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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-04-2020

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4 THE VALLEY JUNE 4-10, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION Pitts-Wiley: I don't feel safe in my own country Others also weigh in on killings, protests PAWTUCKET – Ricardo Pitts- Wiley, co-founder of Mixed Magic Theatre, says the protests seen across the U.S. over the past few days after the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis are not a reaction to an isolated event. "This did not start with the murder of George Floyd," he said. "This is just the latest in a long line of histori- cal events and tragedies that have to be dealt with." The majority of protesters are peaceful and are "trying to point out serious inequities," he said. While he doesn't think the violence and looting represents the concerns and interests of most people, he added that he doesn't understand why anyone is surprised by the violence. "Why do we have to get to this place in order to be heard?" he asked. Mixed Magic, when running perfor- mances at 560 Mineral Spring Ave., regularly tackles issues of race rela- tions in its productions. Pitts-Wiley said people of color in the U.S. are dealing with systemic and historic racism, the COVID-19 pandemic killing them dispro- portionately, and they're also under siege by the police. "What do you expect people to do?" he said. "I don't feel safe in this country, in my own country." Black parents are "sick and tired" of having to have conversations with their children about what to do to stay alive if they have an encounter with the police, and "we're sick and tired of seeing our children slaughtered in the streets," he said. For change to come about, he said, people have to take action. "Change in this country does not come by people sitting complacent- ly," he said. If police officers across the country agree with the views of the protesters, they need to prove it, Pitts-Wiley said. "Don't put on your riot gear," he said. "Put on your hat of understand- ing." He said change won't come from the leadership at top, adding that local leadership needs to be proac- tive and local officials need to be held accountable for their actions, not just what they say. "Talking the talk does not mean you walk the walk," he said. "Talk is cheap. Life is not cheap. Life is valu- able." As co-owner of a nonprofit arts organization, Pitts-Wiley said artists have a greater responsibility now more than ever to "give voice to peo- ple who feel they aren't being heard and to expose the truth." His message for people of color, especially black people, he said, is to be aware and take care of yourself first. White people, he said, need to be accountable for themselves and to respond to what's right. "I'm not your teacher," he said. In Woonsocket, the Rev. Jeffrey C. Thomas, pastor of Saint James Baptist Church, addressed George Floyd's death during a regular virtual service held last Sunday, May 31. Speaking to the congregation, he questioned how many black men must die before the country holds law enforcement officers accountable for those in their ranks who "perpetuate extreme reck- lessness often resulting in murder." "There's a copy and paste function By MELANIE THIBEAULT, JACKIE MOOREHEAD, LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writers melanie@valleybreeze.com PITTS-WILEY See PROTESTS, Page 13 ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: www.valleybreeze.com READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? Contact Managing Editor Ethan Shorey at ethan@valleybreeze.com or call 401-334-9555, ext. 130. 24-hour, 7-day voice mail. 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COPYRIGHTS – valleybreeze.com or its content may not be linked to any other Web site without the written permission of the publisher. News aggregators that solicit advertising may not link valleybreeze.com. This meeting will be held utilizing Zoom Meeting. The Planning Board members, the applicants, and the public must participate remotely. No in-person attendance will be allowed. Pursuant to Governor Gina Raimondo's Executive Order 20-15, no more than five (5) people may be present at this meeting. The information for the Zoom Meeting will be posted on the Town's website at www.lincolnri.org. The Planning Board will hold a Public Informational Meeting utilizing Zoom Meeting at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, on the Master Plan for a Major Land Development Project known as 27 Wellington Road Expansion by applicant 27 Wellington LLC – AP 28 Lot 134 located at 27 Wellington Road, Lincoln, RI. Plans are available for review online at http://www.lincolnri.org/government/boards/planning.php#mobiletarget. All interested parties are invited to attend said meeting and be heard. Those individuals requesting interpreter services must call the Town Clerk's office, 333-1100, 72 hours in advance of said meeting. Kenneth Bostic, Chairman Lincoln Planning Board TOWN OF LINCOLN • PLANNING BOARD • NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING TOWN OF LINCOLN • PLANNING BOARD - NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING !is meeting will be held utilizing Zoom Meeting. !e Planning Board members, the applicants, and the public must participate remotely. No in-person attendance will be allowed. Pursuant to Governor Gina Raimondo's Executive Order 20-15, no more than "ve (5) people may be present at this meeting. !e information for the Zoom Meeting will be posted on the Town's website at www.lincolnri.org. !e Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing at the Lincoln Town Hall, 100 Old River Road, Lincoln, RI 02365 at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, on the Preliminary Plan for a Major Subdivision know as the Bouthillette Subdivision by applicant Michael Bouthillette - AP 23 Lots 51, 288 and a portion of Lot 8 - located on Great Road, Lincoln, RI. Plans are available for review online at http://lincolnri.org/government/boards/planning.php#mobiletarget. All interested parties are invited to attend said meeting and be heard. !ose individuals requesting interpreter services must call the Town Clerk's o"ce, 333-1100, 72 hours in advance of said meeting. Kenneth Bostic, Chairman Lincoln Planning Board TOWN OF LINCOLN • PLANNING BOARD - NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING "is meeting will be held utilizing Zoom Meeting. "e Planning Board members, the applicants, and the public must participate remotely. No in-person attendance will be allowed. Pursuant to Governor Gina Raimodo's Executive Order 20-15, no more than #ve (5) people may be present at this meeting. "e information for the Zoom Meeting will be posted on the Town's website at www.lincolnri.org. "e Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing at the Lincoln Town Hall, 100 Old River Road, Lincoln, RI 02865 at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2010, on the Preliminary Plan for a Comprehensive Permit Application know as Whipple-Cullen Farm by applicant Old River Road Development, LLC - AP 29 Lots 150 & 311 located on Old River Road, Lincoln, RI. Plans are available for review online at http://www.lincolnri.org/government/boards/planning.php#mobiletarget. All interested parties are invited to attend said meeting and be heard. !ose individuals requesting interpreter services must call the Town Clerk's o"ce, 333-1100, 72 hours in advance of said meeting. Kenneth Bostic, Chairmain Lincoln Planning Board TOWN OF LINCOLN • PLANNING BOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING !is meeting will be held utilizing Zoom Meeting. !e Planning Board members, the applicants, and the public must participate remotely. No in-person attendance will be allowed. Pursuant to Governor Gina Raimondo's Executive Order 20-15, no more than "ve (5) people may be present at this meeting. !e information for the Zoom Meeting will be posted on the Town's website at www.lincolnri.org. !e Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing at the Lincoln Town Hall, 100 Old River Road, Lincoln, RI 02865 at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, on the Preliminary Plan for a Major Subdivision known as the Rockyroad Avenue Extension Subdivision by applicant Terrapin Development, LLC – AP 9 Lot 68 - located on Rockyroad Avenue, Lincoln, RI. Plans are available for review online at http://www.lincolnri.org/government/boards/planning.php#mobiletarget. All interested parties are invited to attend said meeting and be heard. !ose individuals requesting interpreter services must call the Town Clerk's o"ce, 333-1100, 72 hours in advance of said meeting. Kenneth Bostic, Chairman Lincoln Planning Board Request for Bids NORTH PROVIDENCE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT IS SOLICITING COST PROPOSALS FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETIC SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT. REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS WILL BE ISSUED ON WEDNESDAY JUNE 10, 2010 AT 10:00 a.m. PROPOSALS WILL BE OPENED AT NORTH PROVIDENCE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE, 2240 Mineral Spring Ave. No. Prov. 02911 ON JUNE 19, 2020 AT 10:00 a.m.

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