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 sophia@DARE on February 16, 2017
Current PHA (Providence Housing Authority) policy denies most formerly incarcerated people their right to safe and stable housing, as well as preventing them from reuniting with their families and reintegrating into society.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, News, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged Behind the Walls Committee, BTW, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Housing and Urban Development, HUD, PHA, Providence Housing Authority | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 15, 2017
Immigration is complicated. Trump’s executive orders made it more complicated. Here’s what legal experts think, and where they don’t know what to think.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, International News, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged 9th District, Andrew Horwitz, Chinese Exclusion Act, Deborah Gonzalez, Department of Homeland Security, donald trump, Guantanamo Bay, Immigration Law Clinic, Immigration Nationality Act, INA, islam, Jared Goldstein, lawful permanent residents, LPR, Neil Gorsuch, Peter Margulies, refugees, Roger Williams University School of Law, Supreme Court, visa holders | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 8, 2017
Attorney General Kilmartin would not only not meet with Indivisible RI, he wouldn’t let them into his office.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Amy Kempe, Andy Acciaioli, Bob Plain, Deborah Lennon, Department of Homeland Security, Donald Lally Jr, donald trump, E-Verify, General Assembly, ice, Indivisible RI, jack reed, Jane Tucker, Mathew D. Lenz, Peter Kilmartin, Secure Communities, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement | 2 Responses
By Steven Dy on January 31, 2017
We are calling on Mayor Elorza, Police Commissioner Steven Paré, and Police Chief Clements to protect the people of Providence by getting Matthew Sheridan off the street.
Posted in Activism, Criminal Justice, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Charm Howie, Christopher Johnson, Community Defense Project, Esmelin Fajardo, Hugh Clements, jorge elorza, Matthew Sheridan, PrYSM, Steven Pare | Leave a response
By Montrel Daniels & Christopher Swiridowsky on January 26, 2017
Public Defenders are always knee-deep in a battle, tackling unmanageable caseloads, and trying to give each case the appropriate amount of attention, a task that is close to impossible.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 25, 2017
The groups says that Pompeo’s “openness to torture” is only the beginning.
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured | Tagged Bill Deware, Central Intelligence Agency, cia, donald trump, jack reed, lauren niedel, Mike Pompeo, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, Sheldon Whitehouse | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 23, 2017
After charges were presented today against former State Representative Raymond Gallison, Common Cause Rhode Island is calling on the state Board of Elections and state Ethics Commission to take immediate action.
Posted in Criminal Justice, Elections, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Common Cause Rhode Island, General Assembly, john marion, Raymond Gallison, Rhode Island Board of Elections, Rhode Island Ethics Commission | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on January 19, 2017
Prison is not only counter-productive, it’s also expensive. In Rhode Island, it costs $62,168 a year for every inmate at the ACI, according to figures provided by the state Department of Corrections, or $58,990 without administrative and capital costs. To put that number in perspective, it costs $25,184 to do a year at the University […]
By Bob Plain on January 18, 2017
Last session, the justice reinvestment legislation didn’t have bicameral support at the State House; the full Senate resoundingly passed the bills while the House of Representatives didn’t vote on the bills. While it’s still unclear what the House will do this session, the six bills that were born out of a task force appointed by […]
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, State House | Tagged center for freedom and prosperity, criminal justice, Gina Raimondo, justice reinvestment, Sen McCaffrey, State House, stenhouse | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 14, 2017
The Secular Coalition for America (SCA) believes that Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse deserves kudos for his questioning of Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump‘s nominee for Attorney General. Whitehouse asked Sessions if a non-religious, secular person has as good a claim to the truth as a religious person, and defended the separation of church and […]
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, History, National News, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Aegean Stables, Attorney General, Department of Justice, donald trump, Eric Holder, Faith and Freedom Coalition, Federalist Society, Heritage Foundation, Jeff Sessions, Loretta Lynch, NASA, Republican Party, Right Wing Watch, Roger Williams, Samuel Alito, Sarah Levin, SCA, Secular Coalition for America, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court, Thomas Jefferson | 3 Responses
By Randall Rose on January 5, 2017
To say that TASER, the company providing the police body cameras is shady is an understatement, as its body-camera deals have been dogged with controversy around the country.
