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 9, 2016
Two races of special importance to Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello are being influenced through mailers sent out by a not-so-mysterious group calling themselves “Progress RI” which is funded by the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers (RIBCO).
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Criminal Justice, Democrats, Featured, Gun Control, Media, News, Politics, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged David Coughlin, David Norton, Fund for a Democratic Leadership, jan malik, Jason Knight, Nicholas Mattiello, Progress RI, Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers, Rhode Island Progressives Democrats of America, RIBCO, Richard Ferruccio, RIPDA | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 2, 2016
“Providence needs the Community Safety Act because without it we feel unsafe,” said campaign coordinator Vanessa Flores-Maldonado.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Inequality, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Youth | Tagged Coalition to Pass the Community Safety Act, Community Safety Act, CSA, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, gang database, Justice, Malcus Mills, Providence City Council, Providence Police Department, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, RI Jobs with Justice, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado, Wayne Woods | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 23, 2016
It’s nice to learn that GoLocal is learning about journalism from closely reading RI Future, but I think they might need a few more lessons.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Democrats, Featured, Media, Opinion, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged General Assembly, GoLocalProv, jan malik, Jason Knight, John DeSimone, Kate Nagle, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, RI Future, Steve Ahlquist | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 15, 2016
Voters should know when the people we elect to represent us also defend the monsters who oppress us. Anybody being sued deserves legal representation, but using slick legal moves to avoid paying workers their earned wages is simply gross.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Connecticut, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Inequality, Labor, News, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged B.C.S., B.C.S. International Corporation, Brian LaPlante, Chung Cho, Dae Hyun Yoo, David Yoo, fair labor standards act, Gourmet Heaven, GSP Corp, John DeSimone, Louis DeSimone, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Marissa Janton, Michael J Jacobs, Providence Board of Licenses, Rhode Island Minimum Wage Act, RI Center for Justice, Robert McCreanor, Serendipity Gourmet | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on August 9, 2016
There are 27 new state police troopers this year and 93% of them are white men. There is only one Hispanic man and only one women among the new officers and not one African American.
By Bob Plain on August 4, 2016
At about midnight, after what he called a “great evening with friends,” Johnson took the RIPTA bus back to his home in South Providence. That’s when he encountered Providence police officer Matthew Sheridan, whom Johnson said roughed him up – pushing him into a police car hard enough to dent it.
By Bob Plain on July 22, 2016
A subcommittee of the Providence City Council is slated to consider on September 1 the Community Safety Act – a proposed bill that would make police officers more accountable to the people they detain and reduce racial and other forms of discrimination. A coalition of community groups called the Step Up Network have launched a […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 9, 2016
No press conferences were planned for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. It took the death of police officers to do that. That alone signals our priorities as a culture.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Inequality, National News, News, Photos, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Alton Sterling, Donald Anderson, Eugene Dyszlewski, Gina Raimondo, jack reed, jim vincent, kobi dennis, Moira Walsh, Philando Castile, Sheldon Whitehouse, Steven O'Donnell, Steven Pare | 4 Responses
By Bob Plain on July 7, 2016
Providence police are reviewing a video that shows an officer punching a woman in the face several times and dragging her down a flight of stairs by either her hair or the nape of her neck. The incident was first reported by NBC10. “We are reviewing it,” said Providence Police Commissioner Steven Pare. Police believe the […]
By Bob Plain on July 7, 2016
Providence police try to document every incident when an officer pulls their gun on a suspect, but Clements said some officers don’t. “It’s an area that we constantly struggle with making sure that we document,” he said, noting that it happened at least 500 times in 2015.
By Jessica Holden Sherwood on July 7, 2016
#AltonSterling and #PhilandoCastile are the latest trending hashtags, representing people of color killed by the police on video. If you’re like me, the outpouring of emotion on social media is both cathartic and frustrating. I clicked the “Sad” reaction on Facebook over and over, and then compiled this list for what else to do…
By Meghan Kallman on July 5, 2016
If our goal is to ultimately have safer, healthier communities that benefit everyone, then we would do well to celebrate, rather than shame, the success stories. Congratulations, Sal. Benny’s, I applaud your inclusivity. You have my business.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 14, 2016
“How am I, a queer person of color, a queer woman of color, supposed to feel safe?” Flores-Maldonado asked, “We need to remember that Stonewall happened because trans-women of color had enough of police riots.”
By Steve Ahlquist on June 14, 2016
Holding candles and signs, members of the LGBTQ community, with family friends and allies, sang songs and chatted. The mood was both somber and joyous in turn. As the sun set, the sight of hundreds of candles moving through the city streets was hauntingly beautiful.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 6, 2016
“We need help,” said Red Bandana Award winner Sarath Suong, “For those folks who live on the East Side of Providence or have friends and family or any influence in Providence, please contact Councilpeople [Samuel] Zurier and [Seth] Yurdin. And please urge them to really support the Community Safety Act.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Homelessness, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged All Students Count Act 2016, Artemis Moonhawk, Bill Harley, chris monti, Community Safety Act, ERB, Extraordinary Rendition Band, Nick-a-Nees, Providence Police Department, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Red Bandana Awards, Samuel Zurier, Sarath Suong, seth yurdin | Leave a response
By Chloe Chassaing on June 3, 2016
Camilo faced spending the rest of his life in prison, charged with felony assaults against the police commissioner of Philadelphia, John Timoney, and accused of using a bicycle as a deadly weapon on a different police officer.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 2, 2016
“[i]n all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy trial”
– Sixth Amendment
By ACLU of RI on May 25, 2016
Today’s ruling concluded that Cranston artificially inflated the population count of Ward 6, where the ACI is located, by treating all incarcerated persons as “residents” of the prison for redistricting purposes. Doing so, said the court, violates the rights of persons residing in other wards to equal representation as required by the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.
Posted in Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, Voting | Tagged ACI, ACLU of Rhode Island, ACLU's Voting Rights Project, Adam Lioz, Adult Correctional Institutions, Aleks Kajstura, American Civil Liberties Union, Census Bureau, Davidson et. al. v. City of Cranston, Debbie Flitman, Demos, Equal Protection Clause, Eugene Perry, Karen Davidson, lynette labinger, prison gerrymandering, Prison policy initiative, Ronald Lagueux, Sean Young, Steven Brown, Sylvia Weber | 1 Response