By Steve Ahlquist on March 27, 2017
RISE UP! Rhode Island held a rally on Saturday to honor and celebrate Women’s History Month and the work of multiple human rights organizations in RI.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Health Care, LGBTQ, Photos, Politics, Race & Racism, Religion, Sex Work, Social Services, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AHOPE, Becky Chace, Bella Robinson, Celia Contreras, COYOTE RI, Deb Perry, Diane Cocozza Martins, Dorcas International Institute, Emeline, gayle goldin, Georgia Hollister‐Isman, Gloria Crist, Karen Malcolm, Kate Montiero, Kathleen Cloutier, Kelly Nevins, Kim Baker, Laurie Bradburn, Loren Spears, McAuley House Don Rhodes, Michele Matot, Planned Parenthood, Protect Our Healthcare Coalition, Rebecca Kislak, Resist Hate RI, RI Chapter of Women's March Network, RI Council for Muslim Advancement, RI Democratic Party, RI NOW, RICMA, RIPTA Riders Alliance, RISE UP! Rhode Island, Roger Williams National Memorial, Sandra McEvoy, Solid Rock Women, Sterk Zaza, The Strattones, Tomaquag Museum, Wendy Manchester Ibrahim, Women's Fund of Rhode Island, Women's History Month, Working Families of Rhode Island, Yassah Flowers, YWCA | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 26, 2017
You’re beautiful, Rhode Island.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Immigration, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged donald trump, john depetro, MAGA Rally, Make America Great Again | 1 Response
By J. Mark Ryan on March 13, 2017
No “market solution” will fix this because sick people are not profitable to insure. Why would there be “competition” to insure sick people?
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Congress, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, Health Care, Poverty | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, CBO, Congressional Budget Office, obamacare | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 11, 2017
“We Rise Up with the Indigenous of Rhode Island, and the Standing Rock Sioux, as they march in Washington in defense of their sovereignty and the protection of land and water.”
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, Photos, State House, Video, Washington DC, Water | Tagged Bella Noka, Dakota Access Pipeline, narragansett indian Tribe, Native Nations March, No DAPL RI, Providence City Hall, Randy Noka, Standing Rock Sioux | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 7, 2017
If Senator Paul Jabour and Representative John Lombardi are pro-choice, why did Rhode Island Right to Life endorse their re-election last year?
Posted in Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Health Care, Providence, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Anastasia Williams, Edie Ajello, gayle goldin, Harold Metts, John Lombardi, Paul Jabour, Reproductive Health Care Act of 2017, Rhode Island Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, WBNA, West Broadway Neighborhood Association | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 6, 2017
“If the Holocaust has taught us anything it is that when regular folks go silent in the face of tyranny, bad things happen and their silence favors the oppressor,” said the organizers of Never Again Means Never Again, a multi-faith, multi-denominational gathering that took place at the Holocaust Memorial on The River Walk in Providence […]
Posted in Activism, Barrington, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Immigration, LGBTQ, National News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged Abraham's Tent, AHOPE, Aisha Manzoor, Americans Helping Others Prosper, Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island, David Cicilline, donald trump, Ehsun Mirza, Gina Raimondo, Holocaust, Holocaust Memorial, Interbelief Club of Wheeler, Islamic School of Rhode Island, ISRI, jack reed, James Langevin, Jewish Community Center, MAE organization for the Homeless, More Than My Religion, Never Again Means Never Again, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, Rhode Island Council of Churches, Rhode Island School of Design, RICMA, Sarah Mack, Sisterhood of Salam Shalom, SOSS | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 5, 2017
The lack of press at the event and the spared embarrassment may be the only silver lining for Invenergy, an oversight I’m correcting here.
