“I am continually inspired by the power and the strength that keep gathering in this room. It’s beautiful. This is a beautiful thing,” said State Representative Aaron Regunberg (District 4-Providence) to the nearly one thousand people who showed up for the third Resist Hate RI meeting at Hope High School in Providence.
Saturday’s meeting was different from the first two. There was a brief, half hour session of organizing and action updates, followed by a number of different skills building breakout sessions. These sessions included: Being a White Ally, Crash Course on Community Organizing, Journalism for the People, Local Elections, State Legislative Advocacy, and Training and Tactics to Protect Our Health Care. (Full disclosure: I helmed the Journalism for the People session.)
“Together,” said Regunberg, noting the rallies, countless phone calls and emails, and the headlines earned by the people in the room, “All of you have helped change the conversation in state politics… that has given some courage to our state leaders to step up in the wake of a Donald Trump presidency. It’s certainly strengthened the governor’s approach, it has helped embolden state legislators. Just this week 25 of my colleagues in the House stood together to announce the Fair Shot Agenda, a package of bold progressive policies like Fight for $15, paid sick days and school facilities funding.”
After Regunberg’s comments there were a series of announcements concerning upcoming event, organizing meetings and the like. You can watch the full video here: