By John Marion on January 17, 2018
Common Cause Rhode Island is again hosting our Demystifying Democracy series, which we launched in 2017. This series will focus on empowering citizens to participate in our state and local democracy by providing a behind-the-scenes look at the legislative process. We will bring together a diverse group of experts from advocacy, journalism, government, and elsewhere […]
By Bob Plain on December 29, 2017
When the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty holds its 10th annual Fighting Poverty with Faith Vigil at the State House next week (Wed., Jan. 3, 3pm), it will be among the first public event for the group’s new director and lead organizer, Victoria Strang. Strang, who started in October, grew up in Massachusetts […]
By Bob Plain on November 20, 2017
Last year this event raised $50,000 for the Assumption Parish Food Ministry, a food pantry on the West End of Providence. Organized by Providence Rep. Scott Slater and Home Loan Bank, this year they hope to best that amount. “The Pantry has been serving neighbors in need since the late 1960s, when Sr. Angela Daniels and […]
By Bob Plain on November 8, 2017
Obamacare, Medicaid, or private health insurance isn’t the only way to get to see a doctor. Once a year in downtown Providence, students from Brown University’s Alpert School of Medicine hold a free health clinic at Burnside Park for anyone who might have unaddressed health issues. “Volunteers will take blood pressures and measure glucose to […]
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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.
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By Steve Ahlquist on September 5, 2017
With the events of Charlottesville and the death of Heather Hyer still smoldering in our memories, hundreds of Rhode Islanders representing dozens of labor, political and advocacy groups came together to celebrate the accomplishments of organized labor and to condemn racism, white supremacy and the rise of fascism.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, AFL-CIO, black lives matter, Brown University, Burnside Park, Charles Jones, Charlottesville, Coalition of Labor Union Women, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Democratic Socialists of America, donald trump, DSA, Free Hugo, fuerza laboral, Heather Hyer, Hugo Mejia, IBT Local 251, IUPAT, Javier Juarez, John Brown Gun Club, Justin Kelley, labor day, Latino Policy Institute, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Matthew Taibi, Maureen Martin, Michael Araujo, Paul MacDonald, Paul Roselli, Providence Career & Technical Academy, Providence Central Labor Council, providence student union, Raul Figueroa, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rhode Island State House, Right to Work, Sabina Matos, Scott Malloy, seth magaziner, university of rhode island, What Cheer? Band | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 15, 2017
“I know that every German in 1933 and 1934 was not a Nazi. Many of them thought it would go away. They thought that if they were just quiet and didn’t make waves that this would pass. And it didn’t pass…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, History, National News, Photos, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Virginia, Women | Tagged Bar Harbor, Charlottesville, Kerrigan Mahoney, Lilly Doman, Teresa Sullivan, University of Virginia | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 30, 2017
Carly Crystal is a combat veteran discharged from the military just before the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and spent four years on the streets as a homeless veteran.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Defense, Events, Featured, Health Care, Justice, LGBTQ, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Carly Crystal, donald trump, Ethan Huckel, Jaye Watts, Milá Kingsley, Nika Lomazzo, Project Weber/RENEW, Tatiana Jones, TGI Network | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2017
Governor Raimondo’s gesture is meaningless and empty unless it is backed up with concrete action. Governor Raimondo cannot simultaneously support the Paris Agreement and support Invenergy’s plan to build a carbon-emitting, diesel oil, and fracked gas power plant in Burrillville.
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Events, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Infrastructure, International News, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Water, Women, Youth | Tagged Alexandra Duryea, Brown University, Burrillville Land Trust, CLF, Climate Action Rhode Island, Conservation Law Foundation, Environmental Council of Rhode Island, Fossil Free Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, Justin Boyan, Kat Burnham, Monica Huertas, National Governors Association, national grid, NGA, No LNG in PVD, Paris Climate Accord, Paul Roselli, providence college, Rhode Island Convention Center, Robert Malin, Timmons Roberts | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2017
“The GOP has made only cosmetic changes to their Trumpcare bill that do nothing to alter the bill’s fundamental problems. Make no mistake: this bill and the bill already passed by the House will have a devastating impact on people’s lives.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Disability Services, Events, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Affordable Care Act, ARC of Blackstone Valley, Boston Center for Independent Living, Burnside Park, Cheryl Frasier, Colleen Flanagan, Donald Anderson, Foster Forward, gop, Indivisible Rhode Island, Jim Cowan, Joharlen Carvajal, Jordan Hevenor, Kamila Barzykowski, Karen Malcolm, Marjory Waters, Mass ADAPT, Medicare for All, Michael Pence, Monica Scott, National Governor Association, National Governors Association, NGA, Protect Our Healthcare Coalition, republican, Rhode Island Convention Center, Rhode Island Organizing Project, SEIU-RI Council, Service Employees International Union, single payer, The Women's Project, TrumpCare, Women and Infants Hospital | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2017
“We need fair trade that works for citizens and the environment! We are fighting to make NAFTA the trade deal it should be: one where workers are treated fairly, the environment is treated with respect, and corporations play by our rules, not their own.”
