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 Steve Ahlquist on February 13, 2017
The RI congressional delegation, including Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline in the ‘hot seat’ for about 90 minutes of questions from sometimes angry and confrontational constituents.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Congress, Corporate Greed, East Providence, Events, Featured, Housing, Immigration, Inequality, Infrastructure, International News, Minimum Wage, National News, Photos, Politics, Video | Tagged 1996 Congressional Review Act, aca, Affordable Care Act, Ben Carson, burrillville, Chris Murphy, Citizens United, Dan Coats, David Cicilline, Deborah Lennon, Democratic Socialists of America, Dick Blumenthal, donald trump, East Providence High School, Georgia Hollister-Isman, HUD, Indivisible RI, jack reed, James Kennedy, James Langevin, Jamestown Sanctuary, Jametown Town Council, Jane Tucker, Jeff Sessions, Linda McMahon, Merrick Garland, Neil Gorsuch, obamacare, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Town Hall, Roland Gauvin, Samuel Bell, Sheldon Whitehouse, Small Business Administration, Steven Fischbach, Transport Providence, Unity Government, Working Families Party of RI | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on January 24, 2017
No good deed goes unpunished. Joe Paolino relearned this lesson the hard way today when he formally announced his plan to turn part of St. Joseph’s Hospital in South Providence into 140 affordable housing units for homeless and indigent people. As it turns out, residents of the Elmwood Avenue area don’t want hundreds of homeless […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 9, 2016
Ron Doyle was denied housing when his wife passed away and he became the primary name on the housing application. Doyle is a father of three. His last conviction was in 1991, a quarter of a century ago.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Housing, Race & Racism | Tagged Behind the Walls Committee, BTW, DARE, Deborah Wray, direct action for rights and equality, Housing and Urban Development, HUD, John Prince, PHA, Providence Housing Authority, Ron Doyle, Sophia Wright | 1 Response
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 Bob Plain on July 26, 2016
Olneyville is getting an upgrade as two new commercial spaces and 36 new affordable housing units, in 14 different buildings spread throughout the neighborhood, will be developed by next summer as part of a new $10.4 million project being called Amherst Gardens. “We are excited to be starting construction,” said Wendy Nicholas, the executive director […]
By Bob Plain on June 17, 2016
“Amos has a new house,” said Ned Handy, right before the ceremonial ribbon was cut on Amos House’s new community center on Pine Street in Providence.
By ACLU of RI on February 23, 2016
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has filed suit against the City of Providence to challenge a recently enacted city ordinance that prohibits more than three “college students” from living together in certain areas of the city.
By Rick Salamé on February 15, 2016
We also have issues, just like Flint, with lead pipes being used to bring our water to our homes,” said Jesus Holguin, Youth Leadership Director at the Environmental Justice League of RI.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Health Care, Housing, Infrastructure, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged dyana Koelsch, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Jesus Holguin, Joseph Trillo, Lead, Rhode Island Department of Health | 5 Responses
By Harry Rix on February 15, 2016
“Churches can be a place where judgment, shame and contempt [for families with felons] are felt most acutely.” Michelle Alexander Time for a pop quiz question. Ready? In what year did the U.S. end slavery? Most agree it’s 1865. Some historians disagree. Their answer: 1942. True, the Triangle Trade’s enrichment of slave shippers ended with […]
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, History, Homelessness, Housing, Labor, Marijuana, Opinion, Politics, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion, Unemployment | Tagged mass incarceration, Slavery, war on drugs | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 11, 2016
Activists from DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality) and Tenant and Homeowner Association (THA) set up outside Mayor Jorge Elorza’s office on the second floor of Providence City Hall to demand changes to the city’s Everyhome program.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Joe Buchanan, jorge elorza, Malchus Mills, Tenant and Homeowner Association, THA | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 19, 2016
As Charles Fortune looks on, the auctioneer opened the bidding for the house he has lived in for the last twenty years. Only one bid, for $45 thousand was entered. Fortune owes over $200,000 on his mortgage…
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Housing, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged DARE, direct action for rights and equality, THA | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 6, 2016
14.3 percent of Rhode Islanders live in poverty. That rate climbs to 19.8 percent when we talk about children specifically.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Economics, Education, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, Immigration, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Women, Youth | Tagged earned income tax credit, EITC, Gina Raimondo, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Maxine Richman, Nicholas Mattiello, Opening Doors RI, payday loans, Rachel Simon, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, ri coalition for the homeless, RICH, RIPTA | 2 Responses
By Harry Rix on November 23, 2015
“I don’t think there is a white privilege.” – House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello Rhode Island’s Democratic Speaker on race: “I don’t think anybody in society views any particular nationality as having any privilege over any other.” This denies the experiences of many minorities. They know whites have greater privileges in education, employment, housing, banking and […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 29, 2015
Jim Ryczek, who heads up the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless (RICH), is in full support of the lawsuit. “We are proud to have helped keep communities safe,” said Ryczek, adding that the three factors that keep people from re-offending are stable housing, employment and treatment. The law, if it is allowed to stand, threatens all three of these factors.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, harrington hall, House of Hope CDC, Jim Ryczek, Nicholas Mattiello, OpenDoors, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, RI ACLU, RICH, steve brown | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 28, 2015
What became clear over the next ninety minutes is that lawyering works in support of community organizing, not the other way around. What this means is that lawyers interested in social justice work need to “find the legal work that can support the organizers,” according to Shannah Kurland, a community lawyer and Soros Justice Fellow at PrYSM.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Housing, Immigration, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Community Safety Act, DARE, Direct Action for Rights and Equity, fuerza laboral, George Wiley Center, just cause, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, RI Center for Justice, Robert McCreanor, Sarath Suong, Shannah Kurland, Tenant and Homeowner Association | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 19, 2015
“Too many people have been denied a safe and stable home with their family because of something they did 10 or more years ago,” said John Prince, campaign organizer with Behind the Walls, in a statement. “Sometimes parents can’t go back and live with their kids because of an arrest, when they were never even convicted of the crime. That’s just wrong.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Housing, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged DARE, direct action for rights and equality, John Prince, Mary Kay Harris, Sheila Wilhelm | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2015
Organizer and Occupier Susan Walker pointed out that in the winter of 2012, Occupy Providence broke their occupation of Burnside Park after negotiating with City Hall for a Day Center for the homeless. “Where is the Day Center today?” she asked. Occupy Providence has long concerned itself with homelessness, so this event marked a return to the group’s roots.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, Occupy, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Kate Miechkowski, Occupy Providence, Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, rihap, Susan Walker | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 28, 2015
Over 50 homeless and community advocates protested and confronted the police on Thursday afternoon in front of CVS near Kennedy Plaza within sight of Providence City Hall. At least 14 police officers were on hand, though no arrests were made. The protesters carried signs demanding an end to “a noticeable increase of harassment of homeless folks around the city.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, International News, National News, News, People, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Barbara Kalil, homeless bill of rights, jorge elorza, opening doors rhode island, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, RICH, rihap, Shannah Kurland | 3 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 Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Lucy's hearth, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, middletown, Susan Erstling | Leave a response