By Peter Nightingale on October 20, 2018
On Thursday, October 18, 2018, for the second time in three months, the Department of Justice asked the United States Supreme Court to circumvent the ordinary procedures of federal litigation and stop the constitutional case Juliana v. United States, involving the substantive due process and equal protection rights of children, from going to trial. Claiming […]
By Peter Nightingale on April 17, 2018
On Thursday, April 12, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon set October 29, 2018, as the first day of trial in the landmark constitutional climate lawsuit brought by 21 American youth against the U.S. government. This development follows multiple rulings issued in favor of the youth plaintiffs in Juliana v. United […]
By Bob Plain on November 30, 2017
The Republican tax proposals would ill-serve Rhode Island in a variety of ways, said federal, state, and local officials who have been busy studying the copious and potentially crippling ramifications either the House or Senate bill could have on life in the Ocean State. The effects range from increased economic inequality, cuts to the social […]
Posted in Congress, Featured, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged activity bonds, Brian Daniels, cicilline, Congress, Doug Hall, Economic Policy institute, house, income tax, reed, RI League of Cities and Towns, senate, Shekarchi, Taxes, whitehouse | Leave a response
By Steve Rackett on November 22, 2017
Marcela Betancur is director of the RI New Leaders Council, vice-president of the RI Latino Political Action Committee and a policy associate with the ACLU. She was raised in Colombia and moved to Rhode Island when she was 12. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a BA degree in political science and public administration […]
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Justice, Rhode Island, South Kingstown, State House | Tagged criminal justice, DACA, Marcela Betancur, New Leaders Council Rhode Island, RI ACLU, RILPAC, transgender students | Leave a response
By Steve Rackett on November 16, 2017
Progressive activist and East Greenwich resident Justine Caldwell announced she is considering running for House District 30 against incumbent Republican Anthony Giarrusso. Caldwell was an important part of the effort to remove Joe DeLorenzo from a leadership position in the Democratic Party, and her and husband David Caldwell have been key organizers in the effort […]
Posted in East Greenwich, Elections, Featured, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Anthony Giarrusso, east greenwich, East Greenwich Town Council, Elections, Feminism, Gayle Corrigan, Justine Caldwell, Rhode Island State House, Sue Cienki | Leave a response
By Steve Rackett on October 25, 2017
Marcia Ranglin-Vassell is the representative for House District 5 in the Rhode Island General Assembly. She has often been the target of attacks from establishment Democrats. During the campaigns in 2016 she was referred to as “some woman from Jamaica” and as Providence Rules pointed out subject to a nasty dog-whistle attack by the former […]
Posted in Featured, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Joe Delorenzo, John DeSimone, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, minimum wage, racism, Sexual harassment, Teresa Tanzi | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 23, 2017
CLF made the request after it came to light that Invenergy had secured a deal to truck water in from Fall River through Benn Water, a pool filling company.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Energy, Fall River MA, Featured, Infrastructure, Rhode Island, Water | Tagged Benn Water, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Harrisville Fire District, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, Margaret Curran, Max Greene, narragansett indian Tribe, Nasonville Water District, Pascoag Utility District, Rhode Island Superior Court, Watuppa Water Supply | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 21, 2017
The City of Fall River, Massachusetts has entered into an agreement with Invenergy to supply water to cool the turbines of its proposed $1 billion fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant aimed at the heart of the forests of northwest Rhode Island.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Fall River MA, Featured, Infrastructure, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Video, Water | Tagged Benn Water and Heavy Transport Corporation, Christopher Ferreira, Clear River Energy Center, Invenergy, Jasiel Correira II, Jeffrey Benn, John Friar II, Norman Valiquiette, Robert Pearson, Watuppa Water Board | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 20, 2017
Two gas pipeline companies manipulated schedules and gas flow to make an extra $3.6 billion from Southern New England ratepayers claims a report that has spurred investigations in Massachusetts, Connecticut and, to a lesser extent, Rhode Island.
Posted in Climate, Connecticut, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Massachusetts, Rhode Island | Tagged Algonquin Gas Transmission Pipeline, Avangrid, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, Division of Public Utilities and Carriers, DPUC, EDF, Environmental Defense Fund, Eversource, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Maura Healey, Meaghan McCabe, Peter Kilmartin, Public Utilities Commission, puc, PURA, Richard Blumenthal, Sheldon Whitehouse, Thomas Kogut, Todd Bianco | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 19, 2017
Invenergy wants a public commentary meeting in Burrillville to present their whole new water plan. CLF renewed their motion to dismiss in response.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Rhode Island, Water | Tagged burrillville, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, Richard Beretta | 2 Responses
By Steve Rackett on October 19, 2017
Delorenzo and others should, instead of saying that it never happened, listen and ask why they didn’t see it and what they can do to help prevent sexual harassment in the future.
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 Bob Plain on October 17, 2017
It might be time for Democratic Party official Joseph Delorenzo to resign, according to female lawmakers from across Rhode Island reacting to controversial remarks the Second Vice Chair made about the progressive wing of the party. “The RI Democratic Party believes in equality, values diversity, and is working to ensure economic security for all Rhode […]
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 Rackett on October 16, 2017
Kalwant Bhopal is a visiting professor at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Education and deputy director of the Center for Research in Race & Education at the University of Birmingham in the UK. Next Spring she will be publishing her book “White Privilege – the myth of a post-racial society.” Her first US […]
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 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 12, 2017
The wealthiest Rhode Islanders would receive the greatest benefit from President Donald Trump’s proposed tax cut plan, while nearly 1 in 5 Rhode Islanders would see their taxes increase by over $1,800.
Posted in Economics, Featured, National News, Rhode Island, Social Services, Taxes | Tagged donald trump, Economic Progress Institute, gop, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, itep, Rachel Flum, Republicans | Leave a response