By RI Future on February 5, 2016
Rep. Aaron Regunberg and Sen. Harold M. Metts have introduced legislation to reform the controversial use of solitary or “segregated” confinement in the Rhode Island prison system, saying the practice causes psychological damage and often exacerbates the very problems it is intended to address.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, International News, National News, News, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged aaron regunberg, ACLU of Rhode Island, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Harold Metts, John Prince, Michael Cerullo, solitary confinement, Steven Brown | Leave a response
By RI Future on January 29, 2016
The Wingmen tackle abortion, and it doesn’t go well for John Brien.
By RI Future on January 9, 2016
Bob Plain talks presidential politics on Wingmen.
Posted in 10 Wingmen, Campaign 2016, Featured, National News, News, Opinion, Politics, Video | Tagged Bernie Sanders, bill rappleye, Bob Plain, donald trump, hillary clinton, John Brien | Leave a response
By RI Future on January 8, 2016
“When they dug deeper, they stumbled onto an even more disturbing revelation. What they found, they say, is evidence that some investors can obtain special rights that may let them secretly siphon money from the state pensioners’ retirement savings.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Netroots Nation, News, Pensions, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged david sirota, Diane Bucci, Gina Raimondo, hedge funds, International Business Times, pensions | 2 Responses
By RI Future on January 5, 2016
Bernie TV had Steve Ahlquist on to discuss some video he took of Bernie Sanders arriving at his rally in Worcester, Mass. Sanders can be seen shaking hands and greeting his way through and the line of people waiting to get in for over six minutes, solidifying his reputation as a man of the people.
By RI Future on November 19, 2015
“Respectfully, when other public officials in the state are protesting efforts to welcome any Syrian refugees in Rhode Island by holding public rallies and calling for the internment of any refugees that do arrive here, this is anything but a non-issue.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, News, Politics, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Syria | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island, don anderson, Farid Ansari, Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, RI Council for Muslim Advancement, Sarah Mack, Steven Brown, Syrian refugees | 7 Responses
By RI Future on November 14, 2015
As in previous years, students with disabilities and students of color served a disproportionate amount of these suspensions…
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Education, Featured, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Hillary Davis, Rhode Island Department of Education, Rhode Island General Assembly, school suspensions | 2 Responses
By RI Future on November 13, 2015
Hotel workers at the Providence Renaissance have voted in favor of joining UNITE HERE Local 217 today. Workers rallied after the votes were counted, demanding that The Procaccianti Group, the hotel’s owner, begin bargaining a contract in good faith.
By RI Future on November 12, 2015
At the meeting, Perreault, another female EMT/firefighter, and several male firefighters expressed concerns about women not getting fair treatment in the fire department. Three months later, she was summoned to a meeting with Fire District Chief Stuart Pearson where she was terminated. The only explanation that Pearson gave was that he believed she was unhappy working there.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Labor, News, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Harmony Fire District, Kimberly Perreault, Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, Sonja Deyoe, Steven Brown, Stuart Pearson | 1 Response
By RI Future on November 5, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today announced the settlement of a federal lawsuit on behalf of Jason Cook, an ACI inmate who, the suit alleged, was the victim of retaliation by prison officials for publicly criticizing RI Department of Corrections’ (DOC) mail policies and seeking legal assistance from the ACLU.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged ACI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, DeLuca & Weizenbaum, DOC, first amendment, Jason Cook, Ltd., RI ACLU, RI Department of Corrections, Shad Miller, William Smith | 3 Responses
By RI Future on October 22, 2015
“When a student’s immature behavior is addressed by a law enforcement official trained in criminality and arrest, not in getting to the root of a behavioral issue, neither the child nor the school is well served. In short, the presence of SROs redefines as criminal justice problems behavior issues that may be rooted in social, psychological or academic problems, for which involvement in the juvenile justice system is hardly the solution,” said Steven Brown of the RI ACLU.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Education, Featured, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Patti DiCenso, RI ACLU, school resource officers, SROs, Steven Brown, Tolman High School | 1 Response
By RI Future on October 21, 2015
“We’ve been demanding for years that The Procaccianti Group give us a fair process to decide upon unionization, said Hipolito Rivera, a houseman at the hotel. “We call on the hotel to do the right thing. Treat us like equals, not adversaries. Respect us, respect the results of our election and negotiate a fair contract.”
