By Will Weatherly on June 25, 2018
At 4pm on Monday evening, where one would usually find state representatives milling about before their floor sessions, demonstrators gathered inside the State House to make one last plea to Governor Raimondo to veto Kristen’s Law, a statute which mandates a life sentence for individuals involved in the exchange of controlled substance in the case […]
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Politics, Prison Reform | Tagged ACI, Alan Gordon, Anne Armstrong, Gina Raimondo, Kristen's Law, Lisa Peterson, Moira Walsh, opioid crisis, Women's Action Initiative | Leave a response
By Will Weatherly on June 20, 2018
Amid reports that Gov. Raimondo is planning on signing Kristen’s Law (H 7715)—a bill passed in the House last week which mandates a life sentence for individuals who sell controlled substances involved in fatal overdoses—many are saying that the bill will only increase the number of overdose deaths, including one of the governor’s own appointees […]
Posted in Criminal Justice, Health Care, Justice, News, Prison Reform | Tagged Department of Corrections, Dr. Josiah Rich, Gina Raimondo, Kristen's Law, Michael Galipeau, opioid crisis, Rhode Island User's Union, Senate Judiciary Committee, Steven Brown. ACLU | 5 Responses
By Alex Nunes on January 7, 2018
I was skeptical last September when I heard word that Congressman Jim Langevin, Democrat of Rhode Island’s Second Congressional District, had decided to cosponsor the House single-payer health insurance bill, H.R.676 – the Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act. I’d been in contact with the congressman’s office on the issue earlier in the year […]
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 […]
Posted in Events, Featured, Health Care | Tagged Alpert School of Medicine, Burnside Park, Clinica Esperanza, George Wiley Center, health clinic, House of Hope, Rhode Island Free Clinic | Leave a response
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 October 17, 2017
As a result of this ruling, the EFSB must hold a public hearing in Charlestown with 30 days’ advance notice.
Posted in Burrillville, Charlestown, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Health Care, Indigenous Americans, Infrastructure, Labor, Rhode Island | Tagged CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Elizabeth Noonan, Energy Facilities Siting Act, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Glenn Walker, Invenergy, janet coit, Jerry Elmer, Marc Vatter, Margaret Curran, narragansett indian Tribe, Parag Agrawal, Peter Ruggiero | 1 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 11, 2017
“In my lifetime, even back to Nixon, I have never seen a White House so riven with conflicts and leaks,” said the Senator.
Posted in Climate, Featured, Health Care, International News, National News, Politics, Video | Tagged Bob Corker, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, donald trump, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, John McCain, Kamala Harris, Ken Block, North Korea, Republican Caucus, Scott Pruitt, Sheldon Whitehouse | 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 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 28, 2017
The bill “creates a potential threat to the safety of both the community at large and the RSOs who will be forced out of shelter.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Housing, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Amos House; Diana D Burdett, Andrew Horwitz, Barbara Freitas, Bella Robinson, COYOTE RI, Eileen Hayes, frank lombardi, Gina Raimondo, Hanna Gallo, House of Hope, Laura Jaworski, PICA, registered sex offenders, Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, Roger Williams University School of Law, RSOs, Steven Brown | 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 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 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 16, 2017
Announced at the event was a September 26 Infrastructure Summit and a series of community round tables beginning on Wednesday, September 27 at 5pm at Save the Bay in Providence.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Water | Tagged Chief Resiliency Officer, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Infrastructure Bank, Infrastructure Summit, janet coit, Parag Argawal, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council, Save The Bay, Sean O’Rourke, Stormwater Resiliency, URI | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2017
Under Rhodycare, “all Rhode Islanders pay into the system through a paycheck deduction and when it comes time to pay for childcare or eldercare you access your pooled contribution.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Rhode Island, Social Services, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Ai-jen Poo, Caring Across Generations, jobs with justice, Mike Araujo, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rhodycare, Sarita Gupta | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on September 13, 2017
After being pressed hard by constituents, Congressman Jim Langevin announced today he too supports Medicare for All. “After much deliberation,” said Langevin in a prepared statement, “I have determined that this is a policy worthy of serious consideration, so I have decided to cosponsor the Medicare for All Act.” “I have long said the Affordable Care Act is […]
By Bob Plain on September 12, 2017
When it comes to Medicare for All, Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is split down the middle. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline both cosponsor such bills in their respective chambers, while Senator Jack Reed and Congressman Jim Langevin are both still undecided. Whitehouse made news recently as an early cosponsor of Vermont Senator Bernie […]
Posted in Congress, Featured, Health Care | Tagged cicilline, Congress, David Cicilline, healthcare, jack reed, jim langevin, langevin, Medicare for All, reed, Sheldon Whitehouse, whitehouse | 2 Responses