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
By Hillary Davis on September 15, 2015
Constitution Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787, and the ACLU of Rhode Island is excited to announce our plans to celebrate Constitution Day this week by hosting a family-friendly scavenger hunt highlighting Providence’s civil liberties history.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Events, Featured, Holidays, Providence, Youth | Tagged ACLU, Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Events, Providence, Rhode Island, students, Youth | Leave a response
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 Bob Plain on September 9, 2015
Cedric de Leon is a local activist, a former union organizer and a sociology professor at Providence College. He’s also the author of an important new book for anyone who cares about worker rights, living wages and even gender and racial equality. His book “The Origins of Right to Work” details their sordid racist history […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 8, 2015
The Rhode Island Labor History Society held their Annual Labor Day Address in Moshassuck Cemetery in Central Falls yesterday. Ryan McIntyre, the society board member who lead the effort to erect a monument in the cemetery to commemorate the Saylesville Massacre, where workers were killed by the National Guard during the General Textile Strike in September of 1934, […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Events, Featured, History, International News, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Annual Labor Day Address, james diossa, James Parisi, Mike Araujo, Moshassuck Cemetery, Rhode Island Labor History Society, Ryan McIntyre, scott molloy | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on September 7, 2015
President Grover Cleveland pushed through the legislation to make Labor Day a national holiday in 1894, just days after the violent break up of the Pullman Rail Strike – a walk-out led by Eugene Debs that started with 3,000 workers in Pullman, Illinois and grew to almost 250,000 by the time the president deployed some […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 5, 2015
Director Murray Scott lead the crowd in singing the song, from cue cards, four times as volunteers stopped traffic. Surprisingly, none of the drivers of any of the cars evidenced anything but support for the effort, despite the inconvenience of being stopped. instead drivers honked horns, waved, or gave thumb’s up to the efforts of the singers.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, corporate greed, Events, Music, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Sports, Video | Tagged David Norton, McCoy Stadium, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, pawtucket red sox, Sharon Steele, Tim Empkie | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on September 5, 2015
Progressive Providence College professor Cedric de Leon discusses his new book: “Origins of Right To Work: Antilabor Democracy in Nineteenth Century Chicago”
AS220, Saturday, September 12 from 5 to 7 pm.
de Leon’s book contends Right To Work-style laws first came in to fashion after the Civil War when anti-labor forces said unionization was akin to employment slavery. He’ll be discussing his research as well as what Rhode Islanders can do to prevent RTW laws from coming here, and how we may not be able to stop them from becoming the law of the land through an impending Supreme Court case.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 1, 2015
This time the PawSox owners didn’t make any attempt at countering the event. This time the media showed up in force, with Channel 10 doing a live remote. The What Cheer! Brigade played four rousing selections and storytellers Len Cabral and Mark Binder (who has contributed to RI Future) entertained the crowd with stories. Kites were flown, games were played, children danced and the promise of a public park was glimpsed, if imperfectly.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Economic Development, Events, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Andrew Stewart, Len Cabral, mark binder, PawSox, What Cheer Brigade | 2 Responses
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, Featured, 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 | 2 Responses
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