By Jonathan Jacobs on July 24, 2016
As the landscapes of media and communication continue to evolve, the lines between news, opinion and entertainment are blurring quicker than society can vet facts. Thus, there seems to be confusion over what is unsafe and what is uncomfortable. While the two concepts are not mutually exclusive, it is imperative to understand that neither are […]
By John McDaid on July 24, 2016
It was, at times, a tense afternoon on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia as the party publicly questioned its superdelegate process. Rhode Island Rep. Aaron Regunberg had the honor of introducing the first amendment to the Rules Committee meeting that would have eliminated superdelegates outright. It won 58 votes, not […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 23, 2016
Though the recent DNC email Wikileaks dump seems to show that high level DNC operatives work working for Clinton, in violation of party rules, RI Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea does not seem to have been involved.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Democratic National Convention, Democrats, Elections, Featured, National News, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Voting | Tagged Bernie Sanders, Democratic National Committee, dnc, Eric Walker, Erin Wilson, Gina Raimondo, hillary clinton, Luis Miranda, Nellie Gorbea, Nicole Lagace, Pratt Wiley, Raul Alvillar, RI Board of Elections, Wikileaks | 6 Responses
By Bob Plain on July 22, 2016
A subcommittee of the Providence City Council is slated to consider on September 1 the Community Safety Act – a proposed bill that would make police officers more accountable to the people they detain and reduce racial and other forms of discrimination. A coalition of community groups called the Step Up Network have launched a […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged afsc, Community Safety Act, DARE, ona, PrYSM, STEP-UP Network, White Noise Collective | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on July 22, 2016
Even typically soft-spoken Senator Jack Reed is speaking out against Donald Trump. “Donald Trump’s world view starts with Donald Trump, ends with Donald Trump and there is nothing in between,” Reed said. “He is combustible, impulsive, narcissistic and he could be a threat to our national security.” Rhode Island’s senior senator, the highest ranking Democrat […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 22, 2016
“We need police accountability now because no one feels safe in our community,” said Community Safety Act Campaign Coordinator, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged black lives matter, Cathedral Square, Community Safety Act, CSA, FANG Collective, Helen McDonald, jorge elorza, July 21 Collective Action for Freedom, kennedy plaza, Luis Aponte, Movement for Black Lives, Nick Katkevich, PERA, Providence City Council, Providence City Hall, Providence External Review Authority, Providence Public Safety Complex, seth yurdin, Step Up Coalition to Pass the Community Safety Act, Steven Pare, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado, White Noise Collective RI | 7 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on July 22, 2016
The chronicle of Cape Verdeans, who celebrated their Independence Day this month, in the Ocean State has proven to be one of the most impressive demographic stories, with local African American leaders like scholar Bela Teixeira, labor organizer Mike Araujo, and NAACP President Jim Vincent all tracing roots to the island nation. Now a documentary […]
By Michael Kennedy on July 21, 2016
We can no longer distinguish Republican and Democratic parties with conservative and liberal labels. Too many Republicans proud of their conservative pedigree have distanced themselves from the party that Donald Trump now leads. Democrats now prefer the term progressive, but it’s not obvious that all those who supported Bernie Sanders will embrace Hillary Clinton despite […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 21, 2016
“…even when they don’t end up tipping the balance,” said Representative Aaron Regunberg, “the mere existence of superdelegates adds to the perception among many voters that the political system is rigged.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, Democratic National Convention, Democrats, Elections, Featured, National News, News | Tagged aaron regunberg, Center for Popular Democracy, Courage Campaign, Credo, Daily Kos, Demand Progress/Rootstrikers, Democracy for America, democratic national convention, Democratic Party, MoveOn, National Nurses United, New Democrat Network, Other 98%, Presente, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Progressive Democrats of America, Social Security Works, superdelegates | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 21, 2016
The energy required to power National Grid’s proposed liquefaction facility is equivalent to half of the energy to be generated by Deepwater Wind.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Infrastructure, Narragansett Bay, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged 2016-07-21 Toxic Tour 015Motiva Enterprises LLC, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, FANG Collective, green party, jill stein, Julian Rodríguez-Drix, Laura Perez, national grid, Raymond Two-Hawks, Rhode Island Recycled Metals, Sheila Calderone, Sherrie Anne Andre, Spectra Energy, Univar | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on July 20, 2016
Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea described it as “the most progressive platform ever put forward by an American political party.” Sen. Bernie Sanders said, “Our job now is to see that platform implemented by a Democratically controlled Senate [and] a Democratically controlled House.” Yet one small detail might have Gov. Gina Raimondo nervous. In between […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 19, 2016
“Under where we are standing there is shell ledge and bedrock that is permeated with gasoline,” said Thomas Sylvester, “we speak about MTBE but really what we’re talking about is a gas spill.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged burrillville, ExxonMobil, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, MTBE, Thomas Sylvester | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 19, 2016
Time and again Governor Raimondo assured the people that the power plant was “not a done deal.” For the first time the governor publicly walked back her support for the plant, saying that it was important that she maintain neutrality during the process of approving the plant.
Posted in cities and towns, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Burrillville High School, cale keable, Dave Layman, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, FANG Collective, Gina Raimondo, goldman sachs, Invenergy, Kathy Martley, national grid, Nick Katkevich, norman rockwell, Paul Fogarty | 6 Responses
By Bob Plain on July 18, 2016
Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president, isn’t coming to Rhode Island on July 20 to hob-nob with the political elite. She’s coming to stand with grassroots activists who are trying to implement bottom-up change in the Ocean State. “Dr. Stein will join NoLNGinPVD activists for a toxic tour of the Port of Providence […]
Posted in Campaign 2016, Elections, Energy, Environment, Featured | Tagged Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, fang, fields point, green party, green party of rhode island, jill stein, lng | Leave a response
By Barry Schiller on July 18, 2016
Despite much wringing of hands and awarding of tax breaks to various upper income and business folks, we Rhode Islanders are told our business climate IS still at the bottom. Thus I propose these seven modest suggestions for addressing this problem. 1. Ban any pro-union advocacy opinions in the state’s media. While talk radio mostly […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 16, 2016
The march serves as a greeting of sorts to Governor Gina Raimondo, as she is scheduled to meet with Burrillvillians at the Burrillville High School on Monday night at 6pm.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged burrillville, FANG Collective, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, MTBE | 2 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on July 15, 2016
The answer to why public school teachers are absent so often is easily explained if you ever walk into our under-funded school buildings that have gone decades without serious renovations and are host to a variety of workplace hazards. Perhaps Gov. Raimondo is right to be concerned. “I use the example that our buildings are […]
By Conservation Law Foundation on July 15, 2016
Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) announced a historic settlement agreement today in its lawsuit against the owners and operators of Central Landfill in Johnston, Rhode Island.
Posted in Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island | Tagged BGS, Broadrock Gas Services LLC, Central Landfill in Johnston, Clean Air Act, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, Max Greene, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island LFG Genco LLC, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, RIDEM, RILG, RIRRC | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on July 15, 2016
Hate and intolerance left a visible stain on a mosque in the otherwise tranquil and enlightened village of Kingston, Rhode Island on Thursday night. Masjid al Hoda, also known as the Muslim Community Center of Kingston, was vandalized at around 11 pm, according to South Kingstown police. The mosque is near the University of Rhode […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2016
Having visited Burrillville many times myself, and having met and chatted with dozens of residents there, I can safely say that the Governor can expect a strong rebuttal to her support for the plant, but also a courteous and respectful reception.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, National News, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged BASE, burrillville, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, EFSB, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Kathy Martley, nergy Facilities Siting Board, RIDEM | 2 Responses