NBC10: Area activists hold rallies in Rhode Island

NBC10: Area activists hold rallies in Rhode Island

By Jared Pelletier

Hundreds of people attended two separate events in Providence on Saturday where activists spoke out against President Donald Trump.

On Saturday morning, members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation hosted a “Protect Our Care” rally at Rhode Island College in Providence.

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act spoke in an effort to urge Republican lawmakers to not repeal or replace what’s often referred to as “Obamacare.”

“This delegation, we hear you. We hear you and we’re ready to fight for you,” said Congressman Jim Langevin.

At Hope High School in Providence Saturday afternoon, a group called “Resist Hate RI” hosted a community meeting.

People who are anti-President Trump attended workshops focusing on several issues.

This was the fourth community meeting event the group has held.

“Part of what we’re trying to do here is make change right here in Rhode Island, There are laws in the state that we need to change. We need to enact protections for reproductive rights,”

said Craig O’Connor, Rhode Island Director of Public Policy and Government Relations with Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.

Organizers say the purpose of the event was to educate people about getting involved with political activism.

According to organizers, approximately 800 people attended the community event at Hope High School.