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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...
CONCERNED CITIZEN: Rhode Island Black Business Association CEO and President Lisa Ranglin worries that efforts to improve access to and participation from minority businesses in Providence may go unnoticed with no one currently filling the role of business and development director for the city.
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Providence looks to improve its MBE contracting program

Leroy Belona thought certifying his Providence construction company through the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program would open the door to more ­opportunities. But in the...

Providence City Council tweaks $10M racial reparations plan; review needed

PROVIDENCE – Rather than approving a $10 million spending program on racial reparations as scheduled Tuesday, city lawmakers sent a revised version back to...

Who will be eligible for reparations?

Black and Indigenous people aren’t the only ones who stand to benefit from Providence’s racial reparations plan. As proposed by a city panel, the services...

Elorza unveils spending details for $10M racial reparations program

PROVIDENCE – Lofty visions for how to atone for centuries of racism and discrimination are becoming clearer, with a rough plan for how the...

Providence reparations group approves final recommendations

PROVIDENCE – Not only African and indigenous residents, but those who live in certain neighborhoods or make below a certain amount of money, regardless...
TRANSIT ADVOCATE: Providence City Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Nirva LaFortune, one of three Democrats running for Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s seat, is an avid cyclist and transportation advocate who plans to continue and expand Elorza’s Great Streets Initiative.
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LEGACY RACE: Will Providence’s next mayor keep their predecessor’s big ideas...

Term-limited Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza doesn’t let criticism stop him. That’s been especially true in the past year, as he’s raced not toward...
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Five Questions With: Silas Pinto

Silas Pinto | Director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for the city of Providence 1. Diversity can mean different things to different people. How would...

Elorza creates 13-member Municipal Reparations Commission

PROVIDENCE – Exactly what constitutes racial reparations - and who should receive them -has been the looming question since Mayor Jorge O. Elorza announced...
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