By Steve Ahlquist on July 27, 2015
Sister Ann Keefe “was not a saint, she was better than that. She was human,” said her sister Kathy Keefe to an impressive crowd of 200 people at the newly christened Sister Ann Keefe Post Office at 820 Elmwood in Providence.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Education, Events, Featured, International News, Labor, Music, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Elijah Matthews, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, James Langevin, Kathy Keefe, Mary Blanchet, Pamela Matthews, Sister Ann, Sister Ann Keefe Post Office, Victoria Matthews, ¡City Arts!, ¡City Arts! Bucket Drummers | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 24, 2015
Most of the speakers wondered how the Governor could justify a pay increase given that she has made big moves in the course of her political career to cut both public sector employee pensions and Medicaid. As for the idea that such pay increases are necessary to attract the talent the job positions require, Todd Sandahl pointed out that these jobs are already filled.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Pensions, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Gina Raimondo, Jon Duffy, Jonathan Wormer, Kevin Loontjens, Office of Management and Budget, Suzanne Reilly, Todd Sandahl | 7 Responses
By RI Future on July 23, 2015
Danilo Saccoccio, an Italian national who received his green card in November, is married to an American citizen and has two children who are also American citizens. When he sought to turn in his Italian driver’s license for a Rhode Island one, he was advised he was entitled to no language accommodations to take the test even though it is offered in two languages other than English.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, International News, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged Civil Rights Act of 1964, Danilo Saccoccio, DOJ, Jennifer Doucleff, LEP, limited English proficiency, Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles, RI ACLU, RI DMV, Steven Brown, U.S. Department of Justice | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 23, 2015
The suit Dr. Jason Heap filed states that Heap’s “qualifications and experience far exceed the standards articulated by the Navy for accepting applicants [for military chaplaincies]… The Navy denied his application because of his Humanist beliefs.” According to the lawsuit, the Navy “does not consider Humanism to be a religion.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Defense, Featured, International News, National News, News, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Department of Defense, Humanists of Rhode Island, Jason Heap, pope francis, Rhode Island Coalition of Reason, RICoR, Roger Williams, The Bloudy Tenet of Persecution, Touro Synagogue, US Navy | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 22, 2015
The two party system is the problem, said James Patin of Worcester Socialist Alternative, and no one candidate, not Sawant, not Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, and not even socialist-independent turned Democrat Bernie Sanders is going to be able to challenge the system in a meaningful way by themselves.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Elections, Events, International News, Labor, National News, News, Politics, Republicans, Rhode Island | Tagged Alex Rothfelder, Bernie Sanders, columbus day, Democratic Party, green party, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, James Patin, jill stein, Kshama Sawant, Socialist Alternative, Worcester Socialist Alternative | Leave a response
By Randall Rose on July 20, 2015
Maybe we should have known, now that people’s videos have brought more public attention to police abuse, that it wouldn’t be long before some police returned to the “She killed herself” line. An African-American woman in Texas, Sandra Bland, was found dead in jail last week. A policeman had pulled her over for not signaling […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 14, 2015
The RI House of Representatives floor debate on the tipped minimum wage featuring Representatives Joseph Shekarchi, Doreen Costa, Patricia Morgan, Aaron Regunberg, Michael Chippendale, Antonio Giarrusso, Teresa Tanzi and John DeSimone.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Featured, Labor, National News, News, Politics, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Antonio Giarrusso, Doreen Costa, John DeSimone, Joseph Shekarchi, Michael Chippendale, patricia morgan, Teresa Tanzi, tipped minimum wage | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
“I didn’t plan to be homeless,” said Narcheline Vasquez, “One day, my job was gone like people in Rhode Island experience all too often. Within months, I lost my apartment and had nowhere to go. We stayed in a few temporary situations until finally… Lucy’s Hearth offered me a home.”
