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 | 1 Response
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 | 2 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 | 12 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
By Steve Ahlquist on December 23, 2016
“We light these lights for the spirit of resilience that remains after our strength has ebbed away, with the steadfast knowledge that even as the bullets echo repeatedly on bodies lying in the street, that the impunity of the powerful cannot last forever.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, History, Holidays, Immigration, Inequality, International News, News, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged Burnside Park, donald trump, Jean Riesman, Jewish Voice for Peace Rhode Island, JVP, Kathy Lessuck, Living Menorah, Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 19, 2016
In Rhode Island, all four electors, Clay Pell, Frank Montanaro, Susan Weiner and Grace Diaz, are pledged to Hillary Clinton, but none of those protesting outside seemed to think that meant they could stay inside where it was warm.
Posted in Activism, Elections, Events, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Politics, State House | Tagged Americans Take Action, clay pell, Democracy Spring, donald trump, Electoral College, Electoral College Petition, Frank Montanaro, grace diaz, hillary clinton, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Susan Weiner | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 18, 2016
“I am aware the weather may not be favorable, but please do not let rain stop you!” wrote Eva, on of the organizers, “It is all the more reason to stand in prayer for those that are freezing with only the clothes on their backs and no shelter in winter weather. (Yes, it is winter in Syria.)”
Posted in Events, Featured, Immigration, International News, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, State House, Video | Tagged Bashar al-Assad, donald trump, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, RICMA, Russia, syria, Syrian refugees, Vladimir Putin | 1 Response
By Bella Robinson on December 14, 2016
We’re holding this vigil to show that sex workers deserve to not only live and work with dignity and in safe conditions but that we also need equal protection under the law.
Posted in Civil Rights, Events, Featured, News, Rhode Island, Sex Work | Tagged COYOTE RI, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, PrYSM, Sex Workers Outreach Project, SWOP | Leave a response
By New Leaders Council RI on December 12, 2016
Election Day has changed all of us here at New Leaders Council (NLC) Rhode Island. We have spent the last month reflecting deeply about our organization’s role in the future of our state and country. We have been asking ourselves which direction we must take in order to preserve our state’s progressive values and how we will continue to move forward despite unimagined circumstances.
By Steve Ahlquist on December 11, 2016
“The only way to protect our communities from what may be coming is to come together and fight,” said Representative Aaron Regunberg, one of the founders of Resist Hate RI.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Education, Environmental Racism, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Labor, National News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Hope High School, Jeanine Calkin, Laufton Ascencao-Longo, Resist Hate RI | Leave a response
Demonstration at Home Depot: #MigrantBoycott seeks to leverage the economic power of undocumented workers
By Steve Ahlquist on December 3, 2016
The event was entirely peaceful. Customer reaction ranged from supportive to annoyed. One man started pumping his hand in the air saying “Trump! Trump! Trump!” the latest form of racial invective.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Events, Immigration, National News, Photos, Providence, Video | Tagged #MigrantBoycott, Bernie Marcus, Cosecha Providence, donald trump, Home Depot, Movimiento Cosecha | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 2, 2016
This is Rhode Island. Feel proud.
Posted in Activism, Events, Featured, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged aaron regurnberg, alan flam, Faissal Elansari, Lex Rofes, Marty Cooper, Masjid Al-Kareem, Michelle Dardashti, Wendy Manchester Ibrahim | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 1, 2016
“We are living in frightening times and it is important to us that you know that we all stand with the Muslim community. Freedom to worship is a fundamental American principle guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Religious pluralism is a strength and a source of pride for our state and our nation. Our state is stronger because of your presence here.”
Posted in Events, Featured, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Bill of Rights, Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island, Donald Anderson, Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, Marty Cooper, Masjid al Kareem Mosque, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Sarah Mack | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 30, 2016
Four people with the FANG Collective locked themselves to the outside entrance to the TD Bank in downtown Providence Wednesday morning, to protest the bank’s role in financing the contentious Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Aaron Jaenig, Arely Díaz, Ash Trull, Cris Martínez, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, FANG Collective, jorge elorza, Justice Gaines, Raymond Two Hawks Watson, Sacred Stone Camp, Standing Rock, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, TD Bank | 4 Responses