Posted in corporate greed, Featured, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Hipolito Rivera, Omni Providence, Providence Renaissance Hotel, Raquel Cruz, The Procaccianti Group, Unite Here Local 217 | 1 Response
By RI Future on October 7, 2015
Citing a recent “pattern of disturbingly inadequate” responses to open records requests “on truly critical matters of public import,” five open government organizations have called on Governor Gina Raimondo to issue an executive order that calls on state agencies to “adopt a strong presumption in favor of disclosure in addressing requests for public information.”
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Featured, International News, National News, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Access to Public Records, ACCESS/RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, apra, Department of Transportation, Donald Lally, Gina Raimondo, Health and Human Services, Jane W. Koster, Justin Silverman, League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, League of Women Voters of the United States, Linda Lotridge Levin, LWVRI, New England First Amendment Coalition, Rhode Island Press Association, ridot, Steven Brown, Unified Health Infrastructure Project | Leave a response
By RI Future on August 26, 2015
Associate Judge William C. Clifton of Rhode Island’s District Court handed down his verdict in the case Curt Nordgaard, and Peter Nightingale, who were arrested after locking themselves to the front gate at the site of Spectra Energy’s compressor station in Burrillville, Rhode Island in a direct action organized by Fighting Against Natural Gas (FANG).
Charges of disorderly conduct were dismissed; charges of willful trespass resulted in a one-year “filing,” which means that these cases will be dismissed if the defendants come into no further conflict with the law.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Economy, Elections, Energy, Environment, Featured, International News, National News, News, People, Rhode Island | Tagged burrillville, Curtis Nordgaard, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free rhode island, fracking, Peter Nightingale, Spectra Energy Compressor Station, William C. Clifton | 3 Responses
By RI Future on August 5, 2015
Further investigation is warranted, the letter argued, because “the public deserves to know whether the improper actions so thoroughly documented in this report were, somewhat incredibly, the only such abuses to take place, or whether there were other unknown victims of these violations of the public trust.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Elections, Featured, National News, News, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged Alan Fung, Cranston City Council, Cranston Police Department, Marco Palombo, Rhode Island State Police, riaclu, Steven Brown, TicketGate | Leave a response
By RI Future on July 23, 2015
Danilo Saccoccio, an Italian national who received his green card in November, is married to an American citizen and has two children who are also American citizens. When he sought to turn in his Italian driver’s license for a Rhode Island one, he was advised he was entitled to no language accommodations to take the test even though it is offered in two languages other than English.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, International News, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged Civil Rights Act of 1964, Danilo Saccoccio, DOJ, Jennifer Doucleff, LEP, limited English proficiency, Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles, RI ACLU, RI DMV, Steven Brown, U.S. Department of Justice | 1 Response
By RI Future on November 23, 2011
This will probably get lost since it was passed the day before Thanksgiving. But it does not look right when Fidelity Investments who used to employ Joseph Pratt, Treasurer Raimondo’s Chief of Staff, is selected as the vendor for the Ocean State Investment Pool. The State Investment Commission, chaired by Treasurer Raimondo, named Fidelity the […]
By RI Future on October 28, 2011
Social Security benefits will go up by 3.6 percent in 2012 to adjust for the living costs. Social Security benefits have not increased since 2009. The increase is welcome news for retirees in this difficult economic climate. Many retirees, however, will see much of that boost devoured by increased Medicare premiums. Source of article: Social […]
By RI Future on October 24, 2011
Last week, the pretend defenders of private sector unions on Fountain Street bought the line that the AT&T/T-Mobile merger was a bad idea. Typical double speak. Here is a good counter argument from the Communication Workers of America: If you repeat a made-up falsehood over and over again, will reasonable people start to believe it? […]