“As power and money continues to consolidate in the hands of fewer and ever more powerful corporate hands, and as the extinction clock for all life on Earth continues to count down, the revolutionary begins to seem less impossible and more imminent.”
More than a thousand protesters occupied several blocks of Broadway in Manhattan’s financial district for over eight hours today in an action called “Flood Wall Street,” protesting what organizers called “the role of corporate power in climate politics.” While the NYPD had been very restrained during the day — even when protesters surged against barricades [...]
Text messages as the People’s Climate March was unfolding on this historical day, 9/21: 10:36 AM [...] People flooding in from all streets. Buses are backed up waiting to get into [...] 10:33 AM manhattan – it’s huge! -Matt 11:41 AM MattLeonard: And we are moving! At the front – but huge crowds packing the [...]
Yesterday I marched with 400,000 people in New York to demand that government take strong action to save the earth from the catastrophic results of climate change. We were a united humanity taking a stand for everything that is truly important: our lives, our world and our future.
Rhode Island leapfrogged Maine to now have the highest percentage of impoverished residents in New England, according to new Census Bureau data analyzed by the Economic Progress Institute. More than 144,000 Rhode Islanders experienced poverty in 2013, or 14.3 percent of the state population. In Maine, which has the second highest rate of poverty in [...]
Janet Lee Dupree took out a $ 3,000 student loan to help finance her undergraduate degree when she was in her late twenties. While acknowledging that she did not pay off the student loan when she should have, even paying thousands of dollars on this debt, today the 72-year-old, still owes a whopping $15,000 because [...]
Four solid miles of people — 400,000, according to organizers — marched through the heart of New York City to show that climate change is no longer an abstract threat, and to demand action from national and international leaders. They carried signs and banners, made music, rode bicycles, pushed kids in strollers, and made noise [...]
With a display of the full-throated, unabashedly leftist critique usually absent from American policy discussions, the NYC Climate Convergence conference kicked off last night at St. Peter’s Church in Midtown Manhattan with a diverse lineup of speakers who all sought to reframe climate change as a social justice issue. Through the two hours of talks [...]
Is capitalism killing democracy? Former Roger Williams University professor Timothy Kuhner will be back in the Ocean State on Wednesday to discuss this very vexing conundrum. His new book is called “Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution” explains how the run-away cost of running for office has, according to the [...]
Three-way races seem to dominate gubernatorial elections in Rhode Island. Current Governor Linc Chafee won a three-way race in 2010 with just 36 percent of the vote – almost twice as many people voted against him as for him. In the Democratic primary this year, Gina Raimondo won 42 percent of the vote while 58 [...]
Land preservationists from all over the country – Maine, Hawaii, Arizona and Idaho, to name just a few examples – have descended on Rhode Island for the annual National Land Conservation Conference Rally, which is being hosted in Providence this weekend. “Rhode Island’s natural beauty and our strong history of land trust and land conservation is [...]
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – Taking the tram into Edinburgh from the airport earlier this week, I saw the YES and NO signs in many apartment windows. Some were more detailed: “Proud to be Scots, Delighted to be united.” I saw a young man in a kilt with a big beautifully painted YES sign and a middle-aged [...]
As regular readers of RI Future know Common Cause Rhode Island pushed for a People’s Pledge in the race for governor last year. Despite some skeptics the three leading Democrats agreed to the Pledge in April. Up until the final days the Pledge held and we saw not a single TV or radio ad run [...]
What matters is character, and an assessment of the previous actions of the candidates as pertains to how they may perform in the future. By this measure, Cianci is the clear loser. Twice convicted of serious crimes performed while in office, Cianci has twice demonstrated his inability to lead this city. His candidacy for a third go at the job is an insult to the voters of Providence, and his robocall demonstrates the depths of his dishonesty.
This Wednesday marks the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 delegates of U.S. Constitutional Convention and the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is celebrating with a trivia night for civil libertarians. Test your knowledge of the Bill of Rights by joining us Wednesday, September 17, at The Salon [...]
I didn’t vote for him. Chances are you didn’t either. He ran unopposed in his district (won with 1,145 votes). He wasn’t elected to be Speaker of the House by the people. He was elected by a frightened RI House of Representatives. You know who I’m talking about. Nicholas Mattiello is the Speaker of the Rhode [...]