By Steve Ahlquist on February 14, 2017
Representative Teresa Tanzi has introduced legislation that seeks to protect the victims of domestic abuse by taking firearms out of the hands of abusers.
Posted in Domestic Violence, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Rhode Island | Tagged Deborah DeBare, domestic violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, Jennifer Smith Boylan, Jerry Belair, Protect Rhode Island Families Act, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICADV, RICAGV, Teresa Tanzi | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 29, 2017
One thing became very clear, very quickly: People wanted Whitehouse to actively push back against Trump, and they do not expect compromise or any more “Yes” votes on Trump’s cabinet picks.
Posted in Congress, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, National News, News, Video | Tagged ACLU, Barbara Mikulski, Bernie Sanders, Central Intelligence Agaency, cia, David Cicilline, Democratic Party, Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS, donald trump, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, hillary clinton, jack reed, James Langevin, James Mattis, Mike Pompeo, Ray Trinque, Republican Party, rex tillerson, Scott Pruitt, Steve Bannon, Supreme Court, Tom Price, Warwick Public Library | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 16, 2016
“The results of the recent election isn’t going to erode our core beliefs. It’s not going to weaken our commitment to our core beliefs.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged David Cicilline, donald trump, First Unitarian Church of Providence, Gina Raimondo, Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free Rhode Island, seth magaziner | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 11, 2016
“The only way to protect our communities from what may be coming is to come together and fight,” said Representative Aaron Regunberg, one of the founders of Resist Hate RI.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Education, Environmental Racism, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Labor, National News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Hope High School, Jeanine Calkin, Laufton Ascencao-Longo, Resist Hate RI | Leave a response
By Jennifer Boylan on October 23, 2016
So what has Rhode Island’s General Assembly been doing about gun violence? So far, virtually nothing.
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, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Media, News, Politics, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged David Coughlin, David Norton, jan malik, Jason Knight, Nicholas Mattiello, 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, 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, Featured, Gun Control, National News, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged David Cicilline, moms demand action, Nicholas Mattiello, 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 General Assembly, jan malik, Jason Knight, Joseph McNamara, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Michael McCaffrey, National Rifle Association, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, 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.
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, LGBTQ, Youth | Tagged Donna Nesselbush, Ethan Huckel, Gina Raimondo, Jennifer Smith Boylan, jorge elorza, josh miller, Kate Monteiro, moms demand action, Nicholas Mattiello, Pulse, RI Council for Muslim Advancement, TGI Network of RI, YPI | 2 Responses