Drinking Liberally Providence Chapter Blog

Tomorrow: Lift a glass to good government!

Greetings!

Rhode Island's budget debate has come and gone in a haze of suspended rules and late night votes. Anyone else need a drink?

So come on down to the Wild Colonial tomorrow night 7-9pm for Drinking Liberally! We'll be joined by the estimable John Marion of Common Cause RI (www.commoncauseri.org). Good government, good friends, good night!

Your Drinking Liberally hosts,
Kristina, Marisa, Mark and Shandi

Join us tonight at Drinking Liberally!

Greetings from your Drinking Liberally hosts!

It's the fourth Wednesday of the month, and you know what that means. Come on down to the Wild Colonial this evening, and lift a glass to liberal politics!

We'll be joined by the RI National Organization for Women (www.rinow.org). RI NOW is a membership-based organization that uses the legislative process to improve the lives of women and girls in Rhode Island. RI NOW’s purpose is to take action to bring women into full participation in all aspects of public and private life without experiencing barriers based on gender.

Same great time; same great place – Wild Colonial, 250 South Water St, Providence, RI from 7pm – 9pm tonight May 22nd. See you there!

Cheers,

Shandi, Kristina, Mark & Marisa

3 Cheers for Mother Earth!

Greetings from Drinking Liberally!

What better way to kick off Spring than to celebrate Earth Day and raise a glass for the environment?

Please join us this Wednesday April 24 from 7 to 9pm for our monthly gathering at Wild Colonial. Sheila Dormody, Director of Sustainability for the city of Providence, will be there to talk about the importance of environmental stewardship and to let you know if you can recycle that or not.

•Ring in Spring with Green Advocates
•Wednesday April 24 @ 7pm-9pm
•Wild Colonial, 250 South Water St, Providence 02903
RSVP on facebook!

See you this Wednesday at Wild Colonial!

Your liberal hosts,

Kristina, Mark, Marisa&Shandi

Join DL tomorrow night and hear from your new hosts!

Dear DL Fans,
Just a reminder about DL tomorrow night! Hope to see you then. Cheers!
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Spring is in the air and we’re happy to announce that in addition to the trees and flowers budding out, DL is budding out with a new set of hosts. Although we've had fun rounding up the DL wagons over the past year, now is as good of time as ever to hand off our duties to four stellar activists.

We hope you can join us this Wednesday March 27 from 7pm – 9pm at Wild Colonial Tavern to meet the new kids on the block if you haven’t already. And for those of you looking for background checks on them, we did our homework and have the scoop about Kristina, Mark, Shandi and Marisa.

Kristina Fox Part Guatemalan, part Irish, all Rhode Islander, Kristina Fox lives in Federal Hill two street down from where her mom grew up. She is, among other things, an ardent feminist, an abstract artist, a Providence Kickball League Hall of Famer, a dedicated organizer, and a wicked big fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Kristina currently fights for civil rights, economic justice and the progressive way as the Director of Organizing at Ocean State Action. She also serves as the Executive Vice President of the Young Democrats of RI (where you’ll find no Rs, either politically or phonetically). Kristina enjoys a well made Manhattan, well made modern art and righteous rabble rousing. She’ll recruit you to the cause, and she’ll always bring the ‘gansett. You can reach her at kafox416@gmail.com.

Mark Gray is the kind of radical who thinks rich people should pay more taxes, banks shouldn't run the world, ladies shouldn't have to check in with Congress before making doctors appointments and churches shouldn't have a say in who gets to get married. He wants to recruit you for about six different things at any given time. He organizes unemployed workers for Ocean State Action and serves as membership director for the Young Democrats of Rhode Island. He would rather go to a Pawtucket Red Sox game than a Boston Red Sox game. He currently lives in the West End of Providence but his dream is to one day settle in his ancestral homeland of West Warwick.

