By Steve Ahlquist on May 4, 2015
“When we chant Black Lives Matter, we are bringing forward voices that are normally ignored. Historically ignored. Presently ignored. To push back and tell us All Lives Matter is to also be complicit with this hollow, patriarchal, white supremacist society…”
By Steve Ahlquist on May 3, 2015
Over 500 people joined the Black Lives Matter march in Providence on Saturday. The event, organized by End Police Brutality PVD, was held in solidarity with Baltimore, which has become the new epicenter for change in the ongoing tragedy of police violence against blacks and other people of color.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, National News, Photos, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged black lives matter, DARE, Direct Actions for Rights & Equality, End Police Brutality PVD, Protest, Providence Police | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 28, 2015
“Providence is not a minor league city,” said Asher Schofield, “We are what we dream ourselves to be. What we want to be. And we want to be major league. These are antiquated notions, the idea of public financing of private enterprise. This [deal] is not the grand notion that we need to have as a city moving forward… These minor league aspirations are beneath us.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Events, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State Budget, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Andrew Posner, Asher Schofield, capital good fund, Cathy Orloff, Coalition Radio, DARE, David Fisher, direct action for rights and equality, Fred Ordonez, Gina Catalano, Gina Raimondo, green party, greg gerritt, James Skeffington, Larry Girouard, lauren niedel, Medicaid, Mike Puyana, Mike Rollins, Occupy Providence, Pat Ford, PawSox, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, Randall Rose, Republican Party, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, Rhode Island Libertarian Party, Rhode Island Sierra Club, RI Taxpayers, ri tea party, RICC, Roland Gauvin, Steven Frias | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 27, 2015
According to Perez, Seattle “has had the highest minimum wage in the country over the last twelve years, and they have no tipped credit… If the opponents were correct, then every time you fly to Seattle, you ought to bring a bagged lunch, because all the restaurants should be going out of business.”
Posted in Economy, Featured, Labor, National News, State House, White House | Tagged Barack Obama, Bob Bacon, David Cicilline, gayle goldin, Gina Raimondo, Gold International Machinery, minimum wage, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, tipped minimum wage, Tom Perez | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 25, 2015
“Paid leave is good for business and employees,” said Cicilline, “Supporting programs like paid leave promotes [employee] retention, recruitment of employees and improves productivity.”
Posted in Economy, Featured, National News, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Barrack Obama, Dan Gold, David Cicilline, District 1199 SEIU, gayle goldin, george nee, Gold International Machinery, jack reed, James Langevin, Lead on Leave, LNA Laser Technology, paid leave, Patrick Quinn, Rhode Island AFL-CIO, RI Department of Labor and Training, Scott Jensen, Tom Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 18, 2015
Protesters describe the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as “a corporate power grab disguised as a trade deal.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Congress, corporate greed, Featured, International News, National News, White House | Tagged Chris Curry, David Cicilline, EFF, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Everette Aubin, Occupy Providence, Pat Fontes, Randall Rose, RI Coalition to Defend Human & Civil Rights, RI MoveOn, RI Progressive Democrats of America, RI Sierra Club, Robert Malin, Susan Walker, tpp, Trans Pacific Partnership | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 16, 2015
Providence became one of over 200 cities to participate in a “National Day of Action to Fight for $15.” In a two hour march through downtown Providence, nearly 100 workers and activists visited businesses engaged in wage theft, low pay and anti-unionization efforts.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Labor, National News, Photos, Rhode Island | Tagged Carmen Castillo, Carpenters Local 9, Cilantro, DARE, Direct Actions for Rights & Equality, fight for 15, First Source, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, IUPAT Local 195 DC 11 Painters, jeffrey santos, jesse strecker, jorge elorza, Malcus Mills, Michael Araujo, omni providence hotel, Phoebe Gardener, procaccanti group, Providence Hilton Hotel, Providence Renaissance, Restaurant Opportunities Center of RI, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, ROC-RI, santa brito, SEIU Rhode Island, tax stabilization, Unite Here Local 217, wage theft | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 15, 2015
“Once I met a lady who was in terrible, terrible pain of cancer and I told her, ‘This is but the kiss of Jesus, a sign that you have come so close to Jesus on the cross that he can kiss you.’ And the lady, though she was in great pain, she joined her hands together and said, ‘Mother Teresa, please tell Jesus to stop kissing me.’”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Health Care, National News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Abortion, Arthur Corvese, Barth E. Bracy, catholic church, Christopher Mahar, Corvese Amendment, Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, RI Right to Life, Robert Lancia, William F. Buckley Jr. | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 10, 2015
Governor Raimondo is “saying that she wants to be an advocate for home care,” says home care advocate Nicholas Oliver, “particularly with this working group Reinventing Medicaid, but frankly we haven’t seen her put her money where her mouth is. She put into her budget proposal last month a freeze on home health care for another consecutive fiscal year.”
