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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 “Community Safety Act passed out of committee for full City Council vote”

  1. msoucy

    I seriously do not see this helping me feel safer in Providence. Placing additional restrictions on police will not help make Providence safe.
    I also completely disagree with a policy preventing the police from cooperating with federal agencies.
    Our police are in place to keep us all safe.

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  2. riprotest

    As always, your article is excellent on an important need feeling trust and safe around the police. When the people far as much or more fear by the truly evil thug as law enforcement, something is wrong.

    A familiar applies here: ” When you go out to destroy monsters, makes sure you don’t become
    one yourself.”

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