By Steve Ahlquist on May 11, 2017
Judge William Guglietta dismissed the charges against nine people ticketed for walking on a freeway yesterday. The nine, seven activists and two members of the media in reaction to an action challenging Cranston’s recently enacted panhandling ordinance.
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By Steve Ahlquist on November 1, 2016
After the videos were over, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said that the behavior of police he saw was “inconsistent with the directive I have given the police commissioner. I will see to it that everyone is following my directions.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, Homelessness, Poverty, Providence | Tagged DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Joe Buchanan, jorge elorza, kennedy plaza, Malchus Mills, Megan Smith, Occupy Providence, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless | Leave a response
By ACLU of RI on February 9, 2016
In a major step towards reducing the criminalization of the poor in Rhode Island, the City of Providence has advised the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island that it would halt enforcement of an anti-panhandling ordinance that has led to the harassment and arrest of homeless individuals.
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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 December 16, 2015
On June 30 a Cranston police officer wrote Monteiro a court summons for soliciting money. The charge was ultimately dismissed, but the judge ordered Monteiro to stay away from the area or face arrest. This was Monteiro’s second run in with this law in Cranston, after having been arrested twice for the offense in Providence, where he lives.
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