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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.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

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...
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...
A SPOT ON THE BENCH: William J. Trezvant was one of two people of color sworn in as state judges in January, but some argue Rhode Island hasn’t done nearly enough to diversify the judiciary. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Jury still out on effort to diversify R.I. judiciary

William J. Trezvant grew up surrounded by Black lawyers and judges, thanks to his dad’s leadership of the Newport chapter of the NAACP. Those early...

Citizens announces $10M to support minority-owned small bizs, underserved communities

PROVIDENCE – Citizens Financial Group Inc. will invest $10 million in grants and donations to programs that support minority-owned small businesses, racial awareness and...

Roger Williams University’s inclusion process includes making sacrifices

PBN Diversity & Inclusion Awards 2019 EDUCATION: Roger Williams University Building a mixed community of people – diverse in race, gender, creed and culture – is...
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