As the Cranston City Council met in executive session to discuss the ACLU of Rhode Island‘s lawsuit against the city challenging its anti-panhandling ordinance, the Cranston Action Network were outside at the Rolfe Park intersection delivering information to motorists and collecting donations through car windows to help fund the ACLU’s case.
On August 3rd Superior Court Judge William Smith issued issued a temporary restraining order against enforcement of the ordinance, which kept officers the Cranston Police Department from issuing tickets or making arrests but did not stop them from keeping a watchful eye on the protesters who eagerly engaged in conversations about the ordinance with motorists.
After an hour or so the protest moved inside Cranston City Hall. Cranston City Council President Michael Farina moved the meeting into executive session, meaning that the public was not privy to the discussion. The protesters had the empty City Council Chamber to themselves.
Organizer John Patrick, from the Cranston Action Network, collected over $20 from motorists to help finance the ACLU’s case against the ordinance.