By Steve Ahlquist on October 8, 2015
Re-imagining transportation and street design in Rhode Island is about more than trying to reduce congestion, says Steve Miller, co-founder of Boston’s Livable Streets Alliance, it’s about, “liberating ourselves, our bodies and our social lives, from the trap we find ourselves in.”
By Steve Ahlquist on October 1, 2015
Rhode Islanders will get their only chance to directly address their concerns regarding a proposed methane liquefaction facility in South Providence next Thursday night. The proposal needs approval by FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission), an agency that has never, to my knowledge, turned down such an application in the past.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Providence | Tagged EJLRI, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, fields point, Fields Point LNG Plant, Gina Raimondo, liquefaction, national grid | Leave a response
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 Peter Nightingale on September 25, 2015
Fasters from Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE), together with their supporters from several faiths, will break bread in front of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in D.C. today to end a dramatic 18-day hunger strike undertaken to demand that FERC stop issuing permits for the pipelines, storage facilities and LNG export terminals that use fracked […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 23, 2015
Protesters fast outside the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington DC to call for a halt to fracked methane infrastructure construction ahead of the Pope’s visit. The protest has gone national.
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged Beyond Extreme Energy, BXE, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Franciscan Action Network, Norman Bay, Pramilla Malick, Ted Glick | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on September 23, 2015
A small group of protestors from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds repeated their opposition to the proposed methane gas power plant in Burrillville. Simultaneous with this event, Governor Raimondo welcomed the Prime Minister of Cape Verde, José Maria Pereira Neves. Among the protesters was Randall Rose of Occupy Providence, Dr. Peter Nightingale of the University of […]
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Featured, Politics | Tagged Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Cape Verde, Dr. Peter Nightingale, Governor Gina Raimondo, greg ger, Greg Geritt, José Maria Pereira Neves, Laudato Si, pope francis, Randall Rose, Robert Malin, Spectra Energy, Spectra Energy Compressor Station, spectra pipeline | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 21, 2015
As Governor Gina Raimondo and the entire Rhode Island congressional delegation celebrated the opening of the new Linear Park on Washington Bridge, residents from Burrillville quietly held signs challenging her administration’s support for a new fracked gas energy plant and pipeline expansion in their city. The protesters are all members of BASE (Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion), and they represent a community on the frontlines in the battle against corporate sponsored climate catastrophe.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, National News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, George Redman, Gina Raimondo, Kathy Martley, Linear Park, Sheldon Whitehouse, Spectra Energy | 3 Responses
By Peter Nightingale on September 21, 2015
Steve Norris, a 72-year-old retired professor from North Carolina, told me on Saturday about his fast at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, DC. He was doing surprisingly well, he said, 12 days into his fast and having lost over 10 pounds. One of the first things Steve asked me was if I […]
By Peter Nightingale on September 17, 2015
“You can’t negotiate with a beetle. You are now dealing with natural law. And if you don’t understand natural law, you will soon.” Oren Lyons, a member of the Onandaga Council of Chiefs, quoted by Mary Christina Wood in her book Nature’s Trust, sums up what’s wrong with our self-absorbed political system and its failure […]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Economic Development, Environment, Featured | Tagged climate change, fracked gas, fracking, methane gas, natural gas, raimondo, spectra pipeline | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2015
The two groups that National Grid did included on the list, the South Providence Neighborhood Association and the Washington Park Neighborhood Association, don’t actually exist.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, International News, National News, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged David Graves, EJLRI, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Motiva, national grid, Sprague Energy, Univar | 6 Responses
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 14, 2015
Exclusive interview with the FANG activists who shut down Spectra’s fracked gas expansion this morning in Burrillville.
By transportprovidence on September 14, 2015
The ACLU has written the City Council of Providence and Mayor Jorge Elorza calling for the rejection of Jo-Ann Ryan’s exclusionary zoning provision. The zoning, as proposed, would limit students to three-to-a-house occupancy in Zones 1 and 1A of Providence’s zoning code. Affecting areas with large single-family homes, many of the buildings in question can house far […]
By Bob Plain on September 14, 2015
Activists opposed to methane gas expansion locked themselves to construction equipment being used to prepare an area in Burrillville for a gas pipeline project early Monday morning. “I expect them to be arrested at some point today,” said Sherrie Andre, who sent out a press release and photos of the action on behalf of FANG, […]
By Peter Nightingale on September 11, 2015
I accuse! As my friends have dared, so shall I dare. Dare to tell the truth, as I have pledged to tell it, in full, since the normal channels of justice have failed to do so. My duty is to speak out; I do not wish to be an accomplice in this travesty, the President’s Business Climate […]
By Peter Nightingale on September 9, 2015
After a persistent campaign by a broad coalition of environmental groups and a string of escalating acts of civil disobedience, Rhode Island mainstream media have slowly begun to question the claim that “burning natural gas is about one-half as carbon-intensive as coal, which can make it a critical bridge fuel for many countries as the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 28, 2015
RIPTA Riders Alliance, an advocacy group for bus riders, held a press conference in Kennedy Plaza across from Providence City Hall on Thursday afternoon to protest “a sharp bus fare increase” of $1 per ride for low-income disabled people and seniors. Right now the increase is only a proposal and the current fare for senior and disabled riders is $0.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Environment, Events, Featured, International News, National News, News, People, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Transportation, Video | Tagged Don Rhodes, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance | 11 Responses
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 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