Protestors will gather in downtown Providence Monday night to put a spotlight on violent police actions against people of color. A loose coalition of residents is organizing the march to express solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri and 43 students missing in Mexico.
Ferguson is where a white police officer shot and killed a black 18-year-old. In Mexico, 43 students disappeared. It’s alleged they were killed by a drug gang working with local police.
The march starts at 7:00 pm in Burnside Park in downtown Providence and will make its way up to the Statehouse.
Conflicts of interest in the awarding of state grants, violence in Providence, sexual assault allegations on college campuses -- those are the topics on this week's Political Roundtable. This week, Brown University political science professor Wendy Schiller, and Associated Press reporter Erika Niedowski join the discussion. Weekend host Chuck Hinman hosts.
A four-month long investigation has resulted in the arrests of nearly three dozen accused drug dealers. The investigation targeted narcotics activity in Central Falls.
Starting in June Central Falls police noticed an uptick in shootings. They suspected it was drug related so they called in the state police to help them out. The result was the arrests of 35 individuals over a four month period and the seizure of a sizable collection of illegal drugs, said Rhode Island State Police Superintendent Steven O’Donnell.
For once, Rhode Island politicians have a chance at being part of the solution. Even a small change on gun violence would resonate with voters.
As recently as the 2012 election campaigns, the issue of gun control had fallen off the political shelf. A Republican Party dominated by the states of the sunbelt and the Old Confederacy feverishly defended the rights of the gun lobby. Rueful Democrats, especially those in Red states, bowed cravenly to the gun constituency that was universally cited as the club that doomed Al Gore’s 2000 presidential aspirations.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) President Obama has just unveiled a set of 23 actions he’ll take to curb gun violence. Among them: encouraging states to share information with a national background check database. While some states are already contributing a significant amount of information, Rhode Island hasn’t submitted a single record.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says the city is boosting efforts to try to reduce gun violence after last week’s school shooting in Connecticut. As Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis reports, Taveras and other mayors plan to stage gun buy-back programs across the state next month.
Sometimes it’s a new way of thinking, a new model, an idea out of left field, or, as I like to think of it, using the map of one universe to navigate another – that helps solve some of our most intractable problems. I like to highlight that kind of new thinking from time to time, so here’s a recent example.