Letter Writing or Callings, Helping each other expand the political reach!
Written by a group of concerned Rhode Islanders
Shared by The Womxn Project
I. Let them know we appreciate them!
These are the 20 brave State Representatives, all Democrats, who have taken a stand to NOT vote for Nicholas Mattiello as Speaker of the House on January 1st, 2019. They are working hard to change the undemocratic way that the RI legislature works.
We are writing letters of support and thanks to these 20:
Rep Edith Ajello 29 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02904
Rep Joseph Almeida 145 Pound Road, Cumberland, RI 02864
Rep Justine Caldwell 8 Aurora Road, East Greenwich, RI 02818
Rep Lauren Carson 11 Willow Street, Newport, RI 02840
Rep Liana Cassar * 2 Hope Ct, Barrington, RI 02806
Rep Terri-Denise Cortvriend* 46 Mary Lane, Portsmouth, RI 02871
Rep Susan Donovan 2 Rego Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809
Rep Kathleen Fogarty 50 Woodmark Way, South Kingstown, RI 02879
Rep Arthur Handy 26 Welfare Avenue, Cranston, RI 02910
Rep Raymond Hull 616 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI 02908
Rep Katherine Kazarian 380 Pleasant Street, Rumford, RI 02916
Rep Rebecca Kislak* 242 4th Street, Providence, RI 02906
Rep Jason Knight 1 Newbrook Drive, Barrington, RI 02806
Rep John Lombardi 48 Grove Street, Providence, RI 02909
Rep Carol Hagan McEntee 70 Broad Rock Road, S. Kingstown, RI 02879
Rep Mary Messier 25 Olympia Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02861
Rep Marcia Ranglin-Vassell 32 Waite Street, Providence, RI 02908
Rep Deborah Ruggiero 78 Columbia Ave, Jamestown, RI 02835
Rep Teresa Tanzi 57 Hillcrest Rd, South Kingstown, RI 02879
Rep Moira Walsh 746 Douglas Ave, Providence, RI 02908
II. State Reps We Must Convince to NOT Support Mattiello as Speaker:
These are Democratic State Reps who need to be encouraged to reconsider their support for Nicholas Mattiello as Speaker of the House.
This is timely. The vote for Speaker will take place on January 1st, 2019. You can mail these as you write them.
Rep Gregg Amore 73 Plymouth Road, East Providence, RI 02914
Rep Jean Philippe Barros 1 William Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
Rep David Bennett 27 Shippee Ave Warwick, RI 02886
Rep Chris Blazejewski 1 Thayer Street, Providence, RI 02906
Rep Dennis Canario 64 Birchwood Dr, Portsmouth, RI 02871
Rep Julie Casimiro 329 Wickham Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852
Rep Shelby Maldonado PO Box 6506, Central Falls, RI 02863
Rep Evan Shanley 190 Viceroy Rd, Warwick, RI 02886
Rep Karen Alzate 984 York Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02861
Rep Mario Mendez 275 Union Ave, Providence, RI 02908
Rep Joseph Shekarchi State House Rm 323, 82 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02903
Your letters will remind members of the Rhode Island House that Rep. Mattiello kept a sexual harasser in power, covered it up and lied about it.
He said bringing the Reproductive Health Care Act to the floor would take up all the oxygen in the room. He said there was no real threat to Roe v. Wade, when in fact there ARE 15 pending court cases that could undermine Roe v. Wade.
Representative Mattiello is clearly out of step with this state and our values. We respectfully ask that members of the RI State House vote for new leadership that will be open and inclusive. That status quo must end!
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**We want to see him NOT get reinstated as Speaker for simple reasons like:
- Covering up
- Not protecting coworkers
- Being insensitive to sexual harassment matters
He knowingly violated RI campaign finance laws during his 2016 re-election bid & was forced to repay $72,000 by the RI Board of Elections earlier this year
In 2018, he quashed a number of popular “womxn’s issues” bills because they did not align with his and his lobbyist friends’ interests. These bills included the RHCA, a multi-bill package of bills that emerged from a sexual-harassment study chaired by Teresa Tanzi, a bill that would have helped secure justice for victims of childhood sexual assault, and a bill that would have ensured equal pay for RI womxn.