By Gus Uht on April 6, 2016
A funny thing occurred to me on the way to the State House. Okay, it wasn’t that funny, at all. It was about abortion. I was preparing to give testimony at the annual RI House abortion / choice exercise (hearing) last week when two facts or arguments occurred to me that happen to support my […]
By RI Future on February 29, 2016
“I’m not OK with clergy, students and those of different opinions lying and expressing hateful speech in the name of love, but again it is their constitutional right,” says Pete Hoekstra, “I’m not OK with their conduct, but in America we tolerate it, as obnoxious and spiteful as it may be.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Immigration, Opinion, Race & Racism, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, syndicated, Syria, Youth | Tagged aaron regurnberg, Americans for Peace and Tolerance, APT, CAIR-MA, Charles Jacobs, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Howard Voss-Altman, josh miller, Mike Chippendale, Omar Bah, Pete Hoekstra, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Russell Taub, Sterk Zaza, Youssef Bahralom | 7 Responses
By Aaron Regunberg on February 25, 2016
On February 10th, after 7 hours of debate on the House Floor, I voted for legislation to invest in our state’s crumbling infrastructure and establish a sustainable source of revenue to maintain and repair our roads and bridges. As a proud progressive, I am happy to stand by that vote.
By Harry Rix on February 20, 2016
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive.” Sir Walter Scott The fix is in. The President is not elected by 105 million American voters. No, the President is selected by five Supreme Court justices. Justice Antonin Scalia writes that recounting Florida votes will “cast a cloud” over the election. […]
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By Harry Rix on February 15, 2016
“Churches can be a place where judgment, shame and contempt [for families with felons] are felt most acutely.” Michelle Alexander Time for a pop quiz question. Ready? In what year did the U.S. end slavery? Most agree it’s 1865. Some historians disagree. Their answer: 1942. True, the Triangle Trade’s enrichment of slave shippers ended with […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, History, Homelessness, Housing, Labor, marijuana reform, Opinion, Politics, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion, Unemployment | Tagged convict leasing, mass incarceration, Slavery, war on drugs | Leave a response
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 […]