Posted in Civil Rights, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, Providence, Technology | Tagged ACLU, amnesty international, Providence, Providence City Council, Providence Police Department, TASER, TASER International | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on December 22, 2016
Upon learning of the FANG protest in the otherwise staid suburbia, Barrington Police Chief John LaCross didn’t want to take any chances.
“We had a specialized unit from Burrillville if anyone was going to chain themselves to the outside or the inside of the bank,” LaCross said.
Posted in Activism, Barrington, Burrillville, Climate, Criminal Justice, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, News | Tagged barrington, burrillville, civil disobedience, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, Dot Fisher-Smith, FANG Collective, Homeland Security, John LaCross, lockdown, TD Bank, Textron | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 18, 2016
“It’s time to change the social perception that sex workers aren’t people who deserve to live and work with dignity in safe conditions,” said Robinson.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Labor, News, Photos, Sex Work, Video | Tagged Bella Robinson, COYOTE RI, Elena Shih, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, Sex Workers Outreach Project USA, Susan Roar, SWOP | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 16, 2016
“The results of the recent election isn’t going to erode our core beliefs. It’s not going to weaken our commitment to our core beliefs.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged David Cicilline, donald trump, First Unitarian Church of Providence, Gina Raimondo, Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free Rhode Island, seth magaziner | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 9, 2016
Ron Doyle was denied housing when his wife passed away and he became the primary name on the housing application. Doyle is a father of three. His last conviction was in 1991, a quarter of a century ago.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Housing, Race & Racism | Tagged Behind the Walls Committee, BTW, DARE, Deborah Wray, direct action for rights and equality, Housing and Urban Development, HUD, John Prince, PHA, Providence Housing Authority, Ron Doyle, Sophia Wright | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 5, 2016
Mayor Jorge Elorza “does not intend to introduce” his own version of the CSA. Elorza, “really feels that working from the base that the community has brought forth is important and acknowledges the hard work that legislation represents for all community members,” said Courtney Hawkins, Providence’s chief policy officer.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Youth | Tagged Bryan Principe, Carmen Castillo, CCPRA, Community Safety Act, Courtney Hawkins, CSA, FOP, Fraternal Order of Police, Hugh Clement, Jo-Ann Ryan, jorge elorza, Mary Kay Harris, Nicholas Freeman, Providence City Council, Providence Police Department, Robert Boehm, Step-Up Coalition, Steven Pare, Terrence Hassett | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on December 5, 2016
Approximately 60 Rhode Islanders braved inclement weather Monday to personally deliver a petition to senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse imploring them to resist hate and oppose President-elect Donald Trump.
By Steve Ahlquist on December 2, 2016
Supporters of the CSA confronted the Providence City Council over delays in advancing the legislation out of committee and to the full City Council for a vote. Along the way a pattern of legislative obstruction was identified in the Ordinance Committee, chaired by City Councilor Terrence Hassett.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Environmental Racism, Featured, News, Photos, Providence, Video | Tagged Carmen Castillo, Community Safety Act, CSA, Jo-Ann Ryan, John Igliozzi, jorge elorza, Luis Aponte, Martha Yager, Mary Kay Harris, national grid, Nicholas Mattiello, Providence City Council, Sabina Matos, sam zurier, seth yurdin, Step-Up Coalition, Terrence Hassett, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado, wilbur jennings | Leave a response
By Joanna Brown on November 25, 2016
“At the heart of the movie is a glimpse of a society that normalizes violence against women. We see it in the way the media portrays the women as animalistic and as a threat because they were Black, and queer, and women.”
Posted in Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice, Featured, LGBTQ, Race & Racism, Women | Tagged Amanda Clarke, Blair Dorosh-Walther, Dre Davis, Helen McDonald, National Organization of Women, Out in the Night, Rebecca Kislak, RINOW, Sojourner House | Leave a response