By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2016
The behavior of the security guards and police officers at the Providence Convention Center, where the press conference was held, became a preview of what many fear might become the norm if the wrong policies are instituted in downtown Providence.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Inequality, Media, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged ACLU, Anita Baffoni, Bob Plain, Joseph Paolino, kennedy plaza, Providence Business News, Providence Convention Center, Providence Journal, RINPR, steve brown | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 12, 2016
RI State Representative Jan Malik said that when re-posted a picture of 25 flag-draped coffins of American soldiers killed in battle, he didn’t notice that the picture and text came from right-wing political activist, musician and racist Ted Nugent.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Democrats, Featured, Media, News, Politics, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged black lives matter, colin kaepernick, House Veterans Affairs Committee, jan malik, Jason Knight, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, National Anthem, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Ted Nugent | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 9, 2016
Two races of special importance to Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello are being influenced through mailers sent out by a not-so-mysterious group calling themselves “Progress RI” which is funded by the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers (RIBCO).
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Criminal Justice, Democrats, Featured, Gun Control, Media, News, Politics, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged David Coughlin, David Norton, Fund for a Democratic Leadership, jan malik, Jason Knight, Nicholas Mattiello, Progress RI, Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers, Rhode Island Progressives Democrats of America, RIBCO, Richard Ferruccio, RIPDA | 5 Responses
By Grant Metts on August 23, 2016
This week on the Grim Wisdom podcast I sit down with Eliza Sher, a RI psychotherapist working in Providence. (Yes, I’ve had her on before, but this time we were drinking!) Topics include current events in RI politics, as always, but also the dark places in the human psyche and the stories we tell ourselves about who […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 23, 2016
It’s nice to learn that GoLocal is learning about journalism from closely reading RI Future, but I think they might need a few more lessons.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Democrats, Featured, Media, Opinion, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged General Assembly, GoLocalProv, jan malik, Jason Knight, John DeSimone, Kate Nagle, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, RI Future, Steve Ahlquist | 2 Responses
By Meghan Kallman on July 5, 2016
If our goal is to ultimately have safer, healthier communities that benefit everyone, then we would do well to celebrate, rather than shame, the success stories. Congratulations, Sal. Benny’s, I applaud your inclusivity. You have my business.
By Bob Plain on June 28, 2016
How misleading are Providence Journal editorials on public education and specifically charter schools? The news department ran a front page story this morning overtly correcting misinformation found in its editorials.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 21, 2016
GoLocal, “has a history of dehumanizing stories related to the poor and homeless” said protesters on Tuesday. The news site’s latest headline, “Panhandling continues to plague Providence”, was too much. They organized a panhandling protest.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Media, News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Curtis Pouliot-Alvarez, golocal, PrYSM, Rhode Island Center for Justice, Shannah Kurland | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 1, 2016
“…using her birth name is both disrespectful and dangerous,” says Ethan Huckel of TGI Network of RI, “because it has the potential to out her as transgender. This is not only a violation of her privacy, but, depending on her personal circumstances, could jeopardize her safety.
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?