By Andrew Stewart on August 31, 2015
It’s a hot August day in Providence. Campaign Zero has just released a platform of demands the #BlackLivesMatter movement sees as tenable demands to reform the police and judicial system. I meet with activist Kobi Dennis at his office at the Broad Street Salvation Army for an interview. He is welcoming and open to all […]
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 | 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 Elisha Aldrich on August 28, 2015
Scott Wolf, the executive director of Grow Smart Rhode Island, said there were some big wins for sustainable and equitable development in the last legislative session. RhodeMapRI was not one of them, he acknowledged. “A lot of the economic development proposals that we thought were good for smart growth passed,” Wolf said. “Those are embodied […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Featured, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged development, Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Gina Raimondo, Grow Smart RI, GrowSmart, Rhode Works, RhodeMap, Scott Wolf, smart growth, urban, urban redevelopment | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on August 28, 2015
On August 28, 2005, ten years ago today, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin issued a mandatory evacuation order to the residents of one of America’s oldest cities. But due to infrastructure failure and mismanagement on the part of the state and federal government, the next days and weeks were defined as some of the worst […]
By Elisha Aldrich on August 27, 2015
A recent Gallup poll revealed that Rhode Island has the lowest uninsured rate in the country, at 2.7 percent, as well as one of five states that saw its uninsured rate decline by 10 points or more. But, how did that happen? Anya Wallack, director of HealthSourceRI, was able to provide some answers. “You come […]
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Rhode Island | Tagged affordable care, Affordable Care Act, Anya Wallack, Health, health exchange, healthcare, healthsource ri, insurance exchange, Lincoln Chafee, Medicaid, obamacare | Leave a response
By transportprovidence on August 26, 2015
What do we want? Free parking! What? Greater City Providence deserves journalistic credit for picking up on a story about graduate student organizing at URI and connecting the dots about how those demands impact environmental planning goals. I wanted to make a specific repost here, as well as add a few thoughts of my own, […]
By RI Future on August 26, 2015
Associate Judge William C. Clifton of Rhode Island’s District Court handed down his verdict in the case Curt Nordgaard, and Peter Nightingale, who were arrested after locking themselves to the front gate at the site of Spectra Energy’s compressor station in Burrillville, Rhode Island in a direct action organized by Fighting Against Natural Gas (FANG).
Charges of disorderly conduct were dismissed; charges of willful trespass resulted in a one-year “filing,” which means that these cases will be dismissed if the defendants come into no further conflict with the law.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Economy, Elections, Energy, Environment, Featured, International News, National News, News, People, Rhode Island | Tagged burrillville, Curtis Nordgaard, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free rhode island, fracking, Peter Nightingale, Spectra Energy Compressor Station, William C. Clifton | 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 Mark Binder on August 25, 2015
Perhaps there is something in the water on Smith Hill that infects speakers of the Rhode Island House with hubris. Perhaps it’s a side effect of suddenly being called, “The most powerful politician in Rhode Island.” Keeping in mind that the speaker is not elected to his office by the citizens, but anointed by his […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Sports | Tagged 38 Studios, baseball, Dumb, financial incentives, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, I-195 Commission, PawSox, pawtucket red sox, Red Sox, tax breaks | 2 Responses
By Rachel Simon on August 25, 2015
August 25th brings a nationwide direct action effort, building solidarity and organizing coalitions to end the rampant violence targeting trans women of color. The past month has seen a marked increase in the already-high rate of murders targeting this community, leading groundbreaking actress and activist Laverne Cox to declare a state of emergency for trans communities […]
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 Dan Lawlor on August 24, 2015
6,864 young Rhode Islanders attended public school buildings that the state declared, “need major renovations or need to be replaced,” according to a 2013 RIDE report that detailed more than $1.7 billion in repairs needed to ensure the health and safety of students, teachers, staff and families in all Rhode Island public schools. In Pawtucket alone, over $108 […]
By Andrew Stewart on August 23, 2015
The new documentary BEST OF ENEMIES (dirs. Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon) is one of those films that is both intellectually stimulating and wickedly entertaining, a picture that makes one laugh out loud multiple times while also causing serious thought. Rarely do we see such fare, which is why I highly recommend it. BEST OF ENEMIES is […]
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 21, 2015
As Rhode Island considers moving forward with several large scale natural gas projects, including an expanded pipeline in Burrillville, a new energy plant in Burrillville, and a liquefaction facility in South Providence, it seemed appropriate to ask representatives from business, labor, government and environmental groups for their comments on this report.
Posted in Climate Change, Economic Development, Economy, Energy, Environment, Featured, Rhode Island | Tagged Colorado State University, David Graves, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, fossil free ri, fracked gas, fracking, Gina Raimondo, methane, Michael Sabitoni, national grid, natural gas, Peter Nightingale, RI Building & Construction Trades Council, Robert Howarth | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on August 21, 2015
I work on the water just south of the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge in the West Passage of Narragansett Bay. On most days, I enjoy the best views of Rhode Island. Recently though, it became the most tragic scene I can imagine.
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