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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

3 responses to “Rhode Island needs leadership that can adapt to change”

  1. salgal

    Mayor Elorza seems to be emerging from a cocoon of supposed safety that has plagued his earlier tenure in office, I get the feeling he is becoming, politically, publicly, the visionary leader at his core, previously smothered by fear and mediocrats. As in mediocrity. We’ve got a lot of them here in Little Rhody. I look forward to seeing him fly.

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  2. Greg Gerritt

    Until Providence gives up on Meds and Eds and Finance and Real estate as an economic devleopment strategy, Elorzsa is just blowing smoke.

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  3. ellen

    Thanks for a terrific editorial, informative and persuasive.

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