By Steve Ahlquist on May 27, 2016
Rep Cale Keable’s bill, H8240, which would give the voters in Burrillville the ability to approve or reject any tax treaty the town council negotiates with Invenergy concerning the proposed fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant, is due for a vote Tuesday at the rise of the House.
Posted in cities and towns, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged burrillville, cale keable, Invenergy, Paul Fogarty | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 27, 2016
The State House rally against Invenergy’s proposed fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant became confrontational as counter-protesters, identifying themselves as Building Trades union members, disrupted the proceedings by holding signs in front of speaker’s faces and attempting to grab the microphone.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Labor, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged cale keable, Donna Woods, Invenergy, Jason Olkowski, Jeremy Bailey, Keep Burrillville Beautifu, Michael Sabitoni, Nick Katkevich, Paul Fogarty, Paul Roselli | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on May 27, 2016
Textron CEO Scott Donnelly is the second highest paid corporate executive in Rhode Island on a list produced by the Associated Press this week. Donnelly is paid $12.2 million, according to the AP, in “salary, bonus, perks, stock awards, stock option awards, deferred compensation and other pay components that include benefits and perks.” Larry Merlo, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 26, 2016
John Niland has been Invenergy’s front man for a proposed fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant in Burrillville. His messaging is always very careful and measured. Still, over the course of his short talk, he did reveal some interesting nuggets of information.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure | Tagged Brian Newberry, Clear River, Clear River Energy Center, Energy Facility Siting Board, Invenergy, ISO Forward Capacity Auction, John Niland, Kirkbrae Country Club, lisa baldelli hunt, michael marcello, MTBE, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 26, 2016
Sound: A resident demonstrated the noise levels Burrillville residents experience nightly, to the consternation of the town council. Fury: There was a call for the immediate dismissal of the town manager and a call to defend the First Amendment.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Video | Tagged Barry Craig, Burrillville Farmers' Market, Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, Christopher Watson, Deb Yablonski, Invenergy, Jan Luby, Jeremy Bailey, John Pacheco, Kathy Sherman, lauren niedel, Michael Wood, Nicholas Cook, Oleg Nikolyszyn, Open Meetings Act, spectra, Stephanie Sloman | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on May 26, 2016
Pia Ward has personal reasons for protesting Textron’s cluster bombs. She grew up in Beirut, Lebanon and as a young girl collected the military ordnance strewn across the countryside. “My dad said ‘don’t pick up anything that’s live,’” she said, showing off what she described as an expired Israeli landmine found in Beirut during the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 25, 2016
In many ways, the commentary on the ProJo site is the worst thing about the once great newspaper. I’d think twice about drawing attention to it if I were the paper’s editor.
By ACLU of RI on May 25, 2016
Today’s ruling concluded that Cranston artificially inflated the population count of Ward 6, where the ACI is located, by treating all incarcerated persons as “residents” of the prison for redistricting purposes. Doing so, said the court, violates the rights of persons residing in other wards to equal representation as required by the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.
Posted in Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, Voting | Tagged ACI, ACLU of Rhode Island, ACLU's Voting Rights Project, Adam Lioz, Adult Correctional Institutions, Aleks Kajstura, American Civil Liberties Union, Census Bureau, Davidson et. al. v. City of Cranston, Debbie Flitman, Demos, Equal Protection Clause, Eugene Perry, Karen Davidson, lynette labinger, prison gerrymandering, Prison policy initiative, Ronald Lagueux, Sean Young, Steven Brown, Sylvia Weber | 1 Response
By Resist AIM on May 25, 2016
Two people courageously locked themselves into a renewable-energy powered, 20-ft recycled shipping-container home at the work site, directly on the Spectra Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) Pipeline route.
