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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

5 responses to “Two versions of the Community Safety Act compete at City Hall”

  1. Sally Jane Wilson

    Yet again, I am mightily disappointed in my representative councilperson, Jo-Ann Ryan, who could not bother to be in attendance in a committee meeting for this all-important legislation. Shame on you, Ms. Ryan!

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  2. City Council further delays Community Safety Act, advocates cry foul

    […] you been present at the November 16 Providence City Council Ordinance Committee meeting, you would have thought that the way was being […]

  3. kingnixon

    FYI the link here to the amended CSA [http://www.rifuture.org/wp-content/uploads/CSA-Amended.pdf] actually gives a notice about mail ballot certification

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    1. Randall Rose

      You can find the CSA text here:
      https://providencecommunitysafetyact.wordpress.com/full-text-of-the-csa/

      The article above mentions an Ordinance Committee hearing that was originally scheduled for the 28th, but it’s been postponed to Dec 5th as RI Future later reported.
      http://www.rifuture.org/city-council-delays-csa/
      http://providenceri.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=3859

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  4. Community Safety Act supporters pushing past legislative obstruction at PVD City Council meeting

    […] to call for passage of the community version of the act, not the version being worked on by Mayor Jorge Elorza‘s […]

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