By Steve Ahlquist on October 3, 2015
The Bloodstained Men & Their Friends, a traveling anti-circumcision protest group, set up outside Providence Place Mall yesterday in concert with Intact Rhode Island. Both groups have held protests in the past, but this year report that their message was greeted with more thoughtful consideration and less incoherent invective than in the past.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 30, 2015
On the same day that Republicans in Congress were embarrassing themselves with a woefully ill-prepared and ill-considered interrogation of Planned Parenthood’s President Cecile Richards, supporters all over the country gathered in groups large and small to show their support for the women’s health organization. In Rhode Island, about 30 supporters gathered at the State House to […]
Posted in Activism, Congress, Featured, Health Care, National News, Photos, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged gayle goldin, James Rhodes, Jessan Dunn Otis, Lucy Burdick, Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 25, 2015
Two women not allowed to speak at the United Nations held a forum on global women labor rights while Pope Francis addressed the General Assembly in New York City. Why are their voices marginalized?
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Education, Events, Featured, Health Care, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, News, Poverty, Race & Racism, reproductive freedom, Women | Tagged amnesty international, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, AWAJ, Chaumtoli Huq, Eni Lestari, IMA, International Migrants Alliance, Kate Lappin, Law and Development, Law@theMargins, Nazma Akter, pivot to Asia, pope francis, united nations, walmart | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2015
The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America (RIPDA) are holding their annual fundraiser Thursday, September 17 from 5:30-8:30pm at Ogie’s Trailer Park, 1155 Westminster St in Providence. This year, they’re honoring Mike Araujo of the Restaurant Opportunities Center and the One Fair Wage Coalition with the Progressive Hero award.
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By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2015
This year’s theme for AIDS Walk RI was “Keeping Hope Alive” and despite the reality of nearly 100 new cases of HIV being diagnosed in our state every year, there is hope that one day HIV will be eradicated.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Health Care, History, LGBT, Photos, Video | Tagged AIDS Care Ocean State, AIDS Project Rhode Island, David Cicilline, Guy Abelson, Hope Harris, Hope Harris Award, jorge elorza, Nicole Alexander-Scott, Paul Fitzgerald, Philip Chan, PrEP, Providence Gay Men's Chorus, RI Department of Health, Ronald Lewis, seth magaziner | Leave a response
By RI NOW on September 14, 2015
by Kate Gorton Ninety-five years ago on August 26, women fought for and won the right to vote. This victory came after decades of defending our intelligence and capacity to make informed decisions, a struggle that continued for many women long after the right was won. 2015 sure feels like déja-vu. More than ever in […]
By Andrew Stewart on September 11, 2015
Mike Stenhouse has a talent for finding any cause he can to make himself look important, most recently band-wagoning onto the 38 Studios debacle, and is the Gomer Pyle of the Rhode Island right wing. Whenever I see the Stenhouse name appear in the headlines, I know to lower my expectations by an average of .190 and […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 28, 2015
Members of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals (UNAP), Local 5098, at Rhode Island Hospital, with labor and community allies, held a candlelight vigil and march Thursday evening to call attention to to unsafe staffing levels and other problems that continue to remain an issue in negotiations. UNAP members have been working without a contract since June 30th.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, Health Care, International News, Labor, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Federal Mediation and Reconciliation Service, Helene Macedo, Lifespan, rhode island hospital, UNAP, UNAP Local 5098, United Nurses and Allied Professionals | 2 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on August 27, 2015
A recent Gallup poll revealed that Rhode Island has the lowest uninsured rate in the country, at 2.7 percent, as well as one of five states that saw its uninsured rate decline by 10 points or more. But, how did that happen? Anya Wallack, director of HealthSourceRI, was able to provide some answers. “You come […]
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Rhode Island | Tagged affordable care, Affordable Care Act, Anya Wallack, Health, health exchange, healthcare, healthsource ri, insurance exchange, Lincoln Chafee, Medicaid, obamacare | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 24, 2015
On Saturday Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence lead his followers in the “National Day of Protest” against Planned Parenthood here in Providence. I was on hand to observe and take pictures. Inspired by Tobin’s recent column, five thoughts came to mind…
Posted in Health Care, National News, Photos, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Gina Raimondo, hate group, Justin price, Planned Parenthood, Raymond Hull, Robert Lancia, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Thomas Tobin | 7 Responses
By Bob Plain on August 21, 2015
I work on the water just south of the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge in the West Passage of Narragansett Bay. On most days, I enjoy the best views of Rhode Island. Recently though, it became the most tragic scene I can imagine.
