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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

2 responses to “Would the Community Safety Act by any other name smell as sweet?”

  1. Deforest

    Boehm is the President of the Providence FOP and it is just a little shocking to learn that the name, CSA, “is going to be a hard sell” after all the back and forth and compromise and fixes.

    The FOP is a relatively small group of easily identified persons who have a well-identified single communications structure in place with which to reach all members. Figuring out how to communicate to all the FOP members that the police got all their concerns addressed even though it is still called the CSA should be easy.

    By contrast, the residents of the City of Providence are a very large group of persons with no single communication system in place to reach them all. It will be exceptionally difficult if not impossible to communicate to all the residents of the City that the community got all their concerns addressed even though it isn’t called the CSA anymore.

    The Providence FOP should act like the trained professionals that they are and let go of meaningless resentments they have over a name.

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  2. With all issues resolved, Community Safety Act now ready for final passage

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