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Events, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Pascoag, Photos, Water | Tagged Adler Pollock & Sheehan, Burrillville Middle School, Burrillville Town Council, dunkin donuts, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, John Niland, John Scott, Michael McElroy, pascoag, Richard Beretta | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 5, 2017
Video and pictures from Women Empowering Women: A Community Forum on Violence Prevention
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Minimum Wage, People, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Diana Garlington, domestic violence, Essence Christal, Everytown for Gun Safety, Gemelya Gem Barros, Giovanna Rodriguez, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, linda finn, Lisa Pina-Warren, Lucy McBath, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Myra Latimer-Nicholas, Protect Rhode Island Families Act, providence college, Shemeeka Barros, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships, SOAR, Steven Latimer, Teresa Tanzi | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 26, 2017
“This is their long standing opposition to Medicare [and] Medicaid” said Whitehouse, “We thought we had those zombies buried, but they’re coming back out of the earth again and they walk the planet, and we need to put them back in the ground where they belong.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Congress, Disability Services, Elections, Events, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, National News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Bernie Sanders, Brown Students for the Affordable Care Act, Chuck Schumer, Clinica Esperanza, David Cicilline, donald trump, Economic Progress Institute, healthsource ri, jack reed, James Langevin, Jonathan Staloff, Lamar Alexander, Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare for All, Neil Gorsuch, obamacare, Patrick Quinn, Protect Our Healthcare Coalition RI, public option, Rachel Flum, Republican Party, Rhode Island College, seiu 1199, Sheldon Whitehouse, single payer | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 23, 2017
Featuring illustrations from Selene Means. As I approached, I saw that the east end of Kennedy Plaza had been transformed into a police car parking lot, with maybe two dozen officers from at least three different law enforcement agencies.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Congress, Elections, Events, Featured, Media, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Artemis Manie Butti Moonhawk, Betsy DeVos, Citizens United, DAPL, Deborah Logan, Democrats, donald trump, EIS, Elizabeth Warren, Environmental Impact Statement, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Indivisible RI, jack reed, Jane Tucker, Jeff Sessions, Joe Clifford, John McCain, John Roberts, Justin Boyan, kennedy plaza, Merrick Garland, Mike Pence, National Security Council, Neil Gorsuch, Republicans, Rhode Island Department of Education, RI United States District Court, ride, Samuel Alito, Scott Pruitt, Selene Means, Social Security, Standing Rock, Steve Bannon, Student Non-Discrimination Act, Supreme Court | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 13, 2017
The RI congressional delegation, including Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline in the ‘hot seat’ for about 90 minutes of questions from sometimes angry and confrontational constituents.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Congress, Corporate Greed, East Providence, Events, Featured, Housing, Immigration, Inequality, Infrastructure, International News, Minimum Wage, National News, Photos, Politics, Video | Tagged 1996 Congressional Review Act, aca, Affordable Care Act, Ben Carson, burrillville, Chris Murphy, Citizens United, Dan Coats, David Cicilline, Deborah Lennon, Democratic Socialists of America, Dick Blumenthal, donald trump, East Providence High School, Georgia Hollister-Isman, HUD, Indivisible RI, jack reed, James Kennedy, James Langevin, Jamestown Sanctuary, Jametown Town Council, Jane Tucker, Jeff Sessions, Linda McMahon, Merrick Garland, Neil Gorsuch, obamacare, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Town Hall, Roland Gauvin, Samuel Bell, Sheldon Whitehouse, Small Business Administration, Steven Fischbach, Transport Providence, Unity Government, Working Families Party of RI | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2017
When Senator Sheldon Whitehouse decided to vote in favor of several key Donald Trump nominations, I’m sure he did not expect to have to answer to hundreds of his angry constituents two days in a row.
Posted in Civil Rights, Congress, Events, Featured, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged donald trump, Hilmy Bakri, James Mattis, mark binder, Mike Pompeo, Nicholas Mattiello, Sheldon Whitehouse, Steve Bannon | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 29, 2017
One thing became very clear, very quickly: People wanted Whitehouse to actively push back against Trump, and they do not expect compromise or any more “Yes” votes on Trump’s cabinet picks.
