MEDIA ADVISORY: Rep. Williams to hold press conference on Thursday demanding Governor Raimondo appoint more judges of color; specifically to the RI Supreme and Family Courts
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Anastasia P. Williams (D-Dist. 9, Providence) will be holding a press conference on Thursday, September 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the State House steps (Gaspee Street side) to demand that Governor Raimondo appoint more judges of color to the state’s court benches. In particular, Representative Williams will discuss the necessary and crucial appointments of Melissa Long to the Supreme Court and Elizabeth Ortiz to the Family Court. She will be joined by several members of Rhode Island’s community of color who are involved with and affected by Rhode Island’s judicial system.
“We have had this conversation far too often, and for far too long. While our state continues to grow, year after year, in diversity, our courts have remained stagnantly in the past and void of the color that fills the cities and towns of Rhode Island. Enough is enough. With the movement for racial justice sweeping across this country at a pace not seen since the 19060’s, now is the time to finally give Rhode Island’s community of color their earned and well-deserved seats at the judicial table. Now is the time for our judiciary to represent all of our citizens equitably and fairly. Now is the time for Governor Raimondo to prove that her words calling for equality and unity are backed up by her actions and the only way for the governor to do this is to appoint Melissa Long and Elizabeth Ortiz to the state’s Supreme and Family Courts,” said Representative Williams.
Representative Williams will discuss how the state’s judicial system has failed Rhode Island’s community of color and what needs to be corrected in order for the judiciary to finally become representative of the state’s diverse communities in order to affect true racial and societal justice for all Rhode Island residents.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903