Friday, June 24, 2011

Advocates for homeless disrupt Rhode Island legislature

Advocates for the homeless disrupted the Rhode Island House of Representatives on Thursday to protest what they called devastating cuts to an affordable housing program.

Six people were escorted from the House chamber by Statehouse police after they refused to leave. The incident followed a protest by nearly 200 people in the Statehouse rotunda.

"We respect the law," said Jim Ryczek, director of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless and one of the six ejected protesters. "But when social justice demands that someone break the rules ... we're willing to stand up for the rights and the needs of homeless people."

Read the Boston Globe report here and the Providence Phoenix report here.


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