By Steve Ahlquist on February 22, 2017
The extreme, misleading histrionics of the anti-choice right are attempts to obfuscate the issue, and if they truly want to conduct “a respectful public debate” then perhaps they should start by being respectful.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, Religion, Reproductive Rights, State House, Women | Tagged Bernard Healey, david bennett, Dinesh D'Souza, donald trump, Evan Shanley, Joseph McNamara, justin katz, Kermit Gosnell, Medicaid, mike stenhouse, Milo Yiannopoulos, Planned Parenthood, ri center for freedom and prosperity, RI Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, Supreme Court, The RI Catholic, Warwick Beacon | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 20, 2017
Wild statements from the Providence Catholic Diocese, RI Right to Life and Republican leaders in the RI General Assembly have forced three state reps to issue a statement calling out the misinformation.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, News, Reproductive Rights, State House, Women | Tagged barth bracy, Bernard Healey, david bennett, Edie Ajello, Evan Stanley, House Health Education and Welfare Committee, Joseph McNamara, Kermit Gosnell, Planned Parenthood, Republican Party, Rhode Island Catholic, RI General Assembl, RI Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence | 2 Responses
By Selene Means on February 18, 2017
Selene Means took some amazing photographs during the House HEW Committee meeting on Bill H5277, which if passed would prohibit “conversion therapy” by licensed health care professionals with respect to children under 18 years of age.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 17, 2017
“We are thrilled to win our union today,” said Pat Pashalain, a food service worker at Cranston West High School.
By sophia@DARE on February 16, 2017
Current PHA (Providence Housing Authority) policy denies most formerly incarcerated people their right to safe and stable housing, as well as preventing them from reuniting with their families and reintegrating into society.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, News, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged Behind the Walls Committee, BTW, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Housing and Urban Development, HUD, PHA, Providence Housing Authority | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 16, 2017
Dr. David Savitzky, MD said that conversion therapy is a “harmful treatment and Rhode Island should not be putting up with this practice against our youth.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, LGBTQ, News, Religion, State House, Youth | Tagged conversion therapy, Daniel Harrop, David Savitzky, edith ajello, House Health Education and Welfare Committee, Jared Goldstein, Joseph McNamara, Moira Walsh, outh Pride RI, riaclu, Roger Williams University, Wendy Becker | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 15, 2017
“The system won’t be fixed overnight,” said Governor Gina Raimondo, “and we will continue to make steady, meaningful progress over the next 12 to 18 months.”
Posted in Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Inequality, Politics, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Anya Rader Wallack, Deloitte, Department of Human Services, DHS, elizabeth roberts, EOHHS, Eric Beane, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Gina Raimondo, healthsource ri, SNAP, UHIP | Leave a response
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 February 14, 2017
Activists with RI Jobs With Justice and the Childhood Lead Action Project held an informational picket outside US Rubber Mills to call attention to the serious health effects of lead exposure.
Posted in Activism, Corporate Greed, Environmental Racism, Featured, Health Care, Housing, Inequality, Labor, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Childhood Lead Action Project, Eagle Square, fuerza laboral, Michael Araujo, olneyville, Raul Figureroa, RI Future, RI Jobs with Justice, US Rubber Mills | 3 Responses
By Michael Beauregard on February 13, 2017
Who do you ask when you have a question about caring for a sick loved one? How about if you have a question at a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office? When you want someone with a detailed knowledge of regulations or procedures in healthcare, who do you ask? Chances are, you get that critical health […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 9, 2017
The FANG Collective held a #NoDAPL demonstration outside One Citizens Plaza to protest Citizens Bank’s opening of a line of credit with companies building the pipeline.
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, National News, Photos, Video, Water | Tagged Army Corps of Engineers, Bayou Bridge Pipeline, citizens bank, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, donald trump, Energy Transfer Partners, FANG Collective, Julie Richards, Mama Jules, Missouri River, Mothers Against Meth Alliance, Nick Katkevich, NoDPAL, Oglala Lakota Nation, One Citizens Plaza, Providence Police Department, Sacred Stone Camp, Standing Rock, Sunoco Logistics | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 7, 2017
The earned sick leave bill is intended to benefit nearly 170,000 workers, more than 40 percent of private sector workers in the state.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Labor, News, Photos, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Carla Martin, Dominick Ruggerio, earned sick leave, Easy Entertaining Catering, Elmwood Adult Day, gayle goldin, Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, jim seveney, Kaitlyn Roberts, Kathy McCormick, Maryellen Goodwin, Providence Community Health Centers, Sandra Braz, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships, SOAR | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 5, 2017
Total employment in Rhode Island would drop by 1.6 percent and 8,036 jobs in Rhode Island would be lost…
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Health Care, News, Rhode Island, Unemployment | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Daniel DaPonte, Economic Policy institute, elizabeth roberts, EPI, healthsourceRI, josh miller, Kathleen Hittner, Medicaid, Nicole Alexander-Scott, obamacare, Senate Finance, Senate Health and Human Services, Zachary Sherman | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 3, 2017
Two unions, IBT Local 251 and UNAP, picketed, marched and got loud on Thursday to drag Lifespan to the bargaining table in order to put a stop to the policy.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Labor, News, Photos, Video | Tagged AFL-CIO, george nee, Helene Macedo, IBT Local 251, Lifespan, Matt Taibi, rhode island hospital, UNAP, United Nurses Allied Professionals | 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 January 28, 2017
“I don’t think I’ve announced anything yet,” replied Whitehouse, “but I don’t think there’s a chance in the world of that happening.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Reproductive Rights, Women | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS, donald trump, Medicare, obamacare, Planned Parenthood, Sheldon Whitehouse, Tom Price | Leave a response
By Nancy Green on January 24, 2017
Way back in the Reagan years, in those prosperous times when the social safety net was being shredded, experts talked about triage. Triage is a medical term for sorting level of injury in a disaster, including putting a black tag on the living who cannot be saved with present resources. Our economy was a disaster, […]
By Michael Fine, M.D. on January 22, 2017
All these numbers mean we need to rethink what we know about health insurance and health care reform, and change our focus away from health insurance for all Americans.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 18, 2017
“This was a great relief,” Georges said of the supplies. “They never received any aid, even from the elected officials. They were so grateful to Rhode Island.”
Posted in Activism, Climate, Featured, Health Care, International News | Tagged Autumn Quezada de Tavarez, Bernard Georges, Carline Boice, Haiti, Hurricane Matthew, New Bridges for Haitian Success, Omar Bah, Roger Williams University, RWU | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2017
“We depend on this,” said Gina Rombley, “We are a small business. My parents depend on this, my daughter depends on this… You can’t take something away from so many people that need it.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Health Care, Johnston, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged aca, Adam Miner, Affordable Care Act, American College of Physicians, Bernie Sanders, David Cicilline, donald trump, Gina Raimondo, Gina Rombley, jack reed, James Langevin, Jane Hayward, Johnston Senior Center, Joseph Polisena, Maureen Maigret, Medicaid, Medicare, Nitin Damle, obamacare, Rhode Island Health Center Association, Senior Agenda Coalition, Sheldon Whitehouse | 12 Responses