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 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 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 August 20, 2017
“Listen,” said Monica Cannon-Grant, one of the principle organizers of the event, “We’re not standing for it. I said it on the news, I meant what I said and I say what I mean… We’re not going to have [white supremacy] in our city. Not in Boston. Not in Roxbury. We’re not having it.”
Posted in Boston MA, Civil Rights, Featured, Inequality, Massachusetts, National News, Photos, Race & Racism, Video, Women | Tagged Angie Camacho, Black Lives Matter Boston, Black Lives Matter Cambridge, Black Lives Matter Network, Boston Commons, donald trump, Future, International Socialist Organization, Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Monica Cannon-Grant, Movement for Black Lives, Tito Jackson, Violence In Boston | 1 Response
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 Wendy Holmes on June 27, 2017
Personalized Learning is a misleading term when, for example, the only personalized aspect is the pace at which each student works through the same commercially-produced digital content modules.
Posted in Education, Featured, Massachusetts | Tagged Barbara Madeloni, Blended Learning, Chan Zuckerberg Institute, Competency-Based Learning, Gina Raimondo, International Society for Technology in Education, ISTE, Mark Zuckerberg, Massachusetts Teachers Association, MTA, Personalized Learning, Proficiency-Based Learning, Rhode Island's Progressive Democrats, RIPD, Robert Culatta, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, US Department of Education | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 17, 2017
“When working people or their family members get sick, they are forced to decide whether they can afford to lose a day’s pay to get the care they need. As the owner of a business where food is served, I don’t want my employees to have to be in that position. I also don’t want them to come in sick when they are handling food, and I know my customers don’t want that, either.”
Posted in Business, Connecticut, Domestic Violence, Economics, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Labor, Massachusetts, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Vermont, Women | Tagged AARP, Bryan Rinebolt, Chrissy Tek, District 1199 SEIU New England, Doug Hall, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, fuerza laboral, Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, Hudson Street Deli, Institute for Women’s Policy and Research, Interview Connections, Jason Chooporian, Jessica Rhodes, jobs with justice, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Rhode Island Center for Justice, Rhode Island Chapter of the National Organization for Women, Rhode Island Earned Sick Days Campaign, Rhode Island Working Families, RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence, RI SEIU State Council, SEIU 32BJ-District 615, Susan Council, Teamsters Local 251, Unite Here Local 26, United Nurses and Allied Professionals, Women's Fund of RI. | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 12, 2017
News broke today that the Connecticut Siting Council voted to deny NTE Energy’s application for a 550-megawatt power plant proposed for Killingly, which shares a border with Burrillville, Rhode Island…
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Connecticut, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Massachusetts, National News, Rhode Island | Tagged CLF, Connecticut Siting Council, Conservation Law Foundation, CT Siting Council, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Forward Capacity Auction, Invenergy, ISO-New England, John Penney, Killingly CT, Killingly Energy Center, Lake Road Generating Facility, Max Greene, Medway MA, Norwich Bulletin, NTE Energy | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 1, 2017
“Women should run because they need to hear our voices at the the table,” replied A’shanti Gholer of Emerge America, “There are 520,000 elected offices in this country, women constitute less than a third of them. We want to make sure all voices are heard so women can see what we can do when we’re elected in a community to fix it.”
Posted in Arkansas, Bristol, California, Cumberland, Elections, Featured, Inequality, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, National News, Newport, News, North Providence, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, South Kingstown, State House, Virginia, Warwick, Washington, West Virginia, Women | Tagged A'shanti Gholer, Dawn Euer, donald trump, Donna Personeus, Emerge America, Emerge RI, hillary clinton, Jill Barkley, Lippitt House Museum, Moira Walsh, muslim, Rhode Island National Organization for Women, RI NOW, Somali, Tracey LeBeau, Women's March | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 29, 2017
“Donald Trump is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Indigenous Americans, Inequality, Infrastructure, LGBTQ, Massachusetts, National News, Newport, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Washington DC, Water | Tagged aaron regunberg, Adnan Adrian Wood-Smith, Brown University, citizens bank, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, donald trump, Elizabeth Hoover, General Assembly, islam, Kaylynn Polley, Lincoln School, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Michael Araujo, Mother Earth, People's Climate March, People’s Power and Light, Phoebe Roberts, Priscilla De La Cruz, Rhode Island State House, Rhode Island Student Climate Coalition, RI Jobs with Justice, Timmons Roberts, university of rhode island | Leave a response
By Juan Espinoza on April 6, 2017
Both the Governor’s and House Speaker’s proposals result in Rhode Island’s wealthiest twenty percent of families reaping a windfall representing one third of the overall tax break…
Posted in Burrillville, Class Warfare, Connecticut, Economics, Exeter, Featured, Foster, Inequality, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Shoreham, Newport, Photos, Portsmouth, Providence, Rhode Island, Richmond, Scituate, State House, Taxes | Tagged car tax, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, itep, Motor Vehicle Tax, MVT, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association, US Census Bureau, Vehicle Value Commission | 8 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 3, 2017
“You pass this law [increasing the minimum wage], there are going to be dirtier restaurants,” said restaurant broker Scott Sogard, “I hope you increase the budget for the health department.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Cumberland, Featured, Massachusetts, Minimum Wage, Photos, Portsmouth, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, AFL-CIO, Angelo’s Palace Pizza, Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern Rhode Island, Bahjat Shariff, Bill Kitsilis, Burger King, Charles Jones, Chris Tarro, Clements Marketplace, david bennett, Douglas Hall, Economic Progress Institute, Elizabeth Seuver, Emmanuel Falck, Energy Markets Association, EPI, fdr, fuerza laboral, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, House Judiciary Committee, House Labor Committee, john simmons, Kenneth Mendonca, Lennette Boiselle, Lou Ferrazzano, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Maureen Martin, Michael Beauregard, Michal Araujo, minimum wage, Moira Walsh, Murphy's Deli & Bar, National Industrial Recovery Act, New England Convenience Stores, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, opportunity wage, Panera Bread, patricia morgan, Raul Figueroa, Rebecca Kislak, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, Rhode Island Mortgage Bankers Association, Rhode Island Public Expenditures Council, RI Jobs with Justice, RI NOW, RI Working Families Party, RIHA, RIPEC, Robert Craven, Ruth Ferrazzano, Scott Sogard, seiu 1199, Sienna Restaurants, Taco Bell, Tracy Clements Anthony, Wall Street, Young Democrats of Rhode Island | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 31, 2017
A new public opinion poll shows that 82.2 percent of likely voters in Rhode Island support earned sick days and want to see a statewide policy enacted.
