Lauren Niedel is currently District 40 State Committeewoman & on the Board of Our Revolution-RI
By Lauren Niedel on November 7, 2017
In December 2015 I wrote an article about why I believed Debbie Wasserman Schultz was impeding democracy. At that point the focus was on the debate schedule, The Sanders’ campaign Van access denial and other issues. Fast forward to November 2017, almost 2 years later, and all over the news are additional revelations about democracy […]
By Lauren Niedel on October 17, 2017
On Sunday at the Portuguese Club in Cranston there was the “annual” Rhode Island Democratic Party Meeting. I put “annual” in quotes because in 2015 there was no meeting at all. The catalyst for the meeting was the very untimely death of National Committeeman Frank Montanaro. The committee members were gathered to elect their new […]
By Lauren Niedel on August 21, 2017
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse held his annual summer fundraiser on Sunday at Kempenaar’s Clambake Club in Middletown. This year, unlike in the past, he and his distinguished guests and supporters were met with reminders that no one is immune from the Summer of Resistance. Whitehouse, known throughout the country as an environmental champion, still has […]
By Lauren Niedel on July 6, 2017
“Nina is a dynamic leader who brings with her fresh ideas, a new perspective, a 21st century vision and a strong independent streak.”
By Lauren Niedel on June 22, 2017
We come together as individuals, community and state organizations to oppose the use of our communities as practice sites for the U.S. military as they did, starting late at night, at 10pm on Friday, June 9th. “This is not just about notification,” said Martha Yager of the American Friends Service Committee. “Notifying us that they […]
By Lauren Niedel on June 15, 2017
This past weekend I travelled to Chicago to get a much needed fix at the 2nd annual People’s Summit held at McCormack Convention Center. I was enticed to go for several reasons, Bernie Sanders, Nina Turner, Amy Goodman, Jim Hightower and 4,000 Bernie supporters and the many hats I wear, Our Revolution-RI, RI Progressive Democrats […]
By Lauren Niedel on April 25, 2017
The Glocester Democratic Town Committee sponsored a non-partisan community forum on Monday, April 24th designed to prepare local citizens for a potential devastating gypsy moth caterpillar invasion. The Manton Free Public Library was packed to capacity as over 70 people attended the discussion and were given a bleak picture of what to expect over the next several months. Committee […]
By Lauren Niedel on April 18, 2017
Former Governor Lincoln Chafee, who recently came out against the massive fracked gas/ diesel fuel power plant known as the Clear River Energy Center, was the keynote speaker at the Burrillville Democratic Town Committee meeting on April 17th. His opposition to the plant is for all of the right reasons. Chafee stated his concern on increased […]
By Lauren Niedel on April 5, 2017
It has been an interesting time being a progressive, left wing democrat. I have taken the inside/outside approach. Inside being the fact that I am a member of the RI Democratic Committee and on the Glocester Democratic Town Committee. Outside because I really consider myself to be a “Berniecrat” bordering on left-wing (ok probably not […]
By Lauren Niedel on February 23, 2017
Trump and his administration started his reign with an onslaught of unbelievable breaches of security, endless spending and unscrupulous abuses of power that is unprecedented in modern times.
By Lauren Niedel on January 12, 2017
Depending on where you were on January 10th, it could not have been different, if you were an opponent of the fracked gas power plant known as The Clear River Energy Center, as Invenergy deliberately split the movement into two. Two meetings scheduled at the same date-same time: Woonsocket and Johnston. In Johnston, we knew […]
By Lauren Niedel on December 30, 2016
These are the times that try the souls of men, women, minorities, LGBTQ, environmentalists, Jewish, Atheist, Muslim and Native American souls. Thomas Paine, if you hear me, on behalf of all of the sane Americans out here, I apologize! I know you are turning in your grave right now.
By Lauren Niedel on December 5, 2016
The 2016 Presidential election has been over for almost a month now and since that time people of all persuasions and most political backgrounds have been left demoralized and depressed. With the swamp monsters emerging to lead this country, despair has been everywhere. Today finally a piece of uplifting news. On Sunday, December 3rd – […]
By Lauren Niedel on November 11, 2016
It was a foregone conclusion that Clinton would be the nominee. No other candidate was given a chance. The insurgency of the Bernie Sanders campaign and the nationwide movement he inspired were an unwelcome distraction in the election process leading up to the inauguration of the first female President.
By Lauren Niedel on November 3, 2016
From Standing Rock to Burrillville, these forced and exploitative fossil fuel infrastructure plans are no longer the bell of Wall Street. The agreements are toxic, people throughout the country are fighting against them. Projects are getting delayed and cancelled on a regular basis, and those that get to the tax treaty and permitting process are […]
By Lauren Niedel on September 13, 2016
Hello Fellow Progressives. Today, September 13, is our first major test of how our RI post Bernie efforts will play out. RI Progressives had an amazing victory in April with the Presidential primary going to Senator Bernie Sanders by a staggering 12% and we need that energy to carry through today. We encourage everyone to vote for our […]
By Lauren Niedel on July 31, 2016
As it was for many Bernie Sanders delegates, last week’s Democratic National Convention was the first convention for me. I had an idea of what to expect, but I was less prepared for the dynamics associated with our underdog movement. Throughout the campaign, I followed Bernie far and wide. I believed in his positions on trade deals, […]
By Lauren Niedel on July 3, 2016
Glocester, a small town nestled in the woods of northwest Rhode Island and mostly ignored by all political candidates, the General Assembly and the rest of the state’s population except maybe around the 4th of July for our irreverent Ancients and Horribles Parade. So much of what is good about Glocester shows itself every July 4th.
By Lauren Niedel on June 7, 2016
Tuesday June 7th will be a very busy day in RI. There will be a vote with the entire House on Rep. Cale Keable’s bill on the Clear River Energy Center. Then right after join RI Progressive Democrats at the Wild Colonial on 250 South Water Street at 6:00pm for a fundraiser and viewing party of […]
By Lauren Niedel on May 2, 2016
Our first major event was at RI Pride in Providence. Next we won an award for the “most politically incorrect float” in the Glocester Ancients and Horribles Parade. Not long after that there were the first debate parties, hosted in homes throughout the state.