Civil Rights / Liberties
By Steve Ahlquist on October 27, 2016
The FANG Collective staged a demonstration outside TD Bank Wednesday to protest the company’s support of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which is even now being blocked by First Nation protesters from many different tribes. TD Bank is one of many lending institutions financing the pipeline.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Environmental Racism, Featured, National News, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, Energy Transfer Partners, FANG Collective, First Nation, Jack Dalyrmple, Jennifer Minor, Mary Annette Pember, Morton County Sheriff’s Department, north dakota, Providence Police, Sally Mendzela, TD Bank | 1 Response
By Jessica Stensrud on October 26, 2016
There are laws against sexual harassment and harassment of employees having protected status but workplace bullying can happen to anyone of any age, either gender, sexual orientation, race and or religious preference. There is currently no protection, workplace policy or legal recourse for anyone suffering this type of abuse.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Health Care, State House | Tagged Andrew Winters, Debra Falzoi, Emilia DaSilva-Tavarez, frank ciccone, Healthy Workplace Bill, Roger Williams National Memorial Park | 3 Responses
By ACLU of RI on October 24, 2016
Speaker Mattiello and challenger Frias actually have 1,230 fewer constituents they have to reach out to and represent. Although they are treated as residents of District 15 for purposes of carving up that district, these incarcerated persons are not considered residents there for any other meaningful purpose, including for purposes of voting.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Cranston, Featured, News, Prison Reform, State House | Tagged ACI, Nicholas Mattiello, prison gerrymandering, Ronald Lagueux, Steven Frias, U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 23, 2016
“These two Providence residents should not be forced to defend themselves in a court of law for exercising petition rights granted them by the City Charter. The ACLU urges Councilor Jackson to amend his complaint and remove these two private citizens as defendants.”
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Providence | Tagged first amendment, Karina Holyoak Wood, Kevin Jackson, Patricia Kammerer, Providence, Providence Board of Canvassers, Providence City Charter, Providence City Council, RI ACLU, SLAPP Suit, steve brown | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 11, 2016
Eight power plants currently litter a 31 mile expanse of pipeline, from Killingly, Connecticut, through Rhode Island, to Medway, Massachusetts. Burrillville will be power plant number nine and Killingly is the proposed site of power plant number ten.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Connecticut, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, National News | Tagged Bafflin Sanctuary, Connecticut Siting Council, Danny Rovero, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Killingly, Killingly Energy Center, Lake Road Generating Facility, Mae Flexer, Medway, Not Another Power Plant, NTE Energy, Pomfret Audubon Society, Quinebaug River, the Airline Trail, Wyndham County, Wyndham Land Trust | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 10, 2016
For its 9th Annual Festival PRONK! partnered with the STEP UP Coalition to support to the Community Safety Act. The goal of the collaboration was “to use music, dance and art to bring attention to injustices and inequalities in our city and encourage people across Providence to stand behind the legislation.”
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Inequality, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged afsc, American Friends Service Committee, Community Safety Act, CSA, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Extraordinary Rendition Band, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Kickin' Brass, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, ona, PRONK!, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Step-Up Coalition, What Cheer Brigade | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 6, 2016
46 percent of Catholic likely voters support Clinton, while 40 percent support Trump.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Race & Racism, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, White House, Women, Youth | Tagged Bishop Tobin, Catholics for Choice, donald trump, hillary clinton, Jon O’Brien, Mike Pence, tim kaine | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on September 30, 2016
How many Rhode Island inmates are put in solitary confinement? Why are they there? How long do they stay? “And what do they actually look like,” asked Providence Rep. Aaron Regunberg, chair of a new state commission that will answer these and other important questions about the use of solitary confinement at the ACI.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, Prison Reform, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, ACI, Adult Correctional Institutions, at wall, Meg Clingham, Office of Mental Health Advocate, Rhode Island Brotherhood of Corrections Officers, Richard Ferruccio | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 29, 2016
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza attended an East Side forum on the Community Safety Act, saying that despite some differences, he doesn’t “think it will be a problem getting this done before the end of the year.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Youth | Tagged afsc, Annie Voss-Altman, Central High School, Community Safety Act, CSA, Don Baier, Doug Best, gang database, ice, jorge elorza, Julia Carson, Kevin Jackson, Libby Edgerly, Mark Santow, Martha Yager, Maureen Reddy, Ondine Sniffin, Providence Police, sam zurier, Sarah Morenon, seth yurdin, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado, Wendy Becker | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 26, 2016
A march of over 50 people from Jenks Park in Central Falls to the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church near the Rhode Island Mall was held Sunday to demand driver’s licenses for all, regardless of immigration status.
