By Steve Ahlquist on May 18, 2017
“…I don’t see Manning’s commutation as a victory,” said Coombs, “I see it as an unfortunate failure of military justice to do its job.”
Posted in Criminal Justice, Defense, Featured, International News, Justice, LGBTQ, National News | Tagged Barrack Obama, Chelsea Manning, David Coombs, Edward Fitzpatrick, Espionage Act, Fort Leavenworth, Presidential Commutation, Randall Rose, Roger Williams University School of Law | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 15, 2017
Friday evening’s Emergency Rally to Demand an Independent Investigation brought dozens of people concerned about the connections between President Donald Trump and his campaign’s ties to Russia out to Burnside Park in Providence Friday afternoon. Those in attendance demanded that Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse “refuse to give unanimous consent on any […]
Posted in Activism, Congress, Elections, Events, Featured, International News, National News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Burnside Park, donald trump, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Indivisible RI, jack reed, Jane Tucker, Randall Rose, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island Working Families Party, Sheldon Whitehouse | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 27, 2017
Some Citizens Bank shareholders attending Thursday’s annual meeting at Citizens Bank headquarters in Providence may have been surprised to be greeted by protesters holding “Shame On Citizens” signs and objecting to the bank’s holdings in oil pipeline companies such as Embridge and Energy Transfer Partners.
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Indigenous Americans, Infrastructure, International News, National News, Photos, Providence | Tagged Bayou Bridge, citizens bank, Dakota Access, Embridge, Energy Transfer Partners, FANG Collective, Mariner East, Nick Katkevich, Peter Lucht, Providence Police Department, Sunoco Logistics, Trans-Pecos | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 6, 2017
“When Trump calls journalists ‘the enemies of the people’ he is evoking Joseph Stalin,” said Bryan Cahall, “When Bannon writes and Trump reads ‘America first’ he is invoking a pro-Nazi organization from over 80 years ago…”
Posted in Business, Climate, Energy, Featured, Florida, Immigration, International News, Media, National News, North Carolina, Photos, Politics, Race & Racism, State House, Video, Voting Rights, Wisconsin | Tagged aaron regunberg, Blake Fillipi, Bryan Cahall, cale keable, Camille Vella Wilkinson, China, David Coughlin, Department of Energy, donald trump, Emoluments Clause, Gregory Waksmulski, Indivisible RI, Jane Tucker, Jonathan Jacobs, Justin price, Nuremberg principles, Randall Rose, Russia, Tim DeChristopher, Voter ID | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 5, 2017
“The truth is that when we say ‘sanctuary city’ we mean very different thing,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, “As a city, I will resist and we will object to any measure that takes our scarce law enforcement resources and causes us to de-prioritize focusing on violent criminals.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Ana Quezada, Anastasia Williams, Andrew Kagan, Christopher Vargas, David Coughlin, frank ciccone, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Homeland Security, House Judiciary, House Judiciary Committee, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Kelly, Justin price, Michael Araujo, Nicholas Mattiello, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Ramon Perez, Rhode Island State Police, RI ACLU, RI Jobs with Justice, riile, sanctuary city, Stacia Huyler, Steven Brown, terry gorman | 3 Responses
By John McDaid on April 4, 2017
“This is not a chapter, but a continuing story in the US today. The tribulations of Native Americans persist despite intentions to the contrary,” said Bristol Community College President Jack Sbrega.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Indigenous Americans, International News, National News, Photos, Race & Racism, Video | Tagged American Indian Movement, Aquinnah Cultural Center, Aquinnah Wampanoag, BCC, Bristol Community College, Columbia University, Jack Sbrega, John Mason, Karl Jacoby, Lakota, Linda Coombs, Loren Spears, Mashantucket Pequot, Michael Simpson, Montaukett, Native American, Newport Historical Society, Niantic Narragansett, Penobscot Nation, Raymond Yellow Thunder, Ron Weisberger, Sheena Lee, Shinnecock, Tall Oak Weeden, Timothy Snyder, Tomaquag Museum, united nations, Wampanoag, Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 23, 2017
Supporters of the bill angrily left the meeting room and before the night was over, Representative Arthur Corvese was backing away from the cruel, anti-immigrant bill he had introduced.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence, Featured, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged ACLU, Arthur Corvese, Blake Filippi, cale keable, carlos tobon, donald trump, east bay citizens for peace, Emily Jones, fair, Federation for American Immigration Reform, fuerza laboral, Georgia Hollister-Isman, House Judiciary, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, J Molina Flynn, james diossa, Jason Knight, Jim Kelly, John Wesley, Jonathan Jacobs, jorge elorza, Learning Community Charter School, Mary Pendergast, Michael Araujo, Randall Rose, Raul Figueroa, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, Rhode Island Public Defenders Office, riile, RIPDA, Robert Nardolillo, Rodrigo Pimentel, Roger Williams, Sanctuary cities, Sarah Friedman, Sheila Resseger, Shelby Maldonado, Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC, Stacia Huyler, Stephenie Gonzales, Steven Brown, Susan Walker, terry gorman, Working Families Party | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 9, 2017
To be clear, wrote SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) when promoting their event, the new version of the Muslim Ban is no “upgrade.” It’s still a Muslim Ban and it’s still unjust.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, International News, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged Aisha Manzoor, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, RICMA, Showing Up for Racial Justice, Sterk Zaza, SURJ, syria | Leave a response
