I have many points of agreement with Barry Schiller’s post on a potential Providence streetcar, but my disagreements are serious enough to be worth writing about. Barry is right to raise concern about whether the Providence streetcar is the best use of our funds. Streetcars do cost more than buses, and they don’t necessarily upgrade […]
Rhode Island will not attract millennials, build a new economy, end homelessness or improve public schools by helping the Pawtucket Red Sox to move to Providence. Even according to Republican economist Greg Mankiw, 85% of economists oppose public subsidies of sports stadiums. Ideological journals from left to right, from National Review to Dissent, decry the giveaways and […]
“We want accountability,” said C. Kelly Smith, one of the protest organizers. “I recommend that the LGBTQ and allied community boycott the Haven Brothers until such time as we get an explanation and justice for Joey.”
“When we chant Black Lives Matter, we are bringing forward voices that are normally ignored. Historically ignored. Presently ignored. To push back and tell us All Lives Matter is to also be complicit with this hollow, patriarchal, white supremacist society…”
Hotel workers carried signs, beat drums and chanted outside the Providence Renaissance Hotel at 7am Saturday morning. The Renaissance Providence Hotel has been resisting efforts by its staff to form a union to negotiate for better wages and humane working conditions.
Over 500 people joined the Black Lives Matter march in Providence on Saturday. The event, organized by End Police Brutality PVD, was held in solidarity with Baltimore, which has become the new epicenter for change in the ongoing tragedy of police violence against blacks and other people of color.
May 1 is International Workers Day so Comité en Acción and other community organizations celebrated with a march from the Armory on Cranston St. to Dexter Field, followed by a celebration of “our victories from this past year.” The victories from the past year include passage of the Just Cause eviction bill, the elimination of […]
A streetcar, or a “trolley” running on tracks in the street, might be in the works for Providence. Last year the city received a $13 million “TIGER” grant from the US DOT for preliminary work on a streetcar line. It was recently reported that the city was indeed seeking proposals for its planning and engineering. […]
Subtitled, “an independent investor information website posted by Unite Here,” the website TPG Fails is a compendium of The Procaccianti Group’s bad investments, environmental disasters and “wasted opportunities.”
“There’s a rat living in a classroom on the first floor,” said Jeremiah Ledesma, a student at Mt. Pleasant, “it pops out every once in a while when it’s looking for food. I’ve seen cockroaches walk across the lunchroom floor.”
Sue Sulham has been caring for developmentally disabled people in the Blackstone Valley for more than 20 years. She makes just $11.20 an hour. “I don’t want to live beyond my means,” Sulham said. “I just want to be able to make a payment on time, to go grocery shopping and maybe luncheon meat would […]
What’s so bad about Medicaid consuming 30 percent of the state budget? Caring for anyone is expensive, and the indigent are certainly no exception. My question is how did we reduce the care and welfare of our most vulnerable neighbors down to a mere 30 percent of overall state spending. And what’s so bad about […]
“Providence is not a minor league city,” said Asher Schofield, “We are what we dream ourselves to be. What we want to be. And we want to be major league. These are antiquated notions, the idea of public financing of private enterprise. This [deal] is not the grand notion that we need to have as a city moving forward… These minor league aspirations are beneath us.”
Due process is a fundamental tenet underlying our civil liberties, and one can reject the hackneyed mantra that “guns don’t kill people” and still appreciate that gun owners have rights too. The ACLU does. That’s why last week the ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal district court on behalf of a North Smithfield resident, who is seeking […]
Editor’s note: Former Phoenix editor-turned-freelance journalist Phil Eil says WPRO owes him $1,350 for four stories he wrote in late 2014. He agreed to share the below letter he sent to the Cumulus-owned radio station’s corporate office in Atlanta, as well as the local manager in Rhode Island. “I gave WPRO and Cumulus the benefit […]