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).