Shandi Hanna is an organizer at SEIU 1199 and the Vice President of the RI NOW board. Her personal experiences growing up in poverty influenced her to dedicate her life to helping those less fortunate and to strive for social and economic justice for all. Shandi grew up in North Kingstown but bought a house in Cumberland a few years ago, and is excited to shake up her conservative neighborhood. She’s an animal lover who is the proud mama of two adorable kitties, Hunter and Sweetie Pie, and when she’s not working or doing volunteer work, you can find Shandi hanging with friends and family or on the Wii working on her Def Jam Rapstar career.

Marisa O'Gara is a proud feminist, lover of literature, and believer in the power of government to bring good to the lives of its people. In the spirit of bringing good to the lives of people, Marisa is fighting to bring marriage equality to the Ocean State as an In-District Organizer for Rhode Islanders United for Marriage and also works on Mayor Angel Taveras' Advance Team. She likes to start her days with a cup of coffee and end them with a glass of red sangria, and she'd be happy to combine the latter with a discussion about how education is an investment or the importance of a prevention-based approach to domestic violence work. Marisa lives on the East Side of Providence where she is happily sandwiched between N. Main Street and Hope Street.

Paula, Kate & Dawn
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Come out March 27th to meet your new DL Providence Hosts!

Dear DL Fans,

Spring is in the air and we’re happy to announce that in addition to the trees and flowers budding out, DL is budding out with a new set of hosts. Although we've had fun rounding up the DL wagons over the past year, now is as good of time as ever to hand off our duties to four stellar activists.

We hope you can join us Wednesday March 27 from 7pm – 9pm at Wild Colonial Tavern to meet the new kids on the block if you haven’t already. And for those of you looking for background checks on them, we did our homework and have the scoop about Kristina, Mark, Marisa and Shandi.

Kristina Fox Part Guatemalan, part Irish, all Rhode Islander, Kristina Fox lives in Federal Hill two street down from where her mom grew up. She is, among other things, an ardent feminist, an abstract artist, a Providence Kickball League Hall of Famer, a dedicated organizer, and a wicked big fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Kristina currently fights for civil rights, economic justice and the progressive way as the Director of Organizing at Ocean State Action. She also serves as the Executive Vice President of the Young Democrats of RI (where you’ll find no Rs, either politically or phonetically). Kristina enjoys a well made Manhattan, well made modern art and righteous rabble rousing. She’ll recruit you to the cause, and she’ll always bring the ‘gansett. You can reach her at kafox416@gmail.com.

Mark Gray is the kind of radical who thinks rich people should pay more taxes, banks shouldn't run the world, ladies shouldn't have to check in with Congress before making doctors appointments and churches shouldn't have a say in who gets to get married. He wants to recruit you for about six different things at any given time. He organizes unemployed workers for Ocean State Action and serves as membership director for the Young Democrats of Rhode Island. He would rather go to a Pawtucket Red Sox game than a Boston Red Sox game. He currently lives in the West End of Providence but his dream is to one day settle in his ancestral homeland of West Warwick.

Marisa O'Gara is a proud feminist, lover of literature, and believer in the power of government to bring good to the lives of its people. In the spirit of bringing good to the lives of people, Marisa is fighting to bring marriage equality to the Ocean State as an In-District Organizer for Rhode Islanders United for Marriage and also works on Mayor Angel Taveras' Advance Team. She likes to start her days with a cup of coffee and end them with a glass of red sangria, and she'd be happy to combine the latter with a discussion about how education is an investment or the importance of a prevention-based approach to domestic violence work. Marisa lives on the East Side of Providence where she is happily sandwiched between N. Main Street and Hope Street.

P.S. We hope you’ll check out what the Economic Progress Institute has in store for its annual Rhode Map to Economic Progress Conference on Wednesday March 28th from 8:30 – 12:00 pm at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. Is the American Dream slipping away for too many Rhode Islanders? Recent data on financial security finds that many residents cannot afford to meet their basic needs, let alone save for a home, college or retirement. Panelists will present data and discuss policy solutions that would help working families get ahead. To learn more and to register visit their website at www.economicprogressri.org/conference

Cheers!
Paula, Kate & Dawn
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Join DL Providence & Young Dems of RI tomorrow night at 7!

