By Steve Ahlquist on June 27, 2016
“This year, Rhode Islanders will make it known at the polls that anti-abortion politicians have no place in the Rhode Island State House,” said Craig O’Connor, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, Rhode Island with Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, National News, News, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, ACOG, All Saints Memorial Church, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Anthony Kennedy, Craig O’Connor, David A. Ames, Elena Kagan, General Assembly, Jennifer Villavicencio, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood Action Fund Clergy Advocacy Board, Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island, Roe. v. Wade, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Steven Breyer, Steven Brown, The Guttmacher Institute, United States Supreme Court, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 16, 2016
Since the bottom 99 percent makes $47,545 on average, the top one percent makes 18.6 times more than the bottom 99 in this state.
Posted in Class Warfare, Economy, Featured, Inequality, National News, News, Poverty, Rhode Island | Tagged EARN, Economic Analysis and Research Network, Economic Policy institute, EPI, Estelle Sommeiller, Institute for Research in Economic and Social Sciences | 1 Response
By Harry Rix on June 15, 2016
After 400 years of terror, isn’t it time for all Christians to speak out against ‘Radical Christian Extremism?’ Slavery was terrorism: Plantations were concentration camps. The Native American genocide was terrorism: The Trail of Tears was a death march. Hangings by slave patrols and the Ku Klux Klan were terrorism: These murders—often perpetrated or approved by white ‘Christians’—were intended to grieve, horrify and intimidate blacks.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, History, Immigration, LGBT, National News, Opinion, Politics, Race & Racism, Religion, Republicans | Tagged Islamophobia, love, Muslims, Radical Muslim Extremists, terror attacks, terrorism, truth | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 12, 2016
Our hearts are with our Florida brothers and sisters, their families and all those affected by this senseless act. We lament the agonizing loss of life, and we are renewed in our commitment to create a safer world.
By Jewish Voice for Peace Rhode Island on June 9, 2016
There is a growing movement of conscience to use boycotts as a peaceful strategy against the human rights violations imposed by Israel against the Palestinian people. This House Bill as proposed would itself discriminate against those have taken a principled stance for justice and international principles of human rights.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, International News, National News, Politics, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged BDS, israel, Jewish Voice for Peace Rhode Island, Mia Ackerman, palestine | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 2, 2016
The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence joined with organizations across the nation yesterday to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day by wearing orange, and illuminating the State House with orange lights.
Posted in Activism, Domestic Violence, Events, Featured, Gun Control, National News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Hadiya Pendleton, Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America, National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, Wear Orange | Leave a response
By Food and Water Watch on May 26, 2016
Over a dozen national advocacy groups joined local community groups in delivering a letter to Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo asking her to show climate leadership and revoke her support for the proposed Invenergy Clean River Energy Center in Burrillville, RI.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Infrastructure, National News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged 350 CT, 350.org, AnastasiaThinks INC, Breast Cancer Action, burrillville, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Center for Biological Diversity, Clean River Energy Center, Climate Disobedience Center, Elders Climate Action, Environmental Action, Food & Water Watch, Franciscan Response to Fracking, Friends of the Earth, Gina Raimondo, Governors' Accord for a New Energy Future, Grassroots Environmental Education, Immanuel Congregational Church UCC Environmental Ministry Team, Invenergy, Jewish Climate Action Network, Justice Action Mobilization Network, Justice and Peace Office of the Congregation of Notre Dame USA, Kathy Martley, National Nurses United, Nick Katkevich, People Demanding Action, Popular Resistance, Progressive Democrats of America, South Coast Neighbors United Inc., Stand, Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion, The FANG Collective, Toxics Action Center, U.S. Climate Plan, We Are Seneca Lake, Wenonah Hauter | Leave a response
By Resist AIM on May 25, 2016
Two people courageously locked themselves into a renewable-energy powered, 20-ft recycled shipping-container home at the work site, directly on the Spectra Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) Pipeline route.
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, Photos | Tagged AIM Pipeline, Algonquin Incremental Market, Andrew Cuomo, Beyond Extreme Energy, Charles Schumer, Cove Point LNG, Dominion, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, Jane Kendall, Kirsten Gillibrand, Lee Stewart, Marylee Hanley, NRC, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Resist AIM, spectra | Leave a response
By Economic Progress Institute on May 11, 2016
A new report released this morning by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) emphasizes the importance of state estate taxes as tools for broadly shared prosperity and as a means to ensure that the very wealthy don’t avoid taxes by sheltering their wealth.
