By Claire Pimentel on September 22, 2016
The Coalition for Safer Rhodes is organizing a march that aims to send a clear message to the General Assembly — that they must act to ensure that our roads and communities are safe by ensuring that all immigrants, regardless of their immigration status, are able to earn a driver’s license. In order to send […]
By Claire Pimentel on September 2, 2016
Donald Trump gave his long-awaited address on immigration in Phoenix, Arizona shortly after his surprise meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico on August 31. Earlier in the week, Trump had signaled a policy change on immigration, with Trump initially softening his tone on deportations – only to return to his nativist self a few […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 20, 2016
Coincidentally, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump came to Minneapolis MN on the same day I made my first visit to the city. This turned a day that I had planned to spend sightseeing into a day of traveling to three different anti-Trump events.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Elections, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, National News, News, People, Photos, Politics, Poverty, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Religion, Republicans, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged CAIR-MN, Cosecha, Council of American-Islamic Relations- Minnesota, donald trump, Jaylani Hussein, Minneaolis, Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee, MIRAC, Yusuf Dayur | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2016
The Nuns arrived at St. Michael’s Church in South Providence to the music of the Extraordinary Rendition Band and St. Michael’s own drummers.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democratic National Convention, Democrats, Education, Elections, Environment, Events, Featured, Health Care, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Taxes, Video, Voter ID, Women | Tagged democratic national convention, Extraordinary Rendition Band, minimum wage, Nuns on the Bus, St. Michael's Church | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 22, 2016
“We need police accountability now because no one feels safe in our community,” said Community Safety Act Campaign Coordinator, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged black lives matter, Cathedral Square, Community Safety Act, CSA, FANG Collective, Helen McDonald, jorge elorza, July 21 Collective Action for Freedom, kennedy plaza, Luis Aponte, Movement for Black Lives, Nick Katkevich, PERA, Providence City Council, Providence City Hall, Providence External Review Authority, Providence Public Safety Complex, seth yurdin, Step Up Coalition to Pass the Community Safety Act, Steven Pare, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado, White Noise Collective RI | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 26, 2016
Rhode Island’s founder, Roger Williams, was a refugee from Massachusetts seeking freedom and safety in our state. Bah said that welcoming refugees is a Rhode island tradition that must be protected.
Posted in Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Holidays, Immigration, International News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, James Langevin, Nellie Gorbea, Omar Bah, Refugee Dream Center, Roger Williams, World Refugee Day | 1 Response
By Harry Rix on June 15, 2016
After 400 years of terror, isn’t it time for all Christians to speak out against ‘Radical Christian Extremism?’ Slavery was terrorism: Plantations were concentration camps. The Native American genocide was terrorism: The Trail of Tears was a death march. Hangings by slave patrols and the Ku Klux Klan were terrorism: These murders—often perpetrated or approved by white ‘Christians’—were intended to grieve, horrify and intimidate blacks.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, History, Immigration, LGBT, National News, Opinion, Politics, Race & Racism, Religion, Republicans | Tagged Islamophobia, love, Muslims, Radical Muslim Extremists, terror attacks, terrorism, truth | Leave a response
By Stephen R. Graham on June 4, 2016
The Red Bandana Fund is proud to name Artemis Moonhawk and Sarath Suong and the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) as the 2016 recipients of the Red Bandana Award. The Award honors individuals and groups whose work embodies the spirit and work of Richard Walton, a longtime activist in the Rhode Island area who died in 2012. This is the fourth year the awards have been given. Past recipients include: Eric Hirsch, 2015 The workers at the Renaissance Hotel, 2015 Henry Shelton, […]
Posted in Activism, Homelessness, Immigration, Poverty, Youth | Tagged Artemis Moonhawk, Mama Dreads Mission of Love, Providence Youth Student Movement, red bandana, richard walton, Sarath Suong | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 18, 2016
“Free yourself completely and continue to fight for the freedom of the entire world,” said keynote speaker Jean-Claude Sanon, “Wherever there is injustice it is my obligation, as well as yours, to fight it.”
