By Steve Ahlquist on May 25, 2016
In many ways, the commentary on the ProJo site is the worst thing about the once great newspaper. I’d think twice about drawing attention to it if I were the paper’s editor.
By Steve Ahlquist on May 11, 2016
“Today, in every mailbox in Burrillville, The Bargain Buyer, which is our Bible in Burrillville, was delivered,” said Burrillville resident Raymond Trinque, “Any clear thinking person would see this as a dirty trick by Invenergy.”
Posted in cities and towns, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Media, News, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Bargain Buyer, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board Meeting, Invenergy, John Niland, Kimberly Breault Sheeley, Raymond Trinque, Stacy Slekis | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on May 5, 2016
Providence Journal employees publicly rebuked their out-of-state bosses with a noontime demonstration outside of the once-venerable institution’s now increasingly vacant offices and newsroom on Fountain Street. “Now that they own us there is no effort to invest in us,” said Journal reporter John Hill, who is the president of the Providence Newspaper Guild, said of […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 11, 2016
“The ACLU is very disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Caleb Chafee case. We believe it fails to give sufficient weight to the important public interest in monitoring police investigations of high-profile cases.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, Media, News, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Amanda Milkovits, caleb chafee, Lincoln Chafee, Providence Journal | 1 Response
By ACLU of RI on March 30, 2016
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today announced it has agreed to provide legal representation to the Warwick Post and the Warwick Beacon, both of which have been threatened with a defamation suit if they write stories about the contents of a public document.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Featured, Media, News, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU of RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, anti-SLAPP law, first amendment, General Assembly, Jeffrey Sowa, John Howell, Neal McNamara, Nixon Peabody, Robert Borkowski, Rosemary Healey, Steven Brown, Warwick Beacon, Warwick Post, Warwick School Department, William Wynne | Leave a response
By Lauren Niedel on March 16, 2016
If you follow the Journal you would think that Trump was the only candidate that was going to be on the ballot in this state.
During Sunshine Week, ACLU seeks court order for the release of documents a local journalist has sought for years
By ACLU of RI on March 15, 2016
In its motion for summary judgment filed yesterday, the ACLU called for the release of “the wrongfully withheld documents post haste.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Health Care, Media, National News | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, DEA, Department of Justice, DOJ, Dr. Paul Volkman, FOIA, Freedom of Information Act, Freedom of the Press Foundation, Jessica Jewell, John McConnell, Jr., Neal McNamara, Nixon Peabody, Peter Neronha, Philip Eil, Steven Brown, Sunshine Week, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on March 7, 2016
Providence Journal Executive Editor David Butler said Rhode Island’s paper of record could have done a better job covering Bernie Sanders’ primary wins onSaturday. “I would agree it deserved more and the paper was GOP heavy,” Butler said, responding to a Nicholas Delmenico post alleging the ProJo isn’t offering fair and ample coverage to Democratic […]
By Nicholas Delmenico on March 7, 2016
The media blackout on U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is real, and it’s happening with our home state newspaper. Please read further for the gruesome details. On Saturday, March 5, 2016, Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in Democratic caucuses by voting margins of 35% in Kansas and 14% in Nebraska. He also lost by a margin of 48% in the […]
By David DuBois on February 10, 2016
“In 1978 I was 10 and living in Woonsocket during the great blizzard. The February storm dumped 58 inches of snow at my house, crippling the area. Days later, stories evolved, including my own positive experiences.”
By Steve Ahlquist on February 2, 2016
Is disinformation masquerading as science contributing to the healthy “discussion of major matters of public interest,” as ProJo editor Ed Achorn seems to be claiming? Is it “totalitarian” to demand something akin to the truth and honesty – even in a ProJo op/ed?
By Peter Nightingale on January 26, 2016
“The real problem with Politifact’s rating is that it is ethically challenged. It is blind to the precautionary principle, which says that the burden of proof that a public policy is not harmful falls on those who want implement it.”
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2016
In which we ask the age old question: Can hitting someone in the head with a frying pan make someone a Trump supporter?
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Featured, Health Care, Media, National News, News, Politics, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Alexander Perry, donald trump, Frank A. Ciccone, Gayle L. Goldin, Good Samaritan Act, III, John J. DeSimone, Joseph A. Trillo, Joseph M. McNamara, Juan Garcia, Licenses for All, Marilyn Cocozza Trillo, Nicholas A. Mattiello, rhoda perry, RI Trump for President | 2 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on November 28, 2015
TRUMBO (dir. Jay Roach, 2015) is a love letter to Left progressives, an intellectual and spiritual uplift that reaches out with tenderness to writers, activists, and film lovers for an exploration of one of the most awful moments of American domestic governance in the past century. Despite dealing with the McCarthy Red Scare era and […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 13, 2015
A new low-power FM community radio station is planned for Providence early next Summer. How can you help?
Posted in Arts & Culture, Featured, Media, Music, News, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged 101.1, APB Radio, AS220, Brown Student and Community Radio, BSR, FCC, jared paul, José Ramirez, PCR, Providence Community Radio, Reza Clifton, Sonic Watermelons, Wesli Dymoke | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on November 10, 2015
The Trans Pacific Partnership knows no party lines. It is supported by Barack Obama and Marco Rubio, it is reviled by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has moved from supportive to evasive. Nationally acclaimed author and URI history professor Erik Loomis’ new book “Out of Sight” deals with the exact issues the […]
By Bob Plain on November 9, 2015
The so-called middle class was largely created by labor unions and government regulations during a brief 40-year window during the 20th Century, explains popular progressive author and University of Rhode Island history professor Erik Loomis. “From the beginning of the 1930’s with the successful unionization of the American workforce and the New Deal continuing through […]
By Andrew Stewart on October 5, 2015
AS220 is known for hosting groundbreaking art on a regular basis. Thursday saw the opening of an exhibition of two artists who certainly fit that profile perfectly. VISIT AS220 FOR MORE INFO! Hannah Purcell Martin’s work is traditional, but nonetheless has a vibrant quality. With traditional paint and surface mediums, she has created a series […]
By Andrew Stewart on September 30, 2015
Trevor Noah’s premiere on THE DAILY SHOW, taking the place of Jon Stewart, was a nice opening. His discussion of the papal visit to America was funny, his take on Speaker of the House John Boehner’s resignation went over well, and his coverage of the discovery of water on Mars, which included the introduction of a […]
By Ashley Stokes on September 25, 2015
“…Our white countrymen do not know us. They are strangers to our character, ignorant of our capacity, oblivious to our history and progress, and are misinformed as to the principles and ideas that control and guide us, as a people. The great mass of American citizens estimates us as being a characterless and purposeless people; […]