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Congress, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, Inequality, National News, Photos, Providence, Video, Virginia | Tagged Affordable Care Act, Bernie Sanders, Citizen Trade Watch, Communications Workers of America, donald trump, Karen Malcolm, Larry Cohen, lauren niedel, Liz King, NAFTA, National Governor Association, North American Free Trade Agreement, Our Revolution, Preserve Our Healthcare Coalition, Rand Wilson, republican, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rose Espinola, Terry McAuliffe, United States Congress, Virginia | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 13, 2017
With luck the, “designated area for demonstrators” will hold about five hundred people in conditions only marginally better than those available to chickens under Rhode Island State Law.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, National News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged 2017 National Governors Association Summer Meeting, free speech zones, George W Bush, GovCon2017, James Bovard, John E Fogarty Memorial Building, Laura Meade Kirk, Michael Pence, protest zones, Providence Police Department, Rhode Island Convention Center, Rhode Island State Police, Secret Service, SFGate | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 11, 2017
In the first real candidate forum in Senate District 13, six of the seven candidates answered questions and gave their opinions on a wide range of issues including reproductive rights, the PawSox Stadium and the budget gridlock currently seizing the General Assembly. The four Democrats, David Allard, Dawn Euer, John Florez and David Hanos, will face […]
Posted in Elections, Events, Featured, Jamestown, Newport, News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Allan Fung, David Allard, David Hanos, Dawn Euer, Frank Prosnitz, Gregory Larson, Ian Donnis, Jane Pickens Theater, John Florez, Kimberly Ripoli, Michael Smith, Ted Nesi | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2017
“This process is carefully designed to meet the needs of the employee enacting the protocols while providing training and tools in order to promote a supportive work environment.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Health Care, LGBTQ, National News, News, Providence | Tagged Emily Crowell, jorge elorza, Santa Rosa, Transgender Law Center, transgender rights, Workplace Gender Transition Protocols | Leave a response
By Jenifer Howard on June 28, 2017
On July 22, 2017, VoteRunLead.org is partnering with the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island to bring VoteRunLead’s popular “Run As You Are” workshop series to Rhode Island.
Posted in Elections, Events, Featured, Politics, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Erin Vilardi, Kelly Nevins, New England Institute of Technology, Run As You Are, Through A Gender Lens, VoteRunLead, Women's Fund of Rhode Island | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 15, 2017
Friday evening’s Emergency Rally to Demand an Independent Investigation brought dozens of people concerned about the connections between President Donald Trump and his campaign’s ties to Russia out to Burnside Park in Providence Friday afternoon. Those in attendance demanded that Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse “refuse to give unanimous consent on any […]
Posted in Activism, Congress, Elections, Events, Featured, International News, National News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Burnside Park, donald trump, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Indivisible RI, jack reed, Jane Tucker, Randall Rose, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island Working Families Party, Sheldon Whitehouse | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 2, 2017
So is this just a shameless plug for $$$ ? Yes it is. Steve and Bob love what they do, and they would do it part time in between third shift dish washing jobs if they had too, but they’re hoping they don’t have to. They’re hoping that people reading this post, who have found our site valuable, might contribute some cash to our efforts.
By RI Future on April 21, 2017
AIDS Project Rhode Island will host the Annual AIDS Walk for Life this Sunday, April 23, 2017 on the State House lawn. Registration for the walk will open at 10 a.m., followed by a brief speaking program beginning at noon. The walk itself will kick off around 1:00 p.m. “This walk offers us a great […]