Author: Adam Cheung

An Open Letter from “Stop Lunch Shaming Rhode Island”

May 18, 2017 As a member of End School Lunch Shaming Rhode Island, the recent news that the Pawtucket School Committee will vote on Tuesday, May 23rd to end a policy that resulted in punitive “lunch shaming” practices is simultaneously welcome and puzzling. We are thrilled that children will not be shamed or hungry, and that is the most important thing. Regardless, the barriers to transparency and accountability in our local schools need to be addressed. For weeks, members of our loosely formed coalition have met to discuss lunch shaming and the best way to bring it to the...

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The Cape Verdean Devil: Part Two

This story is about a man who is basically lethal with his hands. Any fight he got into on the street or in prison he would destroy the other person even though he seemed to be of a slight build. But there was something, if not heroic, in the narrative, at least sympathetic. From the way the story was told to me, he would always warn someone before the fight started, “Yo you don’t understand, you don’t want to fight with me, because my hands are lethal. If I start fighting you, I’m going to destroy you, I don’t...

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The Cape Verdean Devil: Part One – Negative News

I haven’t heard a lot of negative things about the Cape Verdean community until recently. Perhaps this is because I am not Cape Verdean, and so when I hear about street violence, and Cape Verdeans are involved, I really would not know that the victims or perpetrators are Cape Verdean. I would attribute it to inner city violence. Plus part of this news site I feel is to highlight the positive aspects of the community. From an outsiders perspective when I think Cape Verdean, I think about the people I went to school with, and then community leaders like...

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A Shooting Lost In Translation

A Pawtucket resident (who is Cape Verdean) was caught in a crossfire shooting on the border line between Pawtucket and Center Falls. The shooting happened at the parking lot of a meat market on Lonsdale Street across from a local Burger King. The victim did not at first even realize he was shot. When he did, he drove himself to the hospital. Because of the language barrier, however, there was much confusion in getting the proper attention and help that the victim needed. Neither police departments in Pawtucket nor Central Falls were taking responsibility for it when I spoke...

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The United Community for CACD: Hopes for the Future

As we know from past articles, the Cape Verdean Community Development in Pawtucket Rhode Island had some problems in the past. Khrystyne Bento and Abdul Adil led a protest regarding lack of programming and misappropriation of funds. The CACD has worked to change all that through a transition team because in the end, the community recognizes that they need this organization and its resources. The meeting was streamed live by Khrystyne Bento and transparency was a key point. Many of the details about the mistakes of the past were talked through and presented. But also solutions were put forth...

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ACVB is a community men's basketball league, currently based in Boston & Brockton, that is in its infancy. The league/organization's mission is to integrate youth development activities through basketball clinics and other outreach programs provided by the league to the community.

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