By Steve Ahlquist on February 19, 2016
Frances Fox Piven is a legend. Her work was instrumental in the creation of the welfare rights movement and the war on poverty. Last night, Piven gave a talk entitled “Strategic Voter Disenfranchisement: How Political Party Competition Shrinks the Electorate” at the RI Center for Justice
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Events, Featured, History, Occupy, Politics, Republicans, Video, Voter ID, Women | Tagged Bernie Sanders, black lives matter, fight for 15, Frances Fox Piven, Occupy, RI Center for Justice, seiu, Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown | 5 Responses
By Peter Nightingale on January 7, 2016
“During the last two days activists filed rebuttals with the Energy Facility Siting Board as they contest Invenergy’s attempt to suppress public input on its proposal to build a fracked-gas power plant proposal.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on November 3, 2015
A table set up in Kennedy Plaza to distribute needed supplies to the homeless sat empty for over five hours Tuesday morning because the police claimed that not having a permit, or being affiliated with a religious group, made such charity illegal.
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Occupy, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Artemis, Bikers United Disaster Relief Teams, kennedy plaza, Occupy Providence, Steven Pare | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2015
Organizer and Occupier Susan Walker pointed out that in the winter of 2012, Occupy Providence broke their occupation of Burnside Park after negotiating with City Hall for a Day Center for the homeless. “Where is the Day Center today?” she asked. Occupy Providence has long concerned itself with homelessness, so this event marked a return to the group’s roots.
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By Steve Ahlquist on November 28, 2014
This year’s Black Friday Walmart protests were organized nationally by OUR Walmart (Organization United for Respect at Walmart), a group fighting for a $15 minimum wage and fair scheduling practices of the kind recently enacted into law as the Retail Workers Bill of Rights in San Francisco. The organization of Walmart workers in Rhode Island has been lagging as compared to efforts in some states.
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2014
From Gaza to Ferguson, we are witnessing the effects of the corporatization of the military and the militarization of the police. The alternative to the world on offer is one of courage and peace. The choice is ours.
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By Michael McCarthy on February 12, 2014
It is rare for me to call my elected representatives, and rarer to call them allies. Like many Rhode Islanders, I swim against a tide of cynicism. However, Congressman Cicilline, whatever brand of patriotism has motivated you to oppose the NSA and its spying, for that patriotism you have my own honor in accord. I […]
By Bob Plain on February 11, 2014
All across America today – and in Providence at 1pm – Americans will fight back against the National Security Agency and remember Aaron Swartz, the internet activist who took his own life last year and fought alongside Rhode Island’s own David Segal to keep the NSA off of random American hard drives. Segal, a former […]
By Randall Rose on June 23, 2013
On Monday June 24th, the petition against the 38 Studios bailout will be brought to the State House for a ceremonial delivery. So far, over 1,000 Rhode Islanders have signed the petition, and the number continues to grow. The petition delivery will be at 4:15pm sharp, at the Smith Street entrance to the State House. […]
By Gus Uht on June 14, 2013
Last week, on June 6th, both a debate and a separate hearing were held whose sole focus was the 38 Studios’ bonds’ situation. (Related posts: first, second.) In a nutshell, my opinion is unchanged: Rhode Island should not repay the bonds. We should also outlaw such bonds. They have a shady origin (complete with a […]
By Bob Plain on June 6, 2013
As legislative leaders draw criticism for only inviting one perspective to speak today about defaulting on the 38 Studios loan, Occupy Providence, an activist collective, and the Stephen Hopkins Center, a libertarian group, have joined forces to sponsor an event that offers a pretty good diversity of opinion. WJAR’s Bill Rappleye will moderate a panel […]
By Samuel G. Howard on April 5, 2013
The Sociological Quarterly has an entire section devoted to the Occupy Movement in its Spring 2013 volume. You can read it for free at the Wiley Online Library. While the whole section includes articles from the likes of former president of the American Sociological Association Frances Fox Piven and independent journalist Sarah Jaffe, and all […]
By Jared Paul on March 6, 2013
I was arrested while walking through a park at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota four years ago. Along with many other alarmed citizens, I was charged with Felony Riot and taken to Ramsey County Jail. With the support of Minneapolis Hip Hop group Atmosphere and the Rhode Island music label Strange Famous […]
By Samuel G. Howard on December 15, 2012
If you’re busy, don’t read much further. Wait until you have a lunch break or are home or something. Because Quinn Norton’s “A Eulogy for #Occupy” is that good. Contained within is all the hope, the pain, and the ultimate end of the Occupy Movement as we knew it. You find things like this about […]
By Bob Plain on September 17, 2012
A dispatch from Jim Daly, one of the Occupy Providence activists who spent the the night protesting in front of the State House.
By Bob Plain on August 31, 2012
Occupy Providence is back in Burnside Park. But there are a couple of things different about this incarnation of the local 99 Percent movement. One difference is they aren’t camping this time around. Not yet, anyways. But they have been meeting daily in what activists call the People’s Park for a little over a week […]