Produced/Written by Reza Clifton
PROVIDENCE, RI - On Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 4:30 PM, community members and advocates are expected to show up en masse to share their views on racial profiling in RI at a hearing at the State House before the House Committee on Judiciary. But folks have been speaking out on the topic for years, including youth and adult advocates from Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), an organization founded to support Southeast Asian Youth in Providence.
Hear more about their work here in this extended excerpt from my my February 15 interview with PrYSM youth leaders, Sangress Xiong and Yonara Alvarado, and PrYSM staffer Franny Choi. It aired live on my weekly program, Sonic Watermelons on Brown Student and Community Radio.
During the interview, Xiong, Alvarado and Choi talks about recent campaign actions, like the February press conference introducing House Bill 7256, the making of the local documentary called Fitting the Description, and other recent activities that they have participated in with PrYSM and the Coalition Against Racial Profiling. Alvarado (who is Latina) says she became passionate about the topic after being in the car and witnessing racial profiling when her uncle was stopped by an officer, and subsequently feeling less faith in whether officers are best serving the community; Xiong, who is Hmong (Southeast Asian), helps explain how a practice once known as “Driving while Black” has expanded to include not only the Latino/Hispanic community, but the Southeast Asian community in Providence as well – including friends and neighbors of his.
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