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Rhode Island: Join a hearing to ban nuclear weapons!

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Join Just Peace RI, a coalition of Rhode Island peace organizations, for a hearing on a historic bill that will urge the federal government to pursue a broad range of measures to reduce the danger of nuclear war and to sign and ratify the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons (TPNW)!

What: Hearing on Senate Resolution S.2423

When: This Wednesday, April 27th at 4:30pm

Where: Rhode Island State House (82 Smith St.), Room 310

Whether you can make it or not, please also submit written testimony!
  • Submit your written testimony to [email protected].  In the subject box of the e-mail, indicate the bill number.
  • In your message, include your name, the bill number (Senate resolution 2423) and that you are writing in favor of the resolution.   Adding your home town or city is a good idea too.  There is no deadline for submission listed on the hearing agenda, but because testimony is posted to the General Assembly website, the best bet to get your testimony posted before the hearing is to get it in by Tuesday night . It helps if you send in the testimony in PDF form, but the Senate does not require that. Written testimony will be accepted after the hearing but clerks will present each Senator with a packet that will include all written testimony submitted by 2 pm on Wednesday.
  • Written testimony isn't difficult and doesn't have to be perfect.  Some of the most effective testimony is personal. Tell the legislators an anecdote about how these weapons have affected your life, your childhood or your town.  If you want to make more "objective" arguments, consult the talking points attached below that suggest 10 subjects you might want to discuss, ranging from the horrors of what a nuclear exchange would do to the facts about job creation and how for every dollar spent on creating jobs in the war industry would create many more jobs in education and health care and more jobs in other areas like green energy jobs.  
  • Again, a few powerful sentences is all you need.  But be heard and testify!
In person testimony before the committee at the State House is simple.
  • The hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 27th  in room 310 of the State House, starting at 4:30. You can sign up outside the hearing room before the hearing begins or get your name to the clerk who will be in the hearing room, if you have to arrive late.  There are only six bills on the agenda.  We have no way of knowing in what order the bills will be heard.  If there are a lot of people at the hearing, your verbal testimony might be limited to two or three minutes, so be prepared to keep your testimony short and to the point if necessary.  Read it if you must, but speaking directly in a conversational mode and from the heart is better.
For any questions, please contact:
  • David Oppenheimer - 401-527-1851                   
  • Jonathan Daly-Labelle - 401-741-3820




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