GWC in the News
By Patricia Daddona, Friday, September 19, 2014
PBN Providence Business News
"We encourage people to speak up for themselves and with others and to speak to legislators and administrators not only about their personal issues, but about the policies that impact them."
PUC delays Vote
The Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission has delayed a vote on new termination rules following public comments at the PUC's hearing on Friday, December 20, 2013. The George Wiley Center submitted a petition prior to the hearing, and many Wiley Center volunteers and other members of the community appealed to the PUC to hold public hearings throughout the state before holding a vote.
By Bob Plain on December 19, 2013, RI Future
By Rick Cohen | December 16, 2013
NPQ Nonprofit Quarterly
Advocates for poor concerned about proposed rules changes on Rhode Island utility shutoffs
But representatives of the George Wiley Center, the Pawtucket-based antipoverty organization, say the changes under consideration would harm low-income customers by reducing protections. They and other consumer advocates are urging the commission to hold off on adopting the new language.
“It’s too fast. It’s too drastic. And it’s not good policy practice,” said Camilo Viveiros, lead organizer with the Wiley Center.
On 81st Birthday, still fighting for poor
The Providence Journal, July 1, 2011
The timing for a celebration could not have been more auspicious.
Henry Shelton, for decades a relentless fighter for justice for the poor, had his 81st birthday.
The George Wiley Center, the nonprofit organization he founded in 1981 to spread his grass-roots tenacity, marked its 30th anniversary.
The party began Wednesday afternoon in Shelton s storefront office on East Avenue. A few miles away, as the sun descended in a cloudless sky, the Rhode Island Senate deliberated on the Henry Shelton Act. The bill would fund reduced utility rates for the poor with a nominal surcharge on the majority of gas and electric customers, no more than $20 a year per household.