NEW: Occupy Providence to Address Homelessness
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Providence’s 99% is tackling a critical new issue in Rhode Island – homelessness.
On Saturday, December 10, the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless will join with Occupy Providence to march, rally and occupy the statehouse lawn, calling on Governor Chafee and state legislators to pass legislation regarding homelessness in the Ocean State.
According to the Coalition, the state’s homeless shelters are full, foreclosure rates remain high, and countless hardworking families cannot find affordable housing. Protesters are demanding comprehensive legislation including a permanent funding stream for affordable housing projects, a Homeless Bill of Rights and “Just Cause” foreclosure reform bill.
The rally will begin at noon at Burnside Park, followed by a march to the State House lawn. The State House Rally will begin at 2 pm, followed by a Teach-in, General Assembly and Community Potluck Dinner from 4-9 pm. Protesters will stage a one-night occupation of the lawn and invite participants to bring their tents and sleeping bags.
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