2013 is the year of new faces and old favorites. We’ve seen President Obama sworn in for a second term, *Senator* Elizabeth Warren, and now…a newly re-organized Young Democrats of Rhode Island (YDRI)! That’s right: YDRI is back and better than ever! To celebrate, Drinking Liberally welcomes a new slate of young leaders to speak about their work in 2013 and beyond.

So join us and lift a glass to liberal politics. Come meet the board of YDRI, including newly elected State Senator Adam Satchell. Learn more about our plans to advocate for the issues young progressives care about and how you can make an impact in our upcoming campaigns! No matter what your age, please join us at the Wild Colonial this Wednesday for good politics and a good time. We’re all young at heart, right?

What: Drinking Liberally with Senator Adam Satchell & YDRI
When: Wednesday February 20, 2013 7-9pm
Where: Wild Colonial, 250 South Water Street Providence 02903
RSVP on Facebook today!
https://www.facebook.com/events/504930979557947/

Hope to see you Wednesday!

Drinking Liberally PVD next Wednesday January 23

The holidays are behind us and a long gray winter lays before us. It's going to be many months until we can bask in long sunny days and raise a glass al fresco.

So pull up a seat, order up a hot toddy or a hot buttered rum and join us next Wednesday January 23rd from 7pm - 9pm at Wild Colonial Tavern 250 South Water St in Providence.

Hope to see you soon,
Paula, Kate & Dawn

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Happy Holidays from DL Providence

Greetings Liberal Drinkers!

We wanted to say "happy holidays" and best wishes for a bright new year. Because our regularly scheduled DL falls on December 26, we have decided skip this month so you may properly recover from food and family hangovers and we'll plan to see you again next month on January 23rd.

Of course, this all assumes the Mayans didn't get it right and the world won't implode on December 31st 2012!

Cheers
Paula, Kate and Dawn
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We hope to see you at "Sock it to Homelessness" tomorrow night!

In a fitting follow up to Bob Plain's five part series on www.rifuture.com entitled "Homeless Like Me," Drinking Liberally Providence will showcase the important work of the RI Coalition for the Homeless tomorrow night, Wednesday November 28 from 7pm - 9pm at Wild Colonial Tavern. Participants are encouraged to bring new pairs or packages of socks to donate to the Coalition to help their clients as we head into the harsh winter months.

2012 was a powerful and important year for the RI Coalition for the Homeless because of the landmark passage of the Homeless Bill of Rights, the first bill in the nation to prohibit discrimination of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Come learn more about the Coalition's tireless work to end homelessness in Rhode Island at our next DL and help out the homeless by donating pairs of socks or making cash or check donations to help those most in need as we head into the winter months. Donations may also be made online at www.rihomeless.org.

Drinking Liberally organizers also encourage participants to not only bring sock donations but to wear their own liberal statement socks with loads of flair. There may even be a prize for most creative sock. Let us know you're coming by joining our Facebook event.

What: Sock It to Homelessness with DL PVD
When: November 28 7-9 pm
Where: Wild Colonial, 250 South Water St, PVD
Why: To celebrate the RI Homeless Bill of Rights & to help constituents in desperate need of socks to keep warm this winter

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Sock it to homelessness with Drinking Liberally

After the whirlwind of elections, it is hard to remember a more normal time at the end of the 2012 General Assembly session. But the folks at the RI Coalition for the Homeless will always remember it for the passage of the Homeless Bill of Rights, the first bill in the nation to prohibit discrimination of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Come learn more about the Coalition's tireless work to end homelessness in Rhode Island at our next DL and help out the homeless by donating pairs of socks or making cash or check donations to help those most in need as we head into the winter months. Donations may also be made online at www.rihomeless.org.

And as an added bonus - we encourage participants to not only bring sock donations but to wear their own liberal statement socks loads of flair. There may even be a prize for most creative sock.

What: Sock It to Homelessness with DL PVD
When: November 28 7-9 pm
Where: Wild Colonial, 250 South Water St, PVD
Why: To celebrate the RI Homeless Bill of Rights & to help constituents in desperate need of socks to keep warm this winter

Your DL hosts,
Paula, Kate & Dawn
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