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PROVIDENCE â€” Not all of the lobbying at the Statehouse is done by people in dark suits on the House and Senate floors, committee rooms and legislative lounges.
A group of the state's religious leaders, spanning faiths from Judeo-Christian to Eastern, some in colorful liturgical robes, gathered in the main rotunda last Wednesday to stage the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition's fourth annual â€śFighting Poverty with Faithâ€ť vigil.
Before a gathered audience on the rotunda steps that included anti-poverty and children's activists, an informal East Greenwich delegation and several elected officials, including Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed (D-Newport) and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, members of the faith community urged General Assembly members and state officers not to forget Rhode Island's most disadvantaged citizens in the 2012 legislative session.
For more on the story, check out the Jan. 12 edition of the East Greenwich Pendulum.