By Elisha Aldrich on August 11, 2015
Last week, Governor Gina Raimondo and SEIU District 1199 New England reached an agreement concerning family childcare providers that are part of the state’s Child Care Assistance Program. This agreement was made in part due to legislation from 2013, which established collective bargaining rights for family childcare providers. The SEIU unanimously approved the two-year agreement. […]
Posted in Economy, Health Care, Labor, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged 1199 SEIU RI, CCAP, Child Care, Child Care Assistant Program, Children, early education, Education, Gina Raimondo, Patrick Quinn, seiu, SEIU District 1199NE | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 31, 2015
The rally was also just two miles from the Massachusetts border, where home care workers recently won a minimum wage of $15 to be phased in over the next few years. Rhode Island does not pay nearly as much.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Health Care, Labor, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged ARC of Blackstone Valley, david bennett, Genesis Health Care, Mary Duffy Messier, Medicaid, Medicare, NEARI, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI AFL-CIO, Scott Slater, SEIU 1199 New England, Teamsters Local 251, UFCW, UNAP, Unite Here Local 217 | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 29, 2015
The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health is unique. There is nothing else like it on the East Coast, you would have to travel to San Francisco or Portland Oregon to find anything similar. I immediately felt that I had entered a safe and welcoming space.
Posted in Activism, Events, Health Care, reproductive freedom | Tagged An Affair to Remember, Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, Erin Basler Francis, Gloria Gemma Foundation, Kira Manser, Shayna Parker | 1 Response
By Elisha Aldrich on July 21, 2015
After the successes of Governor Gina Raimondo’s Reinventing Medicaid task force, today, at the Kent County YMCA, she announced a new initiative to overhaul the state’s healthcare system as a whole. Titled the Working Group for Healthcare Innovation, the group, under the leadership of Elizabeth Roberts, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, seeks to […]
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Elisha Aldrich, elizabeth roberts, Gina Raimondo, healthcare, healthcare reform, Kent County YMCA, Reinventing Medicaid, Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, YMCA | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 17, 2015
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in Rhode island, far outstripping auto accidents. To help alleviate this plague Jonathan Goyer of trained AIDS Project RI staff on the use of Narcan, which is used to reverse the overdose effects of heroin and opioids.
By Elisha Aldrich on July 10, 2015
The corners of Eddy and Dudley streets were lost in a blur of purple as more than 400 nurses and other professionals working at Rhode Island Hospital picketed for higher wages, retirement benefits, and more staff. The United Nurses and Allied Professionals (UNAP) Local 5098, shared its concerns about the unwillingness to effectively staff the […]
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Labor, Rhode Island | Tagged Bernadette Means-Tavares, contract, Debra Page, healthcare, Helene Macedo, Lee Meyers, Lifespan, nurses, picket, Protest, retirement, rhode island hospital, staff, UNAP | 2 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on July 1, 2015
Rebecca Nieves McGoldrick, the Executive Director of Protect Families First, put the blame on Attorney General Peter Kilmartin for the act’s expiration.
“To have families suffer through the loss of a loved one so that the Attorney General could add another notch to his belt of drug arrests is frankly unconscionable,” she said.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Drugs, Elisha Aldrich, Gina Raimondo, good samaritan, Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act, Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Holly Cekala, John Prince, opiate overdose epidemic, overdose, Peter Kilmartin, Rebecca Nieves McGoldrick | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
When Governor Gina Raimondo, who sailed to victory with the endorsement of Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood, signed the budget on Tuesday, she officially signed into law language that stands as the most extreme anti-abortion language passed in Rhode Island in two decades.
How did this happen?
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Politics, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Alliance Defending Freedom, Arthur Corvese, barth bracy, Common Cause RI, Doe v. Burwell, Edie Ajello, Gina Raimondo, hobby lobby, Howe v Burwell, James Rhodes, John DeSimone, john marion, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, RI ACLU, steve brown, transactional politics | 14 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
“I didn’t plan to be homeless,” said Narcheline Vasquez, “One day, my job was gone like people in Rhode Island experience all too often. Within months, I lost my apartment and had nowhere to go. We stayed in a few temporary situations until finally… Lucy’s Hearth offered me a home.”
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Economic Development, Events, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Jennifer Barrera, Lucy's hearth, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, middletown, Narcheline Vazquez, Susan Erstling | Leave a response