By Steve Ahlquist on May 15, 2017
Friday evening’s Emergency Rally to Demand an Independent Investigation brought dozens of people concerned about the connections between President Donald Trump and his campaign’s ties to Russia out to Burnside Park in Providence Friday afternoon. Those in attendance demanded that Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse “refuse to give unanimous consent on any […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on May 15, 2017
Judging from the questions asked at US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse‘s “Saturday with Sheldon” event, healthcare is on the minds of a good portion of his constituents. About 85 people came out to see the Senator and ask difficult questions about the future of Rhode Island under President Donald Trump. Whitehouse was at times optimistic, for […]
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By Samuel Bell on April 26, 2017
With Congress back from recess, we have returned to a drumbeat of congressional votes on the Trump agenda. Rhode Island senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse voted against former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, Trump’s pick for agriculture secretary. While nine members of the Democratic caucus in the Senate joined Reed and Whitehouse in voting no, most […]
By Peter Nightingale on April 11, 2017
Days before the latest U.S. knee-jerk bombing attack on Syria, it was exactly 50 years since Martin Luther King gave his “carefully forgotten” speech Beyond Vietnam. King spoke about what he called “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government.” The ruling elites have now made King presentable in polite company. […]
By J. Mark Ryan on March 13, 2017
No “market solution” will fix this because sick people are not profitable to insure. Why would there be “competition” to insure sick people?
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Congress, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, Health Care, Poverty | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, CBO, Congressional Budget Office, obamacare | Leave a response
By Jessica Stensrud on March 8, 2017
“After the Town Hall Ward was shuttled out of the meeting by police, arrested and had words put in her mouth (she did not ask to be arrested). Ward’s breast was grabbed and she was described as ‘unruly.'”
By Bob Plain on February 28, 2017
When 13 Indivisible RI activists visited Congressman Jim Langevin’s Warwick office today, it wasn’t only to implore him to resist Trump, it was also to thank him for co-sponsoring House Resolution 111. Progressive activists had phoned Langevin’s office the day before asking him to co-sponsor the bill “directing the Attorney General to transmit certain documents […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 26, 2017
“This is their long standing opposition to Medicare [and] Medicaid” said Whitehouse, “We thought we had those zombies buried, but they’re coming back out of the earth again and they walk the planet, and we need to put them back in the ground where they belong.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 23, 2017
Featuring illustrations from Selene Means. As I approached, I saw that the east end of Kennedy Plaza had been transformed into a police car parking lot, with maybe two dozen officers from at least three different law enforcement agencies.
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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 Robert Shaw on February 13, 2017
Hundreds of Rhode Islanders braved the inclement weather on Sunday afternoon to make their voices heard at a gathering of the Rhode Island congressional delegation at the East Providence High School auditorium. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed and Representatives David Cicilline and Jim Langevin fielded questions from a growingly impatient and sometimes outright hostile […]
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.
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 9, 2017
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be appearing, along with the entire Senator Jack Reed and Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline, at the East Providence High School auditorium on Sunday at 2pm.
Posted in Congress, Featured, National News, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged David Cicilline, donald trump, East Providence High School, Ian Millhiser, jack reed, James Langevin, Nathan Bishop Middle School, Neil Gorsuch, Sheldon Whitehouse, Supreme Court, ThinkProgress | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on February 9, 2017
Some of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation have been the focus on intense protests from local progressives hoping to convince them to resist President Donald Trump’s anti-social justice agenda. But the four Democrats who represent Rhode Island in Congress aren’t shying away from the attention. Indeed they are inviting more. This Sunday they are holding a […]
By Bob Plain on February 5, 2017
A single judge in Seattle can prevent even the President of the United States from violating the Constitution. That’s what happened this weekend when federal District Court Judge James Robart put a stay on the so-called “travel ban” executive order on Friday. The decision won Robart and the judiciary praise from Rhode Island senators Jack […]
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
By Robert Shaw on January 29, 2017
An abnormally large group of concerned citizens gathered for a community meeting with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse at the Warwick Public Library on Saturday morning. After Whitehouse began the meeting by acknowledging the size of the gathering and offering up the floor to those present, the meeting quickly became a platform for those concerned over the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 29, 2017
One thing became very clear, very quickly: People wanted Whitehouse to actively push back against Trump, and they do not expect compromise or any more “Yes” votes on Trump’s cabinet picks.
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 28, 2017
This might be the first time that Whitehouse has publicly agreed to review a local fossil fuel infrastructure proposal with an eye towards possibly coming out against it.
Posted in Activism, Climate, Congress, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, Providence | Tagged Administrative Procedures Act, burrillville, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, FANG Collective, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, fields point, Invenergy, janet coit, Lorraine Savard, national grid, Nick Katkevich, Port of Providence, Sheldon Whitehouse | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 28, 2017
“So does that make torture okay?” interrupted a constituent.
“No, of course not…” replied Whitehouse, caught off guard.
Posted in Civil Rights, Congress, Defense, Featured, National News, Video | Tagged Army Field Manual, Barack Obama, Central Intelligence Agency, cia, David Norton, Diane Feinstein, donald trump, Marco Rubio, Mike Pompeo, Sheldon Whitehouse, torture | 11 Responses