UPDATE – NO PUBLIC HEARING

Hey Community,
There is no public hearing on the 21st anymore.
A version of the CSA that we the community had not looked at was almost voted on by the Ordinance Committee earlier this month. Luckily, we were able to stop that process and demand a copy of this not-CSA to look over.
 
This process is grueling and hard. It’s draining but we’re still pushing for OUR CSA and are hoping to have one passed in the next couple of months.
 
Thank you for your continuous support. Thank for you contacting your City Councilors and Mayor Elorza. Please continue this pressure as it is helping us talking to Councilors we were unable to reach before.
 
We will keep you updated as much as possible.
 
in solidarity,

Where We Are – An Update

We still here! We’re still working on this ordinance!

It’s a long process to pass an ordinance is what we’re learning. There are so many meetings, so many emails, and so many conversations about how do we powerfully create police accountability.

Where we are now is that we have a newer version of the CSA that has a few changes to it. These changes are based on feedback from City Council’s office, folks who are working hard with us to make sure that we get this ordinance passed immediately.

On Tuesday February 7th at 530pm, the CSA will be a part of the Ordinance Committee agenda. This is not a vote on the CSA but rather re-introducing the CSA with all of the latest changes. Afterwards, we will be holding another public hearing for the CSA on February 21st (time to be determined) to testify once again on the importance of this ordinance.

We will need you on the 21st to pack City Hall and to say that we have waited long enough. We have compromised long enough. We need safety now.

Invite all of your friends, community members, and family to the CSA Public Hearing on Feb. 21st (time to be determined). And please check our Facebook (/Community Safety Act) for more instant updates.

in solidarity,

An Open Letter to Our Community

We are still reeling from this past election. We are still in shock but not surprised that white supremacy has taken the highest office. But we are not done fighting for you, for us.

We are committed to our community, which is why we drafted this bill in the first place. We came together as community organizations and activists, but mostly as individuals who are directly affected by this work. We heard your stories of police harassment and brutality, knew of the trauma that you talked about because we’ve experienced it too. So, we drafted the CSA as a form of protection for us, the community, from the Providence Police Department.

Now that White Supremacy is in office, we must work faster to pass the CSA. We must protect the most vulnerable people in our community, from youth to immigrants to people of color. We do not want to compromise the safety of our community any longer.

To Mayor Elorza who has publicly stated that he wants to pass his own CSA, you are compromising the safety of our community. We have come to you repeatedly since you took office to be a part of this work and you refused until we shamed you to a meeting. And now, to say that you want to write a new CSA from scratch and invite us to the planning table is an insult and a danger to us.

We have been at the table. We built the chairs, the table, the house, everything. We have poured so much time, resources, energy into this ordinance. So when you tell us that you want to start from scratch instead of investing in what the community has repeatedly told you it needs, well Mayor Elorza that’s a danger to our safety.

We are done waiting for you to support our community.

The City Council of Providence is holding a special Ordinance Committee on November 28th at 515pm to vote on the Providence Community Safety Act. If 3 members of the Ordinance Committee vote yes, the CSA comes to a full vote before the City Council. We would need 8 City Councilors to vote yes for the CSA to be law. And if Mayor Elorza vetoes it, then we would need 10 City Councilors to vote yes.

Providence Community, this is our time. We must show up stronger than ever and demand our protection. Pass the CSA!

The Ordinance Committee hearing will be at 5.15pm Monday, November 28th. The City Council meeting will be December 1st at 7pm. Both will take place on the 3rd floor of City Hall.

For more info, contact vanessa@prysm.us.

In Solidarity,

The STEP UP Committee.

We’re Having A Public Hearing!

It’s happening, folks.

Wednesday September 14th at 5pm, 3rd floor of City Hall.

We are asking for all people of Providence to pack City Hall and stand with us as we testify for the need of police accountability in making our communities safer. We need to show that it’s not just one part of Providence, but ALL of Providence asking for police accountability.

Leading up the public hearing, please email, call, text, fax your City Council representative and remind them why we need such a critical ordinance passed! Currently, we have the following City Councilors who have stated their support:

  1. Luis Aponte
  2. Mary Kay Harris
  3. Kevin Jackson
  4. Wilbur Jennings
  5. Sabina Matos
  6. Carmen Castillo

We’ve identified the following Councilors as possible supporters who just need a little more push to be able to say YES to the CSA:

  1. JoAnn Ryan
  2. Sam Zurier
  3. Bryan Principe
  4. John Igliozzi

If you live in the wards of potential supporters, please reach out to them as much as possible to let them know that their constituents are asking for the CSA.

Hope to see you + your friends + community there!
Contact vanessa@prysm.us for more info.

#BlackLivesMatter

As we listen to the news from Baton Rouge of yet another brutal murder by police it touches deep cords in communities here that have also experienced police violence. While the police continue to have free reign over our communities, we will continue to see these heartbreaking episodes of unnecessary killings by police.

While we recognize that no ordinance can fully address the culture that supports increased violence in the name of safety, the Providence Community Safety Act, a city ordinance that would address police policies and accountability, would work towards an ideal of preventing legal lynchings in the future. We long for that time. In the meantime we channel our grief and rage into the passage of the ordinance and call our community to action. If listeners would like to get involved you can email vanessa@prysm.us.

Welcoming our Campaign Coordinator

Recently STEP UP hired coalition member Vanessa Flores-Maldonado as Campaign Coordinator. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Vanessa is a first generation Guatemalan-American who became involved with the CSA Campaign through PrYSM. Among many, many, many things, Vanessa has been tasked with updating this website. Thank you for your patience as she figures out how to smoothly update everything.

If you have any questions about the CSA or want to know how to get involved, please email Vanessa at vanessa@prysm.us to find out more info.

Press Conference for the Providence CSA

Join us as we hold a press conference before the introduction of the groundbreaking Community Safety Act!

Facebook event

6:00 pm // PRESS CONFERENCE
Meet outside City Council Chambers (third floor of City Hall) to hear Council members and community members speak about the importance of the bill.

7:00 pm // CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Join us in the City Council Chambers to show community support as the ordinance is being introduced!

Meet at DARE (340 Lockwood St.) at 5:30 pm for rides.

// About the Community Safety Act //

We recognize that a community cannot truly be safe while it lives in fear and distrust of the police. The Providence Community Safety Act is a strong first step toward shifting the focus from criminalizing people of color to addressing the root causes that perpetuate violence in our communities.

The Community Safety Act would:

  • Require officers to document every stop, including race and ethnicity, age, and reason
  • Ban consent searches of people without probable cause
  • Protect the right of women and transgender people during searches
  • Include due process and appeal rights for the gang database
  • Guarantee the right of civilians to record police activity
  • Ban ICE holds and limit collaboration between PPD and ICE

This is an exciting, groundbreaking, comprehensive piece of legislation that will have real effects on many lives. Please come learn about the ordinance and show the City Council that we won’t take any more abuse by the cops!

Event organized by the STEP UP Coalition, which includes Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE), the Olneyville Neighborhood Association (ONA), the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM).