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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

15 responses to “Bowing to pressure from police union, Providence City Council fails to pass Community Safety Act”

  1. salgal

    Out of all of this bullshit, the most alarming yet somewhat predictable action was the proposal of a “working” group to monitor the CSA for a year BeFORE actual passage that includes NO COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHATSOEVER.

    Time for labor to step up and back community people instead of blindly supporting FOP.

    Maybe some legal assistance? Can the RWU School of Law be of any help if they are not already involved?

    The Providence City Council is really reinforcing the worse possible cliche of PVD as a THUGOPOLIS.

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  2. cailin rua

    It will be with great pleasure that I vote against the recall of Kevin Jackson. For all his faults, I’d take 10 Kevin Jacksons for 0 “Progressive” Democrats, aka Neo-liberal gentrifiers; those who dominate our state government, congressional delegation and astro-turf “resistance”, here in R I and Hasbro Plantations.

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  3. salgal

    Looking quickly at cailin rua’s comment, I thought I read “neo-liberal’ grifters.” Quite possibly, eh?

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  4. cailin rua

    from the GoLoco comments:

    “Stephen Carroll
    I will say this as someone who does not live in Providence, nor goes into the city limits any more than perhaps 10 times per year, if that.

    Choosing to be pressured by a union in which a minority are citizens of the affected choice over the actual citizens of your jurisdiction is a slippery slope.

    Wheter you agree with the ordinance at not – it basically said to the residents “we chose a speical interest over your own” without proof that it would be for the greater good… its not like in the 60s when teh electorate wanted to continue jim crow laws in the south here.

    Going forward the electorate will never be able to know when they are doing something for their own good, or for the good of a speical interest.”

    With Obama and Sessions in Washington, there is one place our politicians can make a difference, at home. What do they do? They take a laissez-faire approach. We have mayors who’ve worked for decades to put us into bankruptcy, a congressman who wanted to violate a police contract by violating their bodies through drug testing, a procedure I imagine the FOP enthusiastically supports. How does Whitehouse use his connections w/ law enforcement? Coming out against ending police abuse and cannabis prohibition? Of course, he won’t do that. I’m sure he’ll endorse every draconian measure Kilmartin proposes.

    Who’s doing follow up on that woman who was repeatedly punched in the face last summer while she was down on the ground?

    Our leadership is bankrupt. Jackson is the least of our problems. He seems to have found a backbone, in all this, however, not like the other jelly fish who want to be compensated for repairing the sidewalks of influential disabled people. . . . What a world.

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  5. cailin rua

    I meant Trump, not Obama, of course.

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