Posted in Congress, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, National News, News, Video | Tagged ACLU, Barbara Mikulski, Bernie Sanders, Central Intelligence Agaency, cia, David Cicilline, Democratic Party, Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS, donald trump, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, hillary clinton, jack reed, James Langevin, James Mattis, Mike Pompeo, Ray Trinque, Republican Party, rex tillerson, Scott Pruitt, Steve Bannon, Supreme Court, Tom Price, Warwick Public Library | 3 Responses
By John McDaid on January 22, 2017
An estimated 7,000 people – many wearing pink hats and carrying signs of resistance – packed the State House lawn in Providence this afternoon in the Women’s Rally Providence, organized in solidarity with the Women’s March in Washington. The peaceful two-hour event featured speeches from political leaders, activists, and students, as well as musical performances and thunderous […]
By Nick Inglis on January 18, 2017
This morning I wrote a letter to the members of the RI House Judiciary Committee in advance of their hearing on House Bill 5098, a Bill which would limit access to what is currently considered Public Record in the state of Rhode Island. Read more about it here. I am sharing this letter to draw […]
Posted in Events, Featured, Opinion, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, apra, FOIA, Freedom of Information Act, Government Transparency, House Judiciary Committee, public records | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2017
“I am continually inspired by the power and the strength that keep gathering in this room,” said State Rep Aaron Regunberg “It’s beautiful. This is a beautiful thing.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Education, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, Minimum Wage, National News, People, Poverty, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged aaron regunberg, donald trump, Fair Shot Agenda, Resist Hate RI | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2017
“We depend on this,” said Gina Rombley, “We are a small business. My parents depend on this, my daughter depends on this… You can’t take something away from so many people that need it.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Health Care, Johnston, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged aca, Adam Miner, Affordable Care Act, American College of Physicians, Bernie Sanders, David Cicilline, donald trump, Gina Raimondo, Gina Rombley, jack reed, James Langevin, Jane Hayward, Johnston Senior Center, Joseph Polisena, Maureen Maigret, Medicaid, Medicare, Nitin Damle, obamacare, Rhode Island Health Center Association, Senior Agenda Coalition, Sheldon Whitehouse | 13 Responses
By Mary Pendergast on January 12, 2017
I am Mary Pendergast, a Sister of Mercy, who has been actively opposing the building of a Power Plant in Burrillville.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2017
Powerful business interests spend the day hammering out their legislative priority wishlist and present them directly to elected officials. One-stop shopping.
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Energy, Events, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Bryant University, Bryant University Academic Innovation Center, Center for Women & Enterprise, Daniel DaPonte, Daniel MicKee, Deborah Ruggiero, Dominick Ruggerio, Evan Shanley, Gary Ezovski, Gina Raimondo, Grafton Willey, Jean-Phillippe Barros, John Gregory, john simmons, Joseph McNamara, Len Lardaro, Leonidas Raptakis, Mark Deion, Mary Ann Shallcross Smith, Miriam Ross, Neil Steinberg, Nellie Gorbea, Nicholas Mattiello, Oscar Mejias, Ralph Coppola, Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island Public Expenditures Council, Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit, RIPEC, Robert Lancia, Sandra Cano, senate finance committee, seth magaziner, social safety net, Susan Rittscher, university of rhode island, US Small Business Administration | 4 Responses
‘Unprecedented’ meeting of Burrillville Town and Woonsocket City Councils about water sale to Invenergy
By Steve Ahlquist on December 30, 2016
Burrillville Town Councilor Donald Fox called the meeting “unprecedented,” and it was.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Energy, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Photos, Politics, Video, Woonsocket | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, Christopher Beauchamp, Daniel Gendron, David Place, Denise Sierra, Donald Fox, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Invenergy, James Cournoyer, Jeremy Bailey, John F Pacheco III, jon brien, Lisa Badelli-Hunt, Melissa Murray, Michael McElroy, Michael Wood, Michelle Bouchard, Ray Trinque, Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council, RI Department of Environmental Management, Richard Fagnant, Stephen Rawson, William Dimitri, Woonsocket City Council, Woonsocket City Hall | 1 Response