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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Free training program for citizen activists

By John Marion in Rhode Island’s Future

Common Cause Rhode Island is again hosting our Demystifying Democracy series, which we launched in 2017.  

This series will focus on empowering citizens to participate in our state and local democracy by providing a behind-the-scenes look at the legislative process.  

We will bring together a diverse group of experts from advocacy, journalism, government, and elsewhere to educate Rhode Islanders on how the General Assembly works and how to become an advocate.  

“I’m Just a Bill (held for further study)” will focus on understanding the legislative process in Rhode Island.  

Our second session, “Making Your Point in 3 Minutes or Less,” will teach you how to testify effectively at the General Assembly.  At “No Math Required,” learn more about the state’s budget process, especially as the 2018 legislative session comes to a close.


Free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Sign up to join us for one, two, or all three. 

Check http://commoncauseri.org/dd/ for more information.

Our upcoming events for Demystifying Democracy:

I’m Just a Bill (held for further study):
Understanding the Legislative Process in Rhode Island
Saturday, January 20, 2017*
10:30-11:45am

Making Your Point in 3 Minutes or Less:
Testifying at the General Assembly
Saturday, March 10, 2017
10:30am-12:00pm

No Math Required:
Understanding Rhode Island’s State Budget Process
Saturday, May 5, 2017
10:30am-12:00pm

All seminars will be held at:
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum
20 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903

Thank you to our partners at RISD for sponsoring the community space.

*PLEASE NOTE: The Women’s March – Providence 2018 is happening on 1/20 from 12-2pm.  We will end 15 minutes early so that those attending the march can arrive on time.  The State House is a .5 mile walk from the Metcalf Auditorium.  We’ll have hot beverages you can take with you on your way out.

John Marion is the executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island.