By Steve Ahlquist on February 3, 2016
As Governor Gina Raimondo presented her State of the State address to the General Assembly and the television viewers at home, she was being simultaneously protested by two groups.
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By RI Progressive Democrats of America on January 8, 2016
Raimondo made her support clear in an ACLU questionnaire that asked, “Do you support providing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants?” to which Raimondo responded, “YES. I was the first candidate in the gubernatorial race to explicitly call for driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. This is an issue of fairness and public safety.”
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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.
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By Steve Ahlquist on December 20, 2015
The groups carried the written promise with them as they marched, signed by the then candidate for governor when she met with them. The pledge originally said that as Governor she would issue the executive order within thirty days of being elected, but Raimondo crossed out thirty days and wrote in “one year.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on December 14, 2015
Nine people held signs, made in the form of a menorah, declaring their opposition to Islamophobia and racism, and in support of refugees and #BlackLivesMatter. As the sun set the menorah was lit and people read their signs out loud.
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By Harry Rix on December 13, 2015
We must overcome our country’s fears and purge our national prejudices, especially with regard to Muslims. Today, Jesus would teach the parable of The Good Muslim and, regarding our Middle East wars, teach us to become peacemakers.
By Lauren Niedel on November 25, 2015
The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats vehemently opposed bill H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies SAFE Act. On November 19th this bill passed the House by a vote of 289-137, with only 47 Democrats voting in favor of it. Sadly, Representative Langevin was one of them. This bill is a continuation of an overreach […]
By Bob Plain on November 24, 2015
Congressman Jim Langevin defending his support of a GOP-baked bill that would add more layers of bureaucracy to the process of accepting Syrian and Iraqi refugees. “After reading the bill, I was convinced that it does not stop the process, it really doesn’t shut the program down, nor does it significantly slow it,” Langevin told […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 24, 2015
Juan Garcia, of Comité de Inmigrantes en Acción, said, “We just want to send a message, especially with everything that has happened in Paris with the terrorist attacks. The people standing behind me are not terrorists. We are human beings, and what better way to promote safety in Rhode Island than to give everybody a driver’s license?”
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By transportprovidence on November 22, 2015
In a recent press conference opposing the acceptance of Syrian refugees fleeing ISIS terror, the Rhode Island GOP drew a contrast between the past acceptance of Irish refugees of the Potato Famine and the current, ongoing refugee crisis in Syria. Arguing that Syrians fleeing ISIS were different, Rep. Mike Chippendale said, “‘the United States of America is […]
By Bob Plain on November 19, 2015
There were two events at the State House today about the Syrian refugee crisis. A group of Democratic lawmakers, faith leaders and former refugees rallied to support the United State’s role in helping refugees of war in the Middle East while a smaller group of Republican legislators and anti-immigration activists spoke against helping the refugees. […]
By Bob Plain on November 19, 2015
Representative Bobby Nardolillo said fellow Republican Senator Elaine Morgan should consider apologizing to the Muslim community for her now-famous offensive email that besmirched Islam and said Muslim refugees should be relegated to camps if allowed into the United States. “I would definitely say it was offensive and she should consider apologizing,” Nardolillo told me after […]
By RI Future on November 19, 2015
“Respectfully, when other public officials in the state are protesting efforts to welcome any Syrian refugees in Rhode Island by holding public rallies and calling for the internment of any refugees that do arrive here, this is anything but a non-issue.”
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By Bob Plain on November 18, 2015
Senators John Miller and Gayle Goldin are hosting a State House rally on Thursday at 1:30 “to demonstrate support and compassion for refugees fleeing the crisis in Syria,” according to a State House press release. Miller said the rally tomorrow is to dispel any misconceptions that Senator Elaine Morgan’s comments are representative of the Senate […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 16, 2015
Let’s show the world what it means to be a Rhode Islander, and a decent human being.
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.
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By Bob Plain on September 30, 2015
Don’t expect Syrian refugees in Rhode Island any time soon, according to Kathy Cloutier, the executive director of Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island. “It won’t happen quickly,” she said. “The system is not designed to be responsive.” Each refugee, she said, needs to be vetted by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, as […]
By Bob Plain on September 30, 2015
Congressman David Cicilline told President Barack Obama to increase tenfold the number of Syrian refugees the United States accepts – from 10,000 to 100,000. “We’ve always been a beacon to the rest of the world,” Cicilline told RI Future, in explaining why he implored the president to do more. “It speaks to our character as […]
By Bob Plain on September 28, 2015
Central Falls Mayor James Diossa co-signed a letter with 18 mayors from around the United States telling President Obama their cities are willing to take in Syrian refugees. “We will welcome the Syrian families to make homes and new lives in our cities,” reads the letter, a copy of which was sent to RI Future […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2015
“In this history of the United States, a moral critique has been always been at the center of any challenge to the structural sins of society—slavery, the denial of women’s rights, the denial of labor rights, the denial of equal protection under the law, the denial of voting rights, and the promulgation of unchecked militarism. We have never overcome any of these evils without a moral critique that challenged their grip on the heart and imagination of our society.
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