By Steve Ahlquist on February 10, 2016
The conference “is meant to be for grassroots activists and young people just developing an interest in socialism, feminism and Marxism as well as people who have had the opportunity to study these traditions in a focused way through an educational institution,” say organizers.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Education, Events, History, International News, Labor, News, Race & Racism, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Aren Aizura, Arlen Austin, Beth Clapper, Frances Fox Piven, Kathi Weeks, Mimi Abramovitz, Neferti X. M. Tadiar, Premilla Nadasen, Priya Kandaswamy, Sara Clarke Kaplan, Seizing the Means of Reproduction, Selma James, Silvia Federici, Soyoung Yoon, Wages for Housework, Welfare Rights | Leave a response
By RI Future on February 5, 2016
Rep. Aaron Regunberg and Sen. Harold M. Metts have introduced legislation to reform the controversial use of solitary or “segregated” confinement in the Rhode Island prison system, saying the practice causes psychological damage and often exacerbates the very problems it is intended to address.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, International News, National News, News, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged aaron regunberg, ACLU of Rhode Island, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Harold Metts, John Prince, Michael Cerullo, solitary confinement, Steven Brown | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2016
Sure, some billionaire may move a few jobs towards Rhode Island if Raimondo can catch the right ear, but this does nothing to address the systemic issues mentioned above.
Posted in Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Events, Featured, International News, Opinion, Poverty, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Brookings Institute, Davos, Gina Raimondo, Marie Aberger, Switzerland, WEF, World Economic Forum | 23 Responses
By Family Service of Rhode Island on January 13, 2016
“I urge everyone interested in sex trafficking issues, particularly persons in law enforcement and social work, to watch this video. It provides a real-world look at the day-to-day problems confronting victims and first providers,” said Dr. Susan Erstling.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, International News, National News, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Video, Youth | Tagged Amy Goldberg, Carla Cuellar, Family Service of Rhode Island, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Hugh Clements, Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Jr., Koren Garcia, Margaret Holland McDuff, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Providence Police Department, Susan Erstling | 2 Responses
By Bernard Georges on January 12, 2016
The pain of losing family members and friends shall never be forgotten. I remember that I had just finished talking to my own cousin, Lukencia Desptre, only to later receive the devastating news that she had died in the earthquake.
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.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Immigration, International News, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged BlackLivesMatter, Islamophobia, Jewish Voice for Peace Rhode Island, refugees, SayHerName | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 14, 2015
Our state is the cradle of religious liberty and freedom of conscience, and on this day we honored that legacy.
I can’t recall a time that I have felt more proud of my state.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, International News, National News, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged APPRI, Association of Pakistani Physicians of RI, Board of Rabbis of Greater RI, Farid Ansari, MAE organization for the Homeless, Martin Niemöller, PAKPAC, Refugee Dream Center of RI, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, RICMA | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on December 13, 2015
News broke that a “historic” deal had been stuck in Paris by the largest gathering of states in human history at the COP21 United Nations conference meant to address climate change. Yet despite the self-congratulation, adulation from the lame-stream press, and over-glorified silliness, activists and scientists were adamant that the whole affair was simply a […]
By Fatoumata Sangare on December 11, 2015
As a medical doctor who graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of Mali, West Africa in 2001, I saw firsthand the tremendous healthcare difficulties that underserved populations, especially women and children, faced due to poor policies. For example, during my two-year internship at Point G Hospital in Mali, the pulmonary service had two main units. […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 5, 2015
Five people were arrested on Spectra Energy property in Burrillville this afternoon, during a protest in which they attempted to plant tulips where Spectra wants to expand pipelines and near where Invenergy wants to build a new methane gas power plant. Police said that three other protesters were arrested in the woods behind the construction of the new compressor station, bringing the total number of known arrests to eight.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, International News, News, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged fang, Invenergy, Spectra Energy | 5 Responses
By Environmental Justice League of RI on December 3, 2015
Climate justice is about ending the systems of oppression that caused climate change, and centering the leadership of those who are most impacted especially youth of color. “We’re always told that we are the next generation of leaders but we are not given the opportunity and guidance to grow, learn and shine. It’s like they are saying, you are the next generation of leaders but it’s not your turn yet”, said Seena Chhan, EJLRI Youth Organizer and Board Member.
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, Featured, International News, National News | Tagged Abe Vargas, Climate Justice Alliance, COP21, Dania Flores Heagney, EJLRI, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, Global South, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Indigenous Environmental Network, Seena Chhan | 2 Responses
By Josie Shagwert on November 30, 2015
GAZIANTEP, TURKEY – For the past three years I have been working with a Syrian NGO whose aim is to build democracy and a stronger civil society in Syria. Until recently I worked from home in Rhode Island, but now I am based in our main office in southeastern Turkey. Along with dozens of Syrian […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 30, 2015
Ahead of the COPS21 Climate Change Summit convening in Paris today, one of the hundreds of world wide solidarity marches took place in the appropriately named Peace Dale, Rhode Island, “to demand an ambitious, binding, and just treaty to avert runaway, catastrophic global warming and save our children’s future.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, International News, National News, News, People, Photos, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AFSC-SENE, Allegra Migliaccio, COPS21 Climate Change Summit, fossil free ri, Green Task Force of the UUCSC, Jessica Ivon, Lisa Petrie, RI Interfaith Power & Light, RI IPL South County Action Team, Robert Malin, Sisters of Mercy, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County | 2 Responses
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 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.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, News, Politics, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Syria | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island, don anderson, Farid Ansari, Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, RI Council for Muslim Advancement, Sarah Mack, Steven Brown, Syrian refugees | 7 Responses
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.