It would seem at this juncture two things have happened that are worth contemplating following the victory of Bernie Sanders in the Rhode Island primary on April 26, 2016. Allow me to perhaps utilize a historical materialist perspective here and offer an objective summation of what I think has happened. First, Sanders has mobilized a […]
Hopeful discussion of a possible parking tax earlier this week gave way to the realization that Jorge Elorza and Providence City Council are more likely to forego such a measure, and instead lower the car tax. Sigh. . . I know that many in the progressive community feel the car tax is too high, or that there […]
The RICAGV (Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence) held their second annual rally outside the State House, reaffirming their support for three critical pieces of legislation that would ban guns on school grounds, take guns away from domestic abusers and limit magazine capacity to ten rounds. The General Assembly has shown little appetite for these […]
After a verbal altercation between the bouncer and members of the group, police were called. On his way out of the bar, Alves gestured toward the bouncer with the American Sign Language sign for “b*llsh*t,” which police who had arrived at the scene interpreted as giving them the middle finger.
Father Daniel Berrigan, the legendary peace activist-priest who publicly burned draft cards in 1968 and subsequently eluded prison for the famous act of civil disobedience until his arrest on Block Island in 1970, died Saturday. He was 94 years old. “We have chosen to be branded peace criminals by war criminals,” Berrigan famously said while […]
A somber yet unyielding Town Council faced the displeasure of Burrillville residents Wednesday night. At issue is whether or not the residents of Burrillville can trust their elected officials to negotiate in their best interests with Invenergy, a multi-billion dollar company intent on bringing a fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plan to their pristine town. The Town Council appeared to do themselves no favors allowing their lawyer, Oleg Nikolyszyn, speak for them.
The RI Supreme Court, in a decision written by Supreme Court Justice Maureen Goldberg, upheld what is one of the most influential pieces of criminal justice reform legislation in the past ten years. This law, known alternately as the “Justice and Innocence Bill” and the “32(f) law,” was passed in 2010 but has been on […]
More than three of every four Rhode Islanders “favor” a $15 minimum wage for nursing home workers, according to a Fleming & Associates poll done for local labor groups. The poll question, shared by the SEIU 1199NE, found that 76 percent of those polled support a $15 basement wage for those who “care for Rhode […]
Bernie Sanders’s surprise double-digit win was undeniably the big story of the night, but progressives can find even more good news from the turnout numbers. At 121,923, total Democratic turnout was a whopping 98.6 percent higher than the GOP’s 61,394. To put this in perspective, Obama only won 77.9 percent more votes than Romney. To […]
It’s morning again in Rhode Island. At least that’s what it feels like to the progressive left the day after Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton in the Ocean State’s presidential primary poll. The socialist-leaning senator from Vermont all but conceded the nomination to the more conservative Clinton after losing four other states in the so-called […]
Bernie Sanders kept the political revolution alive by beating Hillary Clinton in the Ocean State Tuesday night. With all of Rhode Island reporting, Sanders beat Clinton 54.7 percent to 43.1 percent. His win also sent a strong message to the establishment Democrats in Rhode Island – from the state officers to the congressional delegation – […]
Bernie Sanders visit to Rhode Island was the largest political primary rally in RI, over 7000 people, since JFK. It is worth watching to see what all the excitement was about. If you have a liberal cause you believe in it is in there, but the difference is that it is not a campaign stunt. Look […]
You support Bernie. I support Hillary. An ancient quote attributed to Jalal al-Din Rumi goes, “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.” The deeper I travel into the chaotic and complex […]
It’s hard to imagine two more different snapshots of Rhode Island than when Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump visited this week in their respective upstart campaigns to become the next president of the United States. Sanders chose an outdoor venue at a public park in Providence. He played Steve Earle and Bob Marley songs. People […]
From the largest political rally in Rhode Island since JFK to the morning talk shows on the day after, I feel whiplash more than I feel the Bern. But that is because most political pundits don’t get the point of the political revolution Bernie Sanders articulates. I need to get the Bern back. And so […]