The Rhode Island Working Families Party is creating a powerful political force that will make the real needs of working families the priority of our government. We work to elect candidates committed to economic, racial, social, and environmental justice and hold elected officials accountable to these core values—Democrats and Republicans. We use the power we generate through our electoral and organizing work to win tangible victories that make a real difference for working families.More
In Rhode Island, we aren’t an official or third party, but we seek to fulfill some of the core functions the major parties have abandoned — articulating a clear, bold set of values, making clear to voters which candidates are advancing those values, providing a political home for motivated activists, and finding, training, recruiting, and supporting candidates who champion those values.
WFP is still relatively new to Rhode Island, but our model is already making powerful change and advancing working families priorities. In 2016, we won six new seats for progressive legislators—including defeating four conservative Democratic incumbents. Using this momentum, in 2017 we fought for and won a statewide paid sick days law that will give 100,000 Rhode Islanders earned sick days. And that is just the beginning.
What We Believe:
Rhode Island Working Families Party believes in economic justice, including wages that ensure a decent standard of living, strong basic working standards, robust unions, leveling the playing field between the rich and the poor, a progressive tax system, and strong public services.
Rhode Island Working Families Party believes in social and racial justice, fighting for women, people of color, LGBT individuals, and immigrants. We are committed to tackling the systems and structures in our state that have perpetuated oppression, including protecting reproductive choice, remaking the criminal justice system, and protecting immigrant members of our communities from federal threats.
Rhode Island Working Families Party believes in environmental justice and taking bold action to address climate change, including expanding renewable energy, protecting natural resources, and protecting the health and safety of the communities who have suffered the most from fossil fuels.
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THE LATEST FROM Rhode Island:
Today, the Working Families Party announced a new round of state endorsements for the 2020 election cycle. The grassroots political party is looking forward to supporting Melinda Lopez (HD-43) and Michelle McGaw (HD-71), two progressive women challenging the ... More
The Rhode Island Working Families Party has announced its first round of state endorsements for the 2020 election cycle! The progressive party’s new endorsements include women running to serve in state office for the first time – Leonela Felix ... More
Target: Governor Raimondo, President Ruggerio, and Speaker Mattiello To: Governor Raimondo, President Ruggerio, and Speaker Mattiello From: RI Working Families Party Supporters Click here to add your name. Governor Raimondo, President Ruggerio, and Speaker Mattiello: In this pandemic, we must rely ... More
Georgia Hollister Isman: Mess with progressive women at your peril and other lessons from the 2018 election At the end of a hard fought 2018 election season, we’ve had two tremendously successful election cycles for candidates who will champion the ... More
Rhode Island Working Families Party congratulates all of its endorsed winning candidates in this hard-fought primary election, including Democratic incumbents in the General Assembly who were challenged by more conservative candidates backed by the Democratic Party, and a group of ... More
Rhode Island Working Families Party makes endorsements in 2018 state races Rhode Island Working Families Party is endorsing a strong slate of progressive candidates to build power for state residents in the General Assembly. In the Senate, RI WFP ... More
Originally published by Katherine Gregg on Providence Journal. PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The progressive wing of the Rhode Island Democratic Party renewed its fight for a $15-an-hour minimum wage on Tuesday, at a State House press conference where advocates drew a ... More
Ninety percent of Rhode Island workers will now have access to paid sick days. ... More
PROVIDENCE - On Tuesday, an earned sick leave bill was introduced in the Rhode Island General Assembly intended to benefit nearly 170,000 workers, more than 40 percent of private sector workers in the state. The Healthy and Safe Families and ... More
Rhode Island Working Families Scores Victories in Legislative Races Progressive organization is changing the conversation about how politics get done in Rhode Island PROVIDENCE – In their first year, Rhode Island Working Families scored several electoral victories and is changing the conversation ... More