By Steve Ahlquist on October 21, 2016
Picking tomatoes in the 90 to 100 degree fields of Florida, without clean water, shade from the brutal sun or decent toilets made work an exercise that lacked dignity. The workers were subjected to the casual cruelty and violence of supervisors, many who thought little of striking a worker in their charge. Wage theft and sexual abuse were rampant, and there was no one to report these crimes to.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Labor, National News, Video, Women | Tagged AFF, Alliance for Fair Food, Behind the Braids, CIW, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Julia de la Cruz, Patricia Cipollitti, wendys, Worker Driven Social Responsibility | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on October 21, 2016
Question 2 on Rhode Island’s ballot this election asks voters if the state Ethics Commission should have restored authority over state legislators that a 2009 lawsuit stripped away. While on its face it may seem like any increased oversight of the often ethically-challenged General Assembly would be a step in the right direction, there are […]
Posted in Campaign 2016, Featured, State House | Tagged common cause, Common Cause RI, Ethics, Ethics Commission, No on 2, Question 2, RI ACLU, speech in debate, state house, Yes on 2 | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on October 20, 2016
Two anti-pipeline activists temporarily shut down TD Bank in downtown Providence by locking themselves to a front door using elaborate cement and rebar tubes to prevent authorities from removing them.
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, corporate greed, Environment, Environmental Racism, Featured, Infrastructure | Tagged Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, FANG Collective, Krystal Two Bulls, Laura Borth, Red Warrior Camp, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Steve Davis, TD Bank | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 20, 2016
On Tuesday night the North Smithfield Town Council voted unanimously to oppose Invenergy’s $700 million fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant, and on Wednesday evening a second unanimous vote opposing the power plant happened in Lincoln.
Posted in cities and towns, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Featured, Video | Tagged burrillville, Burrillville Town Council, Central Falls, Cranston, Denise Potvin, Glocester Town Council, Invenergy, Lincoln, Lincoln Town Council, Lorraine Savard, middletown, Middletown Town Council, North Smithfield Town Council, Rhoda-Ann Northrup, Suzanne Dumas | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on October 18, 2016
There are two University of Rhode Island projects that would benefit if voters pass Question 4 on the statewide ballot this November. One is a $25.5 million upgrade to Bliss Hall, a prominent classroom building on the Quadrangle at the center of campus that was built in 1929, and “hasn’t really been renovated since then,” […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 17, 2016
Think of it as the “Deepwater Wind” of health care: Innovation, starting in Rhode Island, that could be a model for the world. That’s how revolutionary the concept of the Neighborhood Health Station could be, and the first one is being rolled out in Central Falls.
Posted in Central Falls, Featured, Health Care, News, Rhode Island, Social Services, Video | Tagged Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Brown University, BVCHC, Central Falls, Central Falls High School, David Cicilline, james diossa, Medicare for All, Michael Fine, Neighborhood Health Station, pablo rodriguez, Rhode Island Department of Health, RIDOH, single payer | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on October 17, 2016
Black Rhode Islanders are almost three times as likely to be arrested for drug charges than white Rhode Islanders, according to a new analysis by the American Civil Liberties Association of Rhode Island. “The glaring racial disparities in enforcement of these laws have been going on for too long and must be addressed,” said Steven […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 16, 2016
“We oppose the damaging idea of moving the state’s bus hub to a worse location far from downtown, and pushing people without homes into other parts of Providence without adequate services.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Poverty, Providence, Transportation | Tagged Burnside Park, kennedy plaza, Occupy Providence, Randall Rose, RIPTA Riders Alliance | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 15, 2016
Three business owners, Rosinha Benros, Phyllis Arffa and John Arcaro, spoke at the protest, and their stories are troubling. Each claim that their businesses were destroyed by the actions of their landlord, Lance Robbins.
