RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty Calls on Churches to Take Action

5/15/2018

The Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty is offering a series of "next steps" for faith leaders to take following the 10th Annual Interfaith Poverty Conference held last week.  (The Rev. Traci Blackmon, executive minister of Justice and Witness Ministries for the United Church of Christ, was the keynote speaker - find video, photos and an article here on Uprise RI)

Housing:
End Housing Discrimination!
If your congregation or organization would like postcards to sign please email riinterfaithcoalition@gmail.com. We also encourage you to share the videos put together by Signs of Providence through your social media. Here is a link to the video shown at the conference and more will be coming out! Follow @signsofprovidence to see each video as it is released.

Children's Issues:
Tiered Quality Rates for Child Care Assistance Program  
Bills will be heard this week on both the House and Senate side to increase and adopt tiered quality rates for the Child Care Assistance Program for children of all ages (H7148/S2120). The House Finance hearing will take place on Tuesday, May 15th around 4:30pm and Senate Finance will be meeting on Thursday, May 17th from 3-4pm and then after 4:30pm.

Strolling Thunder
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, in partnership with ZERO TO THREE, is organizing a major advocacy event, Strolling Thunder, to bring approximately 40 Rhode Island families with babies and toddlers to the State House on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Click HERE for more information.

Race and Poverty:
Discussions on White Privilege
RI State Council of Churches is gearing up for more Merciful Conversations on Race: Let's Talk about White Privilege. For more information contact Shannan Hudgins at hudgins.shannan08@gmail.com.

Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Check out the new Poor People's Campaign and what is going on in Rhode Island. For more information email rhodeisland@poorpeoplescampaign.org

Fair Pay/Equal Pay:
Paid Family Leave
For more information on improving Paid Family Leave visit: ripaidleave.net.

Raising the Minimum Wage and Ensuring Equal Pay
Advocate to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour and to put protections in place to make sure that all Rhode Islanders are paid equally. Send an electronic note to your legislator here or email Georgia Hollister Isman (ghollisterisman@workingfamilies.org) to get involved.

Home Care Independence and Choice
Help build a dependable home care system that will allow Rhode Island seniors and people with disabilities who want to live at home and that caregivers are paid fairly. Visit The Rhode Island Campaign for Home Cape Independence and Choice.

South County
Do you live in South County and want to get more involved in the work of the RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty? Check out our monthly meeting on the third Tuesday from 11-12pm at Good Shepherd LUtheran Church or email riinterfaithcoalition@gmail.com for more information.
 


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