By Steve Ahlquist on October 17, 2017
“When we point out our concerns, the answer is ‘we have a very limited interpretation of the regulations’ but when National Grid fails to participate, the response is that you have a wide interpretation of the regulations.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Aaron Jaehnig, Andrew Poyant, Chief Resiliency Officer, Clean Water Act, Coastal Resources Management Council, Coastal Zone Management Act, crmc, FANG Collective, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Gina Raimondo, janet coit, Monika Huertas, national grid, Nick Katkevich, No LNG in PVD, Port of Providence, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rico Vota, RIDEM, Sean O'Roarke, Short Term Response Action Plan, STRAP, Terrence Gray | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 16, 2017
“Whoever signed the water deal for the sake of the Burrillville power plant was not authorized on the part of the Narragansett Tribe,” said Tribal Councilor Randy Noka…
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Charlestown, Civil Rights, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Indigenous Americans, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Water | Tagged Bureau of Indian Affairs, Burrillville Land Trust, Darlene Monroe, Domingo Talldog Monroe, Invenergy, Julia O’Rourke, narragansett indian Tribe, NIT, Paul Roselli, Randy Noka, Rhode Island Indian Council, Rhode Island State House, Suzanne Dumas | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 12, 2017
“I think this was an amazing public comment hearing,” said EFSB Chair Margaret Curran after the speakers were finished.
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Indigenous Americans, Infrastructure, Labor, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video, Water | Tagged Blackstone River, Bobby Nardolillo, Christopher Hamblett, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Lincoln Chafee, Margaret Curran, narragansett indian Tribe, Paul Roselli, Randy Noka, Save The Bay, Sheldon Whitehouse, Silvermoon DeRose | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 11, 2017
Citing the use of Charlestown water in Invenergy’s latest power plant plan, the town is filing to be an intervenor, which could delay the power plant application significantly.
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Charlestown, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Indigenous Americans, Infrastructure, Johnston, Rhode Island, Video, Water, Woonsocket | Tagged Charlestown Rhode Island Planning Commission, Charlestown Town Council, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Energy Facility Siting Act, Harrisville, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, Lower Wood River Aquifer, narragansett indian Tribe, NIT, Pascoag Utility District, Pawcatuck River Basin, Peter Ruggiero, Randy Noka, Ruth Platner, Silvermoon LaRose | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 11, 2017
For retired nurses Horan and Battey, the crisis in their pension has also caused a crisis in their faith. They refuse to give any more money to the church until they are made whole.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Pensions, Photos, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Brian Stern, CharterCare, Diocese of Providence, Laura Tedeschi, Louis Gélineau, Marylin Horan, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, Prospect Medical Holdings, Rhode Island Superior Court, Rita Battey, Saint Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island, Saint Joseph Hospital, Thomas Tobin, Timothy Reilly | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 9, 2017
The statue of Columbus located near the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and Reservoir Avenue in Providence, was vandalized sometime before noon on the Monday holiday that bears his name.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Holidays, Indigenous Americans, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged christopher columbus, columbus day, Emily Crowell, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, jorge elorza | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 8, 2017
Rhode Island Muslims and recent refugees came gathered in Cathedral Square in Providence to feed the homeless.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Featured, Homelessness, Immigration, Music, Photos, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AHOPE, Americans Helping Others Prosper, Cathedral Square, Christina Roberts, islam, MAE organization for the Homeless, nderloin Opera Company, Sterk Zaza, Umer Akbar | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 7, 2017
“I don’t care what my employer believes,” wrote Mel DuPont, from the Committee to Pass RHCA in RI. “I need the insurance I work for to cover my needs. Not theirs.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Politics, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Affordable Care Act, Committee to Pass RHCA in RI, Craig O’Connor, Dominick Ruggerio, donald trump, General Assembly, James Langevin, Katherine Kazarian, Mel DuPont, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Rachel Jarosz, Reproductive Health Care Act, RHCA, Rhode Island, Roe. v. Wade, Sheldon Whitehouse, The Woman Project, United States House of Representatives, United States Supreme Court | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 4, 2017
For Migrant Justice, this is just the beginning. As the program is rolled out on the farms in Ben & Jerry’s supply chain, Migrant Justice will be preparing to expand Milk with Dignity to other companies.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Justice, Labor, Vermont | Tagged Ben & Jerry’s, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Enrique Balcazar, Fair Food Program, Jostein Solheim, Migrant Justice, Milk with Dignity Program | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 3, 2017
Paul Roselli, who describes himself as a “social justice, environmentalist and Invenergy power plant opposition leader” has declared himself as a candidate for Governor of the State of Rhode Island.
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Climate, Elections, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, News, People, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Water | Tagged Blackstone River Watershed Council, Burrillville Land Trust, Friends of the Blackstone, Gina Raimondo, Lincoln Chafee, National Governors Association, Paul Roselli, Rhode island Association of Conservation Commissions, Spencer Dickinson | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 2, 2017
Well over 400 people converged on India Point Park for the March for Racial Justice (M4RJ). Sister marches were held across the country. In Providence, the “march” was actually more of a rally.
