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Town Hall Meeting With Elected Officials & Water Is Life

  • West Broadway Middle School (cafeteria entrance at far left side of building) 29 Bainbridge Avenue Providence, RI, 02909 United States (map)

Same time, place and guests

Join us for WBNA's 6th Annual Conversation With Our Elected Officials, featured during the first hour (6-7pm) of our March Neighborhood Nights at West Broadway Middle School. Our second hour features a presentation by Water is Life RI, a citizen advocacy group that opposes the City’s current initiative to lease Providence’s water supply to a private operator.

Please note: The Mayor’s Office is holding a series of meetings in March on the topic of water monetization, details of which can be found here. WBNA strongly encourages neighbors to attend one of these City-sponsored meetings to get fully informed on both sides of this complex and critically important city issue.

Our family-friendly Neighborhood Nights series provides free food, child care and Spanish interpretation, plus open gym. Meet your neighbors, learn about WBNA and neighborhood initiatives, and get involved! Open to all.

6 to 7pm  |  Conversation with our Elected Officials

This year's Conversation will be conducted in a town hall meeting style, comprised of a Q&A session with our honored guests. This is a great opportunity to get to know your local legislators, and to let them hear from you.

Not sure who your elected officials are? Find out here by clicking on the "Find Your Elected Officials" tab.

Attending Elected Officials:
Senator Sam Bell, District 5
Representative John J. Lombardi, District 8
Representative Anastasia Williams, District 9 (tentative)
Councilor Mary Kay Harris, Ward 11
Councilor Rachel Miller, Ward 13

(as other officials confirm, they will be added to this list)


Elected officials will be asked to answer questions both submitted in advance and asked live during the event by members of the community. Click the red button below to submit a question in advance using our online form.

A los Funcionarios Electos se le pedirá que contesten una variedad de preguntas que son sometidas con anticipación y preguntas por los miembros de la audiencia durante el evento. Haga clic en el botón rojo de abajo para enviar una pregunta.

7 to 8pm  |  Presentation: Water Is Life RI

After the town hall meeting portion of the evening, WBNA hosts its second hour of programming around a topic of interest that neighbors have requested or that has emerged as a concern for neighbors. Tonight’s second topic will be presented by Water Is Life RI, a resident-advocate group that is organizing against the City’s initiative to commodify and monetize Providence’s water supply.

Water Is Life has provided a flyer about its position, as well as a resolution introduced in City Council by Councilors Rachel Miller and Kat Kerwin that opposes privatization and monetization. The resolution was introduced on February 21, and is currently in the City Properties Committee.

WBNA strongly encourages neighbors to additionally attend the City’s upcoming meeting about its water supply initiative to be held on March 21. Details here.


6:00pm     Call to order, welcome, and ground rules – Caleb Borchers, President

6:05pm      Introduction of elected officials – Joe Roch, Board member

6:15pm      Moderated questions from neighbors to our elected officials

7:15pm     Neighborhood Nights second hour presentation: The Effects of Water Monetization/Privatization by Angel Lopez

7:25pm     Questions from neighbors

7:40pm     Announcements

7:45pm     Informal interaction and question period

8:00pm     Evening concludes

Upcoming Neighborhood Nights 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Earlier Event: January 29
2019 Annual Meeting: We Are People Powered
Later Event: April 2
Neighborhood Nights April Meeting