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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

6 responses to “Governor Raimondo pledges to defend Dreamers”

  1. joann fonseca

    Interesting that the hypocrite equity capitalist defends Dreamers -(non taxpayers but they can vote for her)but threw ERSRI pensioners & retirees who work, live, and pay taxes to RI got screwed over by her when she transferred pension wealth to her hedgefund investors giving them the wealth w/high fees for campaign/election support. Shame on her.
    She defends Dreamers as hundreds of UHIP victims still are doing without. It’s up to 400,000 of wasted $ but she does nothing knowing Bill Murphy is UHIP’s lobbyist.
    This article says.”young people grow up in our communities—we recognize how they have enriched and strengthened our cities, states, schools, businesses, congregations, and families.”
    What about the people she screwed in the pension system? Haven’t pensioners also enriched and strengthen cities states, businesses with their discretionary income- they are already part of the congregations and families you speak of-pensioners/retirees work & live here as they contribute to paying taxes? Give me a break….
    She picks and chooses who she supports for votes because it is all about raimondo-and dreamers are impressionable and will think she’s the greatest and that’s her agenda VOTES!

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    1. Deforest

      You took the opportunity, Joan, to hammer Governor Raimondo over the pension and UHIP issues, even though those issues have nothing to do with the article or Dreamers. But worse, you wrote, “Dreamers -(non taxpayers but they can vote for her)…” which is false. You have it exactly backwards. Non-citizens cannot register to vote and they cannot vote, whether they are under the DACA program — Dreamers or otherwise. But they do pay taxes.
      If you want to criticize Raimondo for her handling of the pension system or UHIP or anything else — by all means feel free to do so. But when you start your criticism by being untruthful about Dreamers you lose all credibility and, frankly, detract from whatever point you’re trying to make.

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      1. joann fonseca

        The article was very much on target. The point you obviously missed is that raimondo the liberal, favors liberal causes like helping unauthorized immigrants get ahead. That is what this article is about. No one is denying that. I just want added to tha table the fact that raimondo as she favors dreamers threw pensioners under the bus. And you cannot deny that fact. As for paying taxes, everyone pays sales tax, regardless of who you are. So for you to point that out shows you being picky because I did not specify and I will concede that point. But I was referring to house/property taxes and where is it that I said I was against DACA? I didn’t, did I? If raimondo wants to protect one segment of the population that’s her prerogative but don’t throw under the bus another segment …a group of older, many vulnerable seniors who already paid their dues to RI for many decades, in the same ways the dreamers here are starting to do. To say we value Dreamers is okay as long as all segments are treated the same way and they’re not and you know it. (that ERSRI and now ST Joseph’s pension people are valuable as well but they had something taken from them as dreamers are having things given to them) If you want to help unauthorized immigrants and defend them, then defend what was was taken away from other groups. The comparison is apparently something you cannot see, instead u criticize. And that makes you lose credibility.

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  2. PinkHatLib

    “We also join together to send our assurances to Dreamers: we see you, we value you, and we are ready to defend you.”

    Hear, hear.

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  3. leftyrite

    Governor Raimondo is the one Wall Street wants.

    It can’t be said too often, white gloves or no.

    That stated, Wall Street’s enormous.

    Large enough for legit factions

    to break out and take form.

    We have to hope that progressive finance finds the

    arts, restaurants, streets,

    and cultures of Providence.

    That’s on the way, anyhoo.

    Gina is a brain and a talent.

    She’s also a kid from North Providence.

    Go, Gina, go.

    Remember the people who made you.

    Design, design, design.

    But, …no Grand Designs

    and steadily fewer Ponzi schemes.

    Build well.

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  4. Dem Gov Of Rhode Island Speaks Out, Offers Breathtaking Deal To Obama DREAMers – – The Newly Press Network

    […] period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit,” Gov. Raimondo partnered with a coalition of individuals and organizations to raise money for those put at risk by this […]

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