Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Over 3,500 Protest Rhode Island Cuts

PROVIDENCE — More than 3,500 protesters encircled the State House Tuesday night, waving glow sticks in a "Circle of Hope" to protest $24 million in state cuts that threaten the homes, care, jobs and transportation for people with developmental disabilities.
People in matching neon-green T-shirts started arriving around 4 p.m. They included people with autism, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities, along with family, friends and caregivers. The backs of the T-shirts said "Keep the Promise" or "Stop the Cuts.”"

“The promise,” said Thomas Campbell, pushing the wheelchair of William Kwiatkoski, both 44 and both of Providence, “was that we would have community living.”

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