“It would just be easier if they told us that black lives don’t matter. It would just be easier if the told us they don’t think trans is beautiful. It would just be so much easier if they just said they’re racist. If they said we don’t have to play these fucking games.”
Eight Newport County legislators, at an Aquidneck Island Planning Commission forum on Thursday, chimed in on two of the hottest topics at the State House: the car tax and RI Promise, Gov. Gina Raimondo’s college tuition proposal. In general, they were cautious about the feasibility of car tax reduction, and expressed qualified support for reducing […]
Some Citizens Bank shareholders attending Thursday’s annual meeting at Citizens Bank headquarters in Providence may have been surprised to be greeted by protesters holding “Shame On Citizens” signs and objecting to the bank’s holdings in oil pipeline companies such as Embridge and Energy Transfer Partners.
A new bill seeks to outlaw lunch shaming policies in Rhode Island public school cafeterias by mandating “Type A” lunches for all students. The way it’s written, it could also make school lunch free to all students. “It’s a very simple solution,” said the bill’s lead sponsor Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, of Providence, “provide a hot […]
We are calling on our fellow local organizers, activists, and concerned Rhode Islanders to check that your community group or workplace has an adequate policy in place, both for sexual assault prevention and response.
DARE’s Behind the Walls Committee has made enormous strides in winning changes to the Providence Housing Authority’s admissions policies toward the goal of eliminating the discrimination against community members with criminal records.
With Congress back from recess, we have returned to a drumbeat of congressional votes on the Trump agenda. Rhode Island senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse voted against former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, Trump’s pick for agriculture secretary. While nine members of the Democratic caucus in the Senate joined Reed and Whitehouse in voting no, most […]
The Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI) and its president, Jerry Elmer, celebrated Earth Day at the State House today with their annual lobby day. Over the course of a short presentation Elmer outlined the four bills that will be the legislative priorities of ECRI. ECRI also invited Governor Gina Raimondo, Senator Josh Miller and […]
The Glocester Democratic Town Committee sponsored a non-partisan community forum on Monday, April 24th designed to prepare local citizens for a potential devastating gypsy moth caterpillar invasion. The Manton Free Public Library was packed to capacity as over 70 people attended the discussion and were given a bleak picture of what to expect over the next several months. Committee […]
The suburbs aren’t the only place lunch shaming happens in Rhode Island. Some urban school districts have also experimented with the so-called cheese sandwich policy – when public school cafeterias serve students a cold cheese sandwich in lieu of a hot lunch because their parents are delinquent on the bill. Pawtucket: cheese or sunbutter sandwich […]
Our Children’s Trust has been litigating in federal and state court to secure the right to a stable climate and a healthy atmosphere for present and future generations. The approach, based on the public trust doctrine, has had remarkable successes at the state, federal, and global level. At last Saturday’s March for Science in Providence, […]
The Cranston City Council, under the guidance of new City Council President Michael Farina, is poised to adopt “Proposed Council Rules for 2017-2019” at a city council meeting tonight that would be in violation of the RI Open Meetings Act.
About a thousand people braved the rain on Saturday, Earth Day, to gather at the Rhode Island State House to stand up for Science and against the anti-science of the Donald Trump administration. The March for Science in Rhode Island joined scientists and science enthusiasts around the globe in nearly 500 satellite marches, held in […]
As elected officials, we cannot in good conscience give our blessing to a plant that is harmful to the residents of our community in so many ways, and we publicly oppose the construction of this plant.