Posted in Activism, corporate greed, Economic Development, Featured, News, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged David Coughlin, David Norton, Hope Artiste Village, John Arcaro, Lance Robbins, Lori Barden, Phyllis Arffa, R.I. Commerce Corporation, Rebuild RI, Rosinha Benros, Urban Smart Growth | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 15, 2016
About four dozen people managed to serve about 300 meals in two hours. During that time it was not our difference that mattered, it was our shared humanity.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Homelessness, Immigration, Inequality, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged AHOPE, Americans Helping Others ProspEr, Cathedral Square, Islamic School of Rhode Island, MAE organization for the Homeless, Masjid al-Islam, Rhode Island Belleza Latina, Rhode Island Miss Galaxy, Universalist Unitarian Church | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 14, 2016
Regarding National Grid’s contractor, Kiewit, said spokesperson Dabid Graves, it appears that building an access road and beginning work on the liquefaction facility “are one and the same, which is not the case.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Environmental Racism, Featured, News, Providence | Tagged David Graves, DEM, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, fields point, Kiewit, national grid, Public Involvement Plan | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 13, 2016
Amid audience shouts of “Shame on you!” and “Merry Christmas, Invenergy!” the Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) voted unanimously to grant Invenergy a 90 day suspension on their application to build a $700 million fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant in Burrillville, effectively quadrupling Invenergy’s previous 30 day extension.
Posted in Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Video | Tagged Alan Shoer, burrillville, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Harrisville, Invenergy, janet coit, Jerry Elmer, Margaret Curran, Michael McElroy, Parag Agrawal, pascoag, Woonsocket | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on October 13, 2016
Tara D’Ambra and her 11-year-old daughter Olivia know exactly why Lucy’s Hearth, a women’s shelter in Middletown, needed a new home. “I lost my job and just wasn’t able to sustain my apartment,” she explained. It was 2007, and she found refuge at Lucy’s Hearth. While the staff was excellent, D’Ambra said, “the building was […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 12, 2016
National Grid’s proposed pipeline tariff, now under an indefinite stay per the Public Utilities Commission here in Rhode Island, was rejected in New Hampshire last week.
Posted in Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Maine, Massachusetts, National News, New Hampshire | Tagged Access Northeast pipeline, Algonquin, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EDC, electric distribution company, Eversource, Eversource Energy, Maine Public Utilities commission, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, national grid, New Hampshire, New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, NHPUC, pipeline tariff, Public Utilities Commission, puc, Rhode Island, RIPUC, spectra, Spectra Energy Corp | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 11, 2016
Eight power plants currently litter a 31 mile expanse of pipeline, from Killingly, Connecticut, through Rhode Island, to Medway, Massachusetts. Burrillville will be power plant number nine and Killingly is the proposed site of power plant number ten.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Connecticut, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, National News | Tagged Bafflin Sanctuary, Connecticut Siting Council, Danny Rovero, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Killingly, Killingly Energy Center, Lake Road Generating Facility, Mae Flexer, Medway, Not Another Power Plant, NTE Energy, Pomfret Audubon Society, Quinebaug River, the Airline Trail, Wyndham County, Wyndham Land Trust | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 11, 2016
Though the Middletown Town Council was the first municipality in Rhode Island to take up the issue of whether or not to support the Burrillville Town Council in opposition to Invenergy’s proposed $700 million fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant, on Thursday the Glocester Town Council became the first municipality in the state to pass it.
Posted in cities and towns, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, Energy Facilities Siting Board, George Steere, Glocester Town Council, Invenergy, Middletown Town Council, Reichert & Sons Fuel Oil Inc, Walter MO Steere, William Reichart | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 10, 2016
For its 9th Annual Festival PRONK! partnered with the STEP UP Coalition to support to the Community Safety Act. The goal of the collaboration was “to use music, dance and art to bring attention to injustices and inequalities in our city and encourage people across Providence to stand behind the legislation.”
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Inequality, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged afsc, American Friends Service Committee, Community Safety Act, CSA, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Extraordinary Rendition Band, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Kickin' Brass, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, ona, PRONK!, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Step-Up Coalition, What Cheer Brigade | 1 Response
By Samuel Bell on October 10, 2016
Jeanine Calkin’s upset win over Senate President Pro Tem Bill Walaska was a centerpiece of the progressive movement’s wave of victories in this year’s primaries. For a behind the scenes look at the Calkin campaign, RI Future sat down with Campaign Manager Capri Catanzaro.
By Michael Kennedy on October 10, 2016
Professor Michael D. Kennedy asks, “When Trump loses, do you think his supporters will retreat to their private resentments for the erosion of white privilege in America?”
By Steve Ahlquist on October 6, 2016
46 percent of Catholic likely voters support Clinton, while 40 percent support Trump.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Race & Racism, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, White House, Women, Youth | Tagged Bishop Tobin, Catholics for Choice, donald trump, hillary clinton, Jon O’Brien, Mike Pence, tim kaine | Leave a response