The greatest hallmark of the gathering was the fact that it convened by was both a majority women of color and a majority working class. The event coordinator, Mary Kay Harris, and the event Chairwoman, Theresa Price, are both working class African American women.
The concept for a special event and a new womens organization oriented towards working class women with women of color in the leadership was developed at a special Womens Caucus at the annual MLK All-Peoples Assembly in January, which was followed by two Women's Assembly Planning Committee meetings in February.
The "Women Of All Colors Assembly" was also a historic occasion in Rhode Island peoples history in that it was the official founding of the RI Women's Assembly. RIWA will seek to have significant and lasting impact in the years and decades to come as a permanent voice for working class women, women of color, and all progressive women in Rhode Island.
The RI Women's Assembly will deal with sexism, the special oppression of women, and the social & economic needs of women, taking it's place in the RI Peoples Assembly 'Family Tree' along side the RI Rosa Parks Human Rights Committee, the RI Martin Luther King Coalition, and the RI Reparations Committee all of which deal with racism, the special oppression of people of color, and the social & economic needs of people of color and communities of color.
RIWA will be a vehicle to fight all necessary day-to-day defensive battles against threats to past victories and gains for women, both social and economic, and to project and proclaim a vision of the new society and new world which is struggling to be born in The 21st Century.