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
By Steve Ahlquist on February 6, 2015
“We’re here,” said Kelly Medieros, who has worked for BVCHC for ten years, “because we want fair wages and affordable health care.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Health Care, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Anabel Garcia Campos, Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, BVCHC, Christine Constant, health care, Kelly Medieros, obamacare, Raymond Lavoie, SEIU District 1199NE | 6 Responses
By Jonathan Jacobs on January 31, 2015
There is a strong movement among the liberal base of the Democratic party encouraging Senator Elizabeth Warren (D – MA) to run for President. With social media pages like Run, Warren, Run popping up, and local gatherings organized by Democratic fund-raising powerhouse MoveOn.org, it seems that, in spite of the Senator’s own vehement denial of […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2015
Hospital management has rejected a union proposal that states, “providing quality care to patients and their families is the top objective of the Hospital and that poor working conditions, inadequate staffing levels, inadequate supplies and improper equipment undermine patient care.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Health Care, Labor, National News, News | Tagged Brooke Reese, Fat Cat, General Teamsters Local 251, jesse strecker, jobs with justice, Lifespan, rhode island hospital, Teamsters, unions | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on January 29, 2015
Don Weilberg is a 79-year-old retired orthodontist who lives in Saunderstown. He was a member of the Westerly Democratic Committee, the state Democratic Committee in the 1970’s, and a George McGovern delegate to the 1972 Democratic presidential convention. And on Saturday, he’ll be one of three Rhode Islanders – one of the 224 across the […]
By Trebor Kilgore Trout on January 22, 2015
The Big “O” immediately tested my resolve by addressing the People as the post 9/11 generation, a tip of the hat to George Bush’s “the world is a battlefield” legacy. Have no fear my fellow Americans, the war machine economy is going ahead with a head full of steam – or gas, as the case […]
By Bob Plain on January 20, 2015
As President Obama lays out his tax plan for addressing income inequality in tonight’s State of the Union speech, in the first lady’s VIP box will sit a poster child for excessive CEO pay – Rhode Island resident and CVS CEO Larry Merlo. Merlo got the invite thanks to the fantastic corporate example the Rhode […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 19, 2015
The law seems quite clear when it states that, “No person shall have in his or her possession any kind of firearm or other weapons on school grounds,” but there is a curious exception. Under another law on the books it is stated that a person with a concealed carry permit may carry their weapon “everywhere.” Presumably, this means schools.
Posted in Education, Featured, Gun Control, National News, State House | Tagged CCP, Concealed Carry Permits, Department of Education, General Assembly, Julia Wyman, newtown, RI Attorney General, RICAGV | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 15, 2015
“It makes me so angry that I am doing everything I can to provide for my family and do my job the best I can and Noboa doesn’t care about anything but making money for himself,” said Flor Salazar, former employee of Café Atlantic, “Some of us are single mothers and are barely getting by.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Economy, Featured, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Video | Tagged buddy cianci, Cafe Atlantic, economic justice, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, Jose bren, Juan Noboa, olneyville, Phoebe Gardener, Scott Slater, social justice, wage theft | 9 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 14, 2015
“No matter how many jobs we have, no matter how strong our economy is, there are always going to be people who need help. There are always going to be people, whether it’s a disability, mental or physical, or it’s just bad luck, who are going to need help and going to need support.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Economic Development, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Politics, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Unemployment, Video | Tagged Daniel McKee, george nee, Gina Raimondo, harrington hall, Homelessness, House of Hope, J. Michael Downey, Jean Johnson, Jim Ryczek, Lynn Loveday, Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island AFL-CIO, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, seth magaziner, social safety net | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 12, 2015
“This is just as if a commando came onto the set of Saturday Night Live and killed Amy Poehler and people like that,” said Dominique Gregoire, president of the Alliance Française de Providence, RI.
Posted in Activism, Featured, International News, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged Alliance Française de Providence, charlie hebdo, Dominique Gregoire, france, Peace, Providence Journal | 3 Responses
By Dan Lawlor on January 12, 2015
It has been roughly one month since Senator Dianne Feinstein (who became Mayor of San Francisco following the assassination of George Moscone) released the Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing the violence and torture used by the CIA against individuals in the years following 9/11. At least 119 individuals were detained by the CIA in years […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 9, 2015
Jonathan has been in recovery for 19 months. He is repairing his relationship with his family, has a job and is paying the debts he accrued during his addiction. Still, addiction haunts him. On Wednesday he attended a funeral for a 22-year old friend, one of the first overdose deaths in 2015.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Health Care, Media, National News, News, People, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Addiction is a Disease. Recovery is Possible., Anchor Recovery Community Center, BHDDH, Department of Health, Holly Cekala, Jim Gillen, Linda Mahoney, Michael Fine, Narcan, war on drugs | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2015
Mattiello, beginning his first full term as speaker, seems eager to chart a new course: He’s being upfront about his intentions slash social service programs to “appropriate” levels.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, National News, News, People, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Brian Newberry, General Assembly, Nicholas Mattiello, RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2015
Saying that she didn’t agree with the state prosecutor’s request for a sentence of six months probation for a first time offense, Judge Christine Jabour issued Molly Kitiyakara a filing and sentenced her to 50 hours of community service.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, National News, News, People, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged BlackLivesMatter, CBattle, Christine Jabour, Larry Miller, Molly Kitiyakara, PVD7, Servio Gomez, Shannah Kurland, Steven Roberts, Tess Brown-Lavoie | 2 Responses