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



The George Wiley Center

The GWC was founded thirty-five years ago by Henry Shelton, in honor of an African-American Chemistry prof who left academe for a career in community activism, including helping found the National Welfare Rights Organization.

We are now concentrating our energies on equity in access to gas and electric power.  With the help of colleagues in the Center for Justice, we are negotiating a settlement of our lawsuit against National Grid and the Division of Public Utilities, to get them to follow the letter of the statute guaranteeing unhindered access to Rhode Islanders suffering from health conditions which would put their safety at risk if they lost access to public utilities.

Anybody who wants to volunteer for or contribute to the GWC can call us at 728-5555, visit us at 32 East Avenue in Pawtucket or online at