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
By RI Future on August 26, 2015
Associate Judge William C. Clifton of Rhode Island’s District Court handed down his verdict in the case Curt Nordgaard, and Peter Nightingale, who were arrested after locking themselves to the front gate at the site of Spectra Energy’s compressor station in Burrillville, Rhode Island in a direct action organized by Fighting Against Natural Gas (FANG).
Charges of disorderly conduct were dismissed; charges of willful trespass resulted in a one-year “filing,” which means that these cases will be dismissed if the defendants come into no further conflict with the law.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Economy, Elections, Energy, Environment, Featured, International News, National News, News, People, Rhode Island | Tagged burrillville, Curtis Nordgaard, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free rhode island, fracking, Peter Nightingale, Spectra Energy Compressor Station, William C. Clifton | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 12, 2015
“When workers formally brought complaints to the subcontractor for their unpaid wages in April 2015, Wood Partners denied all claims. Ten workers have submitted wage theft complaints with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. Since the subcontractor has refused to pay and Wood was the ultimate beneficiary of the work performed, workers are holding Wood directly accountable for their unpaid wages.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Labor, Photos | Tagged Allstate Interiors, Alta Stone Apartments, fuerza laboral, Gianni Batres, Greater Boston Labor Council, Hanover Development, Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative, Massachusetts Community Labor United, Metrowest Worker Center, Phoebe Gardener, wage theft, Wood Partners | Leave a response
By RI Future on August 5, 2015
Further investigation is warranted, the letter argued, because “the public deserves to know whether the improper actions so thoroughly documented in this report were, somewhat incredibly, the only such abuses to take place, or whether there were other unknown victims of these violations of the public trust.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Elections, Featured, National News, News, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged Alan Fung, Cranston City Council, Cranston Police Department, Marco Palombo, Rhode Island State Police, riaclu, Steven Brown, TicketGate | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on August 4, 2015
The ‘-gate’ suffix has become something of a cliche and many of these scandals often fail to compare to the downfall of Richard Nixon. But a new report, issued by the Rhode Island State Police on Monday, certainly paints an image not unlike the Woodward and Bernstein template. What began in January 2014 with the issuing […]
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