Occupy Providence is organizing a protest at the State House today to rally support against paying on the bonds used to finance the 38 Studios loan.
The group has been organizing against what it calls “the 38 Studios bailout” since 2012, and today it will be joined by reps Karen MacBeth, a Democrat, and Mike Chippendale, a Republican. Also in attendance will be former RIPEC and Carcieri insider Gary Sasse and speakers from RI Taxpayers (tea party front group), and members of the Libertarian and Green parties.
Randall Rose, of Occupy Providence, has been a leading voice against paying on the bonds. Here’s the full press release he sent today:
Today, May 29, from 4:30-5:45, there will be a protest against the 38 Studios bailout at the Smith Street entrance to the State House. Two major-party candidates for governor will speak, as will Rep. Karen Macbeth (D-Foster), Rep. Michael Chippendale (R-Foster), former RIPEC director Gary Sasse, Larry Girouard from RI Taxpayers, and speakers from the RI Green Party, the RI Libertarian Party, and Occupy Providence, among others. The protest is organized by Occupy Providence, which has been organizing protests against the 38 Studios bailout since June 2012.
The 38 Studios protest, outside the State House, will immediately follow a protest against the master lever inside the State House earlier in the afternoon. Although these two rallies are organized by different groups, they serve a similar purpose, showing that Rhode Islanders are wary of deferring to political leaders and believe in holding them accountable.
Occupy Providence’s petition against the 38 Studios bailout has over 1,000 signatures.http://petitions.moveon.org/