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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 “Citizens Bank funds Dakota Access Pipeline, spurring protests”

  1. Barry Schiller

    I find it bit strange that there is all this protest against Citizens’ peripheral involvement with the faraway pipeline, but no interest in Citizens direct responsibility for moving jobs out of the metro area to the woods in western Johnston where the town government there raided other RI towns by bribing them with local tax breaks and the state is collaborating by spending millions for a new interchange for Citizens on I-295. And the Bay Commission is extending sewer lines out there for the banks benefit.
    There is now an “Environmental Assessment” for the interchange available at RIDOT and Johnston’s Town Hall and library. There is not even a public hearing on this assessment, but public comments mailed in are supposed to be considered, they are due March 1. My quick review of the assessment found no concern for increased commute miles, safety on Greenville Avenue, or the impact from sprawl development likely around the new interchange supposedly to be discouraged by our land use goals.

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  2. Lauren Niedel

    Barry your comment is important, And I am wondering if Johnston did the same thing to lock constituents out of engagement with the Citizens Bank deal as they did to lock people out of engagement with the Johnston Water grab. The Mayor needs to be called out for these actions and he needs to be primaried.

    I think it was disgusting what Citizens Bank did and they destroyed 100 acres for no new jobs, no new investments and million in corporate welfare! They make billions and billions of $$$ every year yet they threaten the state with leaving and the state just bows down and lets them get away with it. It was an absolute travesty what happened, but all of our Congressional delegation was there for the ripping away of green space and the destruction of forestry. PATHETIC!

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  3. Kcinri

    It would be really peculiar to inquire if Citizens is funding or financially backing the Invenergy project in Burrillville? Johnston being the common denominator?

    Something smells like chit in Johnston, and it’s not the dump!

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  4. Johnnie

    “In every American community there are varying shades of political opinion. One of the shadiest of these is the liberals. An outspoken group on many subjects, ten degrees to the left of center in good times, ten degrees to the right of center if it affects them personally. Here, then, is a lesson in safe logic.”

    “Sure, once I was young and impulsive; I wore every conceivable pin,
    Even went to Socialist meetings, learned all the old Union hymns.
    Ah, but I’ve grown older and wiser, and that’s why I’m turning you in.
    So love me, love me, love me, I’m a liberal.”

    “Eric Alterman describes “Love Me, I’m a Liberal” as “a scorching indictment of liberal cowardice by a bitter adversary, not the good-natured ribbing one might expect from an affectionate ally”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Me,_I'm_a_Liberal#cite_note-8

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