It would seem at this juncture two things have happened that are worth contemplating following the victory of Bernie Sanders in the Rhode Island primary on April 26, 2016. Allow me to perhaps utilize a historical materialist perspective here and offer an objective summation of what I think has happened. First, Sanders has mobilized a […]
By Robert Malin on April 26, 2016
Bernie Sanders visit to Rhode Island was the largest political primary rally in RI, over 7000 people, since JFK. It is worth watching to see what all the excitement was about. If you have a liberal cause you believe in it is in there, but the difference is that it is not a campaign stunt. Look […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 22, 2016
I think the biggest message here, though perhaps not the one Whitehouse intended to deliver, is that the residents of Burrillville can count on getting no help from their Senator on this issue.
They are on their own.
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island | Tagged fang, fossil free ri, Gina Raimondo, Lisa Petrie, Lorraine Savard, Peter Nightingale, Sheldon Whitehouse, university of rhode island | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 19, 2016
One time RI Future contributor Lisa Petrie was arrested at the State House this evening by State Police for failing to leave the State Room after protesters demanded an audience with Governor Gina Raimondo over the proposed Invenergy oil and fracked gas burning power plant proposed for Burrillville. Petrie is a member of Fossil Free RI and a long time environmental activist here in the state.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, News, Photos, State House | Tagged fossil free rhode island, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Lisa Petrie, state house | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 19, 2016
Burrillville residents and local activists began a sit-in at Governor Gina Raimondo’s State House office, urging the Governor to drop her support of the fossil fuel power plant proposed for Burrillville.
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, News, State House | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, Gina Raimondo, Kathy Martley, Marion Gold, MTBE, Nick Katkevich | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 18, 2016
Two large banners were dropped from the fourth floor of the Rhode Island Department of Administration Building outside the offices of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER), to protest Commissioner Marion Gold’s support of the fracked-gas and diesel fuel power plant planned for Burrillville by Invenergy. One banner read, “All That Glitters is […]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, Invenergy, Kathy Martley, Nick Katkevich, OER, Rhode Island Department of Administration Building, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, Sally Mendzela | 1 Response
By Robert Malin on April 18, 2016
Several hundred people rallied on the State House South Lawn Saturday to speak out on why we need Bernie Sanders to be our next president. Basically rough and ready raw footage to archive this exciting event where people are taking part in getting a President for the People elected- Bernie Sanders. Join the political revolution. […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 18, 2016
In contrast to Hillary Clinton, says Barney Frank, Bernie Sanders isn’t coherent on the issue of Wall St. “How can you say something is too big if you don’t know what size it should be?” asks Frank.
“Hillary,” says Frank, “understands how it all works.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, LGBT, News, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged Barney Frank, Bernie Sanders, hillary clinton, seth magaziner, wall st | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 12, 2016
Lee Ann Quinn, a nurse and home health care provider has a 17 year old son named Zachary who is wheelchair bound due to a progressive neuro-muscular disease. “It’s a really sad day,” said Quinn, “when one of my son’s home health care aids comes to my home and tells me ‘you know they’re paying $10.25 at McDonald’s and they don’t have to do any of the things I do…'”
By Stephen Mulcahey on April 12, 2016
As the Burrillville Democratic Party Chairman, I am stating my opposition to the proposed Invenergy gas power plant in the village of Pascoag.
By Steve Ahlquist on April 9, 2016
“I don’t know if we can get you in,” said Leo Skenyon, Nicholas Mattiello’s chief of staff, “We’ve got over 130 people coming, and priority will be given to Cranston residents. We might get you into the basement with a TV. You’ll be able to hear the answers, but you might not hear the questions.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, Democrats, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Infrastructure, Photos, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged 38 Studios, frank lombardi, Gordon Fox, Hanna Gallo, kathy gregg, Larry Berman, Leo Skenyon, Lorraine Savard, Nicholas Mattiello, Oak Lawn Grange, Peter Alviti, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RhodeWorks, RICAGV, ridot, Robert Jacquard, Tom Wojick | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 5, 2016
“My recollection,” wrote Rep Coughlin on Facebook, “is my Democratic Party barely squeezed out a majority of the popular vote last November. If the leadership keeps pandering on this issue they may find a conservative element of the party changes allegiances giving the Republicans a very solid majority next time around.”
By Steve Ahlquist on March 29, 2016
The STEP-UP Network, a coalition of community groups, asks, “”Why is there a fundraiser for a mayor who is not serving the whole city?”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Democrats, Elections, Events, Featured, Labor, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Youth | Tagged American Friends Service Committee, Community Safety Act, CSA, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, jorge elorza, Jorrell Kaykay, Malchus Mills, Mike Araujo, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, Providence Fire Fighters IAFF Local 799, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, STEP-UP Network, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 21, 2016
Bill Deware has announced his candidacy for State Representative today in House District 54 – North Providence. He will be challenging incumbent William O’Brien in the Democratic Primary.
This month Rhode Island students will again be subjected to the PARCC testing regime. Here are some tools used by others to resist and refuse the testing regime. Out in Chicago, the Caucus of Rank and File Educators has created a treasure trove of anti-testing materials we want to share with parents and students who […]
By Chris Dollard on March 18, 2016
Sanders Democrats. That’s the name of an up-and-coming progressive coalition that aims to enact Sanders-style policies in all levels of government, and particularly in Congress.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Featured | Tagged Bernie Sanders, Debbie Medina, Pramila Jayapal, Sanders Democrats, Shawn O'Connor, Zephyr Teachout | 2 Responses
Democratic Party Chair Joe McNamara should be seriously interrogated for this: he is supporting the impoverishment of senior citizens while the Governor seemingly profits off the shady and not-so-blind trust that the pension is invested in.
For the last several years, the Left in the West has been rent asunder by a debate over what to do in regards to the war in Syria. Here again to help us hash through these issues and develop a principled vision of solidarity with the people now under siege by empire is Eric Draitser.
A few days ago Eric Draitser and Dr. Tony Monteiro appeared on Community Public Radio with Don DeBar to offer an in-depth dissection of the debacle that has become the presidential campaign. I would highly encourage those who are looking for an alternative to the conventional media analysis to check this out, at about 35 minutes it is the best description I have heard of this circus in a while.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Economy, International News, National News, Republicans | Tagged Community Public Radio, CPRMetro, Don DeBar, Eric Draitser, Tony Monteiro | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 10, 2016
To see the power of Sander’s campaign up close, even at a micro-scale, is revelatory. Sanders says he is leading a political revolution. Sometimes I actually find myself believing that.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Democrats, Elections, Events, Featured, News, People, Photos, Rhode Island, Video, Youth | Tagged Bernie Sanders, David Sears, hillary clinton, Joseph McNamara, lauren niedel, Linda Ujifusa, Nellie Gorbea, Roland Gauvin, Sally Mendzela | 1 Response