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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 “Rep. Justin Price denies his anti-protest bill is an anti-protest bill”

  1. Deforest

    If this idiot Price was genuinely uninformed as to what pro bono means then he should have asked what it meant, not leapt to whatever delusional tin-foil-hat conspiracies live in his brain that made him ask, “Do you accept any money from George Soros?”

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  2. Barry Schiller

    While I doubt this bill would ever pass, it is truly an ugly bill and I’m disappointed that any RI elected official would put their name on it. In a way it does give license for motorists to run over protesters, or even people who they think are protesters, as it seems almost impossible to prove that such an incident was willful or “wanton.” Indeed the problem is the other way around, motorists already run over people without consequences for that reason. Note there have been cases in RI where a bicyclist was killed on a shoulder, pedestrians (even one in a wheelchair) killed in crosswalks or on sidewalks, where the motorist faced nothing worse than maybe an $85 fine for failure to yield.
    That said, when a similar legislative flap arose after the 2014 protest on I-95, I was surprised the penalties for disturbing the peace by a protest closing an interstate were apparently no more severe than for blocking a minor street even though blocking an interstate is much more dangerous, not just for protesters, but for those in cars travelling at high speeds that suddenly have to stop, emergency vehicles being blocked with no exit available… perhaps that law could reasonably be strengthened.

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  3. Anti-panhandling bills are not about public safety, they’re about grinding the poor

    […] Representative Justin Price some credit: When he introduced a cruel, anti-human bill that would make it easier for people to run over protesters with their cars he stood his ground and […]

  4. leftyrite

    to the hair braiders

    organize!!

    braid yourself into a sisterhood.

    meet in the Park.

    look beautiful

    reach out to the hair colorists / (they’re at the top of the hierarchy)

    Find the nice ones and befriend them.

    Join the Bernie Sanders;Keith Ellison wing of the Democratic Party.

    Have fun. Make sure your families are enjoying this.

    That way, time doesn’t drudge past.

    That way, you live as you serve.

    Laugh when you fail.

    Laugh better when you succeed.

    Make it all work!!

    LADY FROM GHANA WITH A RED TURBAN: “Yeass!! Yeass!! Enjoy these days.”

    Summer’s coming.

    Live right now.

    ON ANOTHER ISSUE:

    “What’s so bad about tinfoil hats?”

    I want one; I’ll make one.

    (Oh, yeah??? The foil’s right there,smartass. The foil’s right there.)

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