Providence Protesters Relief Mutual Aid Fund

Seven local abolitionist protesters were arrested in Providence, RI on October 12th 2020, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, in connection with a nonviolent protest action on I-95. These activists were lifting their voices in protest to not only rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, but to bring attention to the enduring legacy of genocide and violence perpetrated against indigenous people aligned with the continued struggle for BIPOC rights that has been unfolding since this summer. 

Najeli Rodriguez, an Afro-Latinx organizer with ProvX and Devin Costa, another Latinx organizer, and a 15 year old youth organizer of indigenous descent with ProvX and Providence DSA were among those arrested. Rhode Island State Police refused to release arrestees…Najeli is still being held without bail until at least Friday and will need access to funds during her time at the ACI. 

RI State Police posted arrestees’ faces, names, and addresses on social media, placing them all at risk for retaliatory attacks while also risking their job and housing security. 


The Providence Protesters Relief Mutual Aid Fund is looking to fund raise 20,000 to cover the legal fees associated with the arrests and wrongful charges of our local Providence organizers while they were enacting their first amendment rights. Please donate so our organizers can continue to fight for systemic change in our community. 

Damon is a 15 year old, queer youth activist and organizer with ProvX and Providence DSA. Damon was assaulted and arrested by six Providence Police officers outside of Garrahy District Court while peacefully protesting the re-opening of eviction court during a global pandemic on August 14th of this year. He himself was experiencing houselessness when engaging in this protest. Damon was arrested again on charges of conspiracy and disorderly conduct while engaging in the Indigenous People’s Day protest on October 12th. 

Damon is now facing hefty legal fees and does not have a room to call his own. After his August arrest, he was taken in by another organizer in Providence. He just started school at Classical and deserves access to his own space so he can focus on his studies and continue to succeed. 

The Providence Protesters Mutual  Aid Fund is looking to fund raise 10,000 dollars to cover the rest of Damon’s legal fees and secure housing for him so that he can have his own bedroom. Please donate to support this youth organizer and ensure that he can continue to fight for systemic change in his community while also having access to the basic human rights that he deserves. 

Fundraising team: Providence Protesters Relief Fund (4)

Nika Salazar
Providence, RI
Najeli Rodriguez
Damon Drury
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Progressive Reform Overrides Violence X
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