RI Legislative Black and Latino Caucus issues statement on Buffalo mass shooting


            STATE HOUSE – The Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus, chaired by Rep. Karen Alzate, is issuing the following statement concerning the mass shooting that took place over the weekend in Buffalo, NY:

            “The Rhode Island Black and Latino Caucus extends our deepest sympathies to the victims of, and those affected by, this vile display of hatred, bigotry and evil.  As we learn more about this horrendous attack, it is apparent that we still have much more work to do on preventative mental health treatment and common sense gun laws to ensure these heinous attacks no longer continue in our society.  Our hearts go out to the victims and their loved ones and we emphatically condemn the unspeakable and racist evil that was sadly witnessed in Buffalo,” said Representative Alzate (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket).

            The Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus represents and advocates for the interests of disadvantaged people throughout the State of Rhode Island. It seeks to increase a diverse participation and representation in all levels of government. The goal is to close, and ultimately to eliminate, disparities that still exist between white and non-white Americans in every aspect of life.



Vice President Kamala Harris is pledging the administration's support while visiting the site of the Highland Park, Illinois parade shooting. She spoke earlier today in Chicago at an event where she pushed for an end to gun violence, saying "enough is enough." It comes as the man accused of killing seven people at a 4th of July parade was charged this afternoon with seven counts of first degree murder.        The January 6th House committee is gearing up for its next public hearing. It's set to take place next Tuesday at 10 am Eastern. The Democrat-led committee is expected to direct much of the focus on the role extremist groups played in last year's attack on the U.S. Capitol.       The Food and Drug Administration is temporarily suspending its ban on sales of Juul [[ jool ]] e-cigarettes. The FDA tweeted on Tuesday that it's determined there are scientific issues unique to Juul "that warrant additional review." The agency announced a ban on sales of the popular e-cigarettes two weeks ago. FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said then that Juul has played a major role in the rise of vaping among young Americans.       Rock legend Carlos Santana is recovering after collapsing during a performance Tuesday night. Doctors say the 74-year-old guitarist was overcome by heat exhaustion and dehydration when he collapsed about an hour into the show at the Pine Knob Music Theater near Detroit. Medical staff attended to the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer before he was carried offstage. Santana's manager said he was taken to an emergency room for observation and was "doing well."       The man known as the "QAnon Shaman" will serve out his sentence for his actions in last year's Capitol riot. The United States Court of Appeals granted Jacob Chansley's request to drop his appeal of his guilty plea and 41-month prison sentence. Prosecutors described Chansley as "the public face of the Capitol riot." Chansley pleaded guilty to obstructing an official proceeding in September of last year.       A Star Wars-themed burlesque show is coming to San Francisco today. "The Empire Strips Back: A Burlesque Parody" is opening at Chinatown's Great Star Theater for a limited run through August 28th. Critics are calling the burlesque parody show, "hilarious" and "alluring."