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
By Peter Nightingale on September 18, 2017
The Rhode Island Senate calendar for Tuesday features legislation that makes it easier to create and run worker-owned cooperatives. The bill is “a statutory vehicle for the creation and functioning of workers’ cooperatives which are corporations that are owned and democratically governed by their members.” In June, the House passed an amended version of the […]
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 Maya Menefee on August 24, 2017
2017 marks a time of incredible political divide in the United States. While some might argue that Donald Trump is the wedge driving people apart, I argue that it is more accurate to say that he reveals the divisions that had already been festering for some time.
By Steve Ahlquist on August 23, 2017
“What we heard today clearly is that the energy burden that is experienced by many in Rhode Island tears at the social fabric of our state,” said Abigail Anthony, on her first day as a commissioner on the PUC.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, National News, News, People, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Abigail Anthony, Acadia Center, Allan Fung, Camilo Viveiros, Chloe Chassaing, Colin Nagle, Daniel McKee, Douglas Gablinski, Erika Niedowski, Gael Tadded, George Wiley Center, Gina Raimondo, John Gallager, Kat Burnham, Kate Schapira, Margaret Curran, Marion Gold, national grid, Pat Morgan, People’s Power and Light, puc, Rhode Island Business Coalition, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, Rhode Islanders for Affordable Energy, Robert Lancia, Suzanne Dumas, TEC-RI | 6 Responses
By Bob Plain on August 22, 2017
Bill Lynch says he is no longer a senior adviser to the Rhode Island Democratic Party. In an email to RI Future yesterday, Lynch said he now works with the party “as a spokesperson only.” However, state party spokeswoman Ann Gooding said otherwise. “Bill Lynch continues in his role as senior advisor to the state […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 18, 2017
“That was a moment when the President of the United States should have had the ability and the willingness to look into a camera and say, ‘This is disgraceful. The KKK and neo-Nazis and white supremacists do not belong on the streets of this city. They are undermining core American values,’” said Representative David Cicilline […]
Posted in Congress, Cumberland, Featured, National News, Politics, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged A Better Deal, Barrack Obama, David Cicilline, donald trump, Sebastian Gorka, Steve Bannon, Steven Miller | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 9, 2017
“I don’t even know how to explain what the next two weeks are going to be like,” said Smith, “It is going to be the center of politics in this state, even on the east coast. It’s all going to be centered on Newport and Jamestown…”
By Steve Ahlquist on August 3, 2017
“I disagree with with my opponent [Warren] a lot more than I disagree with the president,” said Diehl.
Posted in Activism, Fall River MA, Featured, Massachusetts, National News, Photos, Politics, Video | Tagged bill rappleye, Christopher Wray, democrat, donald trump, Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren, Fall River Democratic Committee, Fall River MA, FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Geoffrey Diehl, Jeff Merkley, Judy Conrad, Kirsten Gillibrand, Massachusetts House of Representatives, republican, Ron Wyden, Tony's Gas and Repair, United States Senate | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 1, 2017
Jordan Hevenor and Emily Boucher represent thousands of Rhode Island women who want the General Assembly to codify Roe v Wade into state law now.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, News, Photos, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Armenian Heritage Park, Democrats, Dominick Ruggerio, donald trump, Emily Boucher, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Jordan Hevenor, Ladder 133, Michael McCaffrey, Nicholas Mattiello, Reproductive Health Care Act, RHCA, Rhode Island Senate, Roe. v. Wade, Supreme Court, Woman Project | 6 Responses
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 July 15, 2017
The NRA’s “attacks on the First Amendment, while touting a literal and absolutist misinterpretation of the Second is at best hypocrisy and at worst a threat to our democracy and its defenders.”
Posted in Activism, Central Falls, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Justice, Minnesota, National News, New Hampshire, News, Photos, Politics, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Virginia, Washington, Women | Tagged black lives matter, Dana Loesch, Darrell Moore, Defend Movement, Dignity and Power Now, first amendment, Gail Crompton McHugh, james diossa, Jennifer Boylan, Jeronimo Yanez, Lisa Peterson, moms demand action, National Rifle Association, NRA, Philando Castile, RISIST, Roger Williams National Memorial, second amendment, Tamika Mallory, The Reverence Project, United States Department of Justice, Women's March | Leave a response
By Ann S Gooding on July 13, 2017
Nearly 100 women from East Bay and across the state gathered Tuesday to map out next steps for the growing Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus; nearly a third of those present were first-time attendees.
Posted in Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Democratic National Committee, gayle goldin, grace diaz, Jakub Lis, Lauren Carson, Michelle Arias, Nellie Gorbea, Resistance Summer, Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus, Shelby Maldonado, T Kevin Olasanoye | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 11, 2017
In the first real candidate forum in Senate District 13, six of the seven candidates answered questions and gave their opinions on a wide range of issues including reproductive rights, the PawSox Stadium and the budget gridlock currently seizing the General Assembly. The four Democrats, David Allard, Dawn Euer, John Florez and David Hanos, will face […]
Posted in Elections, Events, Featured, Jamestown, Newport, News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Allan Fung, David Allard, David Hanos, Dawn Euer, Frank Prosnitz, Gregory Larson, Ian Donnis, Jane Pickens Theater, John Florez, Kimberly Ripoli, Michael Smith, Ted Nesi | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on July 11, 2017
“You have to move the meeting,” yelled NEA organizer Pat Crowley, from the balcony of the Council Chambers. Cienki screamed back, “No, I do not have to move the meeting.”
By Capri Catanzaro on July 1, 2017
“We call upon the House to choose a new Speaker when they meet later this summer to finish their work, so that the budget negotiations can be handled by someone whose priority is to do that work, rather than to play power games.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, National News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged Capri Catanzaro, Dominick Ruggerio, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island General Assembly, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RI Democratic Party, RI House of Representatives, RI Senate, RIPDA | 2 Responses
By Steve Rackett on June 30, 2017
The CSA is very dear to me. These issues impact me and my family directly. I have been racially profiled. I have to remind my son things like ‘don’t wear a hoody’. I have seen how growing up, my father was stopped constantly.
By Steve Rackett on June 29, 2017
But receivership or bankruptcy is a very drastic solution. The way it impacted every day people in Central Falls was shocking and a lot of people made money off of that. A lot of people managed to profit off the misfortune of others. We should be avoiding it at all costs.
Posted in Elections, Featured, Politics, Providence | Tagged Community Safety Act, CSA, Daniel Chaika, Mark Santow, Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School, Nathan Bishop Middle School, Nirva LaFortune, Providence City Council, ward 3, water | 1 Response
By Jenifer Howard on June 28, 2017
On July 22, 2017, VoteRunLead.org is partnering with the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island to bring VoteRunLead’s popular “Run As You Are” workshop series to Rhode Island.
Posted in Elections, Events, Featured, Politics, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Erin Vilardi, Kelly Nevins, New England Institute of Technology, Run As You Are, Through A Gender Lens, VoteRunLead, Women's Fund of Rhode Island | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on June 23, 2017
Bob Flanders told me in a recent interview that there is too much partisan fighting in politics and decried those who “lob bombs at the other side.” Later that week on Twitter he called me a “lefty looney” and insulted my intelligence, my sanity, and my credibility, saying my story was “coup d’ BS.” Flanders’ […]