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Week four of the Rhode Island Poor People’s Campaign takes on ecological devastation and health care



Week four of the Rhode Island Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival took on the Right to Health and a Healthy Planet: Ecological Devastation and Health Care. The action took place on the Rhode Island State House lawn.

The campaign is making the following demands.

  • We demand 100 percent clean, renewable energy and a public jobs program to transition to a green economy that will put millions of people in sustainable living wage jobs.
  • We demand a fully funded public water and sanitation infrastructure that keeps these utilities and services under public control and that prioritize poor, rural and Native communities that have been harmed by polluting and extractive industries.
  • We demand a ban on fracking, mountaintop removal coal mining, coal ash ponds, and offshore drilling.
  • We demand a ban on all new pipelines, refineries, and coal, oil, and gas export terminals.
  • We demand the protection of public lands and the immediate cessation of opening up public lands for polluting and extractive industries.
  • We demand fully funded public resources and access to mental health professionals and addiction and recovery programs.
  • We demand the expansion of Medicaid in every state and the protection of Medicare and single-payer universal health care for all.
  • We demand equal treatment and accessible housing, health care, public transportation, adequate income and services for people with disabilities.
  • We demand the repeal of the 2017 federal tax law and the reinvestment of those funds into public programs for housing, health care, education, jobs, infrastructure and welfare for the poor.
  • We demand a budget that promotes the general welfare.

Mae Marrow started the event:

Beth Millam:

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Monica Huertas of No LNG in PVD!:

Christine King:

Linda Ujifusa on single payer health care:

Kate spoke about plastics in the ocean:

Brendan spoke about mental health care:

Professor Peter Nightingale spoke about climate change happening here, right now:

Kathy, a member of Rhode Island Interfaith Power and Light spoke about environmental racism.

Jan Campbell from the group End Corporate Rule:

Alisha Ross spoke about the future of the Poor People’s Campaign:

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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.