Demystifying Democracy

Common Cause Rhode Island, in conjunction with the Rhode Island School of Design, will again host three free educational seminars on how state government works, and how you can make a difference.

In 2017, we launched our Demystifying Democracy series to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the legislative process in Rhode Island and to empower citizens to participate in our state and local democracy.  Each session brings together a diverse group of experts from advocacy, journalism, government, and elsewhere to educate and empower citizens to participate and effect change within our state and local democracy.

“I’m Just a Bill (held for further study)” will focus on understanding the legislative process in Rhode Island.  Our second session, “Making Your Point in 3 Minutes or Less,” will teach you how to testify effectively at the General Assembly.  At “No Math Required,” learn more about the state’s budget process, especially as the 2018 legislative session comes to a close.

All events are free and open to the public, but we ask you to please register in advance.  Sign up to join us for one, two, or all three.


Our upcoming events for Demystifying Democracy:

I’m Just a Bill (held for further study): 
Understanding the Legislative Process in Rhode Island
Saturday, January 20, 2018*
Making Your Point in 3 Minutes or Less:
Testifying at the General Assembly
Saturday, March 10, 2018
No Math Required: 
Understanding Rhode Island’s State Budget Process
Saturday, May 5, 2018
All seminars will be held at:
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum
20 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903
*PLEASE NOTE: The Women’s March – Providence 2018 is also happening on 1/20 from 12-2pm.  We will end 15 minutes early so that those attending the march can arrive on time.  The State House is a .5 mile walk from the Metcalf Auditorium.  We’ll have hot beverages you can take with you on your way out.
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