Posted in Class Warfare, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, National News, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Douglas Hall, EITC, Elizabeth McNichol, Estate Tax, Rachel Flum, State Estate Taxes: A Key Tool for Broadly Shared Prosperity | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 5, 2016
“…You can’t simply just determine a tax at will and tax somebody… It’s not fair to leave you with the impression that this can be done when it can’t be done,” said Burrillville Town Manager Michael Wood.
Problem is, Wood is wrong.
Posted in Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Environment, Events, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, National News, News, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Beckwith-Bruckshaw Memorial Lodge, Burrillville Town Council, Conservation Law Foundation, dan yorke, Deborah Krieg, donald trump, FANG Collective, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, John Niland, John Pacheco, Kenneth Putnam Jr, Michael Wood, Nick Katkevich, State of Mind, Stephen Rawson, Tiya Loiselle, Tom Kravitz | 3 Responses
By Jerry Elmer on May 2, 2016
My friend Dan Berrigan – Jesuit priest, poet, and peace activist – died yesterday, April 30, at age 94. April 30 was, of course, the anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war, a fact that had been much on my mind yesterday.
By Steve Ahlquist on May 1, 2016
Devastation similar to that wrought by a gas pipeline explosion Friday in Salem Township, Pennsylvania is a real possibility in Burrillville, Rhode Island, and discounting this danger would be irresponsible.
Posted in cities and towns, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged Ashlee Hardway, Carl Weimer, Dan Christensen, Invenergy, Miami Herald, National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives, National Transportation Safety Board Office of Railroad, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations, Pipeline Safety Trust, Pittsburgh Action News 4, Robert Hall, Sarah Smith, Spectra Energy, SpectraBusters, Texas Eastern, Texas Eastern Transmission, U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 25, 2016
The best and the worst that Rhode Island has to offer was on display during Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s visit Monday.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged DARE, direct action for rights and equality, donald trump, PrYSM, White Noise Collective | 6 Responses
By Randall Rose on April 24, 2016
Donald Trump will be holding a rally at 1pm Monday at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, and some Rhode Islanders hope to shut the rally down… My aim in this article is to argue against trying to shut down the pro-Trump rally.
By Steve Ahlquist on April 22, 2016
A group of people associated with The FANG Collective carried out an action at the international headquarters of State Street Corporation in downtown Boston on Friday. Two members of the group locked-down to two doors at the main entrance of the building using bicycle locks while others swarmed inside urging the companies to end its investments in the fracked-gas industry.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, Massachusetts, National News, News | Tagged AIM, Anadarko, Dominion, FANG Collective, Galen Shireman-Grabowski, Jay Gustaferro, Kinder Morgan, Spectra Energy, State Street Corporation | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 19, 2016
One time RI Future contributor Lisa Petrie was arrested at the State House this evening by State Police for failing to leave the State Room after protesters demanded an audience with Governor Gina Raimondo over the proposed Invenergy oil and fracked gas burning power plant proposed for Burrillville. Petrie is a member of Fossil Free RI and a long time environmental activist here in the state.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, News, Photos, State House | Tagged fossil free rhode island, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Lisa Petrie, state house | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 18, 2016
Two large banners were dropped from the fourth floor of the Rhode Island Department of Administration Building outside the offices of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER), to protest Commissioner Marion Gold’s support of the fracked-gas and diesel fuel power plant planned for Burrillville by Invenergy. One banner read, “All That Glitters is […]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, Invenergy, Kathy Martley, Nick Katkevich, OER, Rhode Island Department of Administration Building, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, Sally Mendzela | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 14, 2016
In a stunning revelation, Burrillville Town Council legal counsel Oleg Nikolyszyn confirmed under questioning from Burrillville resident Jeremy Bailey that the council has been secretly negotiating a tax agreement with Invenergy for the proposed gas and oil burning power plant.
Posted in cities and towns, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, National News, Taxes, Video | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gary Patterson, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Jeremy Bailey, John Pachco III, Jonathan Dyson, Kimberly Brissette Brown, Michael Wood, Oleg Nikolyszyn | 12 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 10, 2016
After the opening celebrations, Sanders supporters got to work, clipboards in hand, canvassing for Sanders. This is a campaign that knows it needs an excellent ground game if they’re going to take this state in just over two weeks, so they’re wasting no time.
By East Bay Citizens for Peace on April 1, 2016
On Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 7:30 PM, Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. will present a talk titled “The End of the American Empire: Foreign Policy without Diplomacy” at The Barrington Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall. 461 County Rd, Barrington, RI.
Posted in Activism, Defense, Events, History, International News, National News, News, Politics | Tagged AFSC-SENE, Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, American Friends Service Committee – South East New England, east bay citizens for peace, Jr., Mission and Justice Ministry of the Barrington Congregational Church UCC | 4 Responses