Help send a progressive champion to Congress

Help send a progressive champion to Congress

I’m going to be co-hosting a very special event this Sunday for a wonderful progressive candidate for Congress, Massachusetts State Representative Carl Sciortino. He’ll be running for Ed Markey’s seat in Congress — once Markey is elected to the Senate later this month. There’s more on Carl’s tenure as a progressive champion in the State […]

Demand Progress on the Passing of Aaron Swartz

Demand Progress on the Passing of Aaron Swartz

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Demand Progress’s Aaron Swartz. Friends and family have issued a statement and created a memorial page, here. Aaron was a dear friend, and an ideological brother in arms. As others have spoken to at great length, he was indeed a passionate advocate for access to information and […]

Thursday: RI Jobs With Justice Awards Dinner

Thursday: RI Jobs With Justice Awards Dinner

Jobs With Justice is scrappy, but one of the most important and effective activist organizations in Rhode Island.  The campaign they helped lead in support of a living wage ordinance in Providence is one of the reasons I got involved in politics here and decided to run for City Council a decade ago. Their 16th […]

The $80 Billion Boondoggle

The $80 Billion Boondoggle

The New York Times published an expose this week on Texas’s regime of business incentives, but for anybody who pays passing attention to so-called municipal and state economic development schemes, there wasn’t much news: Our states and localities are cannibalizing one another as they concoct targeted tax breaks which they use to lure corporations from […]

Interview: The Low Anthem on the Columbus Theater

Interview: The Low Anthem on the Columbus Theater

The Low Anthem are a wonderful folk rock band who tour the globe but call Providence home.  This Saturday they reopen the Columbus Theater on Broadway for the first of what I hope will be many, many shows and communitarian happenings.  (I’m pretty sure the last formal-ish show I saw in there was by Lightning […]

Thurs: Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg Discuss NDAA

Thurs: Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg Discuss NDAA

UPDATE: Huffpo covers our detain-a-friend Facebook app and previews the Reddit discussion here. ORIGINAL: We’re organizing an “Ask Me Anything” conversation on Reddit this Thursday at noon with journalist Chris Hedges, Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg, other plaintiffs, and the lawyers in the anti-“indefinite detention” lawsuit.  You’ll be able to join the conversation here. Indefinite […]

Gayle Goldin for Senate

Gayle Goldin for Senate

Please join me in supporting Gayle Goldin’s campaign for State Senate — she’s running on Providence’s East Side, inclusive of the Fox Point and Wayland Square portions of the district I used to represent. Over the course of my decade or so fighting for progressive change in Rhode Island, I’ve learned the crucial role that […]

Right Now: Panel On Indefinite Detention Lawsuit

Sorry for the late notice, but right now (6pm) there’s a panel discussion ongoing about the lawsuit Demand Progress is helping fund in opposition to the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act which seem to permit the military to detain citizens indefinitely without charge or trial. I’m on the panel along with several others […]

Another Big Win for Web

Another Big Win for Web

Yay!  Another win for the Internet.  The cyber-security bill just failed to receive enough support in the Senate to proceed to a final vote. The legislation was a mess for privacy, though it was getting better because of the hard work of activists and a core group of pro-privacy senators — you can click here to […]

Cyber-Security Vote: Big Brother Comes Knocking

Cyber-Security Vote: Big Brother Comes Knocking

There’s a push for cyber-security legislation in Congress this week and we have a chance to pressure our lawmakers to make sure that the legislation respects privacy rights and internet freedom.   The House has already passed a bill, called CISPA, which had truly dreadful privacy implications:  It would have trumped all existing online privacy […]