Rhode Island

Responding to injustice

Last Sunday I sat in the back room of  Tea in Sahara with a group of largely African American people, sharing our feelings about the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida a month ago.  The community forum was hosted by the Africana Reading Collective - and lots of people turned out.  It is something we needed to talk about .  We needed to talk about the reality of racial profiling and the racism that is in evey fiber of our society; about being a Black parent of Black children, especially boys; about the experiences of people in the room; about the fact that had the kille

Racial Profiling: A Community Conversation

Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm

racial profiling skit

PrYSM skit on racial profiling at the RI State House

The killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida and the fact that his killer remains free one month later has focused attention on the reality of racial profiling.  It is a legacy of the racism that is in the fibers of our culture.  It has many faces, from crossing the street to  avoid a bunch of teens to police stopping and frisking youth of color on a regular basis. 


flyer for Racial Profiling event

flyer for community discussion on racial profiling

Walking Meditation for International Peace Day at WaterFire

Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 6:30pm

Water Fire procession for peace

Waterfire Procession for Peace

Join us for a walking meditation on peace in collaboration with the Peace Flag Project and Providence Water Fire.  As part of the RI Month for Peace activities surrounding the 10th anniversary of September 11th and International Peace Day September 21st, the annual Buddhist walking meditation will take place this year as part of the Sept. 24th Water Fire.  The walk will be led by local interfaith leaders.

Assemble at 6:30 pm at the Waterplace Park Basin. Walkers can purchase and carry Candle Luminaria as they walk slowly and in silence.

Petition for in-state tuition for immigrant youth

Many non-citizen youth (some, but not all, lack full legal documentation)  believe in the dream that getting an education is their ticket to a secure future, yet find that dream blocked when they try to go to college.  RI public colleges charge these students international student rates, even though they have grown up here and graduated from local high schools.  This bill would allow them to attend college at in-state rates, just like their classmates.  It costs the state nothing.  It doesn't displace any students who are full citizens.

In-State Tuition Lobby Day RI

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Support immigrant students who have graduated from a RI high school, been in the state for at least 3 years, who meet admission requirements  who ask to go to state colleges at in-state tuition rates.  If you are planning to join the lobby day, please contact Michelle DePlante, mdeplante@iiri.org or Marta Martinez at martamartinez@cox.net

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