This Friday, December 6, at 6:30 pm at Waterplace Restaurant (1 Finance Way, Providence), the Progressive Democrats are going to be holding our Progressive Hero Award fundraiser. We’re going to be honoring Congressman David Cicilline and Representative Larry Valencia.
A past recipient of the Progressive Hero Award, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be on hand to introduce David Cicilline. Representative Teresa Tanzi, a progressive champion who represents Narragansett and South Kingstown, will be introducing Larry Valencia.
Both our honorees have a long list of accomplishments, and I can only list a few: Larry Valencia took the lead in the fight to repeal our right-wing voter ID law, and David Cicilline played a vital role in the battle to defend Social Security. Representative Valencia was one of only 20 representatives to vote against throwing 6,500 Rhode Islanders off Medicaid, and David Cicilline signed the Grayson-Takano letter pledging to never vote to cut Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. Larry Valencia’s bill to repeal the 2006 tax cuts for the rich has earned him a well-deserved reputation for fiscal responsibility. David Cicilline’s support for the Amash Amendment to restrain the NSA’s worst excesses, his opposition to SOPA, and his support for regulating marijuana like alcohol have earned him a well-deserved reputation as a champion of civil liberties. And, despite the opposition of a vocal minority of their constituents, Representative Valencia and Congressman Cicilline have consistently supported sensible gun reforms that balance the safety of our children with the original intent of the Second Amendment.
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