By Steve Ahlquist on November 27, 2015
This is my third year writing about the Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange. (here and here) This is also the 19th year of the effort, in which donated coats are given to the people who need them while at the same time challenging the consumerism that plagues us every year on on the day […]
Posted in Activism, corporate greed, Economy, Environment, Events, Featured, Homelessness, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Books Are Wings, Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange, Don Rhodes, greg gerritt, Recycle Together RI, URI SNAP Outreach Project | Leave a response
By Greg Matos on October 19, 2015
It only took about 5-years (or 125 years1), but Rhode Island veterans are finally getting a director for the Division of Veterans Affairs! Thank you, Governor Raimondo. Applications are due November 6th. As veterans submit their resumes over the next few weeks, we’ll explore the state of veterans’ affairs, a vision for the future of […]
By Bob Plain on October 6, 2015
Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut topped this year’s Opportunity Index, an annual ranking of the states that have the best and worst “social mobility and economic security.” New Mexico, Nevada and Mississippi rounded out the bottom of the list. Rhode Island fell squarely in the middle of the nation at 25. But the Ocean State trailed […]
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 Andrew Stewart on September 28, 2015
When the cache of documents related to the ongoing 38 Studios lawsuit (click here to view or download) brought by Governor Linc Chafee was released on September 24, a wealth of information was opened up. After years of curiosity, the public was able to see almost totally the chain of events that led to one […]
Posted in Economy, Featured, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged 38 Studios, curt schilling, Donald Carcieri, Economy, Elections, Gina Raimondo, Lincoln Chafee, Providence, Rhode Island, state house | 25 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on September 25, 2015
The release of the 38 Studios documents by Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein have turned out to be a cache of revelations, flipping upside down the timeline of events and showing a level of involvement by various parties not previously considered. From the mundane (Lincoln Chafee, at the time of his deposition still Governor, refers to […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 18, 2015
One in seven Rhode Islanders live in poverty.
Rhode Island has the highest poverty rate of all the New England states, and ranks 24th in the country.
One in ten white Rhode Islanders live in poverty.
More than one in five African Americans in Rhode Island are poor—twice the rate of white Rhode Islanders
Nearly one in three Latinos in Rhode Island are poor—three times the rate of white Rhode Islanders.
Posted in Class Warfare, Economy, Featured, Poverty, Rhode Island | Tagged earned income tax credit, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, healthsource ri, It’s Not Like I’m Poor, Juan Espinoza, Kate Brewster, US Census Bureau | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2015
The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America (RIPDA) are holding their annual fundraiser Thursday, September 17 from 5:30-8:30pm at Ogie’s Trailer Park, 1155 Westminster St in Providence. This year, they’re honoring Mike Araujo of the Restaurant Opportunities Center and the One Fair Wage Coalition with the Progressive Hero award.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Democrats, Economy, Education, Elections, Environment, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Labor, National News, News, Politics, Poverty, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Voter ID, Women, Youth | Tagged Mike Araujo, One Fair Wage Coalition, Restaurant Opportunities Center, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, RIPDA | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 12, 2015
“How long someone lives should not depend on the zip code they come from” said Nicole Alexander-Scott, executive director of Rhode Island Department of Health. She added that 85 percent of those making under $50 thousand a year of not eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables per day. This program is one way “we are going to [impact] social and environmental determinants of health.”
