By Steve Ahlquist on October 19, 2017
Nancy MacLean was in Providence Tuesday to talk about her book Democracy in Chains, about little known economist James Buchanan, whose ideas shaped the Koch Brothers’ bid to permanently disable the democratic process in favor of unrestrained free-market capitalism.
Posted in Books, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Photos, Race & Racism, Video | Tagged Bell Street Church, Brown University, Brown v the Board of Education, Democracy in Chains, James Buchanan, John Calhoun, Justice Gaines, Koch Brothers, Nancy MacLean, RI Jobs with Justice, Selene Means | 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
“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 16, 2017
“Whoever signed the water deal for the sake of the Burrillville power plant was not authorized on the part of the Narragansett Tribe,” said Tribal Councilor Randy Noka…
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Charlestown, Civil Rights, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Indigenous Americans, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Water | Tagged Bureau of Indian Affairs, Burrillville Land Trust, Darlene Monroe, Domingo Talldog Monroe, Invenergy, Julia O’Rourke, narragansett indian Tribe, NIT, Paul Roselli, Randy Noka, Rhode Island Indian Council, Rhode Island State House, Suzanne Dumas | 2 Responses
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 11, 2017
For retired nurses Horan and Battey, the crisis in their pension has also caused a crisis in their faith. They refuse to give any more money to the church until they are made whole.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Pensions, Photos, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Brian Stern, CharterCare, Diocese of Providence, Laura Tedeschi, Louis Gélineau, Marylin Horan, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, Prospect Medical Holdings, Rhode Island Superior Court, Rita Battey, Saint Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island, Saint Joseph Hospital, Thomas Tobin, Timothy Reilly | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 9, 2017
The statue of Columbus located near the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and Reservoir Avenue in Providence, was vandalized sometime before noon on the Monday holiday that bears his name.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Holidays, Indigenous Americans, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged christopher columbus, columbus day, Emily Crowell, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, jorge elorza | 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 6, 2017
“I’ve never understood the argument as to why we don’t ban high capacity magazine and assault weapons,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. “And it makes even less sense today.”
Posted in Featured, Gun Control, National News, Nevada, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Aisha Manor, Amy Herlihy, Andrew Kline, Angela Howard McParland, Aurora, Burnside Park, Congregation Haeonin, Everytown for Gun Sense in America, gene Dyszlewski, Gina Raimondo, jorge elorza, Las Vegas, National Rifle Association, newtown, NRA, Orlando, Rhode Island Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, Rhode Island General Assembly, RICMA | 1 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 29, 2017
Maybe Shane was right. Maybe this protest wasn’t about racism and Trump. Maybe this protest was all about love and respect. But it was also about anger. And burning stuff.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Massachusetts, National News, Photos, Race & Racism, Sports, Video | Tagged colin kaepernick, Mark T Shane, National Anthem, National Football League, New England Patriots, NFL, pledge of allegiance, Swansea Massachusetts, Tom Brady | 1 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 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 21, 2017
“The activist that I am is breaking the system from within,” said Latifat Odetunde, a senior at Classical High School and a member of Youth in Action speaking at a conference on “Youth-Led Social Justice Activism in Rhode Island.”
Posted in Activism, Education, Featured, Inequality, Photos, Politics, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Ashley Gomez, Classical High School, Community Defense Project, Community Safety Act, CSA, Dorbor Tarley, E-Cubed Academy, gang database, Gloria E Anzaldúa, Kafui Glover, Keith Catone, Latifat Odetunde, Lincoln School, providence student union, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, psu, Rhode Island College, Steven Dy, Student Bill of Rights, Thaina Merlain, Virginia Georgiev, Youth in Action | 1 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 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 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 12, 2017
The art consists of five portraits that have been six months in preparation and almost two weeks in execution.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 10, 2017
“As low-income queer youth of color, Trump’s policies continue to affect our community. He and his policies place fear in our hearts, for not only our well being, but for everyone around us.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Inequality, LGBTQ, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Youth | Tagged Betsy DeVos, Charlottesville, CJC, Community Justice College, DACA, Defend DACA RI, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, Dreamers, Environmental Justice League, Heather Hyer, kennedy plaza, Providence Career and Technical Academy, providence student union, Vice News, What Cheer Brigade | 1 Response