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Rep. Williams bill codifying privacy rights and reproductive freedoms guaranteed by Roe v. Wade passes House of Representatives

STATE HOUSE – Rep. Anastasia P. Williams’ (D-Dist. 9, Providence) legislation (2019-H 5125A) that codifies in state law the privacy rights and reproductive freedoms guaranteed by the United States Supreme Court in the case Roe v. Wade and its constitutional progeny was passed by the House of Representatives tonight. The vote for passage was 44-30 in support of the legislation. “I commend the House of Representatives for sending a clear message today that we as a state will not cower in the face of threats at the national level and that Rhode Island will stand strong in protecting women’s access…
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Historic House Vote to Protect the Right to Abortion

Advocates vow to keep up the fight to get this bill to the governor’s desk this year and protect the promise of Roe in Rhode Island. (Providence, RI) - Statement by The Womxn Project on tonight’s House passage of the Reproductive Privacy Act (H 5125), a bill to codify Roe and protect the right to abortion in state law:     “Just moments ago, the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted to PASS the Reproductive Privacy Act (H 5125) and protect the right to ; We will share more details soon and we are urging you to please do all you can to help…
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Providence City Council Honors International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day Occurs Annually on March 8th Providence, RI (March 7, 2019)…City Council Deputy Majority Leader Mary Kay Harris (Ward 11) and the majority female-led Council, unanimously voted to recognize March 8th  as International Women’s Day at a Council meeting last month.  The Council will be hosting an event tomorrow, Friday, March 8, beginning at 6:00 PM on the third floor of City Hall in celebration of International Women’s Day, whos 2019 theme is #BalanceforBetter. This is Harris’ second annual event to honor Women in Service, and it will begin with brief welcome remarks from Senator Jack Reed, Mayor Jorge O.…
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City Council President Pro Tempore Correia and Councilman Taylor to Introduce Ordinance Calling for Emergency Snow Parking Ban Guidelines

Providence, RI (March 7, 2019) – City Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia, Ward Six introduced an ordinance at tonight’s Council Meeting that calls for implementing an emergency parking ban if the expected snowfall is four inches or more. “The current system is not efficient and is failing to ensure the safety of our constituents during and after snowstorms,” stated Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia. “These bans are not being properly enforced resulting in hundreds of vehicles interrupting the plow trucks from clearing the streets. The Director of Public Works should call parking bans based on the severe weather report…
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Sen. Nesselbush and Rep. Fogarty honor women in higher education at International Women’s Day 2019 celebration

From the left: Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush, Dr. Jane Gerety, RSW, President of Salve Regina University, Dr. Christina Paxson, President of Brown University, Dr. Rosanne Somerson, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, and Rep. Kathleen A. Fogarty at the 2019 International Women’s Day celebration in the State Room of the State House STATE HOUSE – Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush and Rep. Kathleen A. Fogarty honored several women in leadership positions at the state’s higher education institutions at the 2019 International Women’s Day celebration held at the State House today. International Women’s Day is a day to acknowledge the…
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UMass Dartmouth Police Department receive re-accreditation

A team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission certified the department On February 26, 2019, the UMass Dartmouth Police Department received their second state re-accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission. Accreditation is a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession. These carefully selected standards reflect critical areas of police management, operations, and technical support activities. They cover areas such as policy development, emergency response planning, training, communications, property and evidence handling, use of force, vehicular pursuit, prisoner transportation, and holding facilities.…
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Schumer, Carper & Reed Introduce Legislation To Prohibit Any Federal Funding For Trump Administration’s Fake Climate Panel

In Light Of Reports That The White House Intends To Create A Fake-Science Working Group To Challenge The Scientific Consensus On Climate Change— Senators Schumer, Carper, And Reed Introduce Legislation To Block Any Federal Funding To Support Such A Working Group The White House’s Fake Climate Panel Would Be Comprised Of Cherry Picked Trump Administration Employees Who Have Agreed To Undermine The Findings In The National Climate Assessment— WH Has Tapped William Happer, A Prominent Climate Change Science Skeptic And Senior Director At The National Security Council, To Organize Fake Climate Panel Senate Dems: This Is The Intentional, Deliberate Sowing Of Disinformation About Climate…
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UFCW Local 371 Members Stand Together for a Better Stop & Shop

Westport, CT – On Wednesday, March 6th, members of the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 371 union, who work at Stop & Shop stores in Connecticut and western Massachusetts, made the unanimous decision to vote in favor of a strike authorization, which will allow the union’s negotiation committee to call for its members to strike Stop & Shop at any time during the current negotiation process. “We hope that yesterday’s decision will send a clear message that our union family is committed to making Stop & Shop a better place to work and shop. The cuts that Stop & Shop are proposing…
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March Is Red Cross Month: Be a Hero in Your Community

Volunteer, give blood, learning lifesaving skills or donate to #help1family on American Red Cross Giving Day PROVIDENCE, – March 7, 2019 — March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross Rhode Island asks people to be a hero for families in Rhode Island by becoming a volunteer, learning lifesaving skills, giving blood or donating to #help1family on Red Cross Giving Day, March 27. “During Red Cross Month, we are proud to recognize our volunteers who provide hope and urgent relief to families in need every day,” said Susan Roberts, Executive Director, American Red Cross Rhode Island. “These heroes are our…
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Statement from RI Coalition for Reproductive Freedom On Reproductive Privacy Act Floor Vote

Providence, RI - The House of Representatives is poised to make history by voting on the Reproductive Privacy Act (H 5125A) on the House Floor today. This a monumental moment in Rhode Island. The last time a vote on a bill to codify Roe v. Wade happened in Rhode Island was 1993 when it passed out of the House of Representatives, but did not pass the Senate. The Coalition thanks Chairwoman Williams and the cosponsors of the Reproductive Privacy Act for listening to the concerns of our members and finding common ground. The sponsors worked with the Coalition and others…
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