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
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.
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.
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, International News, National News | Tagged Allan Kanner, Clean Water Act, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, CWA, ExxonMobil, Maura Healey, RCRA, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act | Leave a response
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.
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.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Events, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, International News, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, democracy now!, FANG Collective, Standing Rock Sioux, TD Bank | Leave a response
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.
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 […]