(Providence, RI) Nearly 50 people packed a private residence on Babcock Street to discuss the failures of Federal, State and Local government and the resulting ill effects on “ordinary citizens” in Greater Providence and throughout Rhode Island.
The heavy attendance in the Washington Park section of Providence on Sunday resulted in a standing room only crowd who shared stories and issues with the group and each other in English and Spanish.
Key issues included disrespect from elected officials, the disrespect and uncaring attitude from city and state administrators, unfairness at the DMV to ordinary citizens, the unfair and greedy rigged Providence car tax system, discrimination issues with existing and proposed ordinances and more.
Among the state legislation and issues specifically cited as corrupt were the “Pine needle and Leaf” bill, the “10 year statute of limitations on outstanding taxes owed Rhode Island” and the “38 Studios Moral Bond Payments.”
The hostess, Laura Perez, spoke very briefly praising the large attendance and urging the group to form “a united agenda that would have neighborhoods join together to force those elected officials who currently look down at, or are prejudiced against neighborhood residents to provide fair representation.”
No elected officials were present. Among the 49 residents attending were Margarita de Leon, Marilyn Alba Acevedo, Eulogio Acevedo, Fred Disla, Robert Rodriguez, Isidro DeLeon, Esperanza Perayra, Alta Gracia Martinez, Merecedes Lopez, Peter Belleh, Juan Veldez, Nellie Samiel, Victor Toleltirus, Joanna Corcino Aviles, Yncarlys Castro, Arlo Rivas and Kobi Dennis.
The next meeting date and location was not set, but residents made it clear that there would be another meeting with more information, more of their friends and neighbors and more defined plans for getting organized.
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