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Economic Development, Events, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Jennifer Barrera, Lucy's hearth, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, middletown, Narcheline Vazquez, Susan Erstling | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 29, 2015
Jim Vincent, President of the NAACP-Providence Branch, connected the racism of the alleged shooter with the rash of church burnings throughout the south and with the racist leaflets recently dropped in East Greenwich.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Gun Control, National News, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Carol Thomas-Davis, Charleston, Gabe Amo, gene Dyszlewski, Grace Episcopal Church, Gwendolyn Howard, jim vincent, Jonathan Huyck, jorge elorza, NAACP, One Voice, Reginald E Mitchell, Shavon Starling-Louis, Wayne Franklin | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 27, 2015
“Can you imagine if we could go in time and bring Roger Williams here today?” asked Rodney Davis to laughs, “but when you boil it down and get to its purest sense, Freedom, Liberty and Justice was the reason why he came here…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, History, LGBT, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged C. Kelly Smith, Edie Ajello, elizabeth roberts, frank ferri, Jenn Steinfeld, jorge elorza, Kate Monteiro, M Charles Bakst, Marriage Equality, Marti Rosenberg, Rodney Davis, Roger Williams, SCOTUS, seth magaziner, tony caparco | Leave a response
By Gene Dyszlewski on June 26, 2015
As leaders of faith communities that uphold same-sex marriage, we are delighted that the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in favor of inclusion of all American Couples. Now, all couples will enjoy the same rights and benefits.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 19, 2015
“We want someone not to get fired without just cause, without a hearing, without a meeting with a steward, without a meeting with a business agent. We have a problem with managers intimidating [and] harassing our members on the shop floor for standing up for their rights.”
By Steve Ahlquist on June 17, 2015
What does the new language mean? At bottom, any non-religious employer, as defined by the IRS, that elects to not include abortion coverage in their employee health plan, must allow employees to opt out of the company plan, and select any other plan, paying any additional costs out of pocket.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Featured, Health Care, International News, National News, News, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Arthur Corvese, barth bracy, Bernard Healey, Doe v. Burwell, Edie Ajello, healthsource ri, hobby lobby, John DeSimone, Nicholas Mattiello, Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, Raymond Gallison, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2015
Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed were met by unusual lobbyists in the hallways of the State House before going into session on Tuesday. Five children, Shyenne, 14, Seneca, 11, Shawnee, 9 Saponi, 8 and Dominique, 10, all victims of or witnesses to domestic violence, asked the General Assembly leaders to pass legislation that would create the Domestic Violence Prevention Fund, helping to “put an end to domestic violence before it starts.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Economy, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Deborah DeBare, domestic violence, Domestic Violence Prevention Fund, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships | Leave a response
By Anthony Maselli on June 7, 2015
“There’s a transgender girl out there living in darkness and depression, who will commit suicide before she can graduate high school, because her parents and her church will tell her that that which she has no control over is an abomination, and her classmates and teachers will convince her that she is a freak and a mistake.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, LGBT, National News, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged lgbtq, RI Pride | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 6, 2015
Mayor Jorge Elorza helped to unfurl the rainbow Pride flag on the steps of the Providence City Hall as a crowd of about 75 members and supporters of the Providence area LGBTQ community applauded.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, LGBT, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Alejandra Blaze, Amber Guzman, Anthony Maselli, jorge elorza, Kurt Bagley, lgbtq, Marissa O'Gara, RI Pride | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 22, 2015
Sanders is no radical, his brand of democratic socialism is in the northern European “strong social safety net” tradition, but that doesn’t mean Sanders isn’t the real deal. Eli, a Vermont native, knows Sanders to be a fierce independent and principled politician, a true rarity.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Elections, Featured, National News, Politics | Tagged Bernie Sanders, Democratic Socialism, hillary clinton, Jacobin, Rhode Island for Bernie Sanders, Socialism, Willie Thompson | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 18, 2015
The arguments against the death penalty are clear and compelling, and I am not going to restate them here. Instead, I am going to attempt to show that the death penalty phase process, that is, the way in which we determine whether or not someone like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is to be put to death, weaponizes […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 11, 2015
Lauren Niedel, of the RIPDA, summed up the reasons for her support when she said that Sanders “represents the people. He does not represent the 1 percent. He does not represent the corporations.” Indeed, Niedel presented the group with Sanders’ 12 point economic policy plan, which seemed to resonate well with those in attendance.
By Steve Ahlquist on May 7, 2015
Special Assistant Attorney General Joee Lindbeck testified that the AG’s office opposes the bill because it would require police officers to ask permission to search juveniles. She also said that the Attorney General’s office was not privy to the meetings between law enforcement and community group’s where the bill was put together.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Economy, National News, News, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged Comprehensive Community Police Relations Act, Edie Ajello, jim vincent, Joee Lindbeck, Jordan Seaberry, Kilmartin, michael evora, Mike Araujo, NAACP, Peter Kilmartin, police, Ray Watson, Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, steve pare, Stop and Frisk, Univocal Legislative Minority Advisory Commission | 1 Response