By Steve Ahlquist on February 22, 2017
The extreme, misleading histrionics of the anti-choice right are attempts to obfuscate the issue, and if they truly want to conduct “a respectful public debate” then perhaps they should start by being respectful.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, Religion, Reproductive Rights, State House, Women | Tagged Bernard Healey, david bennett, Dinesh D'Souza, donald trump, Evan Shanley, Joseph McNamara, justin katz, Kermit Gosnell, Medicaid, mike stenhouse, Milo Yiannopoulos, Planned Parenthood, ri center for freedom and prosperity, RI Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, Supreme Court, The RI Catholic, Warwick Beacon | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 20, 2017
Wild statements from the Providence Catholic Diocese, RI Right to Life and Republican leaders in the RI General Assembly have forced three state reps to issue a statement calling out the misinformation.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, News, Reproductive Rights, State House, Women | Tagged barth bracy, Bernard Healey, david bennett, Edie Ajello, Evan Stanley, House Health Education and Welfare Committee, Joseph McNamara, Kermit Gosnell, Planned Parenthood, Republican Party, Rhode Island Catholic, RI General Assembl, RI Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence | 2 Responses
By Selene Means on February 18, 2017
Selene Means took some amazing photographs during the House HEW Committee meeting on Bill H5277, which if passed would prohibit “conversion therapy” by licensed health care professionals with respect to children under 18 years of age.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 18, 2017
“We stand in solidarity with Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, and all those on the front lines of the struggle for human rights,” said Benjamin Evans of the Rhode Island National Lawyer’s Guild.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Congress, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Disability Services, Education, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Homelessness, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, LGBTQ, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AFSC-SENE, American Friends Service Committee of Southeastern New England, Benjamin Evans, Betsy DeVos, Burnside Park, Community Safety Act, donald trump, Edward Benson, FANG Collective, fuerza laboral, George Wiley Center, Henry Shelton Act, John Dineen, Martha Yaeger, Mike Araujo, my Tabor, National Lawyers Guild, Nick Katkevich, providence student union, Raul Figueroa, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI ACLU, RISD, Sheida Soleimani, SNAP, US District Court in Providence, Zack Mezera | Leave a response
By sophia@DARE on February 16, 2017
Current PHA (Providence Housing Authority) policy denies most formerly incarcerated people their right to safe and stable housing, as well as preventing them from reuniting with their families and reintegrating into society.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, News, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged Behind the Walls Committee, BTW, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Housing and Urban Development, HUD, PHA, Providence Housing Authority | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 16, 2017
Dr. David Savitzky, MD said that conversion therapy is a “harmful treatment and Rhode Island should not be putting up with this practice against our youth.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, LGBTQ, News, Religion, State House, Youth | Tagged conversion therapy, Daniel Harrop, David Savitzky, edith ajello, House Health Education and Welfare Committee, Jared Goldstein, Joseph McNamara, Moira Walsh, outh Pride RI, riaclu, Roger Williams University, Wendy Becker | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 16, 2017
The ordinance passed 5-4 on what Cranston City Council President Michael Farina called “straight party lines” but if the meeting was supposed to be Farina’s show, Councilor Steven Stycos stole it.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Cranston, Featured, Homelessness, Poverty, Video | Tagged Alan Fung, Christopher Paplauskas, Cranston City Council, John Lanni Jr, Josh Catone, Langston Hughes, Michael Araujo, Michael Favicchio, Michael Winquist, Paul Archetto, Paul McAuley, RI Jobs with Justice, Steven Stycos, Tom Wojick, Trent Colferd Sr | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 15, 2017
The legislation would clarify that no Rhode Island law enforcement officer may arrest or detain a person solely on the basis of an immigration detainer…
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Central Falls, grace diaz, House Judiciary Committee, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, immigration detainers, Jason Knight, Jean Philippe Barros, Legislative Black and Latino Caucus, Shelby Maldonado | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 15, 2017
Immigration is complicated. Trump’s executive orders made it more complicated. Here’s what legal experts think, and where they don’t know what to think.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, International News, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged 9th District, Andrew Horwitz, Chinese Exclusion Act, Deborah Gonzalez, Department of Homeland Security, donald trump, Guantanamo Bay, Immigration Law Clinic, Immigration Nationality Act, INA, islam, Jared Goldstein, lawful permanent residents, LPR, Neil Gorsuch, Peter Margulies, refugees, Roger Williams University School of Law, Supreme Court, visa holders | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 13, 2017
