By Steve Ahlquist on August 28, 2015
Members of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals (UNAP), Local 5098, at Rhode Island Hospital, with labor and community allies, held a candlelight vigil and march Thursday evening to call attention to to unsafe staffing levels and other problems that continue to remain an issue in negotiations. UNAP members have been working without a contract since June 30th.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, Health Care, International News, Labor, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Federal Mediation and Reconciliation Service, Helene Macedo, Lifespan, rhode island hospital, UNAP, UNAP Local 5098, United Nurses and Allied Professionals | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 28, 2015
RIPTA Riders Alliance, an advocacy group for bus riders, held a press conference in Kennedy Plaza across from Providence City Hall on Thursday afternoon to protest “a sharp bus fare increase” of $1 per ride for low-income disabled people and seniors. Right now the increase is only a proposal and the current fare for senior and disabled riders is $0.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Environment, Events, Featured, International News, National News, News, People, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Transportation, Video | Tagged Don Rhodes, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 28, 2015
Over 50 homeless and community advocates protested and confronted the police on Thursday afternoon in front of CVS near Kennedy Plaza within sight of Providence City Hall. At least 14 police officers were on hand, though no arrests were made. The protesters carried signs demanding an end to “a noticeable increase of harassment of homeless folks around the city.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, International News, National News, News, People, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Barbara Kalil, homeless bill of rights, jorge elorza, Karen Jeffries, opening doors rhode island, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, RI Homeless Advocacy Project, RICH, rihap, Shannah Kurland | 1 Response
By Elisha Aldrich on August 28, 2015
Scott Wolf, the executive director of Grow Smart Rhode Island, said there were some big wins for sustainable and equitable development in the last legislative session. RhodeMapRI was not one of them, he acknowledged. “A lot of the economic development proposals that we thought were good for smart growth passed,” Wolf said. “Those are embodied […]
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Featured, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged development, Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Gina Raimondo, Grow Smart RI, GrowSmart, Rhode Works, RhodeMap, Scott Wolf, smart growth, urban, urban redevelopment | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on August 27, 2015
A recent Gallup poll revealed that Rhode Island has the lowest uninsured rate in the country, at 2.7 percent, as well as one of five states that saw its uninsured rate decline by 10 points or more. But, how did that happen? Anya Wallack, director of HealthSourceRI, was able to provide some answers. “You come […]
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Rhode Island | Tagged affordable care, Affordable Care Act, Anya Wallack, Health, health exchange, healthcare, healthsource ri, insurance exchange, Lincoln Chafee, Medicaid, obamacare | Leave a response
By RI Future on August 26, 2015
Associate Judge William C. Clifton of Rhode Island’s District Court handed down his verdict in the case Curt Nordgaard, and Peter Nightingale, who were arrested after locking themselves to the front gate at the site of Spectra Energy’s compressor station in Burrillville, Rhode Island in a direct action organized by Fighting Against Natural Gas (FANG).
Charges of disorderly conduct were dismissed; charges of willful trespass resulted in a one-year “filing,” which means that these cases will be dismissed if the defendants come into no further conflict with the law.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Economy, Elections, Energy, Environment, Featured, International News, National News, News, People, Rhode Island | Tagged burrillville, Curtis Nordgaard, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free rhode island, fracking, Peter Nightingale, Spectra Energy Compressor Station, William C. Clifton | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on August 21, 2015
I work on the water just south of the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge in the West Passage of Narragansett Bay. On most days, I enjoy the best views of Rhode Island. Recently though, it became the most tragic scene I can imagine.
