By Elisha Aldrich on July 15, 2015
The room didn’t seem quite large enough for all the supporters that came out to watch Governor Gina Raimondo sign the Comprehensive Community-Police Relationship Act into law on Tuesday. The Act, a collaboration between legislators, law enforcement, and community members, seeks to analyze data that officers collect, as well as further protect juveniles and pedestrians. […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, Politics, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Civil Rights / Liberties, community, Gina Raimondo, Harold Metts, Joseph Almeida, legislation, police, Racial Profiling, racism, RI State Police, social justice, Steven O'Donnell | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on July 8, 2015
Governor Gina Raimondo launched an initiative to reinvent Rhode Island’s justice system, with hopes of reducing recidivism rates, analyzing racial disparities within prisons, and properly treating addiction and mental illness.
Raimondo compared the group’s creation to her Reinventing Medicaid task force that was brought together last year.
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Rhode Island | Tagged Council of State Governments, Gina Raimondo, jim vincent, Judith Savage, Justice Reinvestment Working Group, Paul Suttell, Peter Kilmartin, Pew Charitable Trusts | 14 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 16, 2015
Cho has denied all charges, said the organizers of the press conference, despite being found guilty in Connecticut of 43 charges of employment law violations, and being ordered to pay roughly $150,000 in a settlement with workers at stores in New Haven, CT, now closed.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Chung Cho, Donna Nesselbush, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, jesse strecker, Mike Araujo, Restaurant Opportunities Center of RI, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Roberto Quinilla | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 15, 2015
It is the height of absurdity to believe that the same organization that feels it is proper to hold meetings in restaurants that have been found to have engaged in wage theft can be counted on to deal fairly with employees claiming wage theft or other forms of worker abuse.
Posted in corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Featured, Labor, Rhode Island | Tagged Bob Bacon, Not Your Average Joe's, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, RIHA, ROC United RI, U.S. Department of Labor, wage theft | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 18, 2015
The arguments against the death penalty are clear and compelling, and I am not going to restate them here. Instead, I am going to attempt to show that the death penalty phase process, that is, the way in which we determine whether or not someone like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is to be put to death, weaponizes […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 7, 2015
Special Assistant Attorney General Joee Lindbeck testified that the AG’s office opposes the bill because it would require police officers to ask permission to search juveniles. She also said that the Attorney General’s office was not privy to the meetings between law enforcement and community group’s where the bill was put together.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Economy, National News, News, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged Comprehensive Community Police Relations Act, Edie Ajello, jim vincent, Joee Lindbeck, Jordan Seaberry, Kilmartin, michael evora, Mike Araujo, NAACP, Peter Kilmartin, police, Ray Watson, Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, steve pare, Stop and Frisk, Univocal Legislative Minority Advisory Commission | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 5, 2015
Black students were suspended from school more than twice as often as would be expected based on their representation in the student body population. Hispanic students were suspended more than one-and-a-half times as often as expected, the highest rate in a decade, while white students experienced a ten-year low.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged American Friends Service Committee, Blacklisted: 2013-2014, Danni Ritchie, Donald Anderson, Hillary Davis, Jordan Seaberry, Karen Feldman, Marie Hennedy, Martha Yaeger, Rhode Island Council of Churches, RI ACLU, RI Kids Count, school suspensions, school to prison, Stephanie Geller, Univocal Legislative Minority Advisory Commission, Young Voices | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 4, 2015
“We want accountability,” said C. Kelly Smith, one of the protest organizers. “I recommend that the LGBTQ and allied community boycott the Haven Brothers until such time as we get an explanation and justice for Joey.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, LGBT, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Anthony Maselli, C. Kelly Smith, frank ferri, hate crime, Haven Brothers, Joey Catanzaro | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 22, 2015
When testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on bills that would bring state law in line with federal law and close the loophole allowing misdemeanor domestic abusers to keep their guns, Frank Saccoccio, representing the Rhode Island 2nd Amendment Coalition, insisted that he was in no way defending domestic abusers. It’s surely not his intent […]
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, State House | Tagged cale keable, domestic abuse, Frank Saccoccio, Julia Wyman, Rachel Orsinger, Rhode Island 2nd Amendment Coalition, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 17, 2015
Over 350 people in support of the Rally Against Gun Violence at the State house Thursday afternoon. The event was organized by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV), made up of over 60 groups representing 100,000 Rhode Islanders.
