Friday, March 28, 2014

Providence Department of Public Works

The Department of Public Works does street cleaning, road maintenance, trash pick-up, and snow removal - and a LOT more. Find out more about what else the department does -, and how to get rid of anything else you want gone.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Healthy Farms, Healthy Families

Town Hall Forum 

Thursday, April 3rd
7:00 - 8:30 PM

First Unitarian Society of Providence
1 Benevolent St
Providence, RI 02906

- the event is free and open to the public - 

RSVP by clicking here!
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[For more information, contact Gus at or 608-354-2036]
Come join us for an evening of food, education and empowerment and show your support for Food & Water Watch’s Healthy Farms, Healthy Families Campaign! Learn more about the issue of antibiotic resistant bacteria from guest speakers and experts, and enjoy some great food!
For too long, Big Ag has gotten away with prioritizing profit over public health. We need our senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, to be a public health champion and hold a senate committee hearing on the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act, which would end the overuse of antibiotics in livestock feed, and safeguard their effectiveness in treating you and your loved ones.
 Guest speakers at the Forum, including Dr. Louis Rice, physician and chair of the department of medicine at Brown, farmer Pat McNiff from Pat's Pastured and Rachel McNally, a "Supermom against Superbugs" with PEW Research  will address the issue of antibiotic resistant bacteria and explain what can and must be done to counter this growing threat. The panel will conclude with a question and answer period and information on how you can get involved in this important campaign.
This event is co-sponsored by Food and Water Watch, First Unitarian Social Justice Ministry, Rhode Island Sierra Club, RI State Nurses' Association, NOFA-RI, Chipotle, Rogue Island and Viva Mexico

Friday, March 21, 2014

ReZoning Providence: Public Meeting 5/6

Come view and discuss the proposed changes to the Zoning Map for
College Hill, Fox Point, Wayland, Mount Hope, Hope, and Blackstone
at our neighborhood public meeting on
Tuesday, May 6, 5:30-7:30 PM
Brown-RISD Hillel House, 80 Brown Street

  • Presentation of proposed key changes to the Zoning Ordinance
  • Presentation of proposed changes to the Zoning Map
  • Question and Answer Session
  • Open House
Come be a part of a comprehensive overhaul of the Zoning Ordinance,
and help us reshape the future of development in Providence. 

For more information on meetings in other neighborhoods, please visit the project website
or call 401.680.8400.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The League of Women Voters and Candidate Debates: A Changing Relationship

Why doesn't the League of Women Voters do Presidential Debates now?

State and local Leagues across the country continue to host debates for candidates running at all other levels of government, from U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to statewide offices, to city government and everything in between. The grassroots nature of the League enables us to engage communities in the process by hosting debates and other election activities.

But what about Presidential debates? The League did get sued any number of times, but there's more to the story. Read about it here.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

LWV Quad States to Look at Regional Energy

The 8th Annual Quad States Leadership Conference will be held on May 3 and 4, once again at the Hampton Inn in Wells, ME.

With energy production and distribution currently “hot topics,” this year's subject will be Energy and Energy Efficiency.

The New England Governors in December signed a compact agreeing to work together to solve the regions energy issues. The Governors are committed to working toward a regional goal of lowering electricity and heating costs and expanding their [energy] portfolios. It this announcement contributed to our making the choice of topic for our 2014 conference.

Tentative Agenda and Registration Form

Make your own hotel reservation at Hampton Inn & Suites, 900 Post Road, Wells, Maine 04090 (207-646-0555). Be sure to say you are with the League of Women Voters and the room rate will be $109.00. Find a roommate to share and the cost will be under $55 per person. Our block of rooms will be held until April 18, but the rate will be in effect until the event. Breakfast is included in the room rate, Saturday lunch is included in your registration fee. We will have dinner in area restaurants on Saturday.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

SAVE THE DATE!: - Forum: "Legislation Aimed at Reducing Gun Violence."

Rhode Island Public Health Association presents: 
"Legislation Aimed at Reducing Gun Violence."
Public Health Think Tank Forum

Join us to discuss
Gun Violence Legislation
submitted for the 2014 session

Thursday, April 3, 2014
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
State Room
Rhode Island State House
        co-sponsored by
     The RI Coalition Against Gun Violence

Free Event registration to follow

The mission of the Public Health Think Tank, established by statute in 2006, is to facilitate collaboration between scientists, academics, advocates and legislators when prioritizing and promoting health issues. RIPHA members are available to assist legislators with health policy research and issues.

Agriculture Study Update Consensus Meeting 4/7‏

April 7, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 pm
603 Angell St.
Providence, RI 02906

Agriculture Study Explanation

For more information on the LWVUS website:
Study Committee/Timeline/Background Reading
Consensus Questions
Study Papers (14 documents)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Advocacy - Bill Tracking

There have been a great many bills introduced in the Legislature in 2014, and the Advocacy Committee has been busy tracking issues of interest to the League. See a full listing of bills being tracked. (Scroll down to 2014)

If you are interested in any of the bills or would like to get involved, please contact Derry Riding

Bylaw amendment proposal on Concurrence process LWVUS 2014 Convention‏

An amendment (5 words) was added at the 2012 LWVUS convention to the section on concurrence (Article XII Section 2C) that removes an important element of flexibility LWVUS delegates might have to adopt a position by concurrence at convention in a timely manner.

The LWV Sacramento County is proposing that we go back to the original bylaw language to retain the flexibility of the grassroots delegate body to use the concurrence process on the very rare occasion that we need that flexibility. This proposal maintains the threshold requirement of a 2/3 vote to amend or adopt a national League position by concurrence on the floor of convention.

More information

Please contact me with your support, opposition or questions.

Paula Lee
LWV Sacramento, CA

Opposing view:
The bylaw was amended to reaffirm the meaning and intent of concurrence, which is to concur with a position reached by another League after study and discussion. It's the study and discussion at the grassroots aspect that sets League positions apart from stances taken by other organizations. We trust other Leagues to have done a thorough process, that's why we can be comfortable in concurring. I'm for leaving the bylaw alone.
Judy Poulson, LWVTN

City of Providence Zoning Ordinance Public Release Draft

The public release draft of the City of Providence Zoning Ordinance is now available for download. You can download it here.

Sam Zurier explains Woonsocket, Pawtucket lawsuit against RIDE

The school districts of Pawtucket and Woonsocket take their lawsuit against the Department of Education to the state Supreme Court Tuesday. They feel the 2010 school funding formula unfairly deprives their districts of the resources needed for an adequate education, said Providence City Councilor Sam Zurier, one of the lawyers representing the two districts. -

See more at:

Providence Conversation: The Gangs of Providence

Monday, March 31, 7 to 8:30 pm,

Speaker: Sergeant Michael Wheeler, head of Gang Intervention Unit, Providence Police Department

For more information: Joan Retsinas 272-0422

Conveners’ Meeting

Monday, March 10, 10:30,

For more information phone Liz Head 351-2269

Come plan the next set of meetings, discuss finances, membership

League Day at the State House

Wednesday March 26,, Governor’s Reception Room, 3:30 - 6:30

Topic: “ Hope for Rhode Island’s Cities”
Speakers: Mayors James Diossa (Central Falls) and  Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (Woonsocket)

To register, see www.

For more information, contact