve as a leader in identifying, addressing and bringing attention to issues related to aging among members of the LGBT community; to partner with constituents, allies and other stakeholders to create a culture in which older LGBT members of the community can enjoy a high quality of life; to support aging members of the community and advocate for their rights; to foster a greater understanding of LGBT aging; and to promote positive images of LGBT life in later years. Learn more.
TGI Network of RI: Incorporated in 2011, TGI Network of Rhode Island is the only statewide organization providing support and advocacy for the TGI community in Rhode Island and surrounding areas. Our mission is to serve the needs of the transgender, gender-variant, and intersex (TGI) communities in Rhode Island and surrounding areas through support, advocacy, and education. We seek to be a resource for TGI people navigating their life journeys as well as the legal and medical systems through our own programs and through collaboration with other organizations. In addition, we seek to serve as a resource to professionals working with the TGI community and as a liaison between the TGI and LGBT communities as well as the community at large. Learn more.
Youth Pride, Inc.: Youth Pride Inc. (YPI) is an affirming space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning young people to build community, develop connections and be themselves. Youth come together from a wide range of backgrounds and join with one another over common issues and activities, sometimes as simple as playing video games or sharing a meal. All of our programs are free of charge and include individual counseling, weekly discussion groups, leadership trainings, social events and wellness activities. In the end, youth experiences at YPI can be transformative. Recognizing that LBGTQQ youth exist outside of YPI, we also provide professional development and training for youth service providers, social service organizations and schools so they have the information and resources to treat all youth with respect and dignity. Learn more.
House of Hope CDC has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1989. From grass roots philosophies of a small neighborhood group of socially minded individuals, a shelter unlike any other was born. We were built on the idea of meeting people where they are, both literally and figuratively through programs like PATH Outreach and Peer Mentor Training. We are committed to providing safe and stable housing that focuses on individual services that empower and encourage each individual to reach their maximum potential. Learn more.
Providence Student Union (Providence): Building student power to ensure young people have a fair say in improving their education. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for opportunities to volunteer and help elevate young people’s work. Learn more.
Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement (RICMA) – RICMA is a nonprofit organization that aims to advance the Rhode Island Muslim community by facilitating communication across and between the state’s many Islamic institutions, organizations, and initiatives; and serving as a point of coordination and contact between the Muslim community and the broader Rhode Island community. Learn more.
East Bay Citizens for Peace: We are a grassroots organization made up of individuals from Rhode Island’s East Bay area that are committed to peaceful solutions to conflict and to social and economic justice through the promotion of open, respectful dialogue. We strive to accomplish these goals through public forums on topics relevant to our mission, publication of position papers and community activism. We also seek to promote changes in U.S. policy by lobbying our representatives in Washington DC on issues of concern. EBCP operates by consensus and does not as a group subscribe to any one political ideology or party. Learn more.