WOONSOCKET â€“ Declaring that â€śdiscrimination is real in Rhode Island today,â€ť Democratic candidate for governor Clay Pell laid out what he called an â€śOpportunity for Allâ€ť policy that would benefit women, minorities, gays and even illegal immigrants.
â€śI believe we need to make this a place where all people can succeed,â€ť Pell told reporters at a press conference at the Museum of Work and Culture Thursday. â€śI believe we have to include people regardless of their immigration status in our economy. We have to make sure that
people who are growing up here, to get a good education and live the American Dream. Thatâ€™s what this state is about. Thatâ€™s what this country is about and that is why Iâ€™m standing here today.
â€śI want to make sure we include immigrants in what we do in
state government and I want to make sure we close the achievement gap that too often is keeping children from immigrant families from achieving the same outcomesâ€ť as others.
â€śThis state is about including people,â€ť Pell said.
While there are no more segregated lunch counters, and â€śWhites Onlyâ€ť signs are relegated to history museums, gays can marry and serve openly in the military and new buildings are constructed to
accommodate those with disabilities, discrimination today is not â€śsubtleâ€ť as some like to claim, he said.
Read the entire story in Friday's newspaper.