By Steve Ahlquist on July 29, 2015
The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health is unique. There is nothing else like it on the East Coast, you would have to travel to San Francisco or Portland Oregon to find anything similar. I immediately felt that I had entered a safe and welcoming space.
Posted in Activism, Events, Health Care, reproductive freedom | Tagged An Affair to Remember, Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, Erin Basler Francis, Gloria Gemma Foundation, Kira Manser, Shayna Parker | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 27, 2015
Sister Ann Keefe “was not a saint, she was better than that. She was human,” said her sister Kathy Keefe to an impressive crowd of 200 people at the newly christened Sister Ann Keefe Post Office at 820 Elmwood in Providence.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Education, Events, Featured, International News, Labor, Music, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Elijah Matthews, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, James Langevin, Kathy Keefe, Mary Blanchet, Pamela Matthews, Sister Ann, Sister Ann Keefe Post Office, Victoria Matthews, ¡City Arts!, ¡City Arts! Bucket Drummers | Leave a response
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 Rachel Simon on July 9, 2015
At the end of June, Boo City, the Downtown Boys, and the What Cheer Brigade headlined a free concert to drum up local support for the Community Safety Act (CSA), a proposed ordinance that would address racial profiling and community policing concerns. Between sets, poetry readings were provided by Muggs Fogarty and Vatic, who are headed […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 5, 2015
There is nothing more American than a parade, and parades are paeans to socialism. They run on publicly funded streets, feature military equipment and fire apparatus paid for with taxes to protect the public good, and are supported by local governments.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
“I didn’t plan to be homeless,” said Narcheline Vasquez, “One day, my job was gone like people in Rhode Island experience all too often. Within months, I lost my apartment and had nowhere to go. We stayed in a few temporary situations until finally… Lucy’s Hearth offered me a home.”
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Economic Development, Events, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Jennifer Barrera, Lucy's hearth, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, middletown, Narcheline Vazquez, Susan Erstling | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on June 30, 2015
Here’s you schedule for this week in the arts and entertainment world. As a brief side-note, I am just beginning my tenure here with RIFuture, so any and all assistance and tips are genuinely appreciated. Feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. 6/30 LAST DAY! Get Real at Spring Bull Gallery, Noon-5 pm, […]
Posted in Arts & Culture, Events, Featured, Multimedia, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged 95 Empire Black Box, ArtProv Gallery, AS220, Blithewold Mansion, Bristol Art Museum, Carolyn's Sakonnet Vinyard, Grant’s Block, Imago Gallery, Just Art Contemporary Art Gallery, Providence Children's Museum, Spring Bull Gallery, Yellow Peril Gallery | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 27, 2015
“Can you imagine if we could go in time and bring Roger Williams here today?” asked Rodney Davis to laughs, “but when you boil it down and get to its purest sense, Freedom, Liberty and Justice was the reason why he came here…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, History, LGBT, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged C. Kelly Smith, Edie Ajello, elizabeth roberts, frank ferri, Jenn Steinfeld, jorge elorza, Kate Monteiro, M Charles Bakst, Marriage Equality, Marti Rosenberg, Rodney Davis, Roger Williams, SCOTUS, seth magaziner, tony caparco | Leave a response
By Gene Dyszlewski on June 26, 2015
As leaders of faith communities that uphold same-sex marriage, we are delighted that the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in favor of inclusion of all American Couples. Now, all couples will enjoy the same rights and benefits.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 22, 2015
Lest we forget: People are beautiful
By Steve Ahlquist on June 19, 2015
“We want someone not to get fired without just cause, without a hearing, without a meeting with a steward, without a meeting with a business agent. We have a problem with managers intimidating [and] harassing our members on the shop floor for standing up for their rights.”
By Steve Ahlquist on June 13, 2015
These remarkable photographs of ordinary Providence residents demonstrate the beauty and diversity of the city’s residents. Created in conjunction with the 2015 Providence International Arts Festival, there is also a larger exhibition of her portraits at the Providence City Hall.
Posted in Arts & Culture, Events, Featured, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged 2015 Providence International Arts Festival, art, Mary Beth Meehan, photography, Seen/Unseen | Leave a response
By Elizabeth McNamara on June 11, 2015
The Blessing Way is pleased to announce the guest speaker for its 8th Annual Summer Fundraiser Thursday, June 18, is Steven Paré, commissioner of public safety for the City of Providence. The event takes place at the Providence Marriott, One Orms Street, at 6 p.m. The Blessing Way, a nonprofit organization based in Providence, offers faith-based […]
By Anthony Maselli on June 7, 2015
“There’s a transgender girl out there living in darkness and depression, who will commit suicide before she can graduate high school, because her parents and her church will tell her that that which she has no control over is an abomination, and her classmates and teachers will convince her that she is a freak and a mistake.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, LGBT, National News, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged lgbtq, RI Pride | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 6, 2015
Mayor Jorge Elorza helped to unfurl the rainbow Pride flag on the steps of the Providence City Hall as a crowd of about 75 members and supporters of the Providence area LGBTQ community applauded.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, LGBT, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Alejandra Blaze, Amber Guzman, Anthony Maselli, jorge elorza, Kurt Bagley, lgbtq, Marissa O'Gara, RI Pride | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 1, 2015
The Gnomes, a global folk-fusion band, opened the event with about a half an hour of live music before being joined on stage by emcee Bill Harley. Harley gave a short talk about Richard Walton, and read one of his emails to give a flavor of the man, quoting Walton as saying, “I’d like life to be a hot hodge-podge of people of all sorts. All ages, all cultures, all colors, all everything.”
Posted in Activism, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Labor, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged eric hirsch, Extraordinary Rendition Band, Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence, Mirjaam Parada, providence college, Providence Renaissance Hotel, Red Bandana Awards, richard walton, Sister Ann, The Procaccianti Group, Zero: 2016 | 1 Response
By Stephen R. Graham on May 28, 2015
This Sunday, the Red Bandana Fund will award Eric Hirsch and the workers at the Renaissance Hotel Red Bandana Awards for 2015. The Award honors individuals and groups whose work embodies the spirit and work of Richard Walton, a longtime activist in the Rhode Island area who died in 2012. This is the third year […]
By Michael Beauregard on May 20, 2015
As a millennial trying to make a difference and get involved in Rhode Island, it can be a difficult task to break from peer expectations; to stay in on the weekends, to choose more satisfying pursuits than the easily-accessed and ever-alluring hedonistic lifestyle glorified in popular media. But if one begins to assess the opportunity […]
By Bob Plain on May 18, 2015
Jim Skeffington, longtime Rhode Island power broker and new owner of the Pawtucket Red Sox who pushed hard to move the team to downtown Providence, passed away this weekend. No one yet knows what this means for the controversial project, but I’m sure I speak for many in wishing his family and friends comfort in […]
By Bob Plain on May 7, 2015
Bernie Sanders, a progressive Senator from Vermont who caucuses with Democrats and leans toward socialism, is emerging as the left’s best choice to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president. He’s calling for “a political revolution in this country” and in his first 24 hours as a candidate he raised $1.5 million. The […]