Posted in Activism, Arkansas, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Racism, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Indigenous Americans, Inequality, Justice, LGBTQ, National News, News, People, Photos, Poverty, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Sex Work, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AMOR, Arely Díaz, Behind the Walls, Black Studies Academy of Rhode Island, Blue Lives Matter, Cata Lorenzo, Celeste Terry-Lo, Community Defense Project, Community Safety Act, CSA, Daniel Chhum, DARE, David Veliz, direct action for rights and equality, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, India Point Park, John Prince, Justice Gaines, M4RJ, Malchus Mills, March for Racial Justice, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Marco McWilliams, Narragansett Tribe, Niko Merritt, Nirva LaFortune, No LNG in PVD, Project Weber/RENEW, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Randy Noka, rent control, Ron Lewis, Sankofa Community Connection, Seneca Pender, Stephen Dy, Tatiana Jones, Times Squared Academy, Vanessa Flores-Maldonaldo, Yojaida Heredia | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 29, 2017
Maybe Shane was right. Maybe this protest wasn’t about racism and Trump. Maybe this protest was all about love and respect. But it was also about anger. And burning stuff.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Massachusetts, National News, Photos, Race & Racism, Sports, Video | Tagged colin kaepernick, Mark T Shane, National Anthem, National Football League, New England Patriots, NFL, pledge of allegiance, Swansea Massachusetts, Tom Brady | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2017
Chief Resiliency Officer Shawn O’Roarke held the first of a series of ten Resiliency Roundtables at the Save the Bay Campus, drawing a crowd of just over 50 people interested in finding solutions to the effects of climate change.
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Central Falls, Climate, Cranston, East Providence, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Florida, Health Care, Inequality, Infrastructure, North Providence, Pawtucket, Photos, Providence, Science, Texas, Video, Warwick | Tagged Chief Resiliency Officer, climate change, Department of Administration, Division of Statewide Planning, EC4, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Monica Huertas, national grid, No LNG in PVD, Parag Agrawal, Port of Providence, Resiliency Roundtables, Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council, Save the Bay Campus, Shawn O'Roarke | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 25, 2017
On Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, Brown University and the present-day Pokanoket Tribe members encamped since Aug. 20, 2017, on property in Bristol, Rhode Island, signed an agreement regarding the land.
Here’s the agreement:
Posted in Activism, Bristol, Education, Featured, Indigenous Americans, International News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged Aquinnah, Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation, Brown University, Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Mount Hope Farm, Mt. Hope, Po Wauipi Neimpaug, Pocasset Tribe of the Pokanoket Nation, Pokanoket, Pokanoket Nation, Pokanoket Tribe, Pometacom Camp, Russell Carey, Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 22, 2017
The tour is building support for a national day of action on October 5th with protests and actions outside Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shops across the United States.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Immigration, Justice, Labor, National News, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Vermont, Video | Tagged Abel Luna, bell street chapel, Ben & Jerry’s, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Fair Food Program, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Migrant Justice, Milk with Dignity Program, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Will Lambek | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 21, 2017
“The activist that I am is breaking the system from within,” said Latifat Odetunde, a senior at Classical High School and a member of Youth in Action speaking at a conference on “Youth-Led Social Justice Activism in Rhode Island.”
Posted in Activism, Education, Featured, Inequality, Photos, Politics, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Ashley Gomez, Classical High School, Community Defense Project, Community Safety Act, CSA, Dorbor Tarley, E-Cubed Academy, gang database, Gloria E Anzaldúa, Kafui Glover, Keith Catone, Latifat Odetunde, Lincoln School, providence student union, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, psu, Rhode Island College, Steven Dy, Student Bill of Rights, Thaina Merlain, Virginia Georgiev, Youth in Action | 1 Response
DARE smashes piñatas in protest against high rents, evictions and public subsidies for luxury housing
By Steve Ahlquist on September 20, 2017
As the crowd gathered outside Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza’s offices on the second floor of City Hall chanted, “We’re not for sale!” one member stepped forward and began demolishing two piñatas.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Environmental Racism, Featured, Housing, Inequality, Infrastructure, National News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Acquisition and Revitalization Program, ARP, Barbara Fields, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Elena McCann, jorge elorza, Malchus Mills, Renter Week of Action, Rhode Island Housing, Terri Wright | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 20, 2017
“At last, victims of domestic abuse in Rhode Island will not have the constant fear of knowing that the person who abused them still has a gun,” said Representative Teresa Tanzi who has championed the bill in the House for at least three years.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Gun Control, Pennsylvania, State House | Tagged Don Bidondi, Donna Personeus, Frank Saccoccio, General Assembly, InfoWars, Jennifer Boylan, Moms Demand Action RI, National Rifle Association, Protect Rhode Island Families Act, Rhode Island 2nd Amendment Coalition, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICAGV | 1 Response