By Bob Plain on May 15, 2018
Nearly 10,000 homes went into foreclosure during the mortgage crisis in Rhode Island. Then, in 2013, the General Assembly passed the Foreclosure Reduction Act, which mandated banks to work with homeowners before repossessing property. Since then, the law helped some 600 Rhode Islanders avoid losing their homes. But the Foreclosure Reduction Act is set to […]
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 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
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 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 July 26, 2017
If built, Hope Point Tower would be the tallest building in the state and it would be 1/3rd of a mile away from the next tallest building, leaving a wide gap in the Providence skyline.
Posted in Business, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Housing, Infrastructure, Ithica NY, Labor, New York, News, Photos, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Barrett Bready, Bonnie Nickerson, Daria Fane, Elizabeth Huidekoper, Hope Point Tower, I-195 Commission, Ithaca NY, Jason Fane, Joseph Azrack, Melissa Husband, Providence City Council, Real Estate Solutions, RES, Rhode Island General Assembly, Robert Davis, Sandra Smith, Stefan Pryor | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 28, 2017
Less than two weeks after the un-debate, four of the five candidates who qualified for the ballot in the race to be the Ward 3 city councilor from Providence once again took the stage, this time to answer questions, not just listen to the concerns of residents.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Education, Elections, Featured, Housing, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Angel Tavares, buddy cianci, Daniel Chaika, David Cicilline, David Lallier, jorge elorza, Kevin Jackson, Mark Santow, MLK Elementary School, Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, Observatory Neighborhood Association, Rebecca LaFortune, Summit Neighborhood Association, Ted Nesi, ward 3 | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 15, 2017
“There are no residents of the communities where these homes and businesses will be created making decisions about where this money goes!”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Housing, Inequality, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Video | Tagged Area Median Income, Barbara Fields, DARE, Deborah Wray, direct action for rights and equality, Malchus Mills, National Low Income Housing Coalition, Nicolas Retsinas, NLIHC, Out of Reach, Property Acquisition and Revitalization Program, RI Housing, Tenant and Homeowner Association, THA | 1 Response
By Sophia Wright on April 26, 2017
DARE’s Behind the Walls Committee has made enormous strides in winning changes to the Providence Housing Authority’s admissions policies toward the goal of eliminating the discrimination against community members with criminal records.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Housing, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged ACLU, Behind the Walls Committee, DARE, Direct Action for Rights and Equity, PHA, Providence Housing Authority, Shriver Center | Leave a 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 Sophia Wright on March 16, 2017
For the past two years, the Behind the Walls Committee at Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) has led a campaign to provide fair access to public housing for people with criminal records and their families.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Housing, Photos, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Video | Tagged Behind the Walls Committee, BTW, DARE, Dexter Manor, direct action for rights and equality, Housing and Urban Development, HUD, Manton Heights, PHA, Providence Housing Authority | Leave a response
By Sophia Wright on March 1, 2017
Around 8am an unknown volunteer from the community entered the building and hung an approximately 20 foot banner from the fifth floor.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Housing, Inequality, Photos, Providence | Tagged #cut50, Behind the Walls Committee, BTW, DARE, Day of Empathy, direct action for rights and equality, Housing and Urban Development, HUD, PHA, Providence Housing Authority | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 14, 2017
Activists with RI Jobs With Justice and the Childhood Lead Action Project held an informational picket outside US Rubber Mills to call attention to the serious health effects of lead exposure.
Posted in Activism, Corporate Greed, Environmental Racism, Featured, Health Care, Housing, Inequality, Labor, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Childhood Lead Action Project, Eagle Square, fuerza laboral, Michael Araujo, olneyville, Raul Figureroa, RI Future, RI Jobs with Justice, US Rubber Mills | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 13, 2017
The RI congressional delegation, including Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline in the ‘hot seat’ for about 90 minutes of questions from sometimes angry and confrontational constituents.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Congress, Corporate Greed, East Providence, Events, Featured, Housing, Immigration, Inequality, Infrastructure, International News, Minimum Wage, National News, Photos, Politics, Video | Tagged 1996 Congressional Review Act, aca, Affordable Care Act, Ben Carson, burrillville, Chris Murphy, Citizens United, Dan Coats, David Cicilline, Deborah Lennon, Democratic Socialists of America, Dick Blumenthal, donald trump, East Providence High School, Georgia Hollister-Isman, HUD, Indivisible RI, jack reed, James Kennedy, James Langevin, Jamestown Sanctuary, Jametown Town Council, Jane Tucker, Jeff Sessions, Linda McMahon, Merrick Garland, Neil Gorsuch, obamacare, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Town Hall, Roland Gauvin, Samuel Bell, Sheldon Whitehouse, Small Business Administration, Steven Fischbach, Transport Providence, Unity Government, Working Families Party of RI | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on January 24, 2017
No good deed goes unpunished. Joe Paolino relearned this lesson the hard way today when he formally announced his plan to turn part of St. Joseph’s Hospital in South Providence into 140 affordable housing units for homeless and indigent people. As it turns out, residents of the Elmwood Avenue area don’t want hundreds of homeless […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 9, 2016
Ron Doyle was denied housing when his wife passed away and he became the primary name on the housing application. Doyle is a father of three. His last conviction was in 1991, a quarter of a century ago.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Housing, Race & Racism | Tagged Behind the Walls Committee, BTW, DARE, Deborah Wray, direct action for rights and equality, Housing and Urban Development, HUD, John Prince, PHA, Providence Housing Authority, Ron Doyle, Sophia Wright | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on October 13, 2016
Tara D’Ambra and her 11-year-old daughter Olivia know exactly why Lucy’s Hearth, a women’s shelter in Middletown, needed a new home. “I lost my job and just wasn’t able to sustain my apartment,” she explained. It was 2007, and she found refuge at Lucy’s Hearth. While the staff was excellent, D’Ambra said, “the building was […]
By Bob Plain on July 26, 2016
Olneyville is getting an upgrade as two new commercial spaces and 36 new affordable housing units, in 14 different buildings spread throughout the neighborhood, will be developed by next summer as part of a new $10.4 million project being called Amherst Gardens. “We are excited to be starting construction,” said Wendy Nicholas, the executive director […]
By Bob Plain on June 17, 2016
“Amos has a new house,” said Ned Handy, right before the ceremonial ribbon was cut on Amos House’s new community center on Pine Street in Providence.
By ACLU of RI on February 23, 2016
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has filed suit against the City of Providence to challenge a recently enacted city ordinance that prohibits more than three “college students” from living together in certain areas of the city.