Women’s March: Who Were Those Speakers?

Between 5000 and 7000 people attended the Women’s March at the Rhode Island State House yesterday, January 21st, part of more than 4 million people who attended events across the world in response to Donald Trump’s inauguration. During the speaking program, activists and elected officials addressed the crowd, encouraging everyone to stay woke, to stay engaged if we want to protect the rights now under threat.

Three of the speakers were members of the Rhode Island General Assembly, and we wanted to give you a little context about who they are:

Gayle Goldin

Senator Goldin represents Senate District 3, which covers almost the entire East Side of Providence, with the exception of the Mount Hope neighborhood centered on Camp Street. She has served since 2012, and has been one of the most progressive members of the State Senate in that time. One of her biggest interests is increasing access to healthcare, including reproductive health. She was also one of a small number of Senators who stood to testify in support of marriage equality when that historic vote occurred in 2013. If you want to reach her you can do so at (401) 276-5568.

Aaron Regunberg

Representative Regunberg represents House District 4, which covers the northern part of Providence’s East Side, from the Seekonk River to Rte 95, from Olney Street and Nathan Bishop Middle School up to the Pawtucket City Line. He was elected in 2014, and in that short time has become an outspoken advocate for economic, social, and environmental justice. He graduated from Brown University in 2012 and works to empower young people toward civic engagement through the Providence Student Union, which he co-founded. If you want to reach him you can do so at (401) 263-7770.

Marcia Ranglin-Vassell

Representative Ranglin-Vassell represents House District 5, which covers the Charles, Wanskuck, and Elmhurst neighborhoods of Providence (Along the city’s northern boundary from Rte 95 west to Admiral, then down to include the area around PC; does not include anything between Branch & Douglas, which is District 3). A special education teacher in the Providence public schools, in 2016 she ousted long-time representative John DeSimone, one of the most powerful members of the General Assembly. She was born in Jamaica and along with Rep. Regunberg and 20 other state representatives, she launched the Fair Shot campaign recently to advance four progressive policy priorities. If you want to reach her you can do so at (401) 339-6598.

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