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Date(s) - Monday, January 6, 2020
11:00 am

First Unitarian Church of Providence


Reforming State Government
Speaker: John Marion

Common Cause Rhode Island has been a leading good-government group in Rhode Island for 50 years, successfully promoting reforms to make our state government more open, ethical, and accountable. John will discuss how this mission is reflected in the organization’s current work, including reforming the redistricting process in Rhode Island.

John Marion is executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island, which he joined in 2008. As the organization’s chief legislative advocate and spokesperson, he has led its efforts to reform state campaign finance disclosure laws and to amend the constitution to restore the Ethics Commission’s jurisdiction over the General Assembly, among others. John holds an undergraduate degree from Binghamton University and a graduate degree from Indiana University.


Established in 1882 and incorporated in 1904. the Women’s Alliance has, since 2014, been affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Providence. The mission continues to be to serve the community, both locally and at large; to provide friendship and spiritual and cultural stimuli for its members, and to support the church and its denomination.

The Alliance meets on the first Monday of the month from October through May, with an annual outing in June. Monthly programs, which are open to the community, feature inspiring speakers followed by a delicious optional luncheon ($10).

Membership dues ($35) support the programs and business expenses of the Alliance; all fundraising profits after expenses benefit selected charitable organizations that support women and families. The Alliance conducts fundraiser throughout the year such as selling organic coffee and cheese, and a night at the theater event. Their major fundraising event of the year is an annual “Antiques and Uniques” indoor sale. The Alliance also partners with the residents of the Tockwotton Courtyard Memory Unit for a garden project.

Contact: Gail Brule, Alliance President gailbrule@gmail.com