By Bob Plain on October 24, 2017
Rebuking the Trump Administration’s increase in immigration enforcement, the South Kingstown Town Council passed last night what it calls the Immigrant Protection Ordinance. The new law, approved on a 3 to 2 vote, prevents local police officers from enforcing federal immigration rules, unless so ordered by a federal judge. “My family,” Council Vice President Abel Collins […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 12, 2017
We hope they will engage productively in the implementation of the [Community Safety Act] and not waste time trying to undo an ordinance that has had several years of vetting by all parties involved.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Elections, Featured, Immigration, Justice, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Community Safety Act, CSA, Dan McGowan, Julianne Lima, Michael Imondi, PCPRA, Providence City Council, Providence Community-Police Relations Act, Providence Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, Robert Boehm, STEP-UP 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 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 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 18, 2017
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced funding to cover every Rhode Island DACA recipient eligible to renew their application before the October 5 deadline.
Posted in Central Falls, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged CASO, Coalition of Advocates for Student Opportunities, DACA, Deborah Gonzalez, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, Dorcas International Institute, Dreamers, Gina Raimondo, Immigration Clinic at the Roger Williams University School of Law, Neil Steinberg, Office of Constituent Affairs, Pro Bono Collaborative at the Roger Williams University School of Law, Progreso Latino, Rhode Island Center for Justice, Rhode Island Foundation | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 18, 2017
“Every time I drove up this hill and saw that big gray wall I said, ‘This wall needs something. It needs a mural,'” said Hannah Resseger, “I wanted it to be something about the history.”
Posted in Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, History, Immigration, Installations, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged aaron regunberg, B Mor Seven, Billy Taylor Park, Blake Filippi, Brown University, Carl's Diggins House of Jazz & Soul, Celebrity Club, Dannie Ritchie, Danny Lopes, Elisa Perez, Gina Rodriguez, Hannah Resseger, Hard Scrabble Riot, Harold Metts, Jalia Godette, Mt Hope Learning Center, Mt Hope Neighborhood, Nirva LaFortune, Paul Filippi, Providence Department of Arts Culture and Tourism, Providence Police Department, Raffini, Snow Town Riot, Sylvia Ann Soares, Tiana Northup | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2017
“We unfortunately have not had the chance to speak to Speaker [Nicholas] Mattiello yet,” said Rep Carlos Tobon. “But we have set some time aside for the coming days to begin to address this and we’d love to have something in by next week…”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, National News, News, Politics, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, carlos tobon, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, Dream Act, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus, RILBLC | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 9, 2017
“I’m here because I’m standing up for human dignity, for migrant dignity and undocumented immigrant dignity…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, LGBTQ, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, BIRC, Brown Immigrant Rights Coalition, Burnside Park, Carmen Castillo, CASO, Coalition of Advocates for Student Opportunities, DACA, David Cicilline, Deborah Gonzalez, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, gayle goldin, Gina Raimondo, grace diaz, james diossa, Javier Juarez, jorge elorza, Marta V Martínez, Nirva LaFortune, PIRC, Providence Immigrant Rights Coalition, providence student union, Rhode Island State House, Roger Williams University, Sabina Matos, Tatiana Hall | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 8, 2017
The Democratic Party has railed against Trump’s decision to end DACA in six months but actual action, in the form of legislation that could help undocumented immigrants in RI, has not passed in the Democrat controlled General Assembly.