Posted in cities and towns, Economy, News, Poverty, Rhode Island | Tagged Dr. Amy Nunn, Food on the Move, Gemma Gorham, jack reed, Nicole Alexander-Scott, Rhode Island Department of Health, SNAP | 2 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on September 10, 2015
Within the past few years, the issue of privacy in telecommunications has become a major controversy. Following the revelations by Edward Snowden and the WikiLeaks organization, the role of the providers in collaboration with the National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other law enforcement agencies has become a subject of debate. On August […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 8, 2015
The Rhode Island Labor History Society held their Annual Labor Day Address in Moshassuck Cemetery in Central Falls yesterday. Ryan McIntyre, the society board member who lead the effort to erect a monument in the cemetery to commemorate the Saylesville Massacre, where workers were killed by the National Guard during the General Textile Strike in September of 1934, […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Events, Featured, History, International News, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Annual Labor Day Address, james diossa, James Parisi, Mike Araujo, Moshassuck Cemetery, Rhode Island Labor History Society, Ryan McIntyre, scott molloy | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on September 7, 2015
This is the first of a three-part series. Part two deals with customer service and part three deals with privacy issues. On August 1, 2015, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Communications Workers of America contract with Verizon expired. However, unlike previous years, they decided to not strike – a move meant to […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 31, 2015
Entering “Rhode Island” for two adults and two children brings results for the Providence/Fall River metro area, where monthly costs of living are estimated at $5,955, or $71,455 annually. This includes $913 for housing and $1338 for child care. One adult with no children needs to generate $2,543 monthly/$30,522 annually to maintain a “secure yet modest standard of living.”
Posted in Economy, Featured, Poverty, Rhode Island | Tagged Cost of Living Calculator, Economic Policy institute, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Family Budget Calculator, federal poverty line, Supplemental Poverty Measure | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on August 28, 2015
Scott Wolf, the executive director of Grow Smart Rhode Island, said there were some big wins for sustainable and equitable development in the last legislative session. RhodeMapRI was not one of them, he acknowledged. “A lot of the economic development proposals that we thought were good for smart growth passed,” Wolf said. “Those are embodied […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Featured, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged development, Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Gina Raimondo, Grow Smart RI, GrowSmart, Rhode Works, RhodeMap, Scott Wolf, smart growth, urban, urban redevelopment | 1 Response
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 Andrew Stewart on August 26, 2015
With over 200 people in attendance, Providence’s Point Street Dueling Pianos ended up being a hot ticket on Tuesday evening. The event, a forum about the proposed construction of a baseball stadium for the PawSox hosted by Harvard Business School Association of Southeastern New England and Leadership Rhode Island. In favor of the stadium were Syd […]
By Mark Binder on August 25, 2015
Perhaps there is something in the water on Smith Hill that infects speakers of the Rhode Island House with hubris. Perhaps it’s a side effect of suddenly being called, “The most powerful politician in Rhode Island.” Keeping in mind that the speaker is not elected to his office by the citizens, but anointed by his […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Sports | Tagged 38 Studios, baseball, Dumb, financial incentives, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, I-195 Commission, PawSox, pawtucket red sox, Red Sox, tax breaks | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 21, 2015
As Rhode Island considers moving forward with several large scale natural gas projects, including an expanded pipeline in Burrillville, a new energy plant in Burrillville, and a liquefaction facility in South Providence, it seemed appropriate to ask representatives from business, labor, government and environmental groups for their comments on this report.
Posted in Climate Change, Economic Development, Economy, Energy, Environment, Featured, Rhode Island | Tagged Colorado State University, David Graves, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, fossil free ri, fracked gas, fracking, Gina Raimondo, methane, Michael Sabitoni, national grid, natural gas, Peter Nightingale, RI Building & Construction Trades Council, Robert Howarth | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 19, 2015
Rhode Island’s recent move to raise the minimum wage from $9 to $9.60 is not nearly sufficient says the Economic Progress Institute, since a “single adult without children needs to earn $24,640 a year or $11.85/hour to meet his or her basic needs.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Economy, Featured, Poverty, Rhode Island | Tagged Cost of Living Calculator, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, federal poverty level, Guide to Assistance, Kate Brewster, minimum wage, Poverty | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on August 18, 2015
I have previously written about PawSox owner Larry Lucchino’s public/private partnerships’ in building PetCo Park for the San Diego Padres and Camden Yards for the Baltimore Orioles. These are the two major projects that Lucchino’s spokesman Dr. Charles Steinberg boasts about on the so-called ‘Listening Tour’ the team has been holding across the state. I […]
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2014, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Economy, Elections, Politics, Providence, Sports | Tagged baseball, lucchino, PawSox, Providence, publicly financed stadium, stadium | 1 Response