In reviewing the basic facts of the case at hand, the behavior of a Providence Police officer and his union in reaction to a Dunkin’ Donuts worker writing #BlackLivesMatter on his coffee cup, it seems useless to level mature critiques against a group behaving so immaturely. The statements of the two, as well as Dunkin’ […]
Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut topped this year’s Opportunity Index, an annual ranking of the states that have the best and worst “social mobility and economic security.” New Mexico, Nevada and Mississippi rounded out the bottom of the list. Rhode Island fell squarely in the middle of the nation at 25. But the Ocean State trailed […]
A bloody corpse lay on the sidewalk in front of the gated hotel I was staying at in Caracas, Venezuela. A police car drove by but didn’t stop. This is one of the safest neighborhoods in a city that has more than 7,000 murders reported a year. Police won’t even patrol more than half of […]
AS220 is known for hosting groundbreaking art on a regular basis. Thursday saw the opening of an exhibition of two artists who certainly fit that profile perfectly. VISIT AS220 FOR MORE INFO! Hannah Purcell Martin’s work is traditional, but nonetheless has a vibrant quality. With traditional paint and surface mediums, she has created a series […]
Taft Mazotti, president of the Providence police union, and Jim Vincent, executive director of the Providence chapter of the NAACP, have very different opinions on the actions of a 17-year-old black employee of an Atwells Avenue Dunkin Donuts who wrote “#Blacklivesmatter” on a cop’s coffee cup. The police union issued a press release chiding the […]
Stage and television actress Barbara Meek, most recently seen in the Trinity Rep production of JULIUS CAESAR, has passed away. Born in 1934 in Detroit, Meek worked at Trinity beginning in 1968. Her starring role in THE VISIT was a historic first for a woman of color. It was one of the first instances of […]
A Wendy’s Restaurant in Providence was the site of a protest Saturday evening as members of Brown Student Labor Alliance and Fuerza Laboral protested the chain’s refusal to sign onto the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program (FFP). After holding signs and marching outside the location, the thirteen Brown University students entered the restaurant until the manager on duty ordered them to leave.
The Bloodstained Men & Their Friends, a traveling anti-circumcision protest group, set up outside Providence Place Mall yesterday in concert with Intact Rhode Island. Both groups have held protests in the past, but this year report that their message was greeted with more thoughtful consideration and less incoherent invective than in the past.
Even as Verizon demands cuts in job security, health care and retirement security, and even seeks to eliminate benefits for workers injured on the job or caring for a sick family member, the company “made over $18 billion in profits over the last 18 months–$1 billion per month–and paid its top executives $249 million over the last five years.”
Rhode Islanders will get their only chance to directly address their concerns regarding a proposed methane liquefaction facility in South Providence next Thursday night. The proposal needs approval by FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission), an agency that has never, to my knowledge, turned down such an application in the past.
Teny Oded Gross, executive director of the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence and an important role model for Rhode Island, is leaving the Ocean State to start a nonviolence institute in Chicago. Ed Fitzpatrick broke the news in the Providence Journal this morning, writing: “This is a big loss for Little Rhody. […]
“I fear that this meeting and claims that the Pope told Ms. Davis to ‘stand strong’ will embolden the many US bishops and others who continue to try to turn back support for LGBT people,” said DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke.
Don’t expect Syrian refugees in Rhode Island any time soon, according to Kathy Cloutier, the executive director of Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island. “It won’t happen quickly,” she said. “The system is not designed to be responsive.” Each refugee, she said, needs to be vetted by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, as […]
Congressman David Cicilline told President Barack Obama to increase tenfold the number of Syrian refugees the United States accepts – from 10,000 to 100,000. “We’ve always been a beacon to the rest of the world,” Cicilline told RI Future, in explaining why he implored the president to do more. “It speaks to our character as […]
National Grid and the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers are being sued for turning off the electricity of seriously ill and disabled consumers, putting profits before people’s lives and in violation of Rhode Island state law. The George Wiley Center and the RI Center for Justice have been working together since May […]
Students held signs and talked to the media after school today in support of a teacher suspended for his comments about birth control in a tenth grade class. According to student Layla Vafiadis, English teacher William Ashton was teaching a class on early American literature at the Jacqueline Walsh Arts School for the Performing and […]