By Steve Ahlquist on September 9, 2016
Two races of special importance to Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello are being influenced through mailers sent out by a not-so-mysterious group calling themselves “Progress RI” which is funded by the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers (RIBCO).
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Criminal Justice, Democrats, Featured, Gun Control, Media, News, Politics, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged David Coughlin, David Norton, Fund for a Democratic Leadership, jan malik, Jason Knight, Nicholas Mattiello, Progress RI, Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers, Rhode Island Progressives Democrats of America, RIBCO, Richard Ferruccio, RIPDA | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 9, 2016
No press conferences were planned for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. It took the death of police officers to do that. That alone signals our priorities as a culture.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Inequality, National News, News, Photos, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Alton Sterling, Donald Anderson, Eugene Dyszlewski, Gina Raimondo, jack reed, jim vincent, kobi dennis, Moira Walsh, Philando Castile, Sheldon Whitehouse, Steven O'Donnell, Steven Pare | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 1, 2016
“I know here, in your own State House,” said Watts, “you have a speaker, Speaker Mattiello, who has not acted in the wake of gun violence in this country and in fact there have been some domestic violence bills that could have and should have been passed and we hope that he will do the right thing.”
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Featured, Gun Control, National News, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged David Cicilline, moms demand action, Nicholas Mattiello, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Shannon Watts, Under the Gun | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on June 30, 2016
“Sometimes you have to break the rules to stand up for something really important,” said Cicilline, who predicted the Democrats will eventually get the Republicans to vote on the ‘no fly, no buy’ gun safety bill they are angling for.
By Bob Plain on June 27, 2016
This follow-up event is being billed, by Cicilline spokesman Rich Luchette, as an opportunity to “discuss ways for Rhode Islanders to continue to push Republicans in Congress on ‘no fly, no buy’ and universal background checks,” he said.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2016
“We’re not sitting around waiting for our police department or our mayor or someone else to stand up,” said Diana Garlington to the crowd, “We need to stand up. These are our children. These are all of our children.”
By Jeanine Calkin on June 23, 2016
Our current State Senator… holds extreme conservative views. For instance, after the tragic mass shooting in Orlando, I looked up his NRA rating, and I was shocked to learn he has an A+ from the gun lobby.
By Bob Plain on June 23, 2016
Congressional Democrats shut down the U.S. House of Representatives by staging a sit-in on the floor that lasted more than 12 hours, led to disarray and physically prevented Speaker Paul Ryan from conducting business. They were protesting against House Republicans who refuse to allow a vote on a bill that would get guns out of […]
By Bob Plain on June 22, 2016
Rhode Island’s congressmen David Cicilline and Jim Langevin joined John Lewis and other Democrats in a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives to force Republicans to hold a vote on preventing gun sales to suspected terrorists and expanded background checks for potential gun owners. “We are resolved and committed to speaking out […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 21, 2016
Despite the NRA paying a record fine for making illegal campaign donations to Rhode Island politicians, to date, not one current office holder in the state has seen fit to return the money. The National Rifle Association (NRA) was fined by the RI Board of Elections for funneling illegal donations to RI politicians, including House […]
Posted in Elections, Featured, Gun Control, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Domenic Ruggerio, General Assembly, jan malik, Jason Knight, Joseph McNamara, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Michael McCaffrey, National Rifle Association, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, NRA Political Victory Fund PAC, Peter Kilmartin, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RI Board of Elections, RI Democratic Party, Sam Bell | 1 Response
By Moms Demand Action RI on June 20, 2016
Please join the RI chapter of Moms Demand Action for a screening of Under the Gun, the new Katie Couric documentary on June 29 at 7pm Providence. Panel discussion to follow.
Posted in Activism, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Mike the Gun Guy, Rhode Island Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Shannon Watts, Under the Gun | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 15, 2016
Jan Malik “has happily accepted money and support from the NRA and the gun lobby for years. In fact, he currently holds an A+ rating with the NRA.” Knight continued, “But it’s time he stand up for the people of this district and join the fight for common sense measures to prevent further tragedy.
By Ethan Huckel on June 15, 2016
The system is not broken. It is a system of oppression and it is working just fine… Oppression intersects in a vast web. A web that has been skillfully woven to keep power in the hands of the few.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 15, 2016
In the galley, over a half dozen people representing Moms Demand Action stood up and left, tired of the meaningless platitudes and prayers being offered by our legislators.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Gun Control, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Deborah Ruggiero, Jennifer Smith Boylan, moms demand action, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, Pulse, william murphy | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 15, 2016
Rhode Island continues to respond to the terrible events that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in beautiful, moving and powerful ways. Last night hundreds gathered at the Roger Williams National Memorial, the site of our state’s very first Pride event 40 years ago, in solidarity, mourning and empowerment.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Gun Control, LGBT, Youth | Tagged Donna Nesselbush, Ethan Huckel, Fernando Gonzale, Gina Raimondo, Jennifer Smith Boylan, jorge elorza, josh miller, Kate Monteiro, moms demand action, Nicholas Mattiello, Pulse, RI Council for Muslim Advancement, Roger Williams National Memorial, TGI Network of RI, Wendy Manchester Ibrahim, Youth Pride RI, YPI | 2 Responses
By Michael McCarthy on June 14, 2016
What’s on my mind? Guns. Why would that be? If you want my nuanced and deeply personal opinion on guns, you can read this: www.rifuture.org/guns-our-uniquely-american-inheritance Note: In that post I say I love guns; I do. Ever so rarely they are used to kill a really, really tragically deranged and dangerous human being who probably […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 14, 2016
“How am I, a queer person of color, a queer woman of color, supposed to feel safe?” Flores-Maldonado asked, “We need to remember that Stonewall happened because trans-women of color had enough of police riots.”
By Tom Sgouros on June 14, 2016
From here: Soon after Mr. Mateen first opened fire, he was confronted by an armed security guard who was an off-duty police officer, said John Mina, the Orlando police chief, at a news conference Monday morning. They exchanged gunfire. The security guard was then joined by an unknown number of police officers, the first to […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 13, 2016
Rhode Island responds to the Pulse tragedy.
Updated Monday, June13, 5pm
Posted in Gun Control, LGBT, News, State House | Tagged AIDS Project RI, Barrack Obama, David Cicilline, Family Services of RI, Gina Raimondo, jack reed, Nicholas Mattiello, Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free Rhode Island, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RI Pride, RICAGV | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 12, 2016
Our hearts are with our Florida brothers and sisters, their families and all those affected by this senseless act. We lament the agonizing loss of life, and we are renewed in our commitment to create a safer world.