By Steve Ahlquist on November 28, 2015
Kerry Soares was a mother. Her daughter Caitlin was at the vigil. Kerry was remembered as a talented artist. She was compassionate and caring. She lived and worked in Providence most of her life.
She deserved so much more.
Posted in Events, Homelessness, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Homeless Vigil, Jim Ryczek, Kerry Soares, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, RICH, Statewide Outreach Committee | Leave a response
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 Steve Ahlquist on November 21, 2015
“Lead by people of color, the First National Trans March of Resilience… in numerous cities across the nation… [is] a way to honor the strength and resilience of trans lives, specifically the lives of trans people of color…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, LGBT, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Alejandra Blaze, August Guang, black lives matter, Dominique Pistone, Julián Cancino, Monay McNeil, National Trans March of Resilience, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rita Hester, TDOR, Trans Lives Matter, Transgender Day of Remembrance | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on November 20, 2015
AARON BRIGGS AND THE HMS GASPEE will be screened on November 24 at 9 pm. All proceeds will benefit the Providence Industrial Workers of the World Office Fund. Tickets are $2. We invite RIFuture readers, contributors, and message board writers to come and engage in an open discussion about these topics. A version of this […]
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Events, Featured, Race & Racism | Tagged Aaron Briggs, Burning of the Gaspee, Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban, gaspee, Gaspée Affair, Gaspee Days, HMS Gaspee, Ray Rickman, Richard Lobban | Leave a response
By Phil Eil on November 16, 2015
Erik Loomis is a Rhode Island treasure. This much is clear from his Twitter feed, his prodigious blogging, and – based on excerpts in truthout and In These Times – his latest book, Out of Sight: Long and Disturbing Story of Corporations Outsourcing Catastrophe. If you aren’t familiar with Erik – Rhody’s own fire-spitting, NRA-fighting, grave-visiting, environmental/labor history guru – […]
By Bob Plain on November 11, 2015
Bernie Sanders would only be a slightly more progressive president than Hillary Clinton, said Erik Loomis when I asked him which candidate he was supporting in 2016. “I don’t think it matters very much,” said the URI history professor who will be discussing his new book Out of Sight next week – Wednesday, Nov. 18 […]
By Bob Plain on November 10, 2015
The Trans Pacific Partnership knows no party lines. It is supported by Barack Obama and Marco Rubio, it is reviled by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has moved from supportive to evasive. Nationally acclaimed author and URI history professor Erik Loomis’ new book “Out of Sight” deals with the exact issues the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 28, 2015
What became clear over the next ninety minutes is that lawyering works in support of community organizing, not the other way around. What this means is that lawyers interested in social justice work need to “find the legal work that can support the organizers,” according to Shannah Kurland, a community lawyer and Soros Justice Fellow at PrYSM.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Housing, Immigration, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Christopher Samih-Rotondo, Community Action Partnership of Providence, Community Safety Act, DARE, Direct Action for Rights and Equity, fuerza laboral, George Wiley Center, hode Island Legal Services, just cause, Michael Grinthal, Michael Zabelin, Paulette Soltani, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, RI Center for Justice, Robert McCreanor, Sarath Suong, Shannah Kurland, Tenant and Homeowner Association | 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 Hillary Davis on October 12, 2015
The ACLU of Rhode Island works tirelessly to defend fundamental rights here in the Ocean State. Now, it’s time to celebrate that work. Join us on Thursday, October 22, at the Providence Biltmore to take part in our Annual Meeting Celebration and raise a glass to another year of protecting civil liberties. This year, the ACLU of Rhode Island is […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Homelessness, People, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Homelessness, Providence, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 7, 2015
The eBible Fellowship had previously predicted the world would end in May, but this time, Chris McCann, the founder of the fellowship, assures us all that the world will be “Annihilated” and that today is the day.
By Hillary Davis on September 29, 2015
The freedom to read is the freedom to learn, to imagine, to challenge your own beliefs, and to see the world from a new point of view. Too often, that freedom is challenged by individuals who would censor important and challenging books rather than embrace them. As part of our ongoing work to fight against […]
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 Steve Ahlquist on September 26, 2015
Four people spoke on trans and intersex gender identities from a Catholic perspective at the Arch Street United Methodist Church across the street from the World Conference of Families in Philadelphia. The event was originally scheduled to take place at the St. John the Evangelist parish, but according to organizers was, “evicted from the space by Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Philadephia Archdiocese.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Education, Events, Featured, International News, LGBT, National News, News, People, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island | Tagged Arch Street United Methodist Church, Call to Action, Charles Chaput, delfine bautista, Dignity USA, Fortunate Families, Frank DeBeranardo, intersex, Jeannine Grammick, Julie Chovanes, New Ways Ministry, Nicole Santamaria, pope francis, TRANS*, Vima Santamaria, World Conference of Families | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 25, 2015
Two women not allowed to speak at the United Nations held a forum on global women labor rights while Pope Francis addressed the General Assembly in New York City. Why are their voices marginalized?
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Education, Events, Featured, Health Care, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, News, Poverty, Race & Racism, reproductive freedom, Women | Tagged amnesty international, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, AWAJ, Chaumtoli Huq, Eni Lestari, IMA, International Migrants Alliance, Kate Lappin, Law and Development, Law@theMargins, Nazma Akter, pivot to Asia, pope francis, united nations, walmart | 1 Response
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 Raffi Jansezian on September 20, 2015
Saturday marked the first ever Ocean State Oyster Festival, celebrating the resurgent and exploding oyster industry in Rhode Island, held at the Riverwalk in Providence. Attendees were both curious and hungry. Smiles and a light-hearted attitude infected all those wandering around the festival looking for the next shellfish to slurp. “For me it’s the history, […]
By Daryle Lamont Jenkins on September 19, 2015
“Those that engage in such behavior however are not going to be content with just tagging a school, throwing around flyers or ranting at a presidential candidate. That doesn’t get results. They still have to organize and network with people who can advance their hatred to the point that they see things happen for them, and they are able to reclaim a position they once had over the people they hate just a few short years ago. When they do that, it takes even more vigilance to fight back because this is when they are at their most dangerous.”
Posted in Events, History, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged black lives matter, Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC, H.L. Mencken Club, Islamic School of Rhode Island, National Policy Institute, National Press Club, NPI, racism, Richard Spencer, Voice of the Renaissance, Westminster Unitarian Church | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on September 16, 2015
RIFuture is a fine institution that has made important contributions to the Rhode Island news culture. It is our hope that this new feature – the ‘Tuesday to Tuesday Arts and Entertainment Calendar’ will bring a lighter side to the fare. As we begin the autumn, I’m open to tips and press releases regarding the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2015
In a rally at the corner of Hope St and Doyle Avenue in Providence, 25 people turned out over the course of two hours to hold signs in an event that was described as not “a protest of any kind, just outreach the public!”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, International News, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports | Tagged David Norton, Gina Raimondo, PawSox, pawtucket red sox, Tim Empkie | 1 Response