The RI congressional delegation, including Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline in the ‘hot seat’ for about 90 minutes of questions from sometimes angry and confrontational constituents.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Congress, Corporate Greed, East Providence, Events, Featured, Housing, Immigration, Inequality, Infrastructure, International News, Minimum Wage, National News, Photos, Politics, Video | Tagged 1996 Congressional Review Act, aca, Affordable Care Act, Ben Carson, burrillville, Chris Murphy, Citizens United, Dan Coats, David Cicilline, Deborah Lennon, Democratic Socialists of America, Dick Blumenthal, donald trump, East Providence High School, Georgia Hollister-Isman, HUD, Indivisible RI, jack reed, James Kennedy, James Langevin, Jamestown Sanctuary, Jametown Town Council, Jane Tucker, Jeff Sessions, Linda McMahon, Merrick Garland, Neil Gorsuch, obamacare, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Town Hall, Roland Gauvin, Samuel Bell, Sheldon Whitehouse, Small Business Administration, Steven Fischbach, Transport Providence, Unity Government, Working Families Party of RI | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 12, 2017
There was no anti-choice rally in Rhode Island that I am aware of, but that didn’t stop over 100 supporters of Planned Parenthood from rallying to DEFEND the nearly 100 year old organization.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, News, Reproductive Rights, Women | Tagged Anti-Defamation League, Craig O’Connor, knights of columbus, Mother of Life Center, Pepe the Frog, Planned Parenthood, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Vida Mia Ruiz | Leave a response
By Danielle Blasczak on February 10, 2017
The event will start with a 1 pm rally at 400 Atwells Ave, Providence, and then a march to the Rhode Island State House.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Reproductive Rights, State House, Women | Tagged Community Health Centers, Guttmacher Institute, Mother of Life Center and Problem Pregnancy of Providence, Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood Health Centers, Vida Mia Ruiz | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 8, 2017
Attorney General Kilmartin would not only not meet with Indivisible RI, he wouldn’t let them into his office.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Amy Kempe, Andy Acciaioli, Bob Plain, Deborah Lennon, Department of Homeland Security, Donald Lally Jr, donald trump, E-Verify, General Assembly, ice, Indivisible RI, jack reed, Jane Tucker, Mathew D. Lenz, Peter Kilmartin, Secure Communities, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 7, 2017
“We’re in this fight because we are called by the faith that we have, whatever it might be, to fight for justice.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Arthur Corvese, Barack Obama, Betsy Garland, Charles Ortman, DACA, Donald Anderson, donald trump, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, executive order, First Unitarian Church in Providence, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Edwards, Katherine Ahlquist, Kathleen Cloutier, Keith Brown, Rhode Island Council of Churches, Robert Phillips, Roberto Gonzalez, sanctuary, Sanctuary Meeting, Sharon Key, Standing on the Side of Love, Stephen Ucci, Syrian refugees, William O'Brien | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 4, 2017
Fung and Farina claim that this new bill is not about criminalizing poverty but about public safety. Opponents of the bill say that the inevitable court challenge will waste thousands of city dollars at taxpayer expense.
Posted in Civil Rights, Cranston, Featured, Homelessness, Photos, Poverty, Video | Tagged Alan Fung, Cranston City Council, Cranston City Hall, John Donegan, Michael Farina, panhandling, Rhode Island ACLU | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 2, 2017
“I’m not willing to lose federal money over this,” said Raimondo, about protecting undocumented persons from Trump.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 31, 2017
Trump’s decision to fire Acting AG for refusing to defend his controversial executive order: ‘sends a chilling signal to others and raises red flags about the politicization of the Justice Department under the Trump Administration,’ says Jack Reed.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, National News | Tagged Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, Attorney General, Ben Cardin, Bernie Sanders, Bob Menendez, Catherine Cortez-Masto, Chris Murphy, Chris Van Hollen, Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker, Debbie Stabenow, Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin, donald trump, Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren, Immigration and Nationality Act, jack reed, Jeff Merkley, Justice Department, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Maggie Hassan, Maria Cantwell, Martin Heinrich, Mazie Hirono, Patrick Leahy, Patty Murray, Richard Blumenthal, Ron Wyden, Sally Yates, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sherrod Brown, Tammy Baldwin, Tim Kaine, Tom Carper, Tom Cotton, Tom Udall | Leave a response
By Christopher Joseph on January 30, 2017
You don’t have to choose one kind of protest or the other–you can participate in any or all with whichever methods you see fit and whatever tactics suit your beliefs. However, you should respect and support fellow anti-Trump protestors for the sake of building strong alliances and finding common ground to rely on in the future.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged black lives matter, donald trump, hillary clinton, IWW, Resist Hate RI, Richard Spencer, Working Families Party | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2017
I am scared to stand up for myself. I am afraid that some people that work for Trump are going to come to our house and arrest us for no reason like what they did in South Africa.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2017
When Senator Sheldon Whitehouse decided to vote in favor of several key Donald Trump nominations, I’m sure he did not expect to have to answer to hundreds of his angry constituents two days in a row.
Posted in Civil Rights, Congress, Events, Featured, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged donald trump, Hilmy Bakri, James Mattis, mark binder, Mike Pompeo, Nicholas Mattiello, Sheldon Whitehouse, Steve Bannon | 3 Responses