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RI to hold vaccination weekends for residents of color

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RI to hold vaccination weekends for residents of color

April 9, 2021 0 comments

In order to reduce the racial disparity in COVID-19 vaccination rates in Rhode Island, the state will hold two mass vaccination weekends for residents of color in the state.

Ward 1 residents criticize revised Brook Street dorm plans

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Ward 1 residents criticize revised Brook Street dorm plans

April 8, 2021 7 comments

Ward 1 residents expressed their concerns in reaction to the University’s revised plan for the two-building residence hall on Brook Street at a virtual community meeting April 8.

Despite an uphill battle, legislators remain supportive of the bill.

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“We need to pause”: R.I. legislators discuss charter school moratorium

April 8, 2021 0 comments

In a March 29 op-ed for The Providence Journal, Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee criticized a proposed three-year moratorium on charter schools, which are institutions that receive government funding but operate separately from the state system.  

The Weetumuw School is run by the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project, which seeks to "return language fluency" of Wôpanâôt8âôk to the youngest members of the Nation.

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Wampanoag language immersion school navigates linguistic, cultural education remotely

April 6, 2021 0 comments

When the school closed due to the nationwide outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020, its students were sent home, left to navigate linguistic and cultural education remotely, while distanced from their peers.

Irrefutable evidence: how body cameras are changing police brutality cases inside and outside the courtroom

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Irrefutable evidence: how body cameras are changing police brutality cases inside and outside the courtroom

April 4, 2021 0 comments

As the former director of the Providence External Review Authority, Jose Batista was one of the first to see footage of Sgt. Joseph Hanley assaulting Rishod Gore, who is Black. The defense team representing Hanley would later call the assault “compliance strikes.”

The rising homelessness rate was a crisis, even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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R.I. homelessness was on the rise before COVID-19, HUD report says

March 31, 2021 2 comments

There was a 4.6 percent increase in homelessness in Rhode Island from 2019 to 2020 according to part one of the 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment, which the Department of Housing and Urban Development delivered to Congress March 18.

More than 150 people turned in a written testimony and over 60 people gave a verbal testimony in support of the bills, said Sasha Berkoff, organizer for Never Again Action.

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New legislation proposed to close private prisons in R.I., promote prison reform

March 30, 2021 0 comments

To promote prison reform and work to halt operations of private prisons in Rhode Island, State Senator Jonathon Acosta, D-Central Falls, Pawtucket, and State Representative Joshua Giraldo, D-Central Falls, introduced four bills to the R.I. legislature Mar. 5.

Four women-owned small businesses based in Providence

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Four women-owned small businesses based in Providence

March 30, 2021 0 comments

While there has been a significant increase in the number of women-owned businesses across the nation, recent studies still show that women are underrepresented in the field of entrepreneurship: Only 17 percent of startups in the United States have a female founder.

With looser government restrictions in place, in-person services are coming back to life throughout Providence at places of worship, which have been able to operate at 40 percent capacity since mid-February.

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Providence places of worship adapt to COVID-19, loosened restrictions

March 29, 2021 0 comments

Ash Wednesday occurred just before St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church reopened its doors for in-person services on March 1, but Reverend Benjamin Straley modified his church’s service to give parishioners a sense of normalcy.

Supervisors demonstrate different aspects of the granola cooking process, and the trainees can simply watch and replicate these procedures as they navigate their new positions despite language barriers.

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More than just granola: how Beautiful Day supports refugees while making snacks

March 29, 2021 0 comments

Programs like Beautiful Day provide vital support even after governmental assistance ends a few months after refugees arrive, according to Beautiful Day Director of Strategic Partnerships Rebecca Garland.