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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

3 responses to “Cranston City Council passes anti-panhandling ordinance on party lines”

  1. ritreeman

    The way I interpret this ordinance is that if a parent handed lunch money to their child from the family vehicle would be in violation of this ordinance if the child were standing in the roadway on the sidewalk or on a median in immediate proximity to the school ?
    Please clarify this for me.

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  2. Once again, the ACLU sues Cranston over panhandling

    […] in federal court by ACLU volunteer attorney Lynette Labinger, “argues that the ordinance, enacted earlier this year by a 5-4 vote of the [Cranston] City Council, violates the First Amendment right of individuals to […]

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