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The History of Political Empowerment in Rhode Island


Rhode Island has seen a rising Latino political tide. In 2015 the state elected its first Latina to a statewide office, its second Latino Providence mayor, and its first Latina City Councilwoman in Pawtucket.

Join us for a forum where panelists will discuss: How did we get here and the history of how RI Political Action Committee (RIPLAC) organized in the late 1990s to improve Latino lives through the electoral process. What does it mean to be a citizen? What does representation look like?

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Providence College
RUANE Room 105
Providence, RI 02908
5:30 - 7:00PM

Marta V. Martínez
Executive Director RI Latino Arts • Latino History of RI

Tony Affigne
Professor of Political Science, Providence College

Luis A. Aponte - Providence City Council President
Roberto González, Esq. - Attorney & Community Activist
Carlos López - Chief of Staff, Mayor of Cranston
Sabina Matos - Providence Councilwoman
Stephanie González - Central Falls Councilwoman
Pablo Rodriguez, MD - Co-Founder of RILPAC

This event is one in a series of public forums coordinated by Rhode Island Latino Arts • Latino History of RI in partnership with the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Political Science Dept. at Providence College

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Funds made possible in part with funds from a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association

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