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RhodeIsland_Canvass_Lobby_Photo by Dave Gerraughty

Direct Democracy at the Statehouse

May 9, 2017

I am a canvasser. For four months, I have been knocking on doors and talking to folks about environmental and public health issues with Clean Water Action. I recently graduated from Salve Regina University where I majored in biology with a focus on environmental sciences.

I always pictured myself doing research for an agricultural company or becoming some sort of laboratory technician, but I didn’t imagine I would be a community organizer for a nonprofit. I can honestly say I can’t imagine working for any other organization.

clean water lobby day by jenny vickers

It's not all a House of Cards

June 27, 2016

Last week, I traveled from our Montclair office to the Statehouse in Trenton for a Clean Water Lobby Day. On the way there, the scene that played in my mind mirrored one from House of Cards. I thought of Kevin Spacey rolling his eyes before he opened the door to the hallway and the lobbyists dying of anticipation waiting on the other side of the door.

Supporters of Energize RI's carbon pricing bill gather outside the statehouse on Lobby Day.Photo by Kai Salem

Diving into the Legislature

May 5, 2016

You never know what you might run into when activists descend on the statehouse for the Environment Council of Rhode Island’s (ECRI) annual Lobby Day.

Last Wednesday, I was greeted in the rotunda by a group of our allies in the Energize Rhode Island coalition wearing snorkels to demonstrate the kind of gear we’ll all need if we don’t fight the sea level rise that is resulting from Climate Change.

#MakeExxonPay More Day of Action

June 15, 2015

By Alessandro Ciari, former community organizer with Clean Water Action and student, Montclair State University