PrYSM and City sign consent agreement, ending lawsuit over gang database

It is “not the endgame to ‘have a legally feasible gang database.’” Instead, “we believe in the dismantling of the school to prison to deportation pipeline,” said Vanessa Flores-Maldonado of PrYSM. The Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) and the City of Providence signed a consent agreement Monday, ending PrYSM’s legal challenge to the Providence Police Department’s gang database policy and …

Providence Police gang database policy ‘Tramples fundamental constitutional rights,’ lawsuit says

The department is targeting communities of color and violating local and federal law by using broad ‘association’ criteria to list people in a gang database, a Rhode Island community organization claims. This story first appeared on The Appeal, a nonprofit criminal justice news site. Alex had been shooting at indoor gun ranges for almost a decade when he decided to …

The PrYSM lawsuit against the City of Providence over the Gang Database: Why it is necessary

Also: Is the Providence External Review Authority (PERA) being undermined by a conflicted Providence City Solicitor’s office? People might be wondering why the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) brought a lawsuit against the City of Providence for violations of the Providence Community Police Relations Act (PCPRA), also known as the Community Safety Act (CSA), when there is a public body, …

Providence rescinds new gang database policy amid community concerns

The day after receiving a letter that charged the Providence Police Department with violating the newly enacted Community Safety Act (CSA) through its new gang database policy, Providence City Solicitor Jeffrey Dana responded: I would like to inform you that, as of today, the Providence Police Department General Order 360.10 has been rescinded. Chief [Hugh] Clements and members of the …

New Providence Police gang database policy violates Community Safety Act, maintains PrYSM

The newly created Intelligence Assessment Database “blatantly and unequivocally” violates the Community Safety Act (CSA) maintains attorney Shannah Kurland in a letter to Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and City Solicitor Jeffrey Dana. Kurland is the legal director of the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM)’s Community Defense Project. The Community Safety Act is the “colloquial” name for the Providence Community-Police Relations Act, …

Talking policy with Rep-elect Jose Batista

“I think there’s a good argument to be made that the extra due process that police get – and that’s what the experts acknowledge LEOBoR is – the police get an extra layer of due process in their Bill of Rights – and my hypothesis is that the extra layer doesn’t just come out of nowhere, it’s not free – it comes at the expense of the due process rights of people like you and I, civilians.”

PERA needs teeth: How law-enforcement officials have undermined the Community Safety Act

Commissioner Paré’s interpretation of the law regarding PERA ignores the “history, context and legislative goal” of the Community Safety Act.

PVD youth organize and lead Juneteenth march for racial justice

“I’ve noticed that there’s missing history, history that has to do with my skin,” said Faith, a student at Central High School in Providence. “I personally feel that the only way we can all see eye to eye is if we educate those who don’t understand Black culture.“ Friday’s Providence Juneteenth Rally was a youth-led and organized call to action …

Previous reform attempts have not made serious change: Why we must Defund the Police

In order to stop police violence in Rhode Island and nationwide, our officials should not be funneling more money to the police to increase their equipment and training. What we need in order to stop police violence is substantive, transformative investments in community safety and health, which starts first and foremost with defunding the police. In response to nationwide protests …

DARE Board statement on the murder of George Floyd and civil unrest in Rhode Island

We are tired. We are hurting. We are enraged that little meaningful change has been made in the last 50 years. But we are not going to go away or give up, because that leaves us trapped in this nightmare. We are committed to a vision of the future without white supremacy, where all of our loved ones are liberated …