By Bob Plain on February 20, 2017
Javier Montanez, the principal of Leviton Dual Language School in Providence, interrupts a second grade class with a message in English. He then walks down the hall and delivers a similar message to a fifth grade class in Spanish. Both classrooms know what Montanez said because this is how education is delivered at Leviton – […]
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.
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By Nick Inglis on January 21, 2017
When Barack Obama ran for the presidency, we embraced the promise of hope. It is this hope that will endure beyond the presidency of Barack Obama – not in his successor – but in our youth. In spite of, and in the face of the coming presidency of Donald Trump who will be inaugurated today […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 20, 2017
Young people didn’t get to vote on November 8, 2016, but in debating this walkout, students participated in their own democratic process, and built student power on their own terms.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Education, Featured, Immigration, LGBTQ, Photos, Politics, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women, Youth | Tagged DARE, donald trump, Providence Public School Department, providence student union, PrYSM, psu, Youth in Action | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 20, 2017
The effort to prevent the privatization of public schools will be that much more difficult in the era of Trump.
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By New Leaders Council RI on January 17, 2017
New Leaders Council (NLC) Rhode Island works to recruit, train, and promote our state’s progressive leaders. We value inclusion, equity of opportunity, civil and human rights, and collective responsibility. We carry out these values by creating a collaborative community that reflects and celebrates Rhode Island’s diversity and empowers change agents and the next generation of […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2017
“I am continually inspired by the power and the strength that keep gathering in this room,” said State Rep Aaron Regunberg “It’s beautiful. This is a beautiful thing.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Education, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, Minimum Wage, National News, People, Poverty, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged aaron regunberg, donald trump, Fair Shot Agenda, Resist Hate RI | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on January 16, 2017
Taking a page out of Bernie Sanders’ playbook, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced today a plan to offer free tuition to Rhode Islanders at the the three public colleges in the state. “We are going to stand up and make the college dream a reality for every Rhode Islander who wants it,” Raimondo is […]
By Bob Plain on January 12, 2017
The agenda includes a $15 minimum wage, school building repairs, earned paid sick days and a more progressive car tax.
Posted in Economics, Education, Featured, Health Care, Labor, Minimum Wage, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Arthur Handy, car tax, Chris Blazejewski, david bennett, earned paid sick days, Edie Ajello, Evan Shanley, Fair Shot Agenda, fight for 15, grace diaz, Gregg Amore, Helder Cunha, Jason Knight, Jean Philippe Barros, Joseph Almeida, Katherine Kazarian, Kathy Fogarty, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Michael Morin, minimum wage, Moira Walsh, school building repairs, Scott Slater, Shelby Maldonado, State House, Susan Donovan, Teresa Tanzi | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 11, 2017
“My social studies teacher had said something like, ’slavery is still going on today’ and of course, being naive, I didn’t believe him… I think that’s what birthed the passion in me, in that classroom at that very moment.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Education, Featured, Photos, Rhode Island, Video, Youth | Tagged Celeste Terry-Lo, Day One, Olamide Babalola, Peg Langhammer, Sarah DeCataldo, Sojourner House, THEIA Project, Times2 STEM Academy | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 23, 2016
It doesn’t show signs of stopping
The rents they are not dropping
Rent control is one way to go
Give us homes! Give us homes! Give us homes!
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Disability Services, Domestic Violence, Education, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Health Care, Holidays, Immigration, Inequality, News, Photos, Social Services, State House, Video | Tagged Camilo Viveiros, Chloe Chassaing, George Wiley Center, Nicholas Mattiello, social safety net, State House | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on December 20, 2016
The state Council on Elementary and Secondary Education approved Achievement First’s controversial 10-year expansion plan that will result in the multi-state charter school in being responsible for educating more than 10 percent of the Providence public school students. The vote was 5 to 3 with Colleen Callahan, Larry Purtill and Jo Eva Gaines opposing the […]
By Bob Plain on December 20, 2016
Public education in Providence comes to a fork in the road tonight as the state Council on Elementary and Secondary Education is scheduled to act on Achievement First’s controversial 10-year expansion plan. If approved, the multi-state charter school would become responsible for educating more than 10 percent of all city public school students, growing from […]
By Tom Hoffman on December 16, 2016
As part of the ongoing debate regarding the proposed expansion of Jorge Elorza’s Achievement First (AF) mayoral academies in Providence, one crucial question is the expansion’s fiscal impact on the Providence Public School District (PPSD) and the City of Providence budget. In the 2016 legislative session, Rhode Island charter law was revised to require… …the council […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 11, 2016
“The only way to protect our communities from what may be coming is to come together and fight,” said Representative Aaron Regunberg, one of the founders of Resist Hate RI.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Education, Environmental Racism, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Labor, National News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Hope High School, Jeanine Calkin, Laufton Ascencao-Longo, Resist Hate RI | Leave a response
By Sheila Resseger on December 10, 2016
We know that the Achievement First charter chain, with schools in N.Y. and CT as well as R.I., wants to expand its mayoral academy in Providence, and the decision to deny or allow this expansion is to be made soon. In a way, this is Rhode Island’s version of Massachusetts’ Question 2, the proposal to […]
By Aaron Regunberg on December 8, 2016
A recent Pew Research Center poll found that nearly two-thirds of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters would like to see their party stand up to Trump rather than work with him.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Education, Featured, Opinion | Tagged aaron regunberg, Betsy DeVos, donald trump, Hope High School, jack reed, James Langevin, Jeff Sessions, jorge elorza, Myron Ebell, Resist Hate RI, Steve Bannon | 4 Responses
By Mark Santow on December 7, 2016
I am a member of the Providence School Board. I am a professor of the history of American cities and politics. And I am a parent of two children who have attended a charter school here in Providence. And I am speaking tonight in opposition to the proposal for the expansion of AF. As a […]
By Bob Plain on December 7, 2016
Supporters, many poor people of color, spoke passionately about justice and opportunity in Providence schools. Opponents, mostly well-employed white people, spoke about economies of scale and efforts to undermine public education. This was the scene last night as the state Council on Elementary and Secondary Education listened to public testimony on a proposed expansion to […]
“Going to Mississippi: If I don’t, who will?” – Dr Willie Parker Speaks about abortion at Brown Medical School
By Joanna Brown on December 6, 2016
Dr. Willie J. Parker described women he has met and cared for in Mississippi. “I think of the 15 year- old whose grandmother brought her. They were so poor they had to sell their couch to pay for an abortion.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Education, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Reproductive Rights | Tagged Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Melissa Nothnagle, Mississippi, Peter Simon, Physicians for Reproductive Health, Stanley D. Simon MD lecture, Waynesha Blaylock | Leave a response