By Bob Plain on February 27, 2018
Time will tell how the East Greenwich Town Council’s cost-cutting crusade will affect future budgets. The full financial picture won’t be clear until the mounting pile of lawsuits are sorted out years from now, and homeowners learn if an antagonistic campaign to shrink local government in an upscale suburb known for good schools and nice […]
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 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 12, 2017
“I think this was an amazing public comment hearing,” said EFSB Chair Margaret Curran after the speakers were finished.
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Indigenous Americans, Infrastructure, Labor, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video, Water | Tagged Blackstone River, Bobby Nardolillo, Christopher Hamblett, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Lincoln Chafee, Margaret Curran, narragansett indian Tribe, Paul Roselli, Randy Noka, Save The Bay, Sheldon Whitehouse, Silvermoon DeRose | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 4, 2017
For Migrant Justice, this is just the beginning. As the program is rolled out on the farms in Ben & Jerry’s supply chain, Migrant Justice will be preparing to expand Milk with Dignity to other companies.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Justice, Labor, Vermont | Tagged Ben & Jerry’s, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Enrique Balcazar, Fair Food Program, Jostein Solheim, Migrant Justice, Milk with Dignity Program | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 3, 2017
Valarie Lawson announced today that she is a candidate for Rhode Island Senate District 14, East Providence. She will be running against incumbent Daniel DaPonte, who has served in that position since 1999.
Posted in East Providence, Education, Elections, Featured, Labor, News, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Daniel DaPonte, Democratic City Committee, East Providence Education Associatio, National Education Association Rhode Island, NEARI, Valerie Lawson | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 29, 2017
“Sometimes hotel housekeepers feel we are invisible even though we do hard, important work,” said housekeeper Raquel Cruz. “We’re so proud of our accomplishments both at work and with our new union agreement.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Labor, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Jenna Karlin, Procaccianti Group, Providence Renaissance, Raquel Cruz, Renaissance Providence Hotel, Unite Here Local 26 | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 25, 2017
Groundbreaking ceremonies are little rituals. Politicians and business people come together, don hard hats and grab shovels in pantomime of laborers, and toss dirt in the air.
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, Labor, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged ambridge Innovation Center, Bonnie Nickerson, Brown University's School of Professional Studies, christina paxson, CIC, David Cicilline, Dominick Ruggerio, Gina Raimondo, I-195 land, Innovation and Design District, Innovation Building, jack reed, James Berens, James Langevin, Johnson & Johnson, Nicholas Mattiello, PPPs, public-private partnerships, Rabbi Yehuda, Sheldon Whitehouse, Stefan Pryor, Temple Beth-El, Tim Rowe, Wexford Innovation Complex | 10 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 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 12, 2017
Not all news stories are created equally, and not all political interest groups get equal treatment in the Providence Journal. For example, the ProJo covered both the National Educational Association of Rhode Island and the Center for Freedom and Prosperity when the teachers’ union and the anti-tax activists each launched television advertisements. But for some […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 5, 2017
With the events of Charlottesville and the death of Heather Hyer still smoldering in our memories, hundreds of Rhode Islanders representing dozens of labor, political and advocacy groups came together to celebrate the accomplishments of organized labor and to condemn racism, white supremacy and the rise of fascism.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, AFL-CIO, black lives matter, Brown University, Burnside Park, Charles Jones, Charlottesville, Coalition of Labor Union Women, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Democratic Socialists of America, donald trump, DSA, Free Hugo, fuerza laboral, Heather Hyer, Hugo Mejia, IBT Local 251, IUPAT, Javier Juarez, John Brown Gun Club, Justin Kelley, labor day, Latino Policy Institute, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Matthew Taibi, Maureen Martin, Michael Araujo, Paul MacDonald, Paul Roselli, Providence Career & Technical Academy, Providence Central Labor Council, providence student union, Raul Figueroa, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rhode Island State House, Right to Work, Sabina Matos, Scott Malloy, seth magaziner, university of rhode island, What Cheer? Band | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 1, 2017
“We make poverty wages while our executive offices pull six figures a year… While we’re qualifying for food stamps after working forty hours a week,” said Karen Baldwin, a Direct Care Provider. “I live on $11.35 an hour. We still qualify for food stamps and RIte Share.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Disability Services, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Labor, Minimum Wage, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Aaron Regunburg, ARC of Blackstone Valley, Certified Nursing Assistants, Charlesgate Nursing Center, CNAs, Direct Service Providers, fight for 15, Greenville Nursing Home, Hopkins Manor, jorge elorza, Karen Baldwin, labor day, seiu 1199, Vicky Mitchell | 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 Bob Plain on August 30, 2017
Labor Day starts early this year as SEIU members will host a picket, rally, and march on Thursday in Providence. The group will start at the Charlesgate Nursing Center, where CNAs and other employees are agitating for a new contract, and from there will march to the State House, where they will rally for a […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 17, 2017
The choice that Providence now has in the Superior Court lawsuit is whether to side with a Delaware corporation, based in Chicago, that wants to build a dirty, carbon-emitting, diesel oil and fracked gas power plant in a rural Rhode Island community or side with local citizens and environmentalists that oppose this unneeded and dirty plant.”
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Johnston, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, jorge elorza, Michael Sabatoni, national grid, New England, Providence City Council, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, Rhode Island Superior Court, RIBCTC, Sabina Matos, seth yurdin | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 11, 2017
Providence, though, has been named in the lawsuit, and the decision the city faces is what side of the lawsuit to be on.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Johnston, Labor, News, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, Jerry Elmer, jorge elorza, Michael Sabitoni, national grid, Providence City Council, Providence Water, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades, RIBCTC, seth yurdin | 4 Responses
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
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