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Week three of the Rhode Island Poor People’s Campaign takes on the war economy



Week three of the Rhode Island Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival took on the War Economy: Militarism and the Proliferation of Gun Violence. This week activists started and finished the action on the Rhode Island State House lawn.

The campaign is making the following demands.

  • We demand an end to military aggression and war-mongering.
  • We demand a stop to the privatization of the military budget and any increase in military spending.
  • We demand a reallocation of resources from the military budget to education, health care, jobs and green infrastructure needs, and strengthening a Veterans Administration system that must remain public.
  • We demand a ban on assault rifles and a ban on the easy access to firearms that has led to the increased militarization and weaponization of our communities.
  • We demand the demilitarization of our communities on the border and the interior. This includes ending federal programs that send military equipment into local and state communities and ceasing the call to build a wall at the United StatesMexico border.
  • We demand an immigration system that, instead of criminalizing people for trying to raise their families, prioritizes family reunification, keeps families together and allows us all to build thriving communities in the country we call home.

Reverend Ebony Grisom and Camilo Viveiros of the George Wiley Center co-chair the Rhode island campaign:

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Week four of the Rhode Island Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will deal with the “Right to Health and a Healthy Planet: Ecological Devastation and Health Care.” It will be at 2pm on Monday, June 4, on the Rhode Island State House lawn.

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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.