By Bob Plain on January 18, 2015
Sister Ann Keefe, one of Rhode Island’s most respected and stalwart social justice activists, has passed away. She was 62, according to a recent homage by Edward Fitzpatrick of the Providence Journal. “In a better world, Sister Ann would be the bishop or governor,” he wrote. Fitzpatrick reported in late November Keefe “has been battling […]
By Nancy Green on January 13, 2015
It’s 50 years since two game-changing acts of Congress, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Fifty years is not so long ago, especially when it’s still necessary to march in the streets to say that Black Lives Matter. The movie, Selma, was years in the making and no […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2015
As they have for the past six years, about four dozen clergy representing a wide variety of faith traditions gathered at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Wednesday, put on their vestments and robes, and marched to the State House for the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty Vigil. The purpose of the vigil is […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 7, 2015
“We need that eternal optimism shown by our founders … who believed in divine intervention, good fortune and, yes, providence – the idea that through God’s grace, all things are possible. Because they are.”
By Bob Plain on December 24, 2014
My Christmas gift to you, Rhode Island, is almost a full hour of the best-ever, easily-available-on-YouTube holiday season songs in one continuous playlist. Enjoy the music, and the holidays.
By Steve Ahlquist on December 23, 2014
With affected dispassion the board revealed that they do not have the power to tell National Grid “no,” confirming the crowd’s suspicions that the board is little more than a rubber stamp for whatever rates National Grid seeks to impose.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Environment, Events, Featured, Holidays, News, People, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Herbert F DeSimone Jr, Margaret Curran, national grid, Paul J Roberti, puc | 9 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 17, 2014
At yesterday’s PUC (Public Utilities Commission) hearing on a proposed 24% rate hike by National Grid, state regulators heard testimony from 25 individuals, the vast majority of whom were outraged by the proposal. More than one speaker called the increase “unconscionable.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on December 2, 2014
“I say it’s dangerous being a youth these days. because not only do you have to worry about gangs, not only do you have to worry about drug dealers and all that but you also have to worry about police officers who should be protecting you from those elements treating you like you’re one of them.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on November 28, 2014
The idea is simple: give away donated coats to people who need them, while at the same time challenging the consumerism that marks Black Friday, an annual sales frenzy fomented by big box and mall retailers the day after Thanksgiving. The Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange, set up on the lawn of the State House, acts as a conscience and counterpoint to the sales driven capitalism inside the Providence Place Mall.
By Steve Ahlquist on November 28, 2014
This year’s Black Friday Walmart protests were organized nationally by OUR Walmart (Organization United for Respect at Walmart), a group fighting for a $15 minimum wage and fair scheduling practices of the kind recently enacted into law as the Retail Workers Bill of Rights in San Francisco. The organization of Walmart workers in Rhode Island has been lagging as compared to efforts in some states.
By Jim Almo on November 28, 2014
Today is Black Friday. Shopping malls and major retailers across the U.S. have deals to incite a holiday shopping frenzy. Thanksgiving, a day meant for family and reflection, becomes a memory as we head into the frigid night air to stand in line and fight crowds to get a $200 LED television or a $50 […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 26, 2014
“It was crazy. There were like five of us, three white guys and two black guys. The police, when they came at us, went right after the black guys. They weren’t interested in me at all, and I was right there.”
Posted in Activism, Criminal Justice, Events, National News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged black lives matter, ferguson, Mike Brown, police brutality, protests, Providence Police | 11 Responses
By Bob Plain on November 26, 2014
@creativemedia7 tweeted out this amazing collection of protests across America tonight calling attention to racial injustice in light of a Ferguson grand jury decision not to charge a police officer for killing Michael Brown. [View the story "America Protests Ferguson" on Storify]
By Bob Plain on November 25, 2014
Live streams from across the country of Ferguson solidarity protests: Ferguson, Missouri: Denver: Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream Los Angeles: Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream
By Bob Plain on November 25, 2014
Last night I presented this slideshow at Providence’s monthly Pecha Kucha (this time held at The Parlour on North Main Street). The topic was politics an the idea at Pecha Kucha is presenters speak for 20 seconds each about 20 different slides.
By Bob Plain on November 23, 2014
I’ve seen a lot of basketball games in Kingston and I’ve never seen a more packed house, a more enthused student section or a bigger upset than URI’s 66-62 overtime win against #21 Nebraska Saturday night. You can relive the biggest Ram victory since 1998 via my tweets from the game. [View the story “URI […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 18, 2014
“I believe in ‘little d’ democracy,” said Regunberg to the assembled voters, before asking those present to suggest topics of political concern. “Education” was suggested first, then “public banking,” “violence,” “the environment” and a dozen more.
By Carole Marshall on November 12, 2014
For those who wonder what is really going on in those big old high schools in Providence, Brown University is hosting a discussion about them Thursday, featuring as speakers the very students who experience or have experienced them on a daily basis. It begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 001, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 12, 2014
Columbus was a monster, and he doesn’t deserve to have a day of celebration in his honor. Really, this day off should celebrate any of the many great and positive things we enjoy about this world… but not historical monsters. We can certainly do better.
By Steve Ahlquist on October 9, 2014
As I listened to Grover Norquist address the crowd of about eighty people at the swanky and exclusive Squantum Association in East Providence on Thursday afternoon, I couldn’t help but wonder if the slick conservative operative knew what he was talking about.
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