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Protesters target the Rhode Island congressional delegation’s support for war



Dissatisfied with the Rhode Island congressional delegation’s continued support of large military budgets and the continuation of “unauthorized wars in the Middle East,” about six people with signs stood outside United States Representative James Langevin‘s office park in Warwick on Tuesday. Organizers Jonathan Daly-LaBelle and David Oppenheimer were careful to note that Langevin is not being singled out alone, he is just the first. The ongoing protest is targeting Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed, and Representative David Cicilline and Langevin.

At the entirely peaceful demonstration, Rhode Island’s congressional delegation was challenged for “their support of Trump and the majority GOP positions” on military spending and war. All four voted to support the $696 billion military budget.

As of this writing, Langevin’s office has not responded to a request for comment. The story will be updated if the office responds.

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Steve Ahlquist is Uprise RI's co-founder and lead reporter. He has covered human rights, social justice, progressive politics and environmental news for nearly a decade.