Posted in Activism, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, State House | Tagged Bishop Knisely, Doreen Costa, Extraordinary Rendition Band, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, james diossa, jorge elorza, Julia Wyman, Myra Latimer-Nichols, newtown, NRA, Rally Against Gun Violence, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, Sheryl Albright, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships, Steven Pare, Teny Gross, Wendy Bowen | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 3, 2015
After being verbally harassed and assaulted by members of the Providence police department, Morgan Victor endured the long complaint and hearing process to a successful conclusion. “Ultimately,” said Victor, “they were found guilty for what they did to us.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged AllEyesonProPo, DARE, John Prince, jorge elorza, lead organizer at PrYSM, Monica Huertas, Morgan Victor, Providence City Hall, Providence Police, PrYSM, Shannah Kurland, spoke about the Community Safety Act, Steven Dy, Victoria Ruiz | Leave a response
By Nick Horton on April 2, 2015
Not in more than a decade has Rhode Island confronted the reality of mass incarceration as unflinchingly, as ambitiously and as uncomfortably as it did last Friday. “Sounding the Alarm on Mass Incarceration,” a day-long symposium at Roger Williams Law School, drew hundreds of the most prominent and integral members of the Rhode Island criminal justice […]
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Race & Racism | Tagged Billy Talyor House, bryan stevenson, James Monteiro, Luis Estrada, marc mauer, mass incarceration, open doors, sounding the alarm on mass incarceration, Superior Court Judge Judith Savage, Teny Gross | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 30, 2015
RI Future was today able to confirm that internal affairs officer Lt. Luis San Lucas rendered a guilty finding against two Providence Police officers for being in violation of department rules and regulations in their treatment of John Prince, of Providence. A third officer Prince was found to be not in violation.
By Steve Ahlquist on March 26, 2015
“She called the police and had him arrested. He was charged, had to go through a trial, and he lost. They said he violated the protective order. That case went to the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and it was overturned. But something as simple as that, ‘How are you doing?’ and you could be right in the middle of this [law], losing your firearms, and you could be convicted of that.”
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Comerford & Saccoccio, domestic violence, Evelyn Burgos, Frank Saccoccio, restraining order, Rhode Island Second Amendment Coalition, senate judiciary | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 17, 2015
“The rally escalated to a march,” said Raymonde Wolstenholme, one of those arrested, “when someone with a bullhorn suggested that the group head for the highway, saying, ‘No one is seeing us here. Let’s go to 95, and maybe the governor will drive by and see us.’”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, History, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged black lives matter, Bruce Sundlun, Charles Donovan, civil disobedience, DEPCO, Jack Kayrouz, John J. Mulhearn, Rhode Island Central Credit Union, Richard H. Gaskill, RISDIC, Steven J. DiPalma | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 12, 2015
Rhode Island has a historical claim to judicial sentencing temperance, having eradicated the death penalty in 1852. Yet on the issue of life sentences for juvenile defendants, our state is lagging behind. Al Jazeera reports that, “Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have banned life sentences without parole for juveniles.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, State House, Youth | Tagged ACLU, American Bar Association, amnesty international, Chris Blazejewski, Craig Price, Death Penalty, House Judiciary Committee, Joee Lindbeck, Juan Méndez, Miller v. Alabama, Peter Kilmartin, RI ACLU, Somalia, South Sudan, steve brown, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, united nations | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 6, 2015
Representative Slater said that Colorado, the first state to make tax and regulate marijuana, “has one of the fastest going economies in the country.” Money spent on legal marijuana products is money denied to organized crime, says Slater, who asked, “Do we allow criminals to control the market? Or do we want the sales to be regulated and taxed?”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Economic Development, Featured, marijuana reform, National News, State House | Tagged colorado, Dan Harrop, first mover advantage, James Crawley, jared moffat, josh miller, Marijuana, Regulate Rhode Island, Scott Slater, tax and regulate | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 24, 2015
“Any movement that seeks to establish community control of the police must begin by challenging the legitimacy of the police,” said Glen Ford, journalist and executive editor of the Black Agenda Report and former member of the Black Panthers, “With Ferguson we saw a burgeoning movement that challenged the legitimacy of the system itself.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, Race & Racism | Tagged Andrea Sterling, Ashanti Alston, Black Agenda Report, Black Autonomy, black lives matter, Black Panthers, BlackLivesMatter, Community Liberation, End Police Brutality PVD, ferguson, Glen Ford, Justice, Leonides Raptakis, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Monay McNeil, Nicholas Mattiello, Servio G., Steve Roberts, Suzette Cook | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 6, 2015
Tess Brown-Lavoie was found guilty of disorderly conduct for her part in blocking the highway during the #blacklivesmatter protests on November 25 of last year and sentenced to six months probation, 100 hours of community service and a $500 fine by Judge Christine Jabour.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, National News, Race & Racism | Tagged BlackLivesMatter, Christine Jabour, Dennis Cannario, Eric Batista, ferguson, Franklin Navarro, Leonides Raptakis, Molly Kitiyakara, Rhode Island State Traffic Commission, Shannah Kurland, Stephen Regine, Tess Brown-Lavoie | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2015
Saying that she didn’t agree with the state prosecutor’s request for a sentence of six months probation for a first time offense, Judge Christine Jabour issued Molly Kitiyakara a filing and sentenced her to 50 hours of community service.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, National News, News, People, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged BlackLivesMatter, CBattle, Christine Jabour, Larry Miller, Molly Kitiyakara, PVD7, Servio Gomez, Shannah Kurland, Steven Roberts, Tess Brown-Lavoie | 2 Responses