‘Day Without a Woman’ forces closure of city court


A city council president in Rhode Island announced that 75 court cases will have to be rescheduled due to the “Day Without a Woman” event, forcing Providence Municipal Court to close for the day.

Mayor Jorge Elorza said the city is allowing women to take a “personal” day on Wednesday and that the public “may experience delays in the delivery of non-emergency city services.”

“Day Without a Woman” is being organized by the same people associated with the “Women’s March on Washington.”

Elorza was part of the Rhode Island group that attended the march in Washington D.C.

City Council president Luis Aponte said the court has been asked to allow court payments that were due on Wednesday to be processed on Thursday to avoid public late fee charges.

“We are trying to get the word out to everyone who was issued a summons to appear in court or planned to pay fines tomorrow,” Aponte said. “Many people have to take time out of work or find childcare well in advance of a court date. We’re working under a tight time frame to minimize the impact of this decision.”


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