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Events, Featured, History, Holidays, Immigration, International News, People, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Bernard Georges, Haiti, Jean-Claude Sanon, Mark Lentz, New Bridges for Haitian Success, Romie Bois | 1 Response
By Claire Pimentel on May 9, 2016
Undocumented labor, faith and the student community called on parishioners of the parish and Speaker Mattiello to recognize the need for limited licenses for the undocumented community, and the need for the General Assembly to pass H7610.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Immigration, Politics | Tagged driver's licenses, h7610, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, Immigration, Licenses for All, s2333, speaker mattiello | 1 Response
By Claire Pimentel on May 2, 2016
Rep. Grace Diaz’s Tuition Equity bill was heard in the House Finance Committee meeting Thursday evening, with several student activists giving powerful testimony in support of the legislation. House Bill 7374 would codify existing policy that grants in-state tuition rates at Rhode Island’s public colleges and universities to undocumented students who have graduated from the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 25, 2016
The best and the worst that Rhode Island has to offer was on display during Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s visit Monday.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged DARE, direct action for rights and equality, donald trump, PrYSM, White Noise Collective | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 23, 2016
Providing licenses for undocumented immigrants in Rhode Island is an idea that is not going away. A coalition of groups is holding a series of actions at the State House to keep attention focused on the issue.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Immigration, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Department of Motor Vehicles, DMV, English for Action, fuerza laboral, Gina Raimondo, jobs with justice, Mike Araujo, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICAGV, Stacia Huyler | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 16, 2016
Two competing bills were heard in the House Judiciary Committee meeting Tuesday evening in a hearing that lasted well over 6 hours and had over 4 dozen people testifying. House bill 7610, submitted by Representative Anastasia Williams, would grant driving privilege license to undocumented immigrants. House Bill 7859, introduced by Representative Arthur Corvese, would make […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, Labor, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Anastasia Williams, Arthur Corvese, Doreen Costa, driver's licenses, fair, Federation for American Immigration Reform, Gina Raimondo, james diossa, jorge elorza, Joseph Almeida, riile, Robert Nardolillo, Southern Poverty Law Foundation, SPLC, terry gorman, Undocumented Immigrants | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 9, 2016
“I wish to express my support for the proposal to provide special, limited licenses for undocumented individuals in Rhode Island. It seems to be a rather practical approach that will obtain information about individuals who are already driving in our State. Additionally it will, in the long run, promote public safety. It is common sense legislation that will do much more good than harm.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Anastasia Williams, driver's license, john depetro, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Thomas Tobin, undocumented workers | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 7, 2016
Baha pointed out that Syrian refugee Bdoor Ghazala, who is pregnant, will soon give birth to a United States citizen. “So your son could become a US president,” he said. As his words were translated there were smiles, wonderment and laughter throughout the room.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, International News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged Baha Sadr, Dorcas International Institute of RI, Noor J Memon, Omar Bah, Refugee Dream Center, Sterk Zaza | Leave a response
By Claire Pimentel on March 7, 2016
I am not a criminal, but my life has been criminalized. I have lived in Rhode Island for practically my entire life, having moved here from Europe when I was merely ten months of age. My visa expired when I was a young child and just like that, I became an undocumented immigrant.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, fair, Federation for American Immigration Reform, hate group, Robert Nardolillo | 5 Responses
By ACLU of RI on March 4, 2016
In February 2014, Judge McConnell held… that Ms. Morales “has set forth plausible allegations that she was unconstitutionally detained solely based on her national origin and Hispanic last name.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, ada morales, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John J. McConnell, Jr. | Leave a response
By RI Future on February 29, 2016
“I’m not OK with clergy, students and those of different opinions lying and expressing hateful speech in the name of love, but again it is their constitutional right,” says Pete Hoekstra, “I’m not OK with their conduct, but in America we tolerate it, as obnoxious and spiteful as it may be.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Immigration, Opinion, Race & Racism, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, syndicated, Syria, Youth | Tagged aaron regurnberg, Americans for Peace and Tolerance, APT, CAIR-MA, Charles Jacobs, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Howard Voss-Altman, josh miller, Mike Chippendale, Omar Bah, Pete Hoekstra, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Russell Taub, Sterk Zaza, Youssef Bahralom | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 25, 2016
Sen. Frank Ciccone III and Rep. Anastasia Williams introduced legislation (2016-S 2333 / 2016-H 7610) that would allow the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driving privilege licenses and permits to applicants unable to establish a lawful presence in the United States.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Economic Development, Featured, Immigration, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Anastasia Williams, Donna Nesselbush, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Frank Ciccone III, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, itep, Juan Pichardo, Meg Wiehe, Rachel Flum, Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles, Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions | 5 Responses