By Bob Plain on August 3, 2017
Feel free to panhandle or leaflet on a public roadway in Cranston as the city’s ban has been halted by a federal judge. In granting a temporary restraining order sought by the plaintiffs, Judge William Smith wrote in a decision released today, “Defendants are hereby enjoined from enforcing the Ordinance until further order of the […]
By Bob Plain on August 2, 2017
Cranston’s panhandling and leafleting ban on public roadways could be sidelined as early as this week, depending on how US District Court Judge William Smith rules on a request for a temporary restraining order in Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project v. Cranston. ‘There are some close calls here so I’m going to take it under […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 18, 2017
“It is unfortunate that Cranston has seen fit to enact another problematic anti-panhandling ordinance after acknowledging the unconstitutionality of its previous ordinance. The valuable tax dollars being spent to criminalize poverty could be put to much better use alleviating it.”
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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 February 4, 2017
Fung and Farina claim that this new bill is not about criminalizing poverty but about public safety. Opponents of the bill say that the inevitable court challenge will waste thousands of city dollars at taxpayer expense.
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 24, 2017
“The ordinance is unquestionably targeting poor people,” said Sara, who was holding an unwieldy toddler for half her testimony.
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By Alan Flam on September 19, 2016
The issue of panhandling in Providence has been the subject of news articles, opinion columns and letters to the editor. The recent letter from Bishop Tobin and comments from Joseph Paolino, chairman of the Downtown Improvement District motivate me to present some alternative views. I applaud the efforts of the Downtown Improvement District’s (DID) willingness […]
By Bob Plain on September 15, 2016
One day after a botched press conference on a similar subject, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza brought together a big group of state and city officials, as well as advocates and activists, to announce a new plan to address panhandling, poverty and homelessness in downtown. “As we see increased homelessness and increased panhandlers, this is a […]
By Bob Plain on August 22, 2016
Joe Paolino, who is spearheading an effort to address panhandling in Providence, told RI Future he is committed to addressing systemic poverty rather than moving poor people away from his real estate empire. “I think I and other business people should pony up some dollars to try to help toward that,” he said. “It’s not […]
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 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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