Many thanks to the East Providence Subcommittee members who came to support the resolution and testify on its behalf. For anyone who would like to be involved in the Welcoming RI initiative in East Providence, please contact Michelle DePlante at mdeplante@iiri.org or (401) 784-8644. Video footage begins on 15:30 and ends on 22:58. Here is the resolution text:                STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS CITY OF EAST PROVIDENCE RESOLUTION NO. RESOLUTION AFFIRMING THE CITY OF EAST PROVIDENCE AS A WELCOMING CITY THAT RESPECTS THE INNATE DIGNITY OF ALL PEOPLE             WHEREAS, the City of East Providence is proud to partner with the Welcoming Rhode Island initiative; and             WHEREAS, Welcoming Rhode Island aims to build cooperation, respect, and compassion among all in our community, immigrants and non-immigrants alike; and             WHEREAS, the City of East Providence has long been recognized as a hospitable and welcoming place where people, families, and institutions thrive and the contributions of all are celebrated and valued.  Residents of the City of East Providence live up to our highest American values of acceptance and equality and treat newcomers with decency and respect, creating a vibrant community for all to live in; and             WHEREAS, the City of East Providence is committed to continue building a neighborly and welcoming atmosphere in our community where all are welcome, accepted and appreciated. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of East Providence does hereby recognize the Welcoming Rhode Island initiative as helping to unite our community and ensure that all are welcome here and urge the residents of the City of East Providence to do their part and join with the Welcoming Rhode Island Initiative. This resolution shall become effective upon its passage. Requested by:  Affirmative Action Officer

Many thanks to the East Providence Subcommittee members who came to support the resolution and testify on its behalf. For anyone who would like to be involved in the Welcoming RI initiative in East Providence, please contact Michelle DePlante at mdeplante@iiri.org or (401) 784-8644. Video footage begins on 15:30 and ends on 22:58. Here is the resolution text:                STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS CITY OF EAST PROVIDENCE RESOLUTION NO. RESOLUTION AFFIRMING THE CITY OF EAST PROVIDENCE AS A WELCOMING CITY THAT RESPECTS THE INNATE DIGNITY OF ALL PEOPLE             WHEREAS, the City of East Providence is proud to partner with the Welcoming Rhode Island initiative; and             WHEREAS, Welcoming Rhode Island aims to build cooperation, respect, and compassion among all in our community, immigrants and non-immigrants alike; and             WHEREAS, the City of East Providence has long been recognized as a hospitable and welcoming place where people, families, and institutions thrive and the contributions of all are celebrated and valued.  Residents of the City of East Providence live up to our highest American values of acceptance and equality and treat newcomers with decency and respect, creating a vibrant community for all to live in; and             WHEREAS, the City of East Providence is committed to continue building a neighborly and welcoming atmosphere in our community where all are welcome, accepted and appreciated. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of East Providence does hereby recognize the Welcoming Rhode Island initiative as helping to unite our community and ensure that all are welcome here and urge the residents of the City of East Providence to do their part and join with the Welcoming Rhode Island Initiative. This resolution shall become effective upon its passage. Requested by:  Affirmative Action Officer

The City of East Providence unanimously passes a Welcoming Resolution!