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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

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"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

One response to “Attorney Shannah Kurland resigns from CSA Working Group”

  1. cailin rua

    Well, what I wrote last night on my Facebook page might have been unfair to at least a couple of people who bother with that corporate media dog and pony show that appears on another Facebook page:

    “Go to Dan McGowan’s Facebook page, hash it out, become a celebrity but just don’t “swear” or say anything relevant. . .
    Well, they got rid of the dissenters, now we’re finally able to be witness to high class thievery. No more of that amateurish stuff. . . .”

    These responses seem to indicate what I said was unfair to the people who made these replies to a “Scoop on Providence” post. That’s as far as I’ll go with my admission of guilt. These comments by Shannah Kurland and Dwayne Keys seem very relevant re: the neoliberal coup that has taken place over the past few years in Providence:

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    Shannah Kurland
    Shannah Kurland No, they changed it to the “Knowledge District” instead of the Jewelry District. Right about the time the moved it from Ward 11 to Ward 1, when the 195 land became open to development come to think of it, hmm…
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    Dwayne Keys
    Dwayne Keys That’s correct! “Redistricting” was the name used to explain the change of which ward the “Knowledge District” is now based.
    Like · 2 · May 17 at 4:10pm
    Brent Runyon
    Brent Runyon Dwayne Keys That’s fascinating! I am unaware of the last redistricting and its impacts.
    Like · 1 · May 17 at 5:45pm
    Jef Nickerson
    Jef Nickerson The redistricting was to allow most of downtown to be covered by one counselor rather than the three who had their main constituency, and thus attention, focused on areas outside of downtown.
    Like · 2 · May 17 at 6:50pm
    Jef Nickerson
    Jef Nickerson It was also in response to the rapid population growth downtown.
    Like · 2 · May 17 at 6:50pm
    Shannah Kurland
    Shannah Kurland And conveniently moved extremely valuable land from a ward that’s majority people of color to one that’s majority white…
    Like · 8 · May 17 at 8:10pm
    Dwayne Keys
    Dwayne Keys And not only the land, but the decision making influence & authority on that land & its resources was also moved from the ward whose population was majority people of color to the now majority white ward.
    Like · 3 · May 17 at 9:20pm
    Shannah Kurland
    Shannah Kurland See, Dwayne Keys, that’s what I was trying to explain to you – all these white liberal good government types don’t give a shoot about the real crimes.

    And look Daniel McGowan, I meant to swear but spell check fupped me up!
    Like · 2 · May 17 at 9:22pm
    Shannah Kurland
    Shannah Kurland If the mayor wants to make himself useful he should implement first source now.
    Like · 4 · May 17 at 9:23pm
    Dwayne Keys
    Dwayne Keys Shannah – I agree with you & never denied that was occurring, & still is happening today!
    Like · 2 · May 17 at 9:24pm
    Shannah Kurland
    Shannah Kurland It’s just like they did Mount Hope. And imagine what it would take with this administration and this supreme court to win against the machine now?
    Like · May 17 at 9:25pm
    Shannah Kurland
    Shannah Kurland Yep, I know you know what I meant. Ultimately, they want to control all development. That’s why they’re drooling at the idea of bankruptcy – it’s like a fire sale, rock bottom prices.
    Like · 2 · May 17 at 9:26pm
    Shannah Kurland
    Shannah Kurland Like Detroit, 10 or 15 years ago.
    Like · 2 · May 17 at 9:27pm
    Dwayne Keys
    Dwayne Keys Correct! They’re not waiting for the municipal bankruptcy: the properties of John Hope & Urban League are perfect examples of “seizing the moment” of opportunity at a “fire sale” price, if not for free! #JustSaying
    Like · 3 · May 17 at 9:29pm
    Shannah Kurland
    Shannah Kurland That’s what is always been about for them. like building 95, right Ray Watson?

    Shannon Kurland for mayor in 2018 and if we’re to have a “CEO”, let it be Dwayne but let’s find a better position for him. Government is not a business but it becomes one when the neoliberal s takeover, doesn’t it, where people who were formerly known as citizens become customers and the places where people mass become entrepreneurial cities?

    The so called Progressive Democrats are shameless.

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