Report: 1,450 R.I. kids neglected or abused (comments by Elizabeth Burke Bryant)

Elizabeth Burke Bryant, policy professor and executive director of Rhode Island Kids Count, recently presented a new Kids Count report that states 1,450 Rhode Island children under the age of 6 were neglected or abused in fiscal 2015. "We're concerned about all children in the child welfare system," she said, but younger children "who are abused and neglected need the system to respond quickly to meet their needs in the best and safest way possible."

(Distributed December 15, 2015)

Donald Trump Has America's CEOs Nervous and Very Quiet, for Now (comments by Wendy Schiller)

Wendy Schiller, chair and professor of political science, comments on the lack of involvement from corporations following Donald Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. “Let’s say you do a lot of business in the Southeast. The first primary in South Carolina isn’t until February, so why not wait and see how he does?” she said in a phone interview. “Companies still have some time before they have to really go out on a limb and denounce Trump.”

(Distributed December 11, 2015)

R.I. Congressman David N. Cicilline leads round-table discussion on campaign finance reform (Wendy Schiller quoted)

Wendy Schiller, professor and chair of political science, gave remarks at a panel Saturday afternoon that focused on efforts to reform campaign finance. Companies and organizations, she said, are “looking to buy something” from the politicians they spend on, such as policy changes. If those pushing for campaign finance reform connected the dots for voters and showed them how the companies that make contributions reap benefits, voters would become more engaged, she said.

(Distributed December 5, 2015)

Jyoti Sharma Named Social Entrepreneur in Residence

In spring 2016, the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy and the Swearer Center for Public Service will welcome Jyoti Sharma as a Taubman fellow and Brown’s social entrepreneur in residence. Sharma is the founder of FORCE, an New Delhi-based nonprofit that works on issues of water security and sanitation, civic engagement, and sustainable development.

(Distributed December 2, 2015)
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