Rodrigo Pimentel is the Immigration Coordinator for the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats. Featured on The Providence Journal, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, and FusionTV.
By Rodrigo Pimentel on March 1, 2017
Too many people ignore that mass poverty is caused by the billions of dollars monopolized by the rich, instead preferring to blame me. An immigrant.
Posted in Civil Rights, Corporate Greed, Featured, Immigration, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Arthur Corvese, David Coughlin, Robert Nardolillo III, Robert Phillips, Stephen Ucci | 1 Response
By Rodrigo Pimentel on November 25, 2016
In a press release, Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson stated that the Sheriff’s Office will work to “protect the safety of our citizens and legal residents.” In reality, the 287(g) partnership entails a diversion of resources from law enforcement, litigation, and fear in immigrant communities.
By Rodrigo Pimentel on November 13, 2016
University of Rhode Island (URI) students have planned a mass walkout and gathering at the campus Quad for Tuesday, November 15th at 11am. Organizers state that “…this is not a protest, but an expression of solidarity with marginalized voices on campus and in the community at large. We have extended the invitation to join us […]
By Rodrigo Pimentel on September 22, 2016
The Coalition for Safer Rhodes is organizing a march that aims to send a clear message to the General Assembly — that they must act to ensure that our roads and communities are safe by ensuring that all immigrants, regardless of their immigration status, are able to earn a driver’s license. In order to send […]
By Rodrigo Pimentel on September 2, 2016
Donald Trump gave his long-awaited address on immigration in Phoenix, Arizona shortly after his surprise meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico on August 31. Earlier in the week, Trump had signaled a policy change on immigration, with Trump initially softening his tone on deportations – only to return to his nativist self a few […]
By Rodrigo Pimentel on May 9, 2016
Undocumented labor, faith and the student community called on parishioners of the parish and Speaker Mattiello to recognize the need for limited licenses for the undocumented community, and the need for the General Assembly to pass H7610.
By Rodrigo Pimentel on May 2, 2016
Rep. Grace Diaz’s Tuition Equity bill was heard in the House Finance Committee meeting Thursday evening, with several student activists giving powerful testimony in support of the legislation. House Bill 7374 would codify existing policy that grants in-state tuition rates at Rhode Island’s public colleges and universities to undocumented students who have graduated from the […]
By Rodrigo Pimentel on March 7, 2016
I am not a criminal, but my life has been criminalized. I have lived in Rhode Island for practically my entire life, having moved here from Europe when I was merely ten months of age. My visa expired when I was a young child and just like that, I became an undocumented immigrant.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, fair, Federation for American Immigration Reform, hate group, Robert Nardolillo | 1 Response
By Rodrigo Pimentel on January 10, 2016
In 2012, East Providence’s state appointed budget commission voted to end the City Council’s health benefits… However, in October of 2015, it became clear that some members of the City Council had quietly started to receive health benefits once again.
By Rodrigo Pimentel on October 9, 2015
“If you follow the economic discussion in Rhode Island,” continued Nightingale, “all you hear people say is ‘all we need is more jobs, more jobs’ – but when you scrape away the rhetoric, a lot of people of color and poor minorities are being divided among themselves… the elites never mention that it’s all about their profits, about busting unions, about exploiting people – and this is one of the problems we have to deal with.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Education, Energy, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Environmental Protection Agency, fang, Fossil Free Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, national grid, Peter Nightingale, pope francis, Sheldon Whitehouse, university of rhode island | 1 Response