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, Photos | Tagged AIM Pipeline, Algonquin Incremental Market, Andrew Cuomo, Beyond Extreme Energy, Charles Schumer, Cove Point LNG, Dominion, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, Jane Kendall, Kirsten Gillibrand, Lee Stewart, Marylee Hanley, NRC, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Resist AIM, spectra | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on May 24, 2016
Amnesty International is the latest humanitarian organization to call out Textron for providing cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. A new report from AI says cluster bomb evidence found in Yemen was “manufactured by Textron Defense Systems,” a Massachusetts subsidiary of the Rhode Island-based conglomerate. “The presence of dud skeet submunitions in Yemen which have failed […]
By RI State Council of Churches on May 24, 2016
“Signs on our front lawns is one positive way to demonstrate a caring spirit towards Muslim Rhode Islanders. We’re asking individuals, families and faith communities to place a ‘Blessed Ramadan’ sign near their front doors during the month of Ramadan as a gesture of witness and welcome.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Barbara Scott, Paul Alexander, Religions for Peace, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, RISCC | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 24, 2016
The residents of Burrillville, conscripted as actors in this this production, are changing the script even as the play is being performed. The production is going awry, and getting it back on course may prove to be impossible.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Video | Tagged Andrew Hessler, Anita Bevans, Barry Craig, Brian Sclofield, cale keable, Christopher Aubin, Cynthia Crook-Pick, David Esten, Debbie Krieg, Deborah Yablonski, Don Allen, Donald Champiany, Earl McWilliams, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Erin Olkowski, Ewa Roselli, Frances DiPoiceglia, Gina Raimondo, goldman sachs, Greg Mancini, Invenergy, Jaimie Tessier, James Libby, janet coit, Jennifer Bailey, John Niland, John Scott, Judy Aubin, Justin Kelley, Ken Putnam Jr, Kevin Frenette, Leigh Gilbert, Lisa Petrie, Lynn Clark, Margaret Curran, Mike Lamoureux, MTBE, Norman Desjarlais, Parag Agrawal, Paul A. Roselli, Paul Fogarty, Paul Lander, Ron Lizotte, Roy Colombe, Stacy Slekis, Stephanie Sloman, Terri Lacey, Thomas Trimble | 1 Response
By Alexander Sharp on May 24, 2016
Rev. Alexander Sharp, of Clergy for a New Drug Policy, wrote this open letter to Bishop Thomas Tobin, the head of the Catholic Church in Rhode Island who recently asked state legislators in a blog post not to make marijuana legal. Dear Bishop Tobin, On May 10, you asserted in a public commentary that all […]
By Andrew Stewart on May 24, 2016
Last week, the Vanguard Group, a major investment management firm, thought it was being hip and trendy by opening its Twitter feed for an Ask Me Anything session wherein clients could post public questions. This did not go as they hoped, with users turning the opportunity into an effort to promote transparency and corporate political […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 23, 2016
After the quarter mile walk the marchers were told that the board room was filled to capacity and that many people, including the elderly and disabled, might have to wait in the hallway for their turn to participate in the public comment portion of the meeting.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Disability Services, Events, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, News, Rhode Island, Transportation | Tagged Artemis, McAuley House, Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority, RIPTA | Leave a response
By Samuel Bell on May 23, 2016
When we talk about the Rhode Island economy, we tend to focus mostly on what’s going on in the public sector and the corporate sector. It’s easy to forget about ordinary households. But individual consumers form the heart of our economy. We are the ones who power growth, and when numbers move in the behemoth […]
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on May 23, 2016
Last Wednesday, the #RubberStampRebellion participated in a #FlushTheTPP protest, exposing the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (USITC) report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as a cover-up of a transnational, corporate coup d’état. The USITC’s Economic Impact Report glorifies the TPP and fails to mention that it will significantly worsen the economic impact of the climate crisis. In response, TPP […]
By Bob Plain on May 23, 2016
Shirley Lomba is a caregiver at Bannister House, a nursing home in Providence. She’s paid $10.90 an hour and takes home about $220 a week. Her mortgage alone, $900 a month, costs more than that. “Who am I paying this week?” Lomba said, explaining her economic plight in a new video produced by SEIU 1199, […]
By Barry Schiller on May 23, 2016
The $5.6 billion is the total expected spending over 10 years in a draft Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) for highways and transit going to public hearings on Thursday, May 26 (2pm and 6:30pm in the DOA Building on Smith St.) The draft documents have about 500 pages so it is not easy to review, but […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 21, 2016
“Despite its imperfections,” says CLF Senior Attorney Jerry Elmer, “the Keable Bill is an excellent bill that ought to be supported by enviros, because… it makes it much less likely that the Invenergy plant will be built.”
Posted in cities and towns, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Opinion, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, Capacity Supply Obligation, CLF, commerce corporation, Conservation Law Foundation, CSO, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, FCA, Forward Capacity Auction, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, ISO, Jerry Elmer | 3 Responses