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 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 26, 2015
“She called the police and had him arrested. He was charged, had to go through a trial, and he lost. They said he violated the protective order. That case went to the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and it was overturned. But something as simple as that, ‘How are you doing?’ and you could be right in the middle of this [law], losing your firearms, and you could be convicted of that.”
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Comerford & Saccoccio, domestic violence, Evelyn Burgos, Frank Saccoccio, restraining order, Rhode Island Second Amendment Coalition, senate judiciary | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 25, 2015
Intact Rhode Island doesn’t have a lot of political power. No legislators at the State House have publicly supported their efforts, no legislation is being introduced on their behalf. The issue is seen as too divisive and flies too close to issues of religious freedom for the comfort of politicians.
By Steve Ahlquist on March 23, 2015
“This issue speaks to how we believe society should be shaped. Do we believe that our citizens deserve equal treatment and deserve full equality, or do we believe that there is a second tier that women, increasingly, belong to?”
Posted in Economy, Labor, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Amy Barclay, Angelo's Palace Pizza, Antonio Giarusso, bell street chapel, Bill Kitsilis, Chris Tarro, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Economic Progress Institute, Farm Fresh Rhode Island, fuerza laboral, gayle goldin, Jenn Steinfeld, Joe Fortune, John Elkhay, Mike Araujo, NAACP, NEARI, One Fair Wage Rhode Island, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Rhode Island AFL-CIO, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, RI NOW, ROC United RI, Sam Bell, Teresa Tanzi, tipped minimum wage, Unite Here Local 217, USAW RI, Women's Fund of Rhode Island | 2 Responses
By Steven Brown on March 20, 2015
The ACLU of Rhode Island filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of local journalist, Philip Eil, who has been stymied for more than three years in his effort to obtain access to thousands of pages of public evidence from a major prescription drug-dealing trial. The lawsuit, against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 14, 2015
When asked about the role of faith in his life, Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America, invoked the Golden Rule in a way I never thought possible when he claimed that the principle of being customer focused in business, “is not all that different from treating others as you want to be treated yourself.”
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Events, Featured, Labor, News, People, Religion | Tagged bank of america, Brian Moynihan, Brown Student Labor Alliance, Central Congregational Church, Darrell West, Darrell West Lecture Series, Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Stoni Tomson | 4 Responses
By Steven Brown on February 7, 2015
In response to a lawsuit filed this week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, the Division of Motor Vehicles agreed to the entry of a court order Friday that will require the agency to first adopt regulations through a public process before using a new database designed to identify and possibly take action […]
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 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 Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2015
The Senate bill to criminalize interfering with traffic on the highway while protesting was introduced by Senator Leo Raptakis on Jan 22 and co-sponsored by, among others, Senator Paul Jabour. Coincidentally, Senator Jabour is the brother of Christine Jabour, the judge assigned to oversee the cases of five of the seven people arrested during the November 25 #blacklivesmatter protest here in Providence.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged BlackLivesMatter, CBattle, Christine Jabour, Larry Miller, Leonides Raptakis, Paul Jabour, Protest, RI Senate, Steven Roberts, Tess Lavoie-Brown | 3 Responses
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 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
As they have for the past six years, about four dozen clergy representing a wide variety of faith traditions gathered at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Wednesday, put on their vestments and robes, and marched to the State House for the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty Vigil. The purpose of the vigil is […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Events, Featured, Homelessness, News, Photos, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Religion, State Budget, State House, Video | Tagged Catholic Charities, Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, interfaith coalition, Jewish Council of Public Affairs, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Maxine Richman, National Council of Churches, Nicholas Mattiello, W. Nicholas Knisely | Leave a response
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
By Steve Ahlquist on January 7, 2015
…”the focus has to be on eradicating the safety net and not bolstering the safety net.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Featured, Homelessness, National News, News, People, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Unemployment | Tagged Nicholas Mattiello, Poverty, social justice | 10 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 24, 2014
The message the State of Rhode Island is sending is clear: Christians are #1, Jews are #2 (perhaps by virtue of the history, monotheism and holy texts they share with Christians) and all other view points are relegated to the second floor, where visitors must search them out.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Holidays, National News, News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged atheism, christianity, christmas tree, Gina Raimondo, Hanukkah menorah, Holiday Tree, Humanism, Humanists of Rhode Island, Judaism, Lincoln Chafee, War on Christmas, War on Secularism | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 23, 2014
With affected dispassion the board revealed that they do not have the power to tell National Grid “no,” confirming the crowd’s suspicions that the board is little more than a rubber stamp for whatever rates National Grid seeks to impose.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Environment, Events, Featured, Holidays, News, People, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Herbert F DeSimone Jr, Margaret Curran, national grid, Paul J Roberti, puc | 9 Responses