Posted in Cities and Towns, Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, Justice, National News, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education, Blackstone Valley Economic Progress Institute, Cambodian Society of Rhode Island, DACA, DARE, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Direct Action or Rights and Equality, donald trump, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, driver's licenses, fuerza laboral, General Assembly, ice, Latino Policy Institute, NAACP Providence Branch, providence student union, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Democratic Party, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Sojourner House, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement | 1 Response
By Amanda Berman Pompili on September 7, 2017
I am not an immigrant, but like almost all of us in this country today, I am descended from immigrants. My ancestors are from Eastern Europe. Some came here fleeing pogroms and conscription into the Czar’s army, while others merely came here for better economic opportunity. I am Jewish, but like the majority of Jews […]
By Bob Plain on September 6, 2017
Top elected officials in Rhode Island spoke out against President Trump’s plan to cancel DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that grants amnesty to 800,000 children of undocumented immigrants. “As long as I am Governor of this state,” said Governor Gina Raimondo, “Rhode Island will stand up for the American Dream, and the […]
Posted in Featured, Immigration | Tagged DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Dreamers, Gina Raimondo, james diossa, Javier Juarez, Joe McNamara, jorge elorza, Kilmartin, magaziner, Rodrigo Pimentel, Trump | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on September 5, 2017
Rhode Island’s all-Democratic congressional delegation reacted harshly today after the White House confirmed President Donald Trump plans to upend immigration status for 800,000 Americans by eliminating DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. “President Trump’s priorities are backwards,” said Senator Jack Reed. “This decision is shameful and cruel,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. “America has […]
Posted in Congress, Featured, Immigration | Tagged Ccilline, DACA, David Cicilline, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, jack reed, jim langevin, langevin, reed, Rodrigo Pimentel, Sheldon Whitehouse, Trump, whitehouse | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2017
“Rhode Island was founded on the principles of tolerance and diversity. Those values mean nothing if we abandon them in times of difficulty. Dreamers are in our schools in every community. They are Rhode Islanders. As long as I am Governor, Rhode Island will stand with Dreamers and DACA recipients.”
Posted in California, Central Falls, Civil Rights, Colorado, Connecticut, Featured, Immigration, Justice, Minnesota, National News, News, Oregon, Providence, Race & Racism, State House, Virginia, Washington, Women, Youth | Tagged Anne-Marie Liston, Bill Deware, DACA, Daniel Malloy, Darlene Correia, Deborah DeBare, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, Dream Act of 2017, Dreamers, Ellen Liston, Gina Raimondo, Gross Domestic Product, james diossa, Jay Inslee, Jerry Brown, John Hickenlooper, jorge elorza, Kate Brown, Kristine Frech, Mark Dayton, Mary Pendergast, Medicare, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Cluny, Social Security, Take Back Your Life, Teach For America Rhode Island, Terrence McAulifffe | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2017
“We don’t enforce immigration law, we’re not immigration agents, we don’t even go down that road… The most important thing here is that we want to investigate the crimes that people are bringing to us.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged ACLU, Ann Assumpico, Betsy Garland, Christine Santos, Christopher Dicomitis, DACA, Darnell Weaver, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, Federal Civil Immigration Law, Federal Judicial Order, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Joseph Philbin, Kevin Barry, Paul Andrews, Rhode Island Council of Churches, Rhode Island State Police, Steven Brown | 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 August 4, 2017
“I’m sorry we’re not doing a better job,” said Representative Moira Walsh. “I’m sorry that we’re not making it as easy as is physically possible to become a citizen of this great country.”
Posted in Activism, California, Featured, Immigration, Labor, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged David Jennings, donald trump, fuerza laboral, Hugo Mejia, ice, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, IUPAT, Justin Kelley, Michael Araujo, Moira Walsh, Raul Figueroa, RI Jobs with Justice, Rodrigo Nunez, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement | Leave a response
ACLU and RI Legal Services file civil rights complaint against RIDLT over lack of language accommodations
By Nicole Cordier on July 6, 2017
The complaint, on behalf of Gracianne Noel, a Haitian Creole speaker, argues that RIDLT is in violation of a federal law known as Title VI, which requires agencies receiving federal funding to provide meaningful access to programs and services for individuals with limited English proficiency.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, Infrastructure, Labor, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Social Services, Unemployment | Tagged ACLU of RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Conciliation Agreement, Gracianne Noel, Jennifer Doucleff, LEP, limited English proficiency, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Rhode Island Legal Services, RIDLT, RIDLT TeleServe, RILS, Steven Brown, Title VI, ui, unemployment insurance, United States Department of Labor, USDOL, Veronika Kot | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2017
“Police enforce criminal law, but immigration law is civil. Using police to enforce civil law is unconstitutional,” said Jim Cowan, speaking for the Standing on the Side of Love Committee at First Unitarian Church in Providence.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Immigration, LGBTQ, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU, CBP, Customs and Border Protection, donald trump, First Unitarian Church of Providence, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Immigration Protection Ordinance, Jim Cowan, Law Enforcement Agency, LEA, RI Pride, Standing on the Side of Love Committee | Leave a response