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HOMEGROWN: Amelia Lopez, left, Southside Community Land Trust food access associate, and Appoline Alphonsine, a college intern, sort through vegetables harvested by the Providence nonprofit. SCLT recently received an $80,000 grant from the city that was not part of the $10 million racial reparation initiative. Some have complained that the city is moving too slow on deploying the $10 million equities program.
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What happened to Providence’s reparations initiative?

Jim Vincent threw himself into the work when he was appointed to the Providence Municipal Reparations Commission in early 2022 because he saw an...
STALLED? ­Providence Mayor Brett P. Smiley says he supports the city’s $10 million racial reparations program but is still reviewing plans for how the money should be spent in the ­community. 
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Time to move forward with $10M reparations program

Ten months after city officials approved a spending plan for a $10 million racial reparations program championed by former Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, only...
GERARD CATALA, former Providence City Council candidate and the president of the Providence NAACP, was arraigned Thursday on two charges of failing to file campaign finance reports during election season last year. / PBN FILE PHOTO

NAACP Providence president charged with campaign finance violations

PROVIDENCE – A former Providence City Council candidate and newly elected president of the city’s chapter of the NAACP has been charged with violating...
RILWAN K. FEYISITAN JR. has been named the new CEO and president of East Providence-based nonprofit East Bay Community Action Program. / COURTESY EAST BAY COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM

Feyisitan tapped as EBCAP’s new CEO and president

EAST PROVIDENCE – The former Community Action Partnership of Providence CEO and president will take on the same role with the East Bay Community...
COLLABORATIVE MEETING: Staff and members at Direct Action for Rights and Equality collaborate at the office. Clockwise from left, Jordan Jace, Behind The Walls member; Debra Harris, outreach coordinator; Christopher V. Samih-­Rotondo, interim director; and Anusha Alles, staff organizer for Behind The Walls. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

More focus on racial justice causes

It’s been a trying year-plus for Rhode Island-based nonprofits whose missions center around diversity, equity and racial inclusion. The murders of George Floyd and other...
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Five Questions With Jim Vincent

Jim Vincent | President, NAACP Providence Branch 1. What is on top of the NAACP Providence Branch agenda? Gentrification in Providence is on the rise,...
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