By Elisha Aldrich on August 18, 2015
The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has come out in opposition to the behavioral testing conducted at T.F. Green Airport by the Department of Homeland Security. The field test is for a “behavior detection” program that is meant to determine whether or not passengers have “mal-intent.” Steven Brown, the executive director […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Rhode Island, Transportation | Tagged ACLU, airport, behavior, behavior detection, Civil Liberties, Department of Homeland Security, invasion, Privacy, Steven Brown, T.F. Green, TSA | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on August 14, 2015
Previously I posted a story about PawSox owner Larry Lucchino’s luck in San Diego with PetCo Park, host venue of the Padres. But make no mistake, San Diego was no aberration. A simple Google search shows that Camden Yards, also touted by PawSox Listening Tour doyen Dr. Larry Steinberg as a stellar success, has been […]
By Elisha Aldrich on August 7, 2015
As Americans celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act Thursday, Governor Gina Raimondo and Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea observed the historic Act’s passing in their own way – by signing into law legislation that will update Rhode Island’s voting equipment for the first time in 20 years. Bills S999 and H6312, sponsored […]
Posted in Elections, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged board of elections, Cynthia Coyne, equipment, Gina Raimondo, infrastructure, john marion, Kathleen Fogarty, Nellie Gorbea, technology, Voting, women | Leave a response
By RI Future on August 5, 2015
Further investigation is warranted, the letter argued, because “the public deserves to know whether the improper actions so thoroughly documented in this report were, somewhat incredibly, the only such abuses to take place, or whether there were other unknown victims of these violations of the public trust.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Elections, Featured, National News, News, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged Alan Fung, Cranston City Council, Cranston Police Department, Marco Palombo, Rhode Island State Police, riaclu, Steven Brown, TicketGate | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on August 5, 2015
The plant, called the Clear River Energy Center, would utilize fracking to generate energy with natural gas. Fracking is a process that involves drilling into the earth, and then shooting a high-pressure water mixture at the rock to release the natural gas inside… the process uses huge amounts of water that must be transported to the site. Second, many worry that dangerous chemicals used in the process may contaminate groundwater around the site. There are also concerns that fracking causes small earthquakes.
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, Economy, Environment, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Burriville, clean energy, Clear River Energy Center, Environment, fang, fossil free rhode island, fracking, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Renewable Energy, Rhode Island Sierra Club, Robert Malin, sierra club, Stephen Dahl | 14 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 3, 2015
“Fracking is disastrous,” says Robert Pollin, professor of economics at UMass Amherst, “burning natural gas means we will never hit the goal” necessary to avert global climate catastrophe. On the other hand, “Building a Green Economy is good for jobs.”
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Economy, Environment, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged burrillville, Center for Popular Economics' 2015 Summer Institute, green jobs, natural gas, Robert Pollin, Scott DePasquale | 1 Response
By Elisha Aldrich on July 30, 2015
State Representative Marvin L. Abney (D- District 73) has been chosen to become one of the Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellows for 2015. The Toll Fellowship is a leadership development program, named for the founder of CSG, Henry Walcott Toll. Each year, the program selects 48 officials from all three branches of government, […]
By Elisha Aldrich on July 30, 2015
Only a few days after the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rhode Island instituted a new law that will allow families of children with disabilities to create a tax-free investment account to help financially support them when they reach adulthood. Governor Gina Raimondo signed the “Achieving a Better Life Experience,” or ABLE […]
Posted in Economy, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged ABLE Act, adam satchell, Americans with Disabilities Act, Cornerstone School, disability, disabled, Gina Raimondo, investment, Robert Nardolillo, savings, seth magaziner, west warwick | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on July 29, 2015
If you thought that riding RIPTA, or receiving food benefits was difficult, imagine trying to do it with a disability. That’s what was talked about Tuesday afternoon when the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities held a public forum at the Warwick Public Library, where those in the disabled community could voice their concerns about accessibility across […]
Posted in Activism, News, Rhode Island, Transportation | Tagged Barbara Henry, blind, disability, disabled, Discrimination, Gina Raimondo, Governor's Commission on Disabilities, healthcare, impaired, kennedy plaza, Kristin Clark, Raffi Jansezian, Rhode Island Housing, RIPTA, section 8, Warwick Public Library | Leave a response
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 Elisha Aldrich on July 24, 2015
Congressman David Cicilline (D- RI) announced historic legislation to expand upon the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and provide protections for the LGBT community in several areas, including public accommodations, housing, employment, federal funding, education, credit, and jury service. Announced in Washington, D.C., the bill, known as the Equality Act, has been introduced in both […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Congress, Featured, LGBT, News, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged bisexual, center for american progress, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Cory Booker, David Cicilline, Elisha Aldrich, Equality Act, gay, Human Rights Campaign, lesbian, LGBT, National Center for Transgender Equality, Steny Hoyer, Tammy Baldwin, transgender | 1 Response
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