Connect with us

Public Services

Christmas Carolers rebuffed at City Hall and RI Housing

Published

on

Both Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Rhode Island Housing Director Barbara Fields refused to leave their offices for a few minutes to listen to Christmas Carols from members of DARE’s Tenant and Homeowner Association (THA). The carols were rewritten to deliver important community messages about THA’s demands for the rehabilitation of Barbara Jordan II apartments in South Providence, long- term affordability, local hiring, and resident control and ownership of the new development.

The carolers also delivered holiday cards with a picture of the abandoned, degraded Barbara Jordan II development and the message, “Wish I Could Live Here!” The postcards also included RI Housing’s address, and a message about THA’s demands for the redevelopment project on the reverse side.

The demands include:

  • Take the land out of the for-profit market for 99 years using a land trust,
  • Ensure resident ownership and control through a Tenants Union, representation on the Board of Directors and an eventual Tenant Cooperative,
  • Ensure 100 percent local (using census tracts with high unemployment, crime, and concentration of folks with criminal records) people of color, women and LGBTQI hiring practices for all the work on the project.

The carolers were joined by members of the What Cheer? Brigade.

In the first video the carolers enter the Rhode Island Housing offices at 44 Westminster Street in Providence and are told that executive director Barbara Fields would not be joining them. Malchus Mills, DARE Board member and THA leader, decided that the carolers should sing anyway.

In the second video the carolers enter Providence City Hall but are not allowed to enter the offices of Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, who was in a “private meeting” and could not interrupt that meeting for the five minutes it would have taken to give the carolers his attention.


UpriseRI is entirely supported by donations and advertising. Every little bit helps:
Become a Patron!

About the Author

Steve Ahlquist is Uprise RI's co-founder and lead reporter. He has covered human rights, social justice, progressive politics and environmental news for nearly a decade.


Can you help us?

Funding for our reporting relies on the generosity of readers like you. Our independence allows us to write stories that hold RI state and local government officials accountable. All of our stories are free and available to everyone. But your support is essential to keeping Steve and Will on the beat, covering the costs of reporting many stories in a single day. If you are able to, please support Uprise RI. Every contribution, big or small is so valuable to us. You provide the motivation and financial support to keep doing what we do. Thank you.

Become a Patron!
Opens in a new tab - you won't lose you place

atomicsteve@gmail.com

Advertisement

Top Stories

Environment36 mins ago

AG Neronha: Proposed LPG facility expansion in Port of Providence should be subject to robust regulatory review by EFSB

“In-depth, comprehensive regulatory oversight of facilities with operations that impact the health and safety of Rhode Islanders and our environment...

Environment3 hours ago

Lawmakers ask the Energy Facilities Siting Board to reject Sea 3’s proposed LPG expansion

"We respectfully ask that the Energy Facilities Siting Board fully vet and reject Sea 3’s proposed expansion of fossil fuel...

Editorial & Opinion12 hours ago

Providence DSA: No, Mayor Elorza, you shouldn’t take advice on policing from Walmart

"Providence gains nothing by allowing Walmart oligarchs to direct public policy," writes the Providence DSA. "The working class of our...

Environment18 hours ago

Climate Action RI joins national day of action demanding Chase and Bank of America divest from fossil fuels

"Line 3 would result in as much additional greenhouse gas being released into the atmosphere, as the building of 50...

Policing21 hours ago

Better than New York? Cannabis legalization in RI needs to center social and economic justice, say advocates

“In any legalization legislation we must ensure that the past and future harms of the criminalization of cannabis endured by...

Government24 hours ago

Activists call on RI House to raise taxes on the one percent

"It is important to pass this now,” said Rachel Flum of the Economic Progress Institute. "You may have heard that...