By Bob Plain on February 27, 2018
Sam Bell is running for state Senate. The occasional RI Future contributor (and supporter) filed papers to run for the seat currently held by Sen Paul Jabour. The Providence Journal reports there could be a three-way Democratic primary for the seat. “We need to take on the fight to resist the Trump agenda right here […]
By Steve Rackett on October 25, 2017
Marcia Ranglin-Vassell is the representative for House District 5 in the Rhode Island General Assembly. She has often been the target of attacks from establishment Democrats. During the campaigns in 2016 she was referred to as “some woman from Jamaica” and as Providence Rules pointed out subject to a nasty dog-whistle attack by the former […]
Posted in Featured, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Joe Delorenzo, John DeSimone, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, minimum wage, racism, Sexual harassment, Teresa Tanzi | Leave a response
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 13, 2017
“The findings reveal disturbing patterns of mistreatment and discrimination and startling disparities between transgender people in the survey and the US population…”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Housing, Inequality, Labor, LGBTQ, Providence, Tennesse | Tagged 2015 US Transgender Survey, ACLU, Ethan Huckel, GLAD, National Center for Transgender Equality, Rhode Island Commission on Human Rights, Rhode Island Department of Education, ride, TGI Network | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 12, 2017
We hope they will engage productively in the implementation of the [Community Safety Act] and not waste time trying to undo an ordinance that has had several years of vetting by all parties involved.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Elections, Featured, Immigration, Justice, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Community Safety Act, CSA, Dan McGowan, Julianne Lima, Michael Imondi, PCPRA, Providence City Council, Providence Community-Police Relations Act, Providence Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, Robert Boehm, STEP-UP Network | 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 6, 2017
“I’ve never understood the argument as to why we don’t ban high capacity magazine and assault weapons,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. “And it makes even less sense today.”
Posted in Featured, Gun Control, National News, Nevada, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Aisha Manor, Amy Herlihy, Andrew Kline, Angela Howard McParland, Aurora, Burnside Park, Congregation Haeonin, Everytown for Gun Sense in America, gene Dyszlewski, Gina Raimondo, jorge elorza, Las Vegas, National Rifle Association, newtown, NRA, Orlando, Rhode Island Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, Rhode Island General Assembly, RICMA | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 3, 2017
‘We are not taking sides in this case. We have nothing to say about this. We are neither agreeing with the plaintiffs (CLF and Town of Burrillville) nor are we agreeing with the Defendants (Invenergy and City of Johnston)…”
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Corporate Greed, Environmental Racism, Featured, Infrastructure, Johnston, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Water | Tagged CLF, Committee on Women and Healthy Communities, Conservation Law Foundation, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, jorge elorza, Providence City Council, Providence Water Supply Board, PWSB, Rhode Island Superior Court, Sabina Matos, seth yurdin | 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
“Sometimes hotel housekeepers feel we are invisible even though we do hard, important work,” said housekeeper Raquel Cruz. “We’re so proud of our accomplishments both at work and with our new union agreement.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Labor, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Jenna Karlin, Procaccianti Group, Providence Renaissance, Raquel Cruz, Renaissance Providence Hotel, Unite Here Local 26 | 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 Steve Ahlquist on September 25, 2017
Groundbreaking ceremonies are little rituals. Politicians and business people come together, don hard hats and grab shovels in pantomime of laborers, and toss dirt in the air.
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, Labor, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged ambridge Innovation Center, Bonnie Nickerson, Brown University's School of Professional Studies, christina paxson, CIC, David Cicilline, Dominick Ruggerio, Gina Raimondo, I-195 land, Innovation and Design District, Innovation Building, jack reed, James Berens, James Langevin, Johnson & Johnson, Nicholas Mattiello, PPPs, public-private partnerships, Rabbi Yehuda, Sheldon Whitehouse, Stefan Pryor, Temple Beth-El, Tim Rowe, Wexford Innovation Complex | 10 Responses
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 18, 2017
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced funding to cover every Rhode Island DACA recipient eligible to renew their application before the October 5 deadline.
Posted in Central Falls, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged CASO, Coalition of Advocates for Student Opportunities, DACA, Deborah Gonzalez, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, Dorcas International Institute, Dreamers, Gina Raimondo, Immigration Clinic at the Roger Williams University School of Law, Neil Steinberg, Office of Constituent Affairs, Pro Bono Collaborative at the Roger Williams University School of Law, Progreso Latino, Rhode Island Center for Justice, Rhode Island Foundation | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 18, 2017
“Every time I drove up this hill and saw that big gray wall I said, ‘This wall needs something. It needs a mural,'” said Hannah Resseger, “I wanted it to be something about the history.”
Posted in Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, History, Immigration, Installations, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged aaron regunberg, B Mor Seven, Billy Taylor Park, Blake Filippi, Brown University, Carl's Diggins House of Jazz & Soul, Celebrity Club, Dannie Ritchie, Danny Lopes, Elisa Perez, Gina Rodriguez, Hannah Resseger, Hard Scrabble Riot, Harold Metts, Jalia Godette, Mt Hope Learning Center, Mt Hope Neighborhood, Nirva LaFortune, Paul Filippi, Providence Department of Arts Culture and Tourism, Providence Police Department, Raffini, Snow Town Riot, Sylvia Ann Soares, Tiana Northup | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 16, 2017
The Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) ruled, 3-0, against the Town of Burrillville and for Invenergy on every motion brought before it on Friday.
Posted in Burrillville, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, International News, Johnston, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Adler Pollock and Sheehan, Alan Shoer, Burrillville Land Trust, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, janet coit, John Niland, Mary Pendergast, Michael Blazer, Michael McElroy, Michael Sabitoni, Parag Agrawal, Paul Roselli, Providence City Council, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Division of Planning, Rhode Island Superior Court, RIBCTC, RIDEM, Sabina Matos, Sisters of Mercy | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 12, 2017
The art consists of five portraits that have been six months in preparation and almost two weeks in execution.