Posted in Activism, Central Falls, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, News, Pawtucket, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Ana Quezada, Claire Pimental, Comité en Acción, Donna Nesselbush, frank ciccone, Gina Raimondo, james diossa, Nicholas Mattiello, Safer Rhodes Coalition, Shelby Maldonado, Yaruska Ordinola | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 20, 2016
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Opinion, Poverty, Providence, Religion | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, catholic, Humanism, jorge elorza, Providence Journal, Thomas Tobin, United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on September 19, 2016
The Community Safety Act, a citizen-proposed ordinance that would address racial profiling and other abuses of power by police, was heard by the Ordinance Committee of the Providence City Council last week. While only six members of the council attended – Council President Luis Aponte, Kevin Jackson, Michael Correia, Sam Zurier, Mary Kay Harris and […]
By Economic Progress Institute on September 16, 2016
Overall poverty rate remains essentially unchanged from 2014; Rates still worse for communities of color
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Disability Services, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, News, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House | Tagged Census Bureau, Child Care Assistance, healthsource ri, Jenn Steinfeld, Rachel Flum Economic Progress Institute, Racial Justice Coalition, SNAP | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 16, 2016
During a second protest, Civetti agreed by phone to meet with the workers at the Fuerza Laboral offices again. According to Fuerza organizer Raoul Figueroa and Mike Araujo of RI Jobs with Justice, Civetti agreed that he did owe the workers their unpaid wages at this meeting. He has agreed to pay the workers on Friday.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged David Civetti, Dependable and Affordable Cleaning Inc, fuerza laboral, Heiny Maldonado, Mike Araujo, providence college, Raoul Figueroa, RI Jobs with Justice | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 16, 2016
TD Bank in downtown Providence became the target of local environmental and indigenous American activists Thursday in response to calls for solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux as they continue to battle the $3.78 billion Dakota Access Pipeline.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, International News, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Bakken shale fields, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, democracy now!, FANG Collective, Lakota Treaty Territory, Standing Rock Sioux, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, TD Bank | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2016
“Criminalization is not a solution to homelessness,” added Roger Williams University School of Law Professor and Assistant Dean Andrew Horwitz. “It is incredibly cruel to those experiencing homelessness, dehumanizing the individuals and making it harder to connect to advocates and services.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Inequality, Infrastructure, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Transportation, Video | Tagged Andrew Horwitz, Barbara Freitas, broken windows, DARE, DID, direct action for rights and equality, Downtown Improvement District, eric hirsch, Homeless Bill of Rights Defense Group, Joseph Paolino, kennedy plaza, providence college, Providence Downtown Improvement District, Reclaiming Our Public Spaces, Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, rihap, Roger Williams University School of Law Professor, The Shops at 100 | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2016
The behavior of the security guards and police officers at the Providence Convention Center, where the press conference was held, became a preview of what many fear might become the norm if the wrong policies are instituted in downtown Providence.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Inequality, Media, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged ACLU, Anita Baffoni, Bob Plain, Joseph Paolino, kennedy plaza, Providence Business News, Providence Convention Center, Providence Journal, RINPR, steve brown | 2 Responses
By Economic Progress Institute on September 13, 2016
More Rhode Islanders have health insurance coverage thanks to health care reform The number of uninsured dropped to 59,000 in 2015 from 120,000 in 2013.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Economy, Featured, Health Care, News, Poverty, Rhode Island | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Economic Progress Institute, healthsourceRI, Linda Katz, Medicaid | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 12, 2016
RI State Representative Jan Malik said that when re-posted a picture of 25 flag-draped coffins of American soldiers killed in battle, he didn’t notice that the picture and text came from right-wing political activist, musician and racist Ted Nugent.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Democrats, Featured, Media, News, Politics, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged black lives matter, colin kaepernick, House Veterans Affairs Committee, jan malik, Jason Knight, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, National Anthem, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Ted Nugent | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 10, 2016
A march from Kennedy Plaza to the Providence Public Safety Complex, with a brief, tense stop in front of the Providence Place Mall was held in Providence Friday evening in solidarity with a National Prison Strike, on the 45th anniversary of the Attica Uprising. After gathering in Kennedy Plaza, across from Providence City Hall, the […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, History, Homelessness, Inequality, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Sex workers, Video | Tagged 13th Amendment, ACI, Adult Correctional Institute, Attica Uprising, Free Alabama Movement, Free Mississippi Movement, Free Ohio Movement, Free Texas Movement, Free Virginia Movement, IWOC, IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, kennedy plaza, National Prison Strike, Oscar Perez, Providence Place Mall, Providence Public Safety Complex | 1 Response