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 ACLU of RI on May 30, 2017
“This ordinance will only serve to punish the City’s already vulnerable poor, and divert police attention away from meaningful law enforcement activities,” said Barbara Freitas, director of RIHAP.
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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 August 30, 2015
Organizer and Occupier Susan Walker pointed out that in the winter of 2012, Occupy Providence broke their occupation of Burnside Park after negotiating with City Hall for a Day Center for the homeless. “Where is the Day Center today?” she asked. Occupy Providence has long concerned itself with homelessness, so this event marked a return to the group’s roots.
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By Steve Ahlquist on August 28, 2015
Over 50 homeless and community advocates protested and confronted the police on Thursday afternoon in front of CVS near Kennedy Plaza within sight of Providence City Hall. At least 14 police officers were on hand, though no arrests were made. The protesters carried signs demanding an end to “a noticeable increase of harassment of homeless folks around the city.”
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By Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless on October 28, 2014
Community residents, friends, affordable housing advocates and homeless and formerly homeless constituents came together on Monday for a candlelight vigil for two more Rhode Islanders who died on the streets. The vigil was held for Wendy Tallo and Irene Weh, two women who lived on the streets for years, and both died in the Grace […]
By Bob Plain on September 4, 2014
Wayne Strobel was a father, a fisherman and a self employed mechanic. He also struggled with alcoholism, and often lived on the streets. Until one night earlier this year he was hit by a car while crossing Pontiac Avenue in Cranston. He died months later, still in the hospital. He was 52 years old. “We […]