By Harry Rix on January 22, 2016
Under Jim Crow, separate but “equal” treatment was legal. This systemic racism supposedly ended in 1954 with the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision. A new Jim Crow has arisen, however, with discriminatory effects even more powerful than the blatant racism of an earlier era.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, marijuana reform, Opinion, Politics, Poverty, Prison Op/Ed Project, Race & Racism | Tagged mass incarceration, systemic racism, war on drugs | Leave a response
“Free at last, free at last, Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
By Gus Uht on January 18, 2016
As I watched tears developed in my eyes. At the climactic end, one forlorn tear from each eye rolled down my cheeks. As I watched I remembered that what MLK had looked forward to had not yet come to pass in this great, yes great, nation of ours.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2016
Sure, some billionaire may move a few jobs towards Rhode Island if Raimondo can catch the right ear, but this does nothing to address the systemic issues mentioned above.
Posted in Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Events, Featured, International News, Opinion, Poverty, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Brookings Institute, Davos, Gina Raimondo, Marie Aberger, Switzerland, WEF, World Economic Forum | 23 Responses
By Bernard Georges on January 12, 2016
The pain of losing family members and friends shall never be forgotten. I remember that I had just finished talking to my own cousin, Lukencia Desptre, only to later receive the devastating news that she had died in the earthquake.
By RI Future on January 9, 2016
Bob Plain talks presidential politics on Wingmen.
Posted in 10 Wingmen, Campaign 2016, Featured, National News, News, Opinion, Politics, Video | Tagged Bernie Sanders, bill rappleye, Bob Plain, donald trump, hillary clinton, John Brien | Leave a response
By Anthony Maselli on December 30, 2015
A few months ago, Governor Gina Raimondo hosted a meeting for members of the “LGBTQ community” at which no People of Color were present, because no People of Color were invited.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, LGBT, Opinion, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged Aaron Talley, Gina Raimondo, Jenn Steinfeld, lgbtq, POC, Rhode Island Pride, Rodney Davis, Ruth Frankenberg | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 28, 2015
There are many world views, philosophies, life stances or ways of life that are not religious in nature, yet are considered fully equal to religion in terms of conscience and liberty, under the law… non-religious belief systems, such as atheism and Humanism, are protected under the First Amendment as surely as Christianity or Judaism.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, History, Opinion, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Adam J. Sholes, Devon Letourneau, first amendment, Five-Percent Nation, freedom of conscience, Providence Journal, Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, Robert Vangel | 1 Response
By Harry Rix on December 28, 2015
A living wage is a win/win/win: Employees receive a just wage; employers overcome high turnover and reduced productivity; and taxpayers avoid paying ‘corporate welfare’ for low-wage workers.
The primary problem is greed.
The wealthy counter with the myth: “The rich are makers, the poor are takers.” The reverse is true.
Posted in Activism, Business & Tech, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, Opinion, Politics, Poverty, Religion, Taxes, Unemployment | Tagged greed, just wage, living wage, the makers, the takers, wage slavery | 7 Responses
By Harry Rix on December 13, 2015
We must overcome our country’s fears and purge our national prejudices, especially with regard to Muslims. Today, Jesus would teach the parable of The Good Muslim and, regarding our Middle East wars, teach us to become peacemakers.
By Andrew Stewart on December 7, 2015
Race and racism is the topic of discussion in the press. Yet it remains to be seen if this discussion will include the use of the dreaded c-word (class) or dare use the g-verb of what harms people of color daily (gentrification). Here at RIFuture, we want to spice it up a little and talk about those issues as […]
Posted in Featured, Opinion, Race & Racism | Tagged Antoinette Gomes, black lives matter, Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Farid Ansari, jim vincent, Labor, lgbtq, Providence, Ray Rickman, Rhode Island | 3 Responses
By Harry Rix on November 23, 2015
“I don’t think there is a white privilege.” – House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello Rhode Island’s Democratic Speaker on race: “I don’t think anybody in society views any particular nationality as having any privilege over any other.” This denies the experiences of many minorities. They know whites have greater privileges in education, employment, housing, banking and […]
By Andrew Stewart on October 21, 2015
Proving that stupid is a growing currency in our laughable excuse for a culture, there is now a boycott afoot that seeks to challenge the creators of the most successful film franchise in human history for their alleged provocation of “white genocide.” As the newest STAR WARS film trailer launched Monday night, there also debuted a […]
By Andrew Stewart on October 13, 2015
Philosopher Slavoj Žižek will deliver the Roger B. Henkle Memorial Lecture at the Brown University Salomon Center for Teaching DeCiccio Auditorium today. In a September 9, 2015 column published in The London Review of Books, he masked a series of relatively conservative positions in his typical confection of psycho-analytic vocabulary and post-Soviet reflections on Marxism. […]
By Andrew Stewart on October 6, 2015
In reviewing the basic facts of the case at hand, the behavior of a Providence Police officer and his union in reaction to a Dunkin’ Donuts worker writing #BlackLivesMatter on his coffee cup, it seems useless to level mature critiques against a group behaving so immaturely. The statements of the two, as well as Dunkin’ […]
By Dan Lawlor on September 11, 2015
I was among the many Americans who felt 9/11 indirectly – and yet, how indirect was it? My mother taught at school where a parent was killed in the attack. My high school English teacher’s friend from childhood was a firefighter who was killed. College friends had high school classmates whose parents were killed, or […]
By Andrew Stewart on August 9, 2015
Over 30 years ago, activist Larry Kramer, disgusted by the apathy of public officials and the timidity of gay men who refused to come out, wrote a blistering article called 1,112 AND COUNTING. Kramer was furious at Ronald Reagan, who refused to say the word AIDS, New York Mayor Ed Koch, a closet-case who wouldn’t be […]
By Andrew Stewart on July 29, 2015
My colleague Steve Ahlquist previously posted a great story covering the two meetings on July 27 about the proposed construction of the taxpayer-subsidized stadium. One point that was made at the Providence meeting, worth expanding on here, is the issue of the construction trade unions, which have endorsed this project. This piece will make an effort […]
By Mark Binder on May 26, 2015
$40 million is the figure in government tax breaks and subsidies that’s being mentioned for the proposed Unicorn Center in Downtown Providence. “This will be a world-class capture and processing facility,” said House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello. “First came the Jewelry District, then the Knowledge District, then the BioMed district, then the ProvSox Stadium, and now we’re getting ready to break […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 18, 2015
The arguments against the death penalty are clear and compelling, and I am not going to restate them here. Instead, I am going to attempt to show that the death penalty phase process, that is, the way in which we determine whether or not someone like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is to be put to death, weaponizes […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 24, 2015
In the future predicted by the leaders of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association, there will be fewer and fewer people able to pay taxes or in any way participate in the economic system of our state. Robots, however, will be productive and very taxable.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, Opinion, Poverty, Rhode Island, Taxes, Unemployment | Tagged automation, Bob Bacon, John Henry, Mike Araujo, minimum wage, Paul Krugman, RIHA, robert reich, robots, ROC United RI, tipped minimum wage | 1 Response