RI for All Video Series
This video series uses puppets, performance and an original TWPEF board game as tools for understanding how to navigate and engage in Rhode Island’s legislative process.
Rhode Island has a political consent problem; our citizens are too often kept in the dark about how our government is run. The Womxn Project Education Fund (TWPEF/TWP) is creating a public education campaign to share the rules, norms, and systems of our state’s political landscape called “RI for All.” This information will be directed to the most marginalized of RI’s communities. This education is meant to increase civic engagement in the pursuit of a more just world.
At TWP, we’ve made it part of our vision the belief that activism “doesn’t have to suck”; we often dare to reinvent old models in ways that serve people (rather than deplete people.) We know that now more than ever people are burnt out, and so we firmly commit to making content that is uplifting and refreshing. Our video campaign will be upbeat and quirky, leading with humor but also always with kindness and sensitivity.
Our video series will be factual, helpful, and bipartisan tools to empower and propel people to engage in meaningful local democracy channels. Whenever possible, we will take a bottom-up approach that centers people, not process; instead of saying, “here’s how a bill becomes a law,” we will say, “here’s a range of ways that you can help a bill regarding an issue that you care about become a law that improves your community.” Democracy belongs to people, and we want all people to have access.
The videos will address the following topics:
- Why Civic Participation Matters: how to use the levers of state government to enact change
- RI Govt 101: The process of how a bill becomes a law in Rhode Island
- Stumbling Blocks: how to navigate the complexities of law making and the role of State House Leadership in the process.
- How to Support a Bill Becoming a Law: using activism to get your bill over the finish line
- Voting Matters: Why voting in state and local elections matters, and why voting in Primaries is particularly important in RI
The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities awarded The Womxn Project a major project grant in support of this series. Currently this is a video series in 5 videos that creatively address how to think about and understand the rules, norms, and systems of Rhode Island’s civic landscape.
Supported in part by:
This project is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.