By Nick Horton on November 30, 2015
“Everybody wins,” comments journalist Bill Rappleye in the NBC 10 piece about prison reform that aired on Friday. That optimism is not something that is usually included in journalism about prison these days. Senator Whitehouse’s leadership on this issue has attracted positive attention recently, including another ProJo article in which Whitehouse visited the ACI Sociology class that produces […]
By Andrew Stewart on November 12, 2015
On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, Rhode Island sex worker activist and labor organizer Bella Robinson was hosted by Dr. Alan Brown at Southern Connecticut State University for a lecture titled Sex Work and Human Rights, part of the University’s Social Justice Week. Presented in the Adanti Student Center Theater, Robinson explained to her student audience the […]
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 Steve Ahlquist on November 2, 2015
A “black police officer of high rank is non-existent on the current police force,” says community organizer Kobi Dennis. The demonstrators are asking Mayor Jorge Elorza to appoint a veteran black police officer to the rank of major.
Posted in Activism, Criminal Justice, Featured, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged black lives matter, Black Major Movement, Extraordinary Rendition Band, jorge elorza, kobi dennis, Luis Aponte, Mary Kay Harris, Providence City Hall, wilbur jennings | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 29, 2015
Jim Ryczek, who heads up the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless (RICH), is in full support of the lawsuit. “We are proud to have helped keep communities safe,” said Ryczek, adding that the three factors that keep people from re-offending are stable housing, employment and treatment. The law, if it is allowed to stand, threatens all three of these factors.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, harrington hall, House of Hope CDC, Jean M. Johnson, Jim Ryczek, John MacDonald, Lynette Labringer, Nicholas Mattiello, OpenDoors, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, RI ACLU, RICH, Sol Rodriguez, steve brown | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 28, 2015
What became clear over the next ninety minutes is that lawyering works in support of community organizing, not the other way around. What this means is that lawyers interested in social justice work need to “find the legal work that can support the organizers,” according to Shannah Kurland, a community lawyer and Soros Justice Fellow at PrYSM.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Housing, Immigration, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Christopher Samih-Rotondo, Community Action Partnership of Providence, Community Safety Act, DARE, Direct Action for Rights and Equity, fuerza laboral, George Wiley Center, hode Island Legal Services, just cause, Michael Grinthal, Michael Zabelin, Paulette Soltani, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, RI Center for Justice, Robert McCreanor, Sarath Suong, Shannah Kurland, Tenant and Homeowner Association | Leave a response
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 Steve Ahlquist on October 21, 2015
“Where I’m from we’re harassed by police, all the time, for no reason,” said another participant, “At some point your rights just don’t matter.”
By Steve Ahlquist on October 20, 2015
“When we entered their trailer, they told us that they would talk with us if we just stepped outside,” said Fuerza Laboral organizer Phoebe Gardner, “As soon as we did so, they ran behind us and shut and locked the trailer door. When I tried to put my foot out to block them from closing the door, one Mill Creek rep pushed me out of the way. The police came almost immediately and kicked us off the property but agreed to deliver the letter we had for Mill Creek.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Featured, Labor | Tagged Allstate Interiors, An Act to Prevent Wage Theft and Promote Employer Accountability, Community Labor United, Dellbrook Construction, fuerza laboral, Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative, Metrowest Worker Center, Mill Creek Residential, Modera Natick Central, Olympic Painting and Roofing, Phoebe Gardner, The Parc at Medfield, wage theft, Willie Cerna | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on October 16, 2015
There were no arrests, no protests, no pepper spray and, most importantly, no violence at Tolman High School on Friday. But after a series of surreal events at the Pawtucket high school – that began with a fight between a police officer and students on Wednesday and culminated on Thursday with police pepper spraying a […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 15, 2015
When school got out at 2:30, there were no incidents of violence.
Instead, there was the calming presence of street workers from the Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-Violence. I watched as they reached out to students and listened to their concerns.
