By Steve Ahlquist on May 20, 2016
In the case of ethics reform, it took a disaster to change Speaker Nicholas Mattiello’s mind. Is the Speaker waiting for another kind of disaster to occur before he gets behind common sense gun reform?
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Domestic Violence, Education, Events, Featured, Gun Control, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Edie Ajello, Jerry Belair, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICAGV | Leave a response
By Claire Pimentel on May 2, 2016
Rep. Grace Diaz’s Tuition Equity bill was heard in the House Finance Committee meeting Thursday evening, with several student activists giving powerful testimony in support of the legislation. House Bill 7374 would codify existing policy that grants in-state tuition rates at Rhode Island’s public colleges and universities to undocumented students who have graduated from the […]
By ACLU of RI on March 31, 2016
The ACLU of RI and RI Legal Services today applauded a Superior Court decision holding that the Cumberland school district could not charge a student a $700 fee in order to attend summer school to avoid repeating ninth grade.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Education, Featured | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, cumberland, Deborah Gist, Judge William Carnes Jr, RI Department of Education, RI Legal Services, Steven Brown, Susan Giannini, Veronika Kot | Leave a response
By ACLU of RI on March 30, 2016
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today announced it has agreed to provide legal representation to the Warwick Post and the Warwick Beacon, both of which have been threatened with a defamation suit if they write stories about the contents of a public document.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Featured, Media, News, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU of RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, anti-SLAPP law, first amendment, General Assembly, Jeffrey Sowa, John Howell, Neal McNamara, Nixon Peabody, Robert Borkowski, Rosemary Healey, Steven Brown, Warwick Beacon, Warwick Post, Warwick School Department, William Wynne | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 22, 2016
The State House will be a raucous, contentious place this evening as a series of bills dealing with guns will be heard in the House Judiciary meeting in room 101 at the rise of the House, around 4:30-5pm.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, corporate greed, Domestic Violence, Education, Events, Gun Control, Health Care, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged 2nd Amendment Coalition, CCP, Concealed Carry Permit, HCM, high capacity magazine, National Rifle Association, NRA, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICAGV | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on March 20, 2016
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 Andrew Stewart on March 16, 2016
According to City Hall, Providence has a major budget crisis to face but if this is true, why are we paying a finder’s fee to the corporately-backed nonprofit Teach for America?
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Education, Featured, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged Black Agenda Report, City Year, ed deform, Education, Glen Ford, Jaisal Noor, jorge elorza, ride ed deform, Teach for America, The Real News | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 9, 2016
The Concerned Alumni of Mount Saint Charles Academy have been invited by school’s president, Herve Richer, to discuss possible solutions to the problem of accommodating tans students. They also report that the language regarding the non-admission of trans students has been omitted from the school’s website.
By Andrew Stewart on March 9, 2016
The war on public education includes union busting but also the destruction of teacher tenure.
By Bob Plain on March 6, 2016
YouthPride reached out to Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonoskcet “to offer information and professional development on best practices for supporting transgender students.”
By Steve Ahlquist on March 5, 2016
Organizers AJ Metthe and Anthony Maselli scheduled the event to coincide with MSCA’s entrance exam for prospective students. Parents and children considering the school would be made very aware of the exclusionary policy.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Events, Featured, LGBT, National News, Photos, Religion, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Mount Saint Charles Academy, transgender students | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 4, 2016
The policy was put in place for the simple reason that Mount Saint Charles feels that its facilities do not presently provide the school with the ability to accommodate transgender students.
By Steve Ahlquist on March 4, 2016
If you’re reading about the policy at Mount Saint Charles Academy that’s banning trans students from attending their school and feeling angry or sad because there’s nothing you can do to combat this bigotry, well, feel better, because I’ve got some ideas.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Events, Health Care, LGBT, National News, Religion, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Herve Richer, Mount Saint Charles Academy, transgender students | 2 Responses
From the Great Eight Award to “unable to make accommodations” : A response to Mount St. Charles’ policy on transgender students
By Dante Tavolaro on March 4, 2016
Today, when I learned that Mount St. Charles no longer accepts Transgender students the foundation of who I am, the foundation built at Mount St. Charles, shattered.
It shattered because I am a Mountie, and I am Transgender.
By Steve Ahlquist on March 4, 2016
“We are deeply disappointed by the recent decision by the Mount Saint Charles Academy administration to include a provision in their 2015-16 Student Handbook that refuses admittance for transgender students based on a lack of undefined accommodations.”
Posted in Activism, Education, Featured, LGBT, Religion, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Alicia Bissonnette, Dante Tavolaro, Julie McBrien, Mount St. Charles Academy, Nick Martin, Ryan Glode, Samantha Ward | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 25, 2016
During the past ten years, from 2006 to 2015, 54 people lost their lives to domestic violence homicides in Rhode Island over the course of 48 incidents, says a new report from the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). Domestic Violence Homicides in Rhode Island, 2006-2015 is a first-of-its-kind report. The report contains key […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Domestic Violence, Education, Featured, Gun Control, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Women, Youth | Tagged 2006-2015, Ann Burke, Deborah DeBare, Domestic Violence Homicides in Rhode Island, Jami Ouellette, Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund, Peter Kilmartin, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, RICADV | 2 Responses
By ACLU of RI on February 24, 2016
Citing widespread confusion about the potential use of PARCC exam results in a punitive manner against students in the near future, a coalition of organizations has filed an open records request with every school district in the state to obtain information about any plans they have to use the test for grading or graduation purposes before 2021…
Posted in Education | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Coalition to Defend Public Education, Debbie Flitman, Department of Education, PARCC, Parents Across RI, PARI, providence student union, RI Disability Law Center, Rick Richards, RITELL, Steven Brown, Tides Family Services, Tracy Ramos, Young Voices, Youth Pride Inc | 2 Responses
By ACLU of RI on February 23, 2016
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has filed suit against the City of Providence to challenge a recently enacted city ordinance that prohibits more than three “college students” from living together in certain areas of the city.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 17, 2016
A World Affairs Council of Rhode Island (WACRI) forum will explore the complex and often painful history between Haitians and Dominicans on the Island of Hispaniola and the plight of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic on Thursday evening at the Donovan Dining Faculty Center at Rhode Island College from 6-9pm.
Posted in Activism, Education, Events, Featured, History, Immigration, News, People, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Dominicans, Elvys Ruiz, Fritza Remy, Haitians, Hispaniola, Melida Anyi Espinal, Moise Bourdeau, Silvio Torres-Saillant, WACRI, Walter R. Stone, World Affairs Council of Rhode Island | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 16, 2016
Updated: A statement from the students on their successful occupation of President Shanley’s office has been added.