Rob Smith

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Creating Equity for the Harmed
April 17, 2019 No Commentby

Creating Equity for the Harmed

On March 1, Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (District 5, PVD) introduced a bill into the House Finance Committee: H5795, The Rhode ...

A Moment with Moffat
April 17, 2019 No Commentby

A Moment with Moffat

Readers of Motif might recognize the name Jared Moffat, a longtime leader of cannabis legalization efforts and Regulate RI before he ...

Abuse of Power: Bell says sex with a person in police custody should be considered sexual assault
March 20, 2019 No Commentby

Abuse of Power: Bell says sex with a person in police custody should be considered sexual assault

On February 13, State Senator Sam Bell (District 5) submitted a law (S-0317) into the Senate Judiciary committee that sets ...

Open and Closed
March 6, 2019 No Commentby

Open and Closed

Opened Friskie Fries: County Road, Barrington. friskiefries.com Hey, french fry lovers (that’s all but two of you, right?)! Friskie Fries now ...

Safety First: UNAP has challenged Fatima to provide patient and employee safety data, but they're not delivering
February 20, 2019 No Commentby

Safety First: UNAP has challenged Fatima to provide patient and employee safety data, but they’re not delivering

Last month, members of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals (UNAP) Local 5110 picketed informally outside Fatima Hospital in North ...

Sex Ain't Free: Decriminalizing sex work makes life better for everyone
February 6, 2019 No Commentby

Sex Ain’t Free: Decriminalizing sex work makes life better for everyone

Last Christmas, a police operation shut down the Foxy Lady on prostitution charges, but it was only a short decade ...

Experiments in Democracy: The Central Falls Neighborhood Health Station aims to improve public health
February 6, 2019 No Commentby

Experiments in Democracy: The Central Falls Neighborhood Health Station aims to improve public health

Innocuous and overlooked, Central Falls usually isn’t seen as a radical experiment in democracy. On February 4, however, it will ...

Opened and Closed
January 16, 2019 No Commentby

Opened and Closed

Opened Fearless Fish Market: Rhody’s new fresh fish market opens Jan 29at 425 W Fountain St. fearlessfishmarket.com The Green Room: Rhody’s ...

Sojourn for the Vulnerable
January 16, 2019 No Commentby

Sojourn for the Vulnerable

  Sojourner House started as a women’s shelter, but has expanded in recent years. One of its newest programs is ...

Local Allies: RI organizations support trans folk in our community
January 16, 2019 No Commentby

Local Allies: RI organizations support trans folk in our community

“Trans” is a wide-ranging umbrella term that applies to numerous identities: transgender, gender non-conforming/variant/creative, non-binary, genderqueer, intersex and others. It’s ...