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HE’S STILL STANDING: It’s been a struggle, but Jhonny Levya has kept his business, Heroica Construction Inc., operating during the pandemic. As head of the Black Contractors Association of Rhode Island, he’s unsure how other minority-owned businesses will weather the crisis. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Crisis ‘insurmountable’ for some minority businesses

Jhonny Levya is president of Heroica Construction Inc., growing what was a family business when he purchased it in 2009 into a multimillion-dollar company....
UNEXPECTED: Rick Simone, executive director of the Federal Hill Commerce Association, says restaurants at DePasquale Square in Providence were caught by surprise by the activist group PROVX’s protest on Aug. 24. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Racial-justice protests put businesses in tough spot

Tensions are mounting between activists with the Black Lives Matter movement and the small-business community. At issue is whether the disruption caused by demonstrations, and...
PROTESTERS march in New York City on June 6. Calls to  “defund the police” have spread nationwide in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in police custody last month in Minneapolis. / AP FILE PHOTO/RAGAN CLARK

How far should police reform go?

The national movement to make police agencies more accountable for their use of force and treatment of black people has led to moves toward...

Clarity crucial for businesses that take a stand

Social media platforms can be a complex place for businesses to tread while protests continue nationwide in the wake of George Floyd’s death while...

Thousands march peacefully 4 days after ‘mob’ violence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Scores of protesters dressed in black rallied peacefully in downtown Providence on Friday to denounce police brutality against people of...

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