By Bob Plain on April 24, 2018
Mike Chippendale, a Foster legislator, has managed to raise an issue that Governor Gina Raimondo and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, the two leading candidates for governor, can agree on. The issue being that he was wrong to call gun safety activist and Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez a “dummy” in a tweet yesterday that he eventually […]
By Bob Plain on April 18, 2018
When East Greenwich legislator Anthony Giarrusso was asked about a ban on assault weapons, he talked about a bill banning bump stocks. But when it came time to vote for the bill that bans bump stocks, Giarrusso wasn’t there. “This is my sixth session and the first time any major bill was considered on the […]
By John McDaid on March 25, 2018
At least 8,000 students, parents, allies, and activists gathered on the lawn in front of the State House Saturday for the March for Our Lives RI, the local instance of a gun safety movement that brought millions to the streets with more than 800 marches across the country. They came from all corners of the […]
By Randall Rose on March 6, 2018
Hardly any state bills this year are as likely to increase racial and other discrimination as the awful Red Flag Gun Bill (H7688 and S2492), which is scheduled for a public hearing today. The bill claims to be about removing guns from people who pose an “extreme risk” of violence. However, it’s so badly written […]
By John McDaid on February 28, 2018
Nearly 500 people packed the Rhode Island State House rotunda Tuesday for a rally celebrating the introduction of a bill banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines. They filled the stairs and the second-floor hallways, dangled banners over railings, and cheered the legislators and high school students who urged the general assembly to take action. […]
Posted in Featured, Gun Control, State House | Tagged assault weapons, Gina Raimondo, guns, Jason Knight, josh miller, linda finn, Parkland, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, State House | Leave a response
By John McDaid on February 27, 2018
Flanked by red-t-shirted members of Moms Demand Action, Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order at Warwick City Hall this afternoon aimed at assisting law enforcement in removing guns from those determined to pose danger to themselves or others. The three components of the order provide for coordination among state and local police investigating reports […]
By Bob Plain on November 10, 2017
Rhode Island police officers shot and killed a man and wounded a woman in a pickup truck on Interstate 95 near downtown Providence Thursday. It remains unclear why officers shot at the pair in the pickup, or to what extent the incident was related to a stolen police car earlier that morning. State Police Col. […]
By John McDaid on October 30, 2017
It was standing room only in the State Room at the State House this afternoon as activists, survivors, and elected officials gathered to witness Gov. Gina Raimondo sign the Protect RI Families Act, which restricts access to firearms for domestic abusers. Gov. Raimondo, in introductory remarks, noted that elected officials always tend to offer prayers […]
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 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 26, 2017
Rhode Island Speaker Nicholas Mattiello supports DACA.
Here he is on Roe v Wade, guns, PawSox, taxes, minimum wage, climate change and more.
Posted in Civil Rights, Climate, Cranston, Economics, Energy, Featured, Gun Control, Immigration, Inequality, Minimum Wage, Politics, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged climate change, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Kristin Dart, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, Roe. v. Wade, United States Supreme Court | 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
By Steve Rackett on August 2, 2017
Representative Teresa Tanzi, D-Narragansett, South Kingstown, was the lead sponsor of a domestic violence/gun control bill in this year’s General Assembly. She told me about domestic violence and her hopes of the bill becoming law now that Speaker Matiello has signaled an end to the current stand-off, with an indication that the House will meet […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2017
The NRA’s “attacks on the First Amendment, while touting a literal and absolutist misinterpretation of the Second is at best hypocrisy and at worst a threat to our democracy and its defenders.”
Posted in Activism, Central Falls, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Justice, Minnesota, National News, New Hampshire, News, Photos, Politics, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Virginia, Washington, Women | Tagged black lives matter, Dana Loesch, Darrell Moore, Defend Movement, Dignity and Power Now, first amendment, Gail Crompton McHugh, james diossa, Jennifer Boylan, Jeronimo Yanez, Lisa Peterson, moms demand action, National Rifle Association, NRA, Philando Castile, RISIST, Roger Williams National Memorial, second amendment, Tamika Mallory, The Reverence Project, United States Department of Justice, Women's March | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 22, 2017
“Over the last 3 years, there has been undeniable support and need for this bill. Advocates, law enforcement, and policy experts all supported it.”
Posted in Domestic Violence, Featured, Gun Control, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Arthur Corvese, Blake Filippi, cale keable, Camille Vella Wilkinson, Carol Hagan McEntee, Connecticut, David Coughlin, dennis canario, edith ajello, Evan Shanley, House Judiciary Committee, Jason Knight, Jennifer Boylan, Jeremiah O’Grady, John Edwards, Joseph Almeida, Justin price, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Robert Craven, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Sherry Roberts, Teresa Tanzi | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 2, 2017
National Gun Violence Prevention Day was inspired the friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a teen who marched in President Barrack Obama’s second inaugural parade and was shot and killed a week later near her home in Chicago. Hadiya Pendleton would have turned 18 today.
Posted in Chicago, Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence, Featured, Gun Control, National News, News, Providence | Tagged Barrack Obama, Hadiya Pendleton, Jennifer Smith Boylan, jorge elorza, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Rhode Island Moms Demand Action | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 10, 2017
Representative Teresa Tanzi thanked Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello for his “outspoken support in favor of taking action on this issue, this problem, that we have in our state.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence, Featured, Gun Control, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Dean Hoxsie, Eugene Dyszlewski, Everytown for Gun Safety, Giovanna Rodriguez, Harold Metts, Jennifer Boylan, jorge elorza, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Nicholas Mattiello, Protect Rhode Island Families Act, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RI Police Chiefs Association, RICAGV, RIPCA, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships, SOAR, Sydney Montstream-Quas, Teresa Tanzi | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 6, 2017
“First they want equal housing, then education, then jobs, now they can marry!” complained Representative Arthur Corvese to constituents asking about legislation to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.
Posted in Featured, Gun Control, LGBTQ, State House, Women | Tagged Barbara Reis, Barbara Swanson, Everytown for Gun Safety, guns, Larry Berman, Sam Rubenstein, The Protect Rhode Island Families Act | 2 Responses
By Jennifer Boylan on March 26, 2017
Rhode Island can and should enact stronger laws to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. Please contact your elected officials and ask them to support H5510/S405 to protect Rhode Island’s most vulnerable residents: women, families, and children.
Posted in Connecticut, Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence, Featured, Gun Control, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Everytown for Gun Safety, General Assembly, Harold Metts, Rhode Island Coalition of Domestic Violence, Teresa Tanzi | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 5, 2017
Video and pictures from Women Empowering Women: A Community Forum on Violence Prevention
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Minimum Wage, People, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Diana Garlington, domestic violence, Essence Christal, Everytown for Gun Safety, Gemelya Gem Barros, Giovanna Rodriguez, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, linda finn, Lisa Pina-Warren, Lucy McBath, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Myra Latimer-Nicholas, Protect Rhode Island Families Act, providence college, Shemeeka Barros, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships, SOAR, Steven Latimer, Teresa Tanzi | 7 Responses