By Rachel Simon on May 17, 2017
Less than a week ago, allegations against Ben Hopkins, the singer of formerly-upcoming queer punk band PWR BTTM, surfaced on social media. The story spread on social media for a few days, before being picked up by increasingly prominent media outlets. Stories by NPR and Billboard brought the issue to national attention. The allegations against […]
Providence City Council incentivizing the continued use and expansion of fossil fuels with Dominion tax deal
By Steve Ahlquist on April 21, 2017
Giving a $4 million tax break to a fossil fuel company is the opposite of what we should be doing if we are seriously trying to avoid the worst excesses of global warming.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Opinion, Providence, Taxes | Tagged Collier Park, Dominion, John Iggliozzi, Lawrence Mancini, Lisa Fries, Manchester Street Power Station, projo, Providence City Council Finance Committee | 2 Responses
By William Deware on March 11, 2017
Moira Walsh has no fear. When we speak of progressives and how we wish they would legislate and govern, Walsh is a perfect example.
By Christopher Joseph on March 11, 2017
When I first started writing for RI Future about volunteering for the Bernie Sanders campaign about a year ago, I noted how great it felt to be voting for a candidate and not against one, and how exciting it was to organize in favor of a better future, not just against a political adversary. For most […]
By Michael Kennedy on March 8, 2017
Some 2,000 people from Providence, Rhode Island & environs assembled in the same place the #WomensMarch gathered 8 days previous to denounce Donald Trump’s Executive Order on immigration, effectively known in this community, and across the US and the world, as the #MuslimBan. The assembly reflected so many layers of cultural politics, love and solidarity […]
By Michael Kennedy on March 2, 2017
Nationalism has many bad connotations, but at its root it is commonplace. Its ideology is simple: every nation deserves its own state, which, in turn, enables that nation to fulfill its destiny while building on its history. Before it became punny, Craig Calhoun called nationalism the trump card of identities and ideologies. Trump articulated that […]
By Rep. Edith H. Ajello and Sen. Gayle L. Goldin on March 1, 2017
Our bills will ensure abortion remains safe and legal in Rhode Island by codifying the central tenet of Roe v. Wade: that the State shall not interfere with a woman’s right to prevent, commence, continue or terminate a pregnancy before fetal viability.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, Opinion, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged donald trump, Edie Aiello, gayle goldin, Reproductive Health Care Act of 2017, Rhode Island Department of Health, Roe. v. Wade, Supreme Court | 2 Responses
By Lauren Niedel on February 23, 2017
Trump and his administration started his reign with an onslaught of unbelievable breaches of security, endless spending and unscrupulous abuses of power that is unprecedented in modern times.
By Michael Kennedy on February 21, 2017
Not all contradictions accompanying President Trump’s governance magnify the legitimation crisis increasingly apparent. Some merely reinforce the cultural conflicts that were apparent during the election itself, but others threaten the bedrock of his legitimacy. In particular, the crisis around Russia may erode the last vestiges of cultural authority buttressing his legal or institutional authority. Nevertheless, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2017
Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed voted to confirm Mike Pompeo as director of the CIA.
Mike Pompeo supports torture.
Posted in Featured, Opinion | Tagged Amnesty USA, Army Field Manual, Barack Obama, Central Intelligence Agency, Charlie Savage, cia, donald trump, jack reed, Margaret Huang, New York Times, Sheldon Whitehouse, torture | Leave a response
By Nick Inglis on January 21, 2017
When Barack Obama ran for the presidency, we embraced the promise of hope. It is this hope that will endure beyond the presidency of Barack Obama – not in his successor – but in our youth. In spite of, and in the face of the coming presidency of Donald Trump who will be inaugurated today […]
By Nick Inglis on January 20, 2017
After a discussion with Rep. McEntee after my previous post (and I applaud her for taking the time to discuss this Bill further), I retract my initial concern with H5098 but call to attention a parallel issue – the section of the language that I view as troubling in this bill is actually already codified into […]
Posted in Featured, Opinion, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Aaron Ley, ARPA, FOIA, Freedom of Information, Freedom of Information Act, Government Transparency, H5098, House Judiciary, public records | Leave a response
By Nick Inglis on January 18, 2017
This morning I wrote a letter to the members of the RI House Judiciary Committee in advance of their hearing on House Bill 5098, a Bill which would limit access to what is currently considered Public Record in the state of Rhode Island. Read more about it here. I am sharing this letter to draw […]
Posted in Events, Featured, Opinion, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, apra, FOIA, Freedom of Information Act, Government Transparency, House Judiciary Committee, public records | 2 Responses
By Nancy Green on January 17, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, a former Jesuit school valedictorian who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie “The Exorcist,” has died. He was 89. He did have an illustrious career beyond your average pulp writer… […]
Posted in Arts & Culture, Featured, History, Movies, Opinion, People, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged exorcism, Holy Ghost Parish, Providence, The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty, Word of God community | 1 Response
By Lauren Niedel on December 30, 2016
These are the times that try the souls of men, women, minorities, LGBTQ, environmentalists, Jewish, Atheist, Muslim and Native American souls. Thomas Paine, if you hear me, on behalf of all of the sane Americans out here, I apologize! I know you are turning in your grave right now.
By Aaron Regunberg on December 21, 2016
“Illegal alien” is an unacceptable term. End stop.
By Michael Beauregard on December 14, 2016
Ellison has been a champion of working families his whole life. He worked as a civil rights lawyer after graduating college. He has been one of the strongest supporters of the fight for $15. He pushed for debt free college tuition well before almost anyone else did. Most importantly though he is an experienced organizer with a proven record.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Elections, Featured, National News, Opinion | Tagged Democractic Party, donald trump, gerrymandering, Keith Ellison, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, The Parlour, Working Families Party, YDRI, Young Democrats of Rhode Island | 3 Responses
By Aaron Regunberg on December 8, 2016
A recent Pew Research Center poll found that nearly two-thirds of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters would like to see their party stand up to Trump rather than work with him.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Education, Featured, Opinion | Tagged aaron regunberg, Betsy DeVos, donald trump, Hope High School, jack reed, James Langevin, Jeff Sessions, jorge elorza, Myron Ebell, Resist Hate RI, Steve Bannon | 4 Responses
By Greg Gerritt on December 7, 2016
We are constantly told we need to be a data driven society, that science and innovation can help us solve problems. So I ask the folks in the media and on Smith Hill, how come this is different? How come the facts are ignored in this public debate? Does the ideology of capitalism trump facts?
By Samantha Grabelle on December 7, 2016
My grandfather died six years ago at 96 and I didn’t know until he was well into his nineties that our family had a secret. In order to keep the peace and keep his relationship with his three daughters and their children and grandchildren, we never talked about politics.