Bill would allow for the possibility for parole for juveniles serving life

“My name is Mario Monteiro. I’m a juvenile lifer serving a mandatory consecutive double life sentence.”

Those words were read to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday by 17 year old Anastasia Pattison, Monteiro’s cousin. Pattison continued:

“Over 17 and a half years ago, at the age of 17, I made a regrettable decision that resulted in the death of Rom Peov. Although it was not my intent to cause a loss of life, nor could my 17 year old self comprehend the ramifications of my decisions, I however take full responsibility for my actions and will forever be remorseful and sorry. The reality is that there is no amount of apology or deeds that can atone for my actions.”

IS JAMAICA ME COME FROM: ONE WOMAN’S JOURNEY FROM POVERTY IN JAMAICA TO POWER IN AMERICA

Marcia Ranglin-Vassell’s journey from a 2-room board house in Bull Bay, Jamaica to a seat in the Rhode Island House of Representatives is not a modern day ‘rags to riches’ story because she did not leave Jamaica in rags nor has she ended up in the US in riches. Rather, her journey has been a continuous fight – first to overcome the challenge of poverty; then to challenge and win against the existing and entrenched power structure of Rhode Island politics, and finally to work tirelessly to save lives and give hope to the young people of her community. 

Rhode Island’s primary will determine if Roe v. Wade survives in the state

"We need women and, specifically, women of color" to topple the anti-choice, establishment-backed Democrats.

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND — State Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (D) on Tuesday knocked on the door of a voter with a campaign sign for her opponent Holly Taylor Coolman, an anti-choice Democrat who ended up winning the state party’s support.

Campaign pits theologian vs. born-again immigrant

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (RNS) – In one of the country’s least religious states, the race for a seat in the Rhode Island General Assembly has become a battle between two outspoken Christian women who’ve carved out sharply different moral stances on hot-button issues.

Both the born-again Baptist incumbent and the Catholic theologian challenging her say they feel called to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for a seat representing the north side of Providence in the state’s House of Representatives.

But Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, a Jamaican immigrant and high school teacher who has served one term in the state House of Representatives, and Providence College Professor Holly Taylor Coolman are drawing inspiration from their respective religious traditions and offering voters a stark choice in political platforms before the Sept. 12 primary election.

“I do believe that Jesus was a progressive Democrat,” said Ranglin-Vassell, 58, who said her father, a church planter in Jamaica, welcomed the poor, gays and other ostracized members of society into their home when she was a child if they needed help.