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THANK YOU
It is truly an honor to have been elected to represent Ward, and I am grateful to everyone who has helped me along the way. I came to this country as an undocumented immigrant, and I am privileged to have become a U.S. citizen and to serve my community.
 
This week, the Trump Administration announced it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. The obliteration of DACA will impact an estimated 800,000 young people, known as Dreamers, living, learning and working in the U.S. Many Dreamers live right here in Providence, attend our public schools and universities and contribute to our community, our workplaces and our economy. I urge you to join me in pushing federal officials to reinstate DACA or legislation that protects "Dreamers."
 
Many people opened doors for me. Let us not close the door for these young people and instead create a pathway for citizenship, opportunity and success.


Nirva LaFortune
City Councilor, Ward 3

 
ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER
Welcome to a new, regular newsletter from your city council representative with news from the council, the city and from Ward 3. Please share this newsletter with neighbors and encourage them to sign up here: http://www.electnirva.com/contact.html
 
NEWS FROM THE CITY COUNCIL
I attended my first city council meeting on Thursday (agenda and related documents here) A few highlights:

BIKE LANES: Councilman Aponte proposed a resolution requesting traffic and economic impact studies be completed for any new bike lane proposals. As a biker and strong supporter of improving the city’s bike infrastructure, I opposed the resolution because it would add cost and delay to the city's planning process. Unfortunately, the resolution was passed. I hope to work with the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition, residents and others to make our city cycle friendly. I encourage you to voice your opinion to the mayor and city councilors.
 
CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS: Councilman Salvatore proposed a resolution calling for the removal of the confederate flag and monuments from public property in the United States. The resolution was co-sponsored by all members of city council and passed unanimously to show our support for this national movement. 

The next council meeting is Tuesday, September 26. 
Follow the Providence City Council 
The Providence City Council meets twice a month.  Click here to see the full calendar of upcoming meetings and agendas. The City Council is also active on social media.  Follow the council on twitter here: https://twitter.com/provcitycouncil  Follow the council on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/provcitycouncil/
City Investments in School Infrastructure
Last week, Mayor Elorza announced a proposal to invest $200 million in Providence public schools over the next 10 years. As part of this commitment, the city's FY18 budget includes funding for a school infrastructure consulting team to develop a master plan for all school buildings and a clearer understanding of the needs, costs and priorities. I'm thrilled to see a focus on improving the environment where our students learn.  
 
There will be important opportunities for the public to provide input, and I strongly encourage you to get involved. Please mark your calendars for October 17 at 5:30pm for a citywide conversation on this issue. More details about location will be shared by the city and on my Facebook page

 
NEWS FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD
New Ward 3 Resource List!
I want to help Ward 3 access public and community resources to help improve our lives and our community. Please visit the new Ward 3 Resources page of my web site for links to emergency and city services, and Ward 3 neighborhood groups and organizations. Suggestions welcome! 
http://www.electnirva.com/resources.html
New Traffic Pattern Near MLK Elementary School
Starting September 5th Camp St. from Carrington to Doyle became a one-way northbound street during school days 8 AM to 4 PM. Parents will drop off and pick up students on Howell Street. School buses will only drop off and pick up on Camp Street. The school hopes this will improve traffic flow for everyone!
Ward 3 Community Forum
I am planning my first Ward 3 community forum for October. I want these forums to bring people from all parts of the ward together and I'd love your input and your help. If you have ideas or want to help plan ways for our community to meet, please email me at nirvaward3@gmail.com with the subject line: Community Forum Planning
Racism and Community Building
I’ve been having conversations with constituents about racism in our society, specific incidents they have experienced locally, and how we can create a stronger culture of inclusiveness in Ward 3. I shared some of my own thoughts in an op-ed in the Providence Journal. I hope we can take some concrete steps to improve relationships across race and class. I want to hear your ideas.
 
WARD 3 COMMUNITY EVENTS
Wednesday, Sept 13
6:30-8pm
Bike Lane Open House
Review city plans for bike lanes on Olney Street
Hope High School Cafeteria, 324 Hope Street
>> more details
Wednesday, Sept 27, 6:30pm
Rochambeau Fire Station Open House
283 Rochambeau Avenue
Providence Planning Department will offer tours and get ideas for future uses for the property
>> more details
 
Saturday, Sept 16, 4:00pm
Arts Collaborative - Mural Project Unveiling
Mural unveiling and storytelling under the walking bridge on Cypress St. Meet neighbors and learn the history of Mount Hope.
>> more details
October 17, 5:30 pm
Citywide Conversation on School Building Improvements
More details on location coming soon from the city and on my Facebook page.
Follow: https://www.facebook.com/NirvaPVD/
 
Sunday, Sept 24, 10am-2pm
Summit / Hope Yard Sale
The annual Summit Neighborhood Association community yard sale! There will be a map of all Summit residents participating.
>> more details
Thanks to every organization making Ward 3
a great place to live!
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