By Bob Plain on January 3, 2018
Rhode Island put low-income residents “at risk of losing their homes and their utilities and deprives them of funds needed for their daily living expenses, including food,” by removing them from a popular Medicaid program without proper notice, according to a new class action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island. It […]
By Bob Plain on December 29, 2017
When the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty holds its 10th annual Fighting Poverty with Faith Vigil at the State House next week (Wed., Jan. 3, 3pm), it will be among the first public event for the group’s new director and lead organizer, Victoria Strang. Strang, who started in October, grew up in Massachusetts […]
By Steve Rackett on November 22, 2017
Marcela Betancur is director of the RI New Leaders Council, vice-president of the RI Latino Political Action Committee and a policy associate with the ACLU. She was raised in Colombia and moved to Rhode Island when she was 12. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a BA degree in political science and public administration […]
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Justice, Rhode Island, South Kingstown, State House | Tagged criminal justice, DACA, Marcela Betancur, New Leaders Council Rhode Island, RI ACLU, RILPAC, transgender students | Leave a response
By Michael Kennedy on October 21, 2017
Our anxieties about democracy typically focus on the scum floating on the surface. Political polarizations might lead us to note different noxious currents, and the good hearted and most civic among us are likely, then, to say that the problem rests in our distant standpoints, our filter bubbles, our echo chambers. I think that the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 12, 2017
We hope they will engage productively in the implementation of the [Community Safety Act] and not waste time trying to undo an ordinance that has had several years of vetting by all parties involved.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Elections, Featured, Immigration, Justice, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Community Safety Act, CSA, Dan McGowan, Julianne Lima, Michael Imondi, PCPRA, Providence City Council, Providence Community-Police Relations Act, Providence Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, Robert Boehm, STEP-UP Network | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 4, 2017
For Migrant Justice, this is just the beginning. As the program is rolled out on the farms in Ben & Jerry’s supply chain, Migrant Justice will be preparing to expand Milk with Dignity to other companies.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Justice, Labor, Vermont | Tagged Ben & Jerry’s, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Enrique Balcazar, Fair Food Program, Jostein Solheim, Migrant Justice, Milk with Dignity Program | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 2, 2017
Well over 400 people converged on India Point Park for the March for Racial Justice (M4RJ). Sister marches were held across the country. In Providence, the “march” was actually more of a rally.
Posted in Activism, Arkansas, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Racism, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Indigenous Americans, Inequality, Justice, LGBTQ, National News, News, People, Photos, Poverty, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Sex Work, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AMOR, Arely Díaz, Behind the Walls, Black Studies Academy of Rhode Island, Blue Lives Matter, Cata Lorenzo, Celeste Terry-Lo, Community Defense Project, Community Safety Act, CSA, Daniel Chhum, DARE, David Veliz, direct action for rights and equality, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, India Point Park, John Prince, Justice Gaines, M4RJ, Malchus Mills, March for Racial Justice, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Marco McWilliams, Narragansett Tribe, Niko Merritt, Nirva LaFortune, No LNG in PVD, Project Weber/RENEW, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Randy Noka, rent control, Ron Lewis, Sankofa Community Connection, Seneca Pender, Stephen Dy, Tatiana Jones, Times Squared Academy, Vanessa Flores-Maldonaldo, Yojaida Heredia | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 22, 2017
The tour is building support for a national day of action on October 5th with protests and actions outside Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shops across the United States.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Immigration, Justice, Labor, National News, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Vermont, Video | Tagged Abel Luna, bell street chapel, Ben & Jerry’s, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Fair Food Program, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Migrant Justice, Milk with Dignity Program, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Will Lambek | Leave a response
By Nicole Cordier on September 9, 2017
The state’s “civil death” law, enacted more than a century ago, declares people sentenced to life in prison to be “dead” for virtually all legal purposes, even though most of them are eligible for parole after 20 years.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Justice, National News, Prison Reform, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged ACI, ACLU of Rhode Island, civil death statute, DOC, first amendment, Gina Raimondo, joe arpaio, Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Richard Paiva, Steven Brown, Superior Court, Supremacy Clause | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 8, 2017
The Democratic Party has railed against Trump’s decision to end DACA in six months but actual action, in the form of legislation that could help undocumented immigrants in RI, has not passed in the Democrat controlled General Assembly.
