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 Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, 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, Lisa Badelli-Hunt, Sheldon Whitehouse, Timmons Roberts, Woonsocket, Woonsocket Town Council | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 5, 2016
Bottled water, non-perishable food items and supplies can be dropped off at 603 Elmwood Ave Providence, RI 02907 or A & G Multiservices Center LLC, 608 Charles Street, Providence RI 02904.
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By Conservation Law Foundation on September 29, 2016
Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) filed a lawsuit today against ExxonMobil for its endangerment of communities along the Mystic River – the first lawsuit of its kind in the nation since revelations last year about the corporation’s decades-long campaign to discredit climate science.
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By Steve Ahlquist on September 27, 2016
Andrew Bacevich, a noted scholar, author, and critic of U.S. imperialism, will be speaking on U.S. policy, or lack thereof, in the Middle East on October 6 from 7-9 pm at the Westminster Unitarian Church, 24 Kenyon Street in East Greenwich, RI.
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By Bob Plain on September 19, 2016
The Union of Concerned Scientists and the Catholic Church have at least two things in common. Both organizations have sounded the alarm on climate change and nuclear proliferation. It’s the latter that will bring the two organizations together on this week in Providence. They are two of the organizations hosting a forum called “A New […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 16, 2016
TD Bank in downtown Providence became the target of local environmental and indigenous American activists Thursday in response to calls for solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux as they continue to battle the $3.78 billion Dakota Access Pipeline.
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By Steve Ahlquist on September 12, 2016
“In January [Nabisco] made the announcement. They said, ‘we’re laying off 600 people, we’re sending the production down to Mexico, you can basically deal with it,’” explained Nate Zeff, of the BCTGM International Union.
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By Bob Plain on August 31, 2016
After global pressure from human rights groups, increasing pressure from Washington DC and months of protests locally, Textron is getting out of the cluster bomb business. “The process of selling this product internationally has become complex to the point that the company has decided to exit the business,” said Textron spokesman David Sylvestre. “Under a […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 29, 2016
On her first night in our Providence, Malala Yousafzai ate at the restaurant India on the East Side. In her telling, she ate too much and decided to go for a walk in the park with her father. In the park, she says, “Nobody was even looking at me.” Everyone was too busy playing Pokémon Go.
By Bob Plain on July 7, 2016
The protests against Textron cluster bombs are spreading from Rhode Island to Massachusetts. On Wednesday, Massachusetts Peace Action held a protest at Textron Systems, a subsidiary of Providence-based Textron in Wilmington, Mass., that was attended by more than 40 people. “This was inspired by the Providence protests,” said Cole Harrison, executive director of Mass Peace […]
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.
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By Bob Plain on June 20, 2016
Congress is coming under increasing pressure to stop supplying cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, but Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed doesn’t seem to be feeling it. He said the weapons, which are made by Rhode Island-based Textron and banned by 119 nations but not the US and Saudi Arabia, “should still be provided under strict […]
By Bob Plain on June 16, 2016
Congressmen David Cicilline and Jim Langevin both supported an amendment to the House military spending bill that would stopped the United States from transferring Textron-made cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to transfer or authorize the transfer of any cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia,” […]
By Jewish Voice for Peace Rhode Island on June 9, 2016
There is a growing movement of conscience to use boycotts as a peaceful strategy against the human rights violations imposed by Israel against the Palestinian people. This House Bill as proposed would itself discriminate against those have taken a principled stance for justice and international principles of human rights.
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By Bob Plain on June 2, 2016
Rhode Island-based Textron has come under scrutiny for making cluster bombs the US sells to Saudi Arabia. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have documented civilian casualties in Yemen from cluster bombs, which are banned by 119 nations but not by the United States and Saudi Arabia. Textron is the only North American manufacturer of cluster bombs.
By Bob Plain on May 31, 2016
Textron CEO Scott Donnelly wrote an op/ed in today’s Providence Journal taking issue with the tactics of activists who are targeting Textron for making cluster bombs. “It’s clear that we live in dangerous times,” Donnelly’s op/ed begins, citing concerns against “enemies such as ISIS, the Taliban, Al Qaeda and others.” Donnelly, the $12.2 million-a-year president […]
By Bob Plain on May 28, 2016
After months of sustained pressure from global humanitarian groups – as well as peace activists in Rhode Island – the United States seems poised to stop selling cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, according to an exclusive report in Foreign Policy. “Frustrated by a growing death toll, the White House has quietly placed a hold on […]
By Bob Plain on May 27, 2016
Textron CEO Scott Donnelly is the second highest paid corporate executive in Rhode Island on a list produced by the Associated Press this week. Donnelly is paid $12.2 million, according to the AP, in “salary, bonus, perks, stock awards, stock option awards, deferred compensation and other pay components that include benefits and perks.” Larry Merlo, […]
By Bob Plain on May 26, 2016
Pia Ward has personal reasons for protesting Textron’s cluster bombs. She grew up in Beirut, Lebanon and as a young girl collected the military ordnance strewn across the countryside. “My dad said ‘don’t pick up anything that’s live,’” she said, showing off what she described as an expired Israeli landmine found in Beirut during the […]
By Bob Plain on May 24, 2016
Amnesty International is the latest humanitarian organization to call out Textron for providing cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. A new report from AI says cluster bomb evidence found in Yemen was “manufactured by Textron Defense Systems,” a Massachusetts subsidiary of the Rhode Island-based conglomerate. “The presence of dud skeet submunitions in Yemen which have failed […]