George Wiley Center

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For 30 years, The George Wiley Center has been a non-profit, 501(c)3 grassroots agency that organizes members of the low-income community to advocate for systematic changes aimed at alleviating problems associated with poverty. Our mission is “to build a community that addresses human needs and redresses injustices.” We have a special focus on food and energy insecurity issues in Rhode Island. Through outreach and recruitment in low-income neighborhoods, we are able to mobilize members of the community impacted by poverty to fight for changes in public policy using a variety of direct action, lobbying and non-violent tactics aimed at getting policy makers and law makers to implement solutions that are proven to work. Named after Rhode Island native and national civil rights activist, George Alvin Wiley, the George Wiley Center coordinates the Rhode Island Campaign to Eliminate Childhood Poverty, whose volunteer members speak from personal experience and use a variety of grassroots lobbying and peaceful protest tactics to create changes in local government and private institutions that will help eliminate poverty in their lives and in the lives of others. The work of the George Wiley Center is based on the belief that each person in our community is endowed with innate dignity and worth. Each deserves a decent home, adequate clothing and nutritious food, the essential resources for intellectual and emotional development. These goals are achieved through community education and awareness and community organization and development.

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Petitioning Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission

Don't weaken Utility Termination Protections!

The RI PUC has put on their agenda for Dec. 20th, 2013 a vote on changes to their rules regarding utility termination. These dramatic changes propose weakening the rules that have offered people important protections from having their heat and electricity shut off. Some of the proposed changes include weakening protection for the disabled and seniors, narrowing income eligibility levels, removing protection for the unemployed, and shortening protection in the winter time. They are proposing gutting the rules by cutting 55 pages of crucial rules down to 8 pages of diluted protections. Every year 20-30,000 Rhode Island households experience the loss of utility service due to termination, numbers that are already too high and would increase if the proposed rule changes are accepted. We need to speak out today to demand that the RI PUC not vote on any rule changes until they have held hearings across the state and in the evening so working families may attend. So far they have only held one hearing at their Warwick location during the working hours of the day and none of the rules have been translated into any language other than English. This is the first time in over a decade that they are attempting to make substantial changes to these rules. Last time, they held hearings in other parts of the state, and this time we request more hearings to assure a democratic process where people who are most affected can participate. Voting to accept the proposed rules would put thousands of seniors, disabled people, people with serious medical conditions, immigrants, children and low-income families at increased risk of being shut-off.   

George Wiley Center
204 supporters