A change in the city council’s meeting schedule means that the council will NOT be voting on the CSA on their December 1st meeting as they had planned. However, the community organizations sponsoring the Act have asked for community support in the following ways:
Anyone living in Providence can call Mayor Elorza and ask him to support the ORIGINAL Community Safety Act rather than the new version he has proposed: 401.421.2489
Anyone living in Providence can also call their city councilmember, ask if they intend to support the Community Safety Act, and urge them to do so.
If you live in Ward 2 (East Side), your city council member is Samuel Zurier. He also has submitted an alternate version that weakens some of the protections. You can call him at 401-521-7477 and request that he support the original Community Safety Act.
If you live in Ward 13 (Broadway/West End), your city council member is Bryan Principe. He hasn’t committed to voting one way or the other, and is on the Ordinance Committee, who determine whether a proposed ordinance will come before the whole council for a vote. You can call him at 401-521-7477 and request that he support the original Community Safety Act.
In all these cases, the staff person answering the phone will probably ask for your name and street address. You don’t have to give them, but councilmembers will be more likely to listen to you if you live in their ward.
Finally, the general meeting of the city council is on Thursday, December 1st, at 7pm on the 3rd floor of City Hall. The CSA community sponsors have asked that Providence residents attend the meeting to show their support for the CSA–as many people as possible.
If you can help with any of these things, please do.
Also, I am going to do some door-knocking in my neighborhood (Ward 13) tomorrow afternoon. If anyone wants to join me, please let me know and we’ll settle on a time–I have scripts! (401) 442-7801.
Key points of the Community Safety Act: https://providencecommunitysafetyact.wordpress.com/about/
Facebook page, with news/updates:
Providence City Council members by ward:
How to find your ward: https://gis.providenceri.com/council-viewer/