Residents of Providence’s Fox Point, Wayland, and Downtown neighborhoods welcomed a vibrant new vision as Justice Gaines formally announced her candidacy to be the next City Councilperson for Ward 1. The announcement took place Thursday at Louis’ Restaurant on Brook Street.
“I’m running because the people of Ward 1 deserve to be represented by someone with as much energy, creativity and devotion to our community as they have,” explained Justice. “That’s the kind of public servant I’m prepared to be for our community.”
Justice lives in Fox Point, and is an organizer with Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, a coalition of community-based organizations, labor unions and faith leaders organizing to support working people. Justice played a leadership role in the negotiating the passage of the Providence Community Police Relations Act (also known as the Community Safety Act) and was appointed a Commissioner on the City’s Community Safety Act Working Group. She is a nationally acclaimed spoken word artist, with work recently published in POETRY magazine. She attended Brown University where she studied sociology. When elected Justice will be the first openly trans person to hold public office in Rhode Island history.
Ward 1 is an eclectic mix of professionals, small business people, artists and students. Justice said that she is “honored to live in a community that includes so many of the different sectors of people who make Providence great. We can make our whole City stronger and healthier by focusing on building our local economy instead of importing businesses from other regions. I want to put the community at the center of creating a sustainable economy.”
Volunteers for Justice for Ward 1 are knocking on doors, setting up informal meetings to gather ideas, and getting the word out that election day is Wednesday, September 12<. Anyone interested in learning more or volunteering is invited to contact Justice Twitter, or email at JusticeforWard1@gmail.com.
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