Posted in cities and towns, Class Warfare, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Health Care, Labor, National News, News, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Department of Health, Gina Raimondo, Inc., Medicaid, minimum wage, Nicholas Oliver, Reinventing Medicaid, Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on April 9, 2015
When Linc Chafee took me sailing last spring, we got to talking about what he’d like to do next and I suggested he put together a team to win back the America’s Cup sailing championship. But it seems as if Rhode Island’s recent one-term governor still has political ambitions instead. Chafee announced today he’s considering […]
By Bob Plain on April 8, 2015
Susan Herman, president of the American Civil Liberties Union who is in Rhode Island today to speak at a panel discussion on policing, said she is not surprised to learn that a white police officer shot a Black man in South Carolina. “I wish I could say I was surprised,” she told me. “Unfortunately it’s […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, National News | Tagged alcu, black lives matter, Civil Liberties, mass incarceration, north charleston, south carolina, susan herman, Voter ID, voter suppression | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 7, 2015
“Maynard demonstrated that how we face death is a matter of personal ethics, informed by our beliefs and our conscience. No one should dictate the way we die any more than they should dictate the way we live, yet too often we see those dealing with difficult, end-of-life decisions being infantilized, as if terminal disease trumps our autonomy and humanity.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, National News, Religion, State House | Tagged Brittany Maynard, Compassion and Choices, Death with Dignity, Lila Manfield Sapinsley Cmpassionate Care Act, Right to Die | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 2, 2015
Over twenty members of NEARI local 806 carried picket signs on North Main St early this morning before separating to cover the various studios that are spread over the RISD campus. The art studio technicians are officially on strike until “the administration returns to the negotiating table.”
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Labor, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged art, Labor, NEARI, RISD, strike | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 30, 2015
Rhode Island needs to repeal its version of the RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act). We need to do this because our state is the birthplace of religious liberty and freedom of conscience. We need to do this because it is integral to the very DNA of Rhode Island that we brook no persecution or privilege based on deeply held religious convictions.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Economy, Featured, LGBT, National News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Burwell v Hobby Lobby, civil unions, Corvese Amendment, Employment Division v. Smith, lgbtq, Mike Pence, Nicholas Mattiello, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, RI Supreme Court | 6 Responses
By Bob Plain on March 27, 2015
Look around any impoverished neighborhood in Rhode Island and you’ll easily find a neon sign above a storefront offering a payday loan. This is what legalized loan sharking looks like. Such stores have sprung up all over the poorest parts of Rhode Island since the legislature passed an exemption to state usury laws in 2001. […]
Posted in Economy, Featured, National News, State House | Tagged Bill Murphy, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, don anderson, margaux morisseau, mattiello, morriseau, muphy, Obama, payday loan, raimondo, Rhode Island Coalition for Payday Lending Reform | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 11, 2015
Normally a bill like this wouldn’t attract much attention. It would be dismissed as a cynical statement against a successful social welfare program by right-wing ideologues, but Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, a nominal Democrat, has several times suggested that HealthSourceRI is too expensive and that turning the exchange over to the federal government, something that no state has ever done, might be an option.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, National News, Republicans, State House | Tagged Antonio Giarusso, Anya Rader Wallack, Daniel reilly, Deborah Ruggiero, healthsourceRI, Justin price, King v. Burwell, Michael Chippendale, Nicholas Mattiello, patricia morgan, Raymond Gallison, Supreme Court | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 10, 2015
Undoing the damage of decades of racist housing policy and preventing future Fergusons requires a plan. RhodeMap RI isn’t quite that plan, it’s more a collection of guidelines to help communities develop a plan, but it’s a good step in the right direction.
Posted in cities and towns, Class Warfare, Featured, Housing, National News, Race & Racism | Tagged affordable housing, barrington, Charlestown, coventry, east greenwich, Economic Policy institute, EPI, exeter, fair share law, ferguson, Hopkinton, Justin price, Mike Brown, portsmouth, Rhode Island Comprehensive Housing Production and Rehabilitation Act of 2004, Rhode Island Low and Moderate Income Housing Act, RhodeMap, Richard Rothstein, Richmond, Sherry Roberts, St. Louis, US Department of Justice, West greenwich | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 6, 2015
Representative Slater said that Colorado, the first state to make tax and regulate marijuana, “has one of the fastest going economies in the country.” Money spent on legal marijuana products is money denied to organized crime, says Slater, who asked, “Do we allow criminals to control the market? Or do we want the sales to be regulated and taxed?”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Economic Development, Featured, marijuana reform, National News, State House | Tagged colorado, Dan Harrop, first mover advantage, James Crawley, jared moffat, josh miller, Marijuana, Regulate Rhode Island, Scott Slater, tax and regulate | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 25, 2015
The bill seeks to criminalize knowingly transmitting HIV. Stephen Hourahan, of AIDS Project RI said the bill will, “privilege the ignorance of not knowing your status.” We don’t want the mantra to be, “Take the test and risk arrest,” said Hourhan, adding that such a bill would create a “viral underclass” and should be opposed by all.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Health Care, LGBT, National News, State House | Tagged AIDS Care Ocean State, AIDS Project RI, Anthony DeRose, Anthony Maselli, Ben Klein, Dr. Amy Nunn, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, HIV, House Judiciary Committee, Kristen Pfeiffer, lgbtq, Michael Fine, Paul Fitzgerald, Rhode Island Democratic Party LGBTQ Caucus, Rhode Island Department of Health, RI HIV Prevention Coalition, Robert Nardolillo, Stephen Hourahan, world aids day, Young Democrats of Rhode Island | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 6, 2015
Tess Brown-Lavoie was found guilty of disorderly conduct for her part in blocking the highway during the #blacklivesmatter protests on November 25 of last year and sentenced to six months probation, 100 hours of community service and a $500 fine by Judge Christine Jabour.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, National News, Race & Racism | Tagged BlackLivesMatter, Christine Jabour, Dennis Cannario, Eric Batista, ferguson, Franklin Navarro, Leonides Raptakis, Molly Kitiyakara, Rhode Island State Traffic Commission, Shannah Kurland, Stephen Regine, Tess Brown-Lavoie | Leave a response