Jim Vincent

Political Roundtable
9:28 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Jim Vincent On Race Relations, Diversity In Government + More

Providence NAACP branch President Jim Vincent talks with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison, and WPRI investigative reporter Tim White, about community-race relations in the state, as the media has turned its focus from the demonstrations this summer.  Vincent also weighs in on the lack of diversity in state government, and asks what National Black History month really achieves.

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Political Roundtable
8:44 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Political Roundtable: Jim Vincent On Racial Disparities, The PawSox + More

President of the NAACP Providence branch Jim Vincent joins the Political Roundtable this week.  Vincent weighs in on the recent sale of the Pawtucket Red Sox, and the team's possible move to Providence. He also discusses the resignation of Rhode Island Health Department head Michael Fine and the American Civil Liberties Union report on racial disparities in Rhode Island's schools and prison system.

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RI News
2:28 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Racial Equality Still A Challenge In RI, Says NAACP Providence Director

Protests in Providence following a grand jury decision not to convict a police officer in Missouri who shot an unarmed black man.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Elected leaders and state officials celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with events across the state.  Many will attend a celebration at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Providence this afternoon.  NAACP Providence director Jim Vincent said he wants to see those leaders hire more staff of color.  “25 percent of Rhode Island is communities of color.  Those staffs don’t have to exactly mirror the population that, but they should somewhat, so that people can see demonstrated leadership; we know that you’re here, we hear you, and we want to work on all these problems together. 

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Local Features
7:11 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Almost 15 Years After Cornel Young Jr.'s Death, How Much Has Changed in Rhode Island?

Mount Hope Neighborhood Association director Ray Watson says communication with police has improved, but concerns remain about racial profiling.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, have sparked a national focus on police-community relations. At issue is a number of cases in which unarmed black men have been killed during encounters with white police officers. Rhode Island hasn’t seen this much concern about police-community relations since a black police officer was killed in a friendly-fire incident almost 15 years ago. So how much things have changed?

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RI News
3:03 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

NAACP Providence Calls For Investigation Of Possible Excessive Police Force

Police handcuff a protester at a recent rally in Providence, held in response to actions in Ferguson, Missouri.
Credit ABC 6 News

Providence NAACP President, Jim Vincent, is calling for an investigation of the Providence and State police. 

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RI News
8:18 am
Mon July 15, 2013

The Rhode Island NAACP Reacts To Verdict in Zimmerman Trial

The president of the Providence chapter of the NAACP says he was saddened, but not entirely shocked, by the George Zimmerman verdict.   The Florida neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted over the weekend in the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen.  The NAACP is calling on the Justice Department to investigate Zimmerman for possible civil rights violations.

Jim Vincent, president of the Providence chapter of the NAACP, struggled to come to terms with the Zimmerman verdict Sunday, is headed to Orlando, Florida for the group’s annual meeting.
 

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