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Upcoming Events for Common Cause Rhode Island

You can find information about recent and upcoming events for Common Cause Rhode Island here.

What: Sunshine Week: How Public Records Shed Light on State and Local Government in Rhode Island

When: Saturday, March 16, 2024 from 10:30 AM to noon

Where: William Hall Library, 1825 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905 (please enter through the marked entrance from outside, not through the library)

Who: Ed Fitzpatrick (Boston Globe)–moderator; Colleen Cronin (EcoRI News), Wheeler Cowperthwaite (Providence Journal), and Eli Sherman (WPRI)–panelists

Public records are one of the key tools journalists use to shed light on state and local government in Rhode Island. Hear from working journalists who use Rhode Island’s public records law daily to tell important stories and hold our government accountable. Learn the good – and bad – of public records law in Rhode Island.

The next installment of Common Cause Rhode Island’s Demystifying Democracy civic education series, this panel discussion is FREE and open to the public. The session is organized by the state’s freedom of information coalition, ACCESS/RI, and Spanish-language interpretation will be available.

This event is not endorsed by or affiliated with the Cranston Public Library.

Registration here! 

I’m Just a Bill (Held for Further Study)

When: Saturday, January 27th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM

Where: United Way of Rhode Island, 50 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02909

Have you ever wondered how to testify at the General Assembly? What does the committee process typically look like? And what does it really mean when a bill you care about is held for further study?

On January 27th, join Common Cause Rhode Island and the Latino Policy Institute for the inside scoop on the lawmaking process in Rhode Island.

Learn from experienced advocates, legislators, and journalists about how the process has changed in recent years, what to look for when tracking legislation, and how to meaningfully promote the issues you care about. This is the first event in our annual Demystifying Democracy series.

Register here

 

 


Recent events from Common Cause RI

All Politics Are Local: Understanding Local Government in Rhode Island

You may know what’s in the Constitution, but do you know what’s in your local charter? Local government is closest to the people, but it’s often the least understood. Here in the smallest state, the smallest tier of government can make a big impact. Join us to hear from experts on municipal government in Rhode Island and connect with other people about the issues you care about and how you can make a change in your community.

All Politics Are Local: Understanding Local Government in Rhode Island

Demystifying Democracy: Demystifying Democracy: How a Bill (Really) Becomes a Law in Rhode Island

Have you ever wondered how to testify at the General Assembly? What does the committee process typically look like? And what does it mean when a bill you care about is held for further study?

On March 4, join Common Cause Rhode Island and the Latino Policy Institute for the inside scoop on the lawmaking process in Rhode Island.

Learn from experienced advocates and state leaders about how the process has changed in recent years, what to look for when tracking legislation, and how to meaningfully promote the issues you care about.

2022 Champions of Democracy Celebration & Annual Meeting

Our 2022 Annual Meeting and Champions of Democracy Celebration was our biggest event of the year, and our first in-person event in two years.

We recognized with our Emerging Leader Award, Miranda Oakley, disability and voting rights champion, and with our Excellence in Public Service Award, ARISE, The Center for Justice and Providence Student Union for their lawsuit seeking a right to a civics education for all Rhode Island students.

Demystifying Democracy: Misinformation and Disinformation in Rhode Island Elections

Why do conspiracy theories about our elections spread so easily online? How do we combat false election information? Common Cause Rhode Island hosted a webinar exploring the problem with online misinformation in our elections in Rhode Island. Emma Steiner, Disinformation Analyst for Common Cause explained the difference between misinformation and disinformation- how and why disinformation has become so prevalent- and what you can do to help stop it. WATCH

What’s the Future of Online Public Meetings?

When the pandemic began in 2020 our government moved online. Since then we have seen the good and the bad of online public meetings. Common Cause hosted a discussion about what the future holds for online public meetings in Rhode Island. We heard from advocates and practitioners about the pros and cons of government by Zoom. WATCH


Demystifying Democracy: I’m Just a Bill (Held for Further Study)

Common Cause hosted a Zoom webinar featuring a live panel discussion of advocates, legislators, and journalists explaining the lawmaking process in Rhode Island. The event leaned into how the process has changed in 2022 with new rules and pandemic-era changes. WATCH


Redistricting Community Activist Training

Common Cause Rhode Island hosted a series of community mapping workshops. The trainings taught the public about the basics of redistricting as well as how you can draw maps of your community using free software.  Trainings also included instruction on how you can testify before state and local redistricting commissions. WATCH


The State of Voting Rights in Rhode Island

Common Cause and our partners in the Rhode Island Voting Access Coalition, hosted a webinar on The State of Voting Rights in Rhode Island. It was an opportunity for us to bring you up-to-date on where things stand and for the public to ask questions about the status of our fight to provide voters with greater access to the ballot. WATCH


Demystifying Democracy: “What’s on the ballot? Learn about the 7 questions for the March election

Demystifying Democracy is an educational series hosted by Common Cause RI. This installment featured representatives for each bond question for Rhode Island’s special election in March. Panelists explained why they were supporting or opposing the bond. We were also joined by RI Treasurer Magaziner who explained bonds. WATCH


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