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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 “Activists challenge Cranston’s anti-panhandling ordinance, police respond”

  1. State level tickets against Cranston panhandling ordinance protesters dismissed

    […] activists and two members of the media (WPRO’s Steve Klamkin and ABC 6’s Jamie Woodhouse) were ticketed at the intersection of Sockanosset Cross Road and New London Avenue in Cranston, near the Garden […]

  2. Activists say ‘not guilty’ in challenging Cranston anti-panhandling law

    […] defendants were all ticketed during an action to challenge the law back in March, near Garden City in Cranston. Police issued state level and […]

  3. Federal judge could halt Cranston panhandling prohibition this week

    […] openly flouted the law and were subsequently cited by Cranston police during a panhandling/leafletin…. The citations gave them standing to protest the new law in federal court. Lynette Labinger is […]

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