Posted in Cities and Towns, Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, Justice, National News, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education, Blackstone Valley Economic Progress Institute, Cambodian Society of Rhode Island, DACA, DARE, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Direct Action or Rights and Equality, donald trump, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, driver's licenses, fuerza laboral, General Assembly, ice, Latino Policy Institute, NAACP Providence Branch, providence student union, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Democratic Party, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Sojourner House, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement | 1 Response
By Jordan Seaberry on August 31, 2017
That Rhode Island’s 95.5 WBRU has, for around 50 years, served as Rhode Island’s alternative radio station and our state’s lifeline to the national music scene is only half of its significance. WBRU is also one of the community’s most direct communicative links into the Adult Correctional Institution. Listen to WBRU on Sundays and you’ll […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2017
“Rhode Island was founded on the principles of tolerance and diversity. Those values mean nothing if we abandon them in times of difficulty. Dreamers are in our schools in every community. They are Rhode Islanders. As long as I am Governor, Rhode Island will stand with Dreamers and DACA recipients.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2017
“When Wendy Becker came to me again and asked me to work on the conversion therapy ban, I had to say yes. Wendy was just amazing in her running the campaign for passage of this bill.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, Justice, LGBTQ, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, Donna Nesselbush, Edie Ajello, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Lisa Carcieri, Wendy Becker, Youth Pride Inc, YPI | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 26, 2017
Po Metacom Camp issued three responses Friday evening to a Brown University letter that challenged the legitimacy of the Pokanoket Tribe.
Posted in Activism, Bristol, Civil Rights, Featured, History, Indigenous Americans, Justice, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged American Aborigine Tribal Trusts, Brown University, FANA, FANG Collective, Federation of Aboriginal Nations of America, Hague Trust Treaty, King Philip’s War, Mashpee, Mashpee Wampanoag, Metacom, NAIS, Narragansett Tribe, Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative, Neesu Wushuwunoag, Po Metacom Camp, Po Wauipi Neimpaug, Pokanoket Nation, Rhode Island Indian Council, Wampanoag, Yale University | Leave a response
By Jean Philippe Barros, Sandra Cano, Meghan Kallman on August 17, 2017
As duly elected officials in the city of Pawtucket and the state of Rhode Island, we condemn in the strongest possible terms the abhorrent display of hatred and white supremacy in Charlottesville over the weekend. The act of domestic terrorism that claimed a life should be severely punished. We recognize that the divisions in America […]
By Selene Means on August 14, 2017
Rhode Islanders gathered at the State House Sunday to stand with Charlottesville, the Virginia college town just south of the Mason-Dixon line where a white supremacist rally this weekend devolved into violence and left one woman dead and 19 others injured after an alleged Nazi sympathizer is said to have sped his Dodge Charger into […]
By Steve Rackett on August 2, 2017
Representative Teresa Tanzi, D-Narragansett, South Kingstown, was the lead sponsor of a domestic violence/gun control bill in this year’s General Assembly. She told me about domestic violence and her hopes of the bill becoming law now that Speaker Matiello has signaled an end to the current stand-off, with an indication that the House will meet […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 30, 2017
Carly Crystal is a combat veteran discharged from the military just before the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and spent four years on the streets as a homeless veteran.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Defense, Events, Featured, Health Care, Justice, LGBTQ, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Carly Crystal, donald trump, Ethan Huckel, Jaye Watts, Milá Kingsley, Nika Lomazzo, Project Weber/RENEW, Tatiana Jones, TGI Network | Leave a response
In light of Minneapolis shooting, ACLU urges revised police body cam policies in Providence and Newport
By Nicole Cordier on July 26, 2017
“…were a similar tragedy to occur here, police officers’ cameras likely would not have been activated either under the department’s current policies.”
By Bob Plain on July 24, 2017
Most peace-aspiring people pause in early August to mourn the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Rhode Island, on the other hand, takes a dramatically different approach. We are the only state that still celebrates Victory Day, which marks the end of World War II in Japan. This year Rhode Islanders can do both. On […]