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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 “Rhode Island is not looking into the health, environmental effects of Allens Ave. gas leak”

  1. Sally Jane Wilson

    This is perhaps one of the most important articles I’ve ever read from RI Future. I hope people will share WIDELY and lobby Whitehouse and GR (I can’t bear to even give her the respect of typing her name) especially! I’m going to forward a link for this article in a letter to Whitehouse.

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  2. salgal

    As Steve writes here, ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM. You think not? We may never know because there are no likely sources of explosions and leaks from fossil fuel infrastructure in RI’s wealthiest communities.

    Of course if they (National Grid) build the liquefied natural gas storage facility on Allens Ave that they (NG) are drooling over, look out Fox Point and lower Benefit and South Main streets. Especially now that NG is dropping a containment barrier for the proposed facility to reduce costs. Because the barrier would reduce profits for god’s sake. Corporations ARE people, after all. Right?

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  3. Senators Calkin, Metts and Quezada press DOH and DEM for answers on gas leak

    […] the response to the gas leak, noting that DEM had seemingly done little in response to the leak. In May, it was confirmed by RI Future that DEM had closed their investigation into the leak on the day it […]

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