By Aniece Germain on March 9, 2017
The decision to form the nonprofit organization Hope and Change for Haiti came after a long and depressing observation on how thousands of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that have operated in Haiti with millions of dollars, have failed to bring viable and concrete change to people in need.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 15, 2017
Immigration is complicated. Trump’s executive orders made it more complicated. Here’s what legal experts think, and where they don’t know what to think.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, International News, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged 9th District, Andrew Horwitz, Chinese Exclusion Act, Deborah Gonzalez, Department of Homeland Security, donald trump, Guantanamo Bay, Immigration Law Clinic, Immigration Nationality Act, INA, islam, Jared Goldstein, lawful permanent residents, LPR, Neil Gorsuch, Peter Margulies, refugees, Roger Williams University School of Law, Supreme Court, visa holders | Leave a response
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 Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2017
Cheryl Al-Sasah’s story about a boy who is fleeing Syria for the safety of America is a perfect example of what’s going so wrong with our country right now.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Abdelnasser Hussein, AHOPE, Americans Helping Others Prosper, Cheryl Al-Sasah, Coalition for Safer Rhodes, Community Safety Act, CSA, DARE, David Cicilline, direct action for rights and equality, Donald Anderson, donald trump, FANG Collective, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gina Raimondo, Islamic School of Rhode Island, Jeanine Calkin, jorge elorza, Laufton Ascencao-Longo, Michele Dardashti, Mufti Ikram ul Haq, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, RICMA, sanctuary, Sarath Suong, Seena Chan, seth magaziner, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sophia Wright, Sterk Zaza, syria, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado, Working Families Party RI | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2017
Two thousand people arrived at the Rhode Island State House Saturday afternoon to protest President Donald Trump’s executive orders targeting Muslims and refugees.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, Photos, Politics, Religion, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Abdelnasser Hussein, David Cicilline, Donald Anderson, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gina Raimondo, Jeanine Calkin, jorge elorza, Laufton Ascencao, Michele Dardashti, Mufti Ikram ul Haq, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Sarath Suong, seth magaziner, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sofia Wright, Sterk Zara, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 22, 2017
We went to Washington DC to march against Trump. That’s what we did.
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 December 23, 2016
“We light these lights for the spirit of resilience that remains after our strength has ebbed away, with the steadfast knowledge that even as the bullets echo repeatedly on bodies lying in the street, that the impunity of the powerful cannot last forever.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, History, Holidays, Immigration, Inequality, International News, News, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged Burnside Park, donald trump, Jean Riesman, Jewish Voice for Peace Rhode Island, JVP, Kathy Lessuck, Living Menorah, Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 18, 2016
“I am aware the weather may not be favorable, but please do not let rain stop you!” wrote Eva, on of the organizers, “It is all the more reason to stand in prayer for those that are freezing with only the clothes on their backs and no shelter in winter weather. (Yes, it is winter in Syria.)”
Posted in Events, Featured, Immigration, International News, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, State House, Video | Tagged Bashar al-Assad, donald trump, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, RICMA, Russia, syria, Syrian refugees, Vladimir Putin | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 17, 2016
“I am walking out to call Brown University to protect its students, particularly Black, Native & Indigenous, Asian, undocumented, Muslim, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ students. Please join me if you would like to do the same.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Environmental Racism, Events, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Brown University, christina paxson, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Department of Homeland Security, donald trump, joe arpaio, NoDAPL | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 15, 2016
Tuesday night’s weekly protest outside TD Bank in downtown Providence took place in the pouring rain, but seven of the protesters split from the group outside the bank to visit Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s office, which is right across the street.
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, International News, Photos, Providence, Video | Tagged Brown University, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, donald trump, FANG Collective, Nick Katkevich, Sheldon Whitehouse, TD Bank | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 24, 2016
Today, in Burrillville, a group of Rhode Islanders is standing up to the fossil fuel oligarchy and when they win, it will mark a turning point in the climate change battle, and the effects could be as significant as those at Gaspee Point in 1772.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Events, Featured, History, Infrastructure, International News | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, Adler Pollock & Sheehan, Alan Shoer, apra, burrillville, Burrillville Town Council, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, Sheldon Whitehouse, Woonsocket | 2 Responses