By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2016
“Criminalization is not a solution to homelessness,” added Roger Williams University School of Law Professor and Assistant Dean Andrew Horwitz. “It is incredibly cruel to those experiencing homelessness, dehumanizing the individuals and making it harder to connect to advocates and services.
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2016
In the rotunda of City Hall advocates for the homeless gathered to release a new study validating the harassment and discrimination being felt on the streets and to demand that Mayor Elorza immediately instruct the Providence Police to stop their practice of criminalizing homelessness and harassing homeless individuals.
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By Steve Ahlquist on June 1, 2015
The Gnomes, a global folk-fusion band, opened the event with about a half an hour of live music before being joined on stage by emcee Bill Harley. Harley gave a short talk about Richard Walton, and read one of his emails to give a flavor of the man, quoting Walton as saying, “I’d like life to be a hot hodge-podge of people of all sorts. All ages, all cultures, all colors, all everything.”
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By Stephen R. Graham on May 28, 2015
This Sunday, the Red Bandana Fund will award Eric Hirsch and the workers at the Renaissance Hotel Red Bandana Awards for 2015. The Award honors individuals and groups whose work embodies the spirit and work of Richard Walton, a longtime activist in the Rhode Island area who died in 2012. This is the third year […]
By Bob Plain on May 5, 2015
Congratulations to Eric Hirsch, a Providence College sociology professor who works with the homeless, and the employees of the Renaissance Hotel, who have been organizing for better working conditions. Both will be honored with Red Bandana awards this year. “It’s a huge honor to get an award with Richard’s name on it!” Hirsch wrote on […]