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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

4 responses to “Building Trades urge Elorza not to join lawsuit against Invenergy”

  1. salgal

    Sabatoni’s point #1 is just plain silly and he knows it.

    # 4 National Grid knows perfectly well they will not be increasing prices by 53%. They are pulling the same trick car dealers and furniture dealers, among others, pull all the time. They want the customer to feel they prevailed and so they inflate, let the customer balk and put up a fight, and then reluctantly agree to the customer’s offer or close. PUC will have a hearing, the public will be furious (already is) at the proposal, and National Grid will settle for a much cheaper rate which more accurately reflects what they were going for all along.

    #7 Thank god Mayor Elorza and the City Council have Sabatoni to tell them what to think and do.

    #8 Once again, just plain silly. Once again, and he knows it.

    Invenergy’s proposal has nothing to do with providing ratepayers a more stable or cheaper energy source. It’s about money money money.

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  2. Sergio526

    I hope everyone can see this for what it is, a short-sighted group of people willing to screw over their fellow citizens for many decades for short-term cash. There are plenty of jobs out there that the vast majority of people wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole (drug dealing, human trafficking, organ harvesting, etc) and any job connected to this power plant should be considered in the same group.

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  3. Greg Gerritt

    I have been having this discussion for MANY years, though to little effect. The construction unions are losing political clout and will continue to lose clout as they continue to support projects that are horrible for communities. The unions, need to understand that sucking up to billionaires who want to build things that harm communities will help them continue to undercut the working people of America. The unions need to help create a new economy, not reinforce the inequality and ecological destruction of the old economny. Build stuff communities want and need, not stuff that will kill us and harm communities.

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  4. CLF fact checks Sabitoni letter to Elorza

    […] litigation regarding the water contract between the Town of Johnston and Invenergy.” Sabatoni wrote to Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza last week, urging the city not to become a plaintiff in “a […]

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