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.
By Steve Ahlquist on November 11, 2016
“As the mayor of Providence, I commit to doubling down on my efforts to advance a society that is inclusive, compassionate, and forward-thinking. I take this responsibility seriously and will address the challenges we face head-on and hope that I can count on our City and the entire State of Rhode Island to do the same.”
Posted in Elections, Featured, National News, Opinion, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged donald trump, Gina Raimondo, hillary clinton, jorge elorza, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Nicholas Mattiello | 3 Responses
By Mark Binder on November 11, 2016
The time here is five hