Press Release

RI Commission on Prejudice and Bias “discouraged and disappointed” by hate group actions

“We encourage all to respect each other’s cultures, beliefs, and preferences, and to work to prevent an environment of hate, prejudice, and bias that divides our community at all levels.”
Photo for RI Commission on Prejudice and Bias “discouraged and disappointed” by hate group actions

Published on March 1, 2022

The following is a press release and not an Uprise RI-written news story.

The Rhode Island Commission on Prejudice and Bias is deeply saddened by the recent actions of the Nationalist Social Club, also known as the 131 Crew, in their recent attempt to intimidate participants at a reading at The Red Ink Community Library in Providence. In a time in which there is a rise of hate, prejudice, and bias in our country, it was truly discouraging to see that an organization comprised of Neo-nazis is operating in the State of Rhode Island, and blatantly displays such hateful actions.

The commission has witnessed firsthand the detrimental impacts that such combative and divisive expressions bring. We know there is no place or tolerance for such hate in Rhode Island. We encourage Rhode Islanders to reject these types of behaviors, and report hate incidents to local law enforcement.

We ask that Rhode Island residents speak out against such actions, as our community must not be complacent in the face of hatred against any of our diverse communities. We encourage all to respect each other’s cultures, beliefs, and preferences, and to work to prevent an environment of hate, prejudice, and bias that divides our community at all levels. We have the opportunity in Rhode Island to set the example and the bar for our nation, to meet our neighbors, hear their stories, and continue to learn how to create the “beloved community” envisioned by Dr. King.

The RI Commission on Prejudice and Bias provides training to law enforcement agencies, facilitates educational trainings, and provides a conduit for confidential reporting of hate incidents or crimes. The Commission is comprised of members of law enforcement, clergy, and community members. Its mission is, “To study and report on all forms of prejudice and hatred in RI, and to revise and codify, if possible, all laws relating to all forms of prejudice, bias, and hatred.” Follow us on Facebook @hatecrimeri.

Do you enjoy reading Uprise RI?


More Recent Press Releases