Utility Justice: past, present, and future [series, Part 1]

December 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
George Wiley Center
32 East Ave
RI 02860
George Wiley Center

Utility Justice: past, present, and future
[panel presentation and discussion series, 2017-2018]

Part 1– Organizing in Rhode Island: lessons, strategy, and current efforts toward Utility Justice

First in an ongoing series of community panels on intersecting issues of utility access, affordability, transparency, and sustainability.

7pm, Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
George Wiley Center
32 East Ave, Pawtucket RI

wheelchair accessible, children welcome
R-Line bus, on-street parking
free entry
(donations to the George Wiley Center appreciated, to support organizing for utility justice)

Join the George Wiley Center for the first of an ongoing panel and presentation series— Utility Justice: past, present, and future. These community discussions will be a forum to raise awareness, increase involvement, and consider future goals in the context of collaboration and intersectional struggles toward utility justice.

Part 1– Organizing in Rhode Island: lessons, strategy, and current efforts toward Utility Justice

The Dec. 6th panel will include topics such as:
– utility access, power, heat, and light as basic needs
– local Utility Justice organizing, history, and strategy
– knowing and defending our utility consumer rights
– recent victory allowing affordable utility restoration
– the George Wiley Center’s “Push for PIPP” (Percentage Income Payment Plan) campaign
– stopping the shut-off crisis in Rhode Island
– affordability as part of sustainable utility systems
– intersecting struggles and solidarity

Sound like interesting and important issues?
We think so, and hope you will join us!

Panelist bios:

Camilo Viveiros, panel moderator and George Wiley Center Coordinator, grew up in a working class Azorean immigrant family. He is a longtime community organizer who has worked on organizing efforts of youth, worker, LGBTQ, environmental, racial, economic, immigrant, senior, homeless, and welfare justice for over 25 years. Camilo offers trainings and presentations on strategy, labor education, and organizing for various groups around the country. His current efforts through the George Wiley Center involve organizing around Rhode Island utility policy, including coordinating specific campaigns to defend and strengthen low-income utility access.

Kathy Pannozzi has long been a supporter of the George Wiley Center, and for a number of years has been a Board member of the Wiley Center. She has been active in the bi-lingual George Wiley Chapter at St. Michael’s Church in South Providence. Kathy will highlight the support so far from people of faith for bringing back PIPP and also talk about ways other congregations can get involved.

Calvin Drayton, is a longtime civil rights and community activist and George Wiley Center board member. He plays a constructive role in George Wiley Center actions, challenging the lack of affordable utility access in Rhode Island.

Born and raised in so-called Rhode Island, Sherrie Anne Andre has worked in the domestic violence/advocacy field for ten years. She is heavily motivated by her Thai/Puerto Rican background to examine cultural integration in community-led services. Sherrie is a co-founder of The FANG Collective, a grassroots organization based on the Northeast dedicated to building, supporting, and escalating nonviolent resistance to the natural gas industry while supporting other movements for justice.

Daisy Benitez is a George Wiley Center youth volunteer and former summer jobs for youth worker. Daisy is active in helping with Spanish language accessibility, including providing interpreting at George Wiley Center meetings and translation of utility justice-related outreach and organizing materials.

Pam Jennings is a former bi-lingual organizer with the George Wiley Center and participatory budgeting trainer. She now Coordinates the SNAP Outreach Project to help RIers access the SNAP program. She conducted extensive research on PIPP (Percentage Income Payment Plan) while earning her Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Rhode Island.

For more information on this and upcoming panel discussion series contact [email protected]