The second statewide meeting of Resist Hate RI was not as big as the first, but it wasn’t small either. Around 800 people crowded into the cafeteria at Hope High School, this time prepared to roll up their sleeves and come up with plans and actions that will allow Rhode Island to resist and mitigate the worst aspects of the Trump agenda. There was a brief speaking segment that filled attendees in on what has happened in the month since the last meeting.
After the brief introduction was over, attendees broke into working groups, each group tackling a different subject area currently under threat. Subjects included health care, climate justice, racial justice, immigration rights, reproductive rights, gun control, worker justice, education, LGBTQ rights, civil rights and social safety net/anti-poverty. After the discussion period, a leader from each group told the attendees what concrete actions or events came out of the discussions. These actions will be updated on Resist Hate RI’s Facebook page, website and on RI Future‘s event calendar.
“The only way to protect our communities from what may be coming is to come together and fight,” said Representative Aaron Regunberg, one of the founders of Resist Hate RI. As the pictures and videos below show, that’s happening.
After Jodi Glass led the attendees in song, a lively rendition of Lean on Me, Regunberg, Georgia Hollister-Isman of the Working Family Party, Senator-elect Jeanine Calkin and Laufton Ascencao-Longo spoke to the crowd.
After the working groups made their plans, the following reports were made to the attendees:
Social safety net/anti-Poverty
One terrific group, made up entirely of children, had some excellent suggestions, including, “Poor people should have jobs such as paleontologists, and train rides.”