By Stephen R. Graham on May 15, 2018
The Red Bandana Fund is pleased to announce two local advocates, Henrietta White-Holder and Linda Finn, as the 2018 recipients of the Red Bandana Award! The Award, the sixth annual, honors individuals and groups whose work embodies the spirit and work of Richard Walton, a longtime Rhode Island activist who died in 2012. The awards […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Environmental Racism, Featured, Gun Control, Immigration, Justice, Middletown, Pawtucket, Poverty, Race & Racism, State House, Women | Tagged activism, gun control, hunger, Immigration, red bandana, social justice | 1 Response
By Nicholas Delmenico on November 3, 2017
There are many arguments for and against the merits of the legislation as written, for and against the merits of keeping the Pawtucket Red Sox in Pawtucket, and for and against the merits of the state paying for bonds to finance the construction of a stadium, theoretically covered by the tax revenue derived from said […]
By C. Kelly Smith on November 2, 2017
I am a lifelong progressive. I am 55 years old, and was a progressive before it was an official branch of the Democratic Party. I have marched, demonstrated, and protested at more events than most. I have probably made more signs and banners than anyone in our state. I have escorted women into reproductive health […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 18, 2017
“In Rhode Island nursing home workers need to earn a living wage to stay in the job,” said Deb Armfield, a CNA at Pawtucket Genesis for almost twenty-eight years.
Posted in Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Labor, Pawtucket, Photos, Rhode Island | Tagged Charlesgate Nursing, Deb Armfield, Genesis Health Care, George V Hager Jr, Hopkins Manor, Pawtucket Genesis, seiu 1199 | Leave a 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 Jonathan Gwynne on September 26, 2017
The owners of the PawSox want to give the people of Pawtucket a scaled-down copy of Fenway because they don’t seem to realize that locals already know and love McCoy.
By William J Conley Jr on August 28, 2017
Put another way, it would be a net loss to Rhode Island should the team decide to relocate to another state, because we earn more revenue from the team than it would cost state taxpayers in subsidies.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, National News, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Apex, Capitol Television, Dominick Ruggerio, Donald Grebien, Donna Nesselbush, elizabeth crowley, General Assembly, James Doyle, PawSox, pawtucket red sox, senate finance committee, State House, william conley | 2 Responses
By Jean Philippe Barros, Sandra Cano, Meghan Kallman on August 17, 2017
As duly elected officials in the city of Pawtucket and the state of Rhode Island, we condemn in the strongest possible terms the abhorrent display of hatred and white supremacy in Charlottesville over the weekend. The act of domestic terrorism that claimed a life should be severely punished. We recognize that the divisions in America […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 16, 2017
The project will cost $83 million. It will be financed as a public/private partnership. The PawSox will invest $45 million, the State $23 million, and the City of Pawtucket will invest $15 million.
Posted in Business, Corporate Greed, Featured, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Ballpark at Slater Mill, Blackstone River Valley National Historic Park, Fenway Park, Pawtucket PawSox, Pawtucket Red Sox Baseball Club, Prospect Development Group, public/private partnership, Slater Mill | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on May 4, 2017
As Rhode Island considers extending the social contract at the tail end of the public education experience with Governor Gina Raimondo’s high profile RI Promise proposal, it’s worth noting the Ocean State has been extending it at the other end for almost a decade. This September, the state-funded pre-kindergarten program adds four new classrooms in […]
By Bob Plain on April 25, 2017
The suburbs aren’t the only place lunch shaming happens in Rhode Island. Some urban school districts have also experimented with the so-called cheese sandwich policy – when public school cafeterias serve students a cold cheese sandwich in lieu of a hot lunch because their parents are delinquent on the bill. Pawtucket: cheese or sunbutter sandwich […]
By Bob Plain on April 11, 2017
The annual Kids Count Factbook on child well-being in Rhode Island, now in its 23rd year, is a local rite of spring – but it’s nothing like the first tulips or tufted titmouse. Instead it’s an annual reminder of just how segregated – economically and otherwise – the Ocean State is. The massive 194-page report […]
Posted in Barrington, Central Falls, East Greenwich, Featured, Inequality, Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island, Scituate | Tagged barrington, block island, Central Falls, east greenwich, Jamestown, Kids Count, Kids Count Factbook, Little Compton, pawtucket, Poverty, Providence, Woonsocket | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 18, 2017
RI State Rep David Coughlin had an 8am wake up call Saturday morning as 35 people marched to his home on 9 Armistice Blvd in Pawtucket demanding that he drop his support for the anti-immigrant bill H5093.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, Pawtucket, Photos, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged David Coughlin, Democrats, fuerza laboral, Heiny Maldonado, House Judiciary Committee, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Meghan Kallman, Pawtucket Police Department, Raul Figueroa, Sandra Cano, Shelby Maldonado, Trust Act | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 9, 2017
In the end, only Pawtucket City Council President David Moran voted against the resolution, which passed 8-1.
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Climate, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Pawtucket, Water | Tagged burrillville, cale keable, David Moran, Invenergy, Lori Bardon, Mary Pendergast, Meghan Kallman, pawtucket, Pawtucket City Council, Pawtucket Water Supply Board, PWSB, Sandra Cano, Terrence Mercer, Tim DeChristopher, West Greenwich Town Council | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2017
It looks like the idea of Pawtucket being the back up water supplier to Invenergy’s proposed power plant in Burrillville may never get off the ground.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Johnston, Pawtucket, Woonsocket | Tagged burrillville, Invenergy, Lorraine Savard, Meghan Kallman, pawtucket, Pawtucket City Council, Pawtucket Water Supply Board, PWSB, Sandra Cano, Terrence Mercer, Woonsocket, Woonsocket City Council | Leave a response
By David Norton on January 14, 2017
We chose City Hall to highlight the fact that Pawtucket pays one of the highest vehicle excise taxes in the state at 5.3 percent. Pawtucket residents have been paying this very high tax for many years without relief.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Featured, Inequality, Pawtucket, Providence, Taxes, Transportation | Tagged car tax, Donald Grebien, Fair Shot Agenda, Jamestown, Nicholas Mattiello, pawtucket, Pawtucket City Hall, Providence | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 12, 2017
“If the plant’s going to be built, and if they’re willing to pay the prevailing wholesale rate, and maybe some other incentives, I think it’s in our best interests for the Pawtucket Water Supply Board (PWSB) to at least research the possibility of being that back-up supply.”
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Pawtucket | Tagged Albert Vitale Jr, burrillville, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Invenergy, John Barry III, Meghan Kallman, Pawtcuket City Council, pawtucket, Pawtucket Water Supply Board, PWSB, Terrence Mercer | 21 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 14, 2016
Suzanne has 27 years of experience working with individuals who have developmental disabilities, and their families. She was on the picket line Wednesday afternoon because this year she received a raise, her first in five years, of twenty-five cents an hour. Suzanne still doesn’t make $12 an hour.
Posted in Corporate Greed, Disability Services, Featured, Health Care, Labor, News, Pawtucket, Photos, Rhode Island | Tagged 1199 SEIU RI, ARC of Blackstone Valley, Jack Padien, Jean Phillipe Barros, Jenn Desautel, Kathy Hunt, Lou DiPalma, Marie Carroll, Mary Messier, Meghan Kallman | 1 Response