Posted in cities and towns, Criminal Justice, Featured, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Melissa DaRosa, Tolman High School | 9 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 15, 2015
Fifteen plastic sandwich bags containing racist and anti-semitic literature and weighed down with white rice were left on the doorsteps and sidewalks of East Side homes in Providence over night and discovered early Thursday morning by residents.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged BlackLivesMatter, jorge elorza, Steven Pare | 1 Response
By Raffi Jansezian on October 13, 2015
Mayor Jorge Elorza announced a new program that pairs inner city students with police officers as after school sports coaches. It’s called PASS, or the Police After School Sports program. “This is a great day for the city,” Elorza said on Friday at Gilbert Stuart Middle School. “This is something … many folks have been […]
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Providence, Sports, Youth | Tagged after school sports, Education, gilbert sutart middle school, jorge elorza, pasa, pass, Providence, providence police high clements | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 13, 2015
“We feel that the Providence Police took a simple message of racial justice and equality as a personal attack and justification for even harsher policing, rather than an opportunity for reflection on the current realities of state violence. We need police to stop addressing acts of peaceful protest and dialogue as “unacceptable and discouraging” and start giving that label to acts of racial profiling and police brutality.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Criminal Justice, Featured, National News, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged BlackLivesMatter, Community Safety Act, dunkin donuts, FOP, Fraternal Order of the Police, Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union, riaclu, STEP-UP Coalition of Rhode Islanders for the Providence Community Safety Act Ordinance | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on October 8, 2015
A Providence police officer was arrested this week for texting death threats to a doctor. Last week, the same officer was arrested for threatening his police department bosses. In August, he was charged with possessing a gun with a scratched off serial number. In April, he was disciplined when a picture of him sleeping in […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2015
“In this history of the United States, a moral critique has been always been at the center of any challenge to the structural sins of society—slavery, the denial of women’s rights, the denial of labor rights, the denial of equal protection under the law, the denial of voting rights, and the promulgation of unchecked militarism. We have never overcome any of these evils without a moral critique that challenged their grip on the heart and imagination of our society.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Congress, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Economy, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, History, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Hip Hop Caucus, Moby, Moral Mondays, pope francis, Rally for Moral Action on Climate Change, Washington DC, William J. Barber II | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 2, 2015
In a statement, the RI AFL-CIO wrote, “Big News and a very important step forward with a clear and strong message from Governor Gina Raimondo and DLT Director Scott Jensen that employers perpetuating fraud and deception will not be tolerated in the State of Rhode Island any longer.”
Posted in corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Labor, News, Rhode Island | Tagged Cardoso Construction LLC, Department of Labor and Training, dlt, Gina Raimondo, jesse strecker, RI AFL-CIO, RI Jobs with Justice, Scott Jensen, Workplace Fraud Unit | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on August 31, 2015
It’s a hot August day in Providence. Campaign Zero has just released a platform of demands the #BlackLivesMatter movement sees as tenable demands to reform the police and judicial system. I meet with activist Kobi Dennis at his office at the Broad Street Salvation Army for an interview. He is welcoming and open to all […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2015
Organizer and Occupier Susan Walker pointed out that in the winter of 2012, Occupy Providence broke their occupation of Burnside Park after negotiating with City Hall for a Day Center for the homeless. “Where is the Day Center today?” she asked. Occupy Providence has long concerned itself with homelessness, so this event marked a return to the group’s roots.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, Occupy, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged John Freitas, Kate Miechkowski, Occupy Providence, Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, rihap, Susan Walker | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 28, 2015
Over 50 homeless and community advocates protested and confronted the police on Thursday afternoon in front of CVS near Kennedy Plaza within sight of Providence City Hall. At least 14 police officers were on hand, though no arrests were made. The protesters carried signs demanding an end to “a noticeable increase of harassment of homeless folks around the city.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, International News, National News, News, People, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Barbara Kalil, homeless bill of rights, jorge elorza, Karen Jeffries, opening doors rhode island, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, RI Homeless Advocacy Project, RICH, rihap, Shannah Kurland | 2 Responses