By Steve Ahlquist on November 10, 2015
Fast food employees, restaurant workers and labor allies rallied outside the Wendy’s restaurant at 771 Warwick Ave in Warwick around noon as part of a national effort to kick off a year-long $15 minimum wage campaign ahead of next year’s presidential elections. Nearly 100 people gathered in the parking lot of Wendy’s, where the management […]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Elections, Featured, Labor, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged 1199 SEIU Rhode Island, Brown Student Labor Alliance, Cafe Atlantic, Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Fair Food Program, Emelio Garcia, fight for 15, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, jesse strecker, jo-ann gesterling, Magdalene Smith, Restaurant Opportunities Center of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Teriyaki House, wage theft, wendys | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 14, 2015
With the debate on guns in the United States taking a long slow turn against the intractable positions of the NRA (National Rifle Association) and towards instituting common sense gun legislation, it is only a matter of time before the RICAGV starts making real progress in the RI General Assembly.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Democrats, Elections, Events, Gun Control, Health Care, National News, News, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged James Langevin, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, National Rifle Association, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, RI Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICAGV, Teresa Tanzi | 1 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 4, 2015
“Rhode Island rushed to pass a [Voter ID] law,” said Davis, “Unlike most laws this is based on a couple of anecdotal incidents… Stats show their is virtually no evidence of voter fraud. Mail ballots became easier to obtain, the only place where fraud was found…No one thought that a Democratic [Party majority] state would manage to do that.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Elections, Featured, Rhode Island, State House, Voter ID | Tagged ACLU, Hilary Davis, jim vincent, kate bowden, Lee Ann Byrne, NAACP, prison based gerrymandering, ri coalition for the homeless, RI Disability Law Center, Voting Rights Act | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on August 27, 2015
What was supposed to be a casual meet and greet for the Warwick Progressive Democrats quickly went downhill when Sam Bell, the state coordinator for the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, called out Democratic Warwick mayoral candidate Richard Corrente’s merits, saying that he’s an embarrassment to the party. Corrente’s campaign has been an all around unorthodox […]
Posted in Democrats, Elections, Politics, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged democrat, Jennifer Siciliano, republican, RI Progressive Democrats of America, Richard Corrente, Sam Bell, Scott Avedisian, Tea Party, Warwick, warwick progressive democrats | 12 Responses
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 Steve Ahlquist on August 24, 2015
The Green Party of Rhode Island welcomed presidential candidate Jill Stein to their 2015 Green Gathering held at the Warwick campus of CCRI. Stein spoke for about 35 minutes about her campaign, her vision for the future of America, and the need for a new political party that represents ‘people, planet and peace over profit.’ […]
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Democrats, Elections, Environment, Events, Featured, Politics, Video | Tagged Bernie Sanders, climate change, Green New Deal, green party of rhode island, jill stein, people, planet and peace over profit | 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
By Bob Plain on August 13, 2015
For those who want a female president, the easiest vote is for Hillary Clinton. For those who someone to the left of Hillary Clinton, there’s Bernie Sanders. And for those who want a female president and someone to the left of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, there’s Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president. Stein, […]
By Andrew Stewart on August 7, 2015
August 6, 2015 marked two historic events in television history. On Comedy Central was the final episode of Jon Stewart as anchor of The Daily Show, while Fox News held a Republican debate featuring (literally) front and center Donald Trump. It was a true challenge to attempt to discern what to watch, on the one […]
By Elisha Aldrich on August 7, 2015
As Americans celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act Thursday, Governor Gina Raimondo and Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea observed the historic Act’s passing in their own way – by signing into law legislation that will update Rhode Island’s voting equipment for the first time in 20 years. Bills S999 and H6312, sponsored […]
Posted in Elections, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged board of elections, Cynthia Coyne, equipment, Gina Raimondo, infrastructure, john marion, Kathleen Fogarty, Nellie Gorbea, technology, Voting, women | Leave a response
By RI Future on August 5, 2015
Further investigation is warranted, the letter argued, because “the public deserves to know whether the improper actions so thoroughly documented in this report were, somewhat incredibly, the only such abuses to take place, or whether there were other unknown victims of these violations of the public trust.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Elections, Featured, National News, News, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged Alan Fung, Cranston City Council, Cranston Police Department, Marco Palombo, Rhode Island State Police, riaclu, Steven Brown, TicketGate | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 30, 2015
“I’m a recovering Republican. After the bank crisis I had an awakening. The system had been corrupted by big money. I really like Bernie’s message. He’s not selling himself.”
By Steve Ahlquist on July 22, 2015
The two party system is the problem, said James Patin of Worcester Socialist Alternative, and no one candidate, not Sawant, not Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, and not even socialist-independent turned Democrat Bernie Sanders is going to be able to challenge the system in a meaningful way by themselves.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Elections, Events, International News, Labor, National News, News, Politics, Republicans, Rhode Island | Tagged Alex Rothfelder, Bernie Sanders, columbus day, Democratic Party, green party, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, James Patin, jill stein, Kshama Sawant, Socialist Alternative, Worcester Socialist Alternative | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on June 18, 2015
The House floor saw heated debate Wednesday as representatives discussed the implications of bill H6051, which would allow electronic voter registration. The action would make Rhode Island the 28th state to do so, following a trend that has saved other states money and time, as well as helped to clear voter rolls during elections. Supporters […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Elections, Featured, Rhode Island, State House, Technology | Tagged aaron regunberg, Common Cause RI, Elections, Elisha Aldrich, john marion, Joseph Trillo, Nellie Gorbea, online voter registration, online voting, Stephen Ucci, voter registration, Voting | 2 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on June 15, 2015
The right to vote is a key proponent in what makes the American government work. But, for many Americans, there are barriers to the expression of that right. U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), has just introduced the Automatic Voter Registration Act (H.R. 2694), a bill that would help to break down many of those barriers, […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Congress, Elections, Featured, Politics, Video | Tagged Congressman Jim Langevin, David Cicilline, Elisha Aldrich, engagement, Jane Koster, legislation, Nellie Gorbea, oregon, participation, registration, Steve Ahlquist, Think Progress, US House of Representatives, video, voter, Voting | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 22, 2015
Sanders is no radical, his brand of democratic socialism is in the northern European “strong social safety net” tradition, but that doesn’t mean Sanders isn’t the real deal. Eli, a Vermont native, knows Sanders to be a fierce independent and principled politician, a true rarity.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Elections, Featured, National News, Politics | Tagged Bernie Sanders, Democratic Socialism, hillary clinton, Jacobin, Rhode Island for Bernie Sanders, Socialism, Willie Thompson | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 11, 2015
Lauren Niedel, of the RIPDA, summed up the reasons for her support when she said that Sanders “represents the people. He does not represent the 1 percent. He does not represent the corporations.” Indeed, Niedel presented the group with Sanders’ 12 point economic policy plan, which seemed to resonate well with those in attendance.
By transportprovidence on February 18, 2015
I live-tweeted the experience of getting a state ID sometimes under the hashtag #Paisleygate, a joke on the fact that I wore the same weird paisley shirt to get my last ID in Pennsylvania as I did when I went to get my Rhode Island ID earlier this week. But the broken process of getting […]
By Alex Krogh-Grabbe on November 21, 2014
In the sensationally titled “Revenge of the Swamp Yankee: Democratic Disaster in South County,” Will Collette argued emotionally that despite statewide wins for Democrats in Rhode Island two weeks ago, South County was a sad place for the party. He makes a strong case that local South County races, through low turnout and Republican money, […]