By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2015
Organizer and Occupier Susan Walker pointed out that in the winter of 2012, Occupy Providence broke their occupation of Burnside Park after negotiating with City Hall for a Day Center for the homeless. “Where is the Day Center today?” she asked. Occupy Providence has long concerned itself with homelessness, so this event marked a return to the group’s roots.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Homelessness, Housing, Occupy, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged John Freitas, Kate Miechkowski, Occupy Providence, Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, rihap, Susan Walker | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 28, 2015
Members of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals (UNAP), Local 5098, at Rhode Island Hospital, with labor and community allies, held a candlelight vigil and march Thursday evening to call attention to to unsafe staffing levels and other problems that continue to remain an issue in negotiations. UNAP members have been working without a contract since June 30th.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, Health Care, International News, Labor, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Federal Mediation and Reconciliation Service, Helene Macedo, Lifespan, rhode island hospital, UNAP, UNAP Local 5098, United Nurses and Allied Professionals | 1 Response
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 | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 28, 2015
Over 50 homeless and community advocates protested and confronted the police on Thursday afternoon in front of CVS near Kennedy Plaza within sight of Providence City Hall. At least 14 police officers were on hand, though no arrests were made. The protesters carried signs demanding an end to “a noticeable increase of harassment of homeless folks around the city.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, International News, National News, News, People, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Barbara Kalil, homeless bill of rights, jorge elorza, Karen Jeffries, opening doors rhode island, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, RI Homeless Advocacy Project, RICH, rihap, Shannah Kurland | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on August 26, 2015
With over 200 people in attendance, Providence’s Point Street Dueling Pianos ended up being a hot ticket on Tuesday evening. The event, a forum about the proposed construction of a baseball stadium for the PawSox hosted by Harvard Business School Association of Southeastern New England and Leadership Rhode Island. In favor of the stadium were Syd […]
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 Steve Ahlquist on August 22, 2015
Mission Gallery is hosting a fascinating show entitled “Art As Activism // Activism As Art” at CityArts through August 28. Working in collaboration with FANG (Fighting Against Natural Gas), the objective is to “engage the inherently connected worlds of art and activism; recognizing art as an essential form of liberatory struggle, and activism as a creative human project.”
By Steve Ahlquist on August 20, 2015
The new status makes the RIHS, the fourth oldest historical society in the United States, one of 204 Smithsonian Affiliates nationwide, and the only affiliate in the state.
Posted in Events, Featured, History, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged C. Morgan Grefe, Dan McKee, David Cicilline, Harold Closter, James Langevin, Museum of American History, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island Hostorical Society, RIHS, Smithsonian, Smithsonian Affiliate | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on August 10, 2015
Rhode Island is the last state in the nation to celebrate Victory Day, or the Japanese surrender to America after we dropped two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Most of the world recognizes these events as not reason to celebrate victory but rather an opportunity to remember that humans now have the technology to […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 4, 2015
“Building this plant is like investing in land line phone companies in 2005. When Gina Raimondo announces this plant at the Providence Chamber of Commerce, 30 Exchange Terrace, Providence RI, on Tuesday at 10am, she will be announcing a failure of leadership, a failure of vision, and a wasted opportunity.”
Posted in Climate Change, Economy, Environment, Events, Featured | Tagged 'Next-Generation’ Clean Energy Facility, Barrack Obama, climate change, Climate Change Action Plan, fracking, Gina Raimondo | 10 Responses
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 email@example.com. 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.