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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

2 responses to “Raimondo response to no-fare bus pass crisis ‘grossly inadequate’”

  1. salgal

    What is the point of a “pilot” program when you already know the outcome? RIPTA has provided the numbers and the categories of folks who use the no-fare pass. Would the woefully underwhelming offer at the nugget of the pilot that our apparently cognitively impaired Governor has proposed provide any possible useful information?

    How are those being denied these passes supposed to adapt to her draconian and let’s face it, profoundly STUPID withdrawal of support. Where’s the safety net? The people using these services are highly vulnerable already.

    Governor Raimondo, I can’t imagine you think this action will somehow positively pad your legacy. Perhaps you don’t give a crap anyway. About any of it. How vulgar.

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  2. No free bus passes means going hungry for some in Pawtucket

    […] Free RIPTA bus fare for 13,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities ended February 1. Now, most pay 50 cents and 25 cent transfers for each one way trip like everyone else. Approximately half of the 4,000 seniors who used the program on average for 31 trips per month were given 10-day bus passes. […]

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