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 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 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 7, 2017
Elorza acknowledged that the Donation Stations are not a solution to the problem of homelessness, but noted that “there’s not a single advocate for the homeless that says that more resources do not need to be put towards the issue.”
Posted in Featured, Homelessness, Infrastructure, National News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Donation Station, Henry Remolina, jorge elorza, Providence Police Department, PVD Gives | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 31, 2017
We are here to let [RIH] know that they have to use the bond for what it was originally sanctioned for, and that is to help low and lower income folks have an apartment, stay in their apartment, and help them have some stability in their life.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, Inequality, Infrastructure, Labor, National News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged DARE, direct action for rights and equality, First Source, Malchus Mills, Mary Kay Harris, Michael Araujo, Property Acquisition and Revitalization Program, Rhode Island Housing, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RIH, Tenant and Homeowner Association, THA | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 13, 2017
Organizer John Patrick, from the Cranston Action Network, collected over $20 from motorists to help finance the ACLU’s case against the ordinance.
Posted in Activism, Cranston, Featured, Homelessness, Photos, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Cranston Action Network, Cranston City Council, Cranston City Hall, Cranston Police Department, John Patrick, Michael Farina, Rolfe Park, William Smith | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 10, 2017
“Simply put, Municipal ID cards affirm your residency in out city, regardless of immigration status, regardless of housing status or criminal history,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza
Posted in Civil Rights, Domestic Violence, Featured, Homelessness, Immigration, Infrastructure, LGBTQ, National News, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged A Sweet Creation, ACLU of Rhode Island, Crossroads Rhode Island, Dean Isabella, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Higher Ground International, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, jorge elorza, Lucas Hawthorne, Mary Kay Harris, Muslim-American Advisory Board, NAACP Providence Branch, New Bridges for Haitian Success, OpenDoors, Providence Human Relations Commission, Providence Municipal ID Cards, Providence Police Department, Refugee Dream Center, Rodrigo Pimental, Southside Cultural Center, Steven Brown, TGI Network, Theresa Agonia, Year Up, Youth Pride Inc | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 18, 2017
“It is unfortunate that Cranston has seen fit to enact another problematic anti-panhandling ordinance after acknowledging the unconstitutionality of its previous ordinance. The valuable tax dollars being spent to criminalize poverty could be put to much better use alleviating it.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Cranston, Criminal Justice, Featured, Homelessness, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Barbara Freitas, Cranston Action Network, Cranston City Council, criminalize poverty, Deborah Flitman, first amendment, Francis White Jr, House of Hope CDC, Karen Rosenberg, Labinger, Laura Jaworski, lynette labinger, panhandling, Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, rihap, Steven Brown | Leave a response
By ACLU of RI on May 30, 2017
“This ordinance will only serve to punish the City’s already vulnerable poor, and divert police attention away from meaningful law enforcement activities,” said Barbara Freitas, director of RIHAP.
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Providence | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Barbara Freitas, DARE, Direct Action for Rights an Equality, homeless bill of rights, Homeless Bill of Rights Committee, House of Hope CDC, jorge elorza, kennedy plaza, Providence City Council, RI Homeless Advocacy Project, rihap, SouthCoast Fair Housing, Steven Pare | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 11, 2017
Judge William Guglietta dismissed the charges against nine people ticketed for walking on a freeway yesterday. The nine, seven activists and two members of the media in reaction to an action challenging Cranston’s recently enacted panhandling ordinance.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Cranston, Criminal Justice, Featured, Homelessness, Inequality, Photos, Poverty, Video | Tagged ABC 6, ACLU of Rhode Island, Andrew Horwitz, Christopher Rawson, Cranston Municipal Court, Debbie Flitman, Garden City Shopping Plaza, Jamie Woodhouse, Megan Smith, Neville Bedford, panhandling, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, Roger Williams University Law School, Steve Klamkin, Traffic Tribunal, William Guglietta, wpro | 1 Response
By Stephen R. Graham on April 10, 2017
It’s Red Bandana nominations and award time again! It’s that time of year again. Time to recognize the unsung heroes among us for all the good work they do. The Red Bandana Fund is seeking nominations from the community to recognize both unsung organizations, and individuals, that embody the spirit and work of Richard Walton and […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, History, Homelessness, Housing, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, People, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Civil Rights / Liberties, henry shelton, Red Bandana Award, red bandana fund, richard walton | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 28, 2017
Advocates handed out flyers to passing motorists for about an hour and even collected $2 and a Granola Bar before Cranston Police swarmed the area, issuing tickets and disrupting traffic.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Cranston, Criminal Justice, Featured, Homelessness, Inequality, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, Andrew Horwitz, Cranston Police, Garden City, homeless bill of rights, Homeless Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Housing Not Handcuffs, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, New London Avenue, RI ACLU, Roger Williams Law School, Sockanosset Cross Road | 4 Responses
By Gus Uht on March 10, 2017
Sen. Miller is thinking out of the box and out of the state on solutions to homelessness. NPR’s On Point broadcast a segment (“Prescribing New Solutions to Homelessness“) on a unique approach to homelessness being pursued for Hawaii by Hawaiian State Senator Josh Green, MD, to wit: “… classify homelessness as a medical condition so […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 18, 2017
“We stand in solidarity with Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, and all those on the front lines of the struggle for human rights,” said Benjamin Evans of the Rhode Island National Lawyer’s Guild.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Congress, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Disability Services, Education, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Homelessness, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, LGBTQ, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AFSC-SENE, American Friends Service Committee of Southeastern New England, Benjamin Evans, Betsy DeVos, Burnside Park, Community Safety Act, donald trump, Edward Benson, FANG Collective, fuerza laboral, George Wiley Center, Henry Shelton Act, John Dineen, Martha Yaeger, Mike Araujo, my Tabor, National Lawyers Guild, Nick Katkevich, providence student union, Raul Figueroa, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI ACLU, RISD, Sheida Soleimani, SNAP, US District Court in Providence, Zack Mezera | Leave a response
By sophia@DARE on February 16, 2017
Current PHA (Providence Housing Authority) policy denies most formerly incarcerated people their right to safe and stable housing, as well as preventing them from reuniting with their families and reintegrating into society.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, News, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged Behind the Walls Committee, BTW, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Housing and Urban Development, HUD, PHA, Providence Housing Authority | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 16, 2017
The ordinance passed 5-4 on what Cranston City Council President Michael Farina called “straight party lines” but if the meeting was supposed to be Farina’s show, Councilor Steven Stycos stole it.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Cranston, Featured, Homelessness, Poverty, Video | Tagged Alan Fung, Christopher Paplauskas, Cranston City Council, John Lanni Jr, Josh Catone, Langston Hughes, Michael Araujo, Michael Favicchio, Michael Winquist, Paul Archetto, Paul McAuley, RI Jobs with Justice, Steven Stycos, Tom Wojick, Trent Colferd Sr | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 15, 2017
“The system won’t be fixed overnight,” said Governor Gina Raimondo, “and we will continue to make steady, meaningful progress over the next 12 to 18 months.”
Posted in Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Inequality, Politics, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Anya Rader Wallack, Deloitte, Department of Human Services, DHS, elizabeth roberts, EOHHS, Eric Beane, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Gina Raimondo, healthsource ri, SNAP, UHIP | Leave a response