Posted in Connecticut, Economics, Featured, Health Care, Labor, Massachusetts, New York City, Pittsburgh, Providence, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House, Vermont, Video, Women | Tagged A Better Balance, Blue Sun Campaigns, Bryan Rinebolt, Casey Sardo, Dan Cowan, Democrats, Economic Progress Institute, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, House Labor, Hudson Street Deli, Interview Connections, Rachel Flum, Republicans, Rhode Island Working Families, Sara Braganca, Sherry Leiwant | 2 Responses
By Jennifer Boylan on March 26, 2017
Rhode Island can and should enact stronger laws to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. Please contact your elected officials and ask them to support H5510/S405 to protect Rhode Island’s most vulnerable residents: women, families, and children.
Posted in Connecticut, Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence, Featured, Gun Control, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Everytown for Gun Safety, General Assembly, Harold Metts, Rhode Island Coalition of Domestic Violence, Teresa Tanzi | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 23, 2017
“I made $13 per hour in 1992 making jewelry, which is more than I earn today. When the jewelry factories shut down, I became a CNA. I love taking care of the elderly but the pay is not enough,” said home care professional Karen Baldwin.
Posted in California, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Inequality, Labor, Massachusetts, Minimum Wage, New York, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged ARC of Blackstone Valley, Bannister House Nursing Home, Brookings Institute, Burger King, Charles Jones, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Erica Hammond, Fight for $15 and a Union, Gina Raimondo, Jeanine Calkin, Jerry Tolbert, Jerry’s Beauty Salon, jobs with justice, jorge elorza, Karen Baldwin, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Nicholas Mattiello, RI Working Families, SEIU 1199 New England, Shirley Lomba, Top of the Bay, wendys | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 22, 2017
“Regulating marijuana is the smart and responsible policy from a public health and safety perspective,” said Senator Joshua Miller, who is sponsoring Senate Bill 420.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Marijuana, Massachusetts, National News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Clergy for a New Drug Policy, jared moffat, Joshua Miller, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, marijuana, marijuana policy project, Regulate Rhode Island, Rhode Island ACLU, Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Rhode Island NAACP, Rhode Island Sierra Club, Rhode Island Working Families, Rhode Island Young Democrats | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 23, 2017
RIPEC’s executive director John Simmons pulls out every bad economic argument he can in opposition to raising the minimum wage in Rhode Island despite acknowledging that the proposed increase is ‘relatively modest.’
Posted in California, Class Warfare, Connecticut, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Labor, Maine, Massachusetts, Minimum Wage, New Hampshire, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Vermont, Washington | Tagged Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Hall, earned income tax credit, EITC, john simmons, Marvin Abney, minimum wage, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, RI DLT, RI House Finance Committee, RIPEC, S Department of Labor | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 17, 2017
The undersigned members of the Rhode Island Business Coalition wish to express our opposition to Article 20 (Relating to Minimum Wages) of the Governor’s FY 2018 budget proposal.
Posted in California, Class Warfare, Connecticut, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Maine, Massachusetts, Minimum Wage, New Hampshire, Poverty, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington | Tagged Ashley E Ranslow, Bill Vernon, Dale Venturini, East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce, Erin Donovan-Boyle, Grafton Wiley, Laura A McNamara, Marvin Abney, minimum wage, National Federation of Independent Business, New England, Newport County Chamber of Commerce, Ralph Coppola, Rhode Island Business Coalition, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, Rhode Island Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association, Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit, Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants, RI DLT, RI House Finance Committee, RIPEC, Robert A. Mancini, Robert Shea, SBANE, Smaller Business Association of New England | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 5, 2017
Everything you need to know to effectively testify in favor of increasing the minimum wage at the State House this week.
Posted in Connecticut, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Massachusetts, Minimum Wage, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Connecticut, Gina Raimondo, house finance, House Labor, massachusetts, Michael Araujo, minimum wage, Rhode Island, RI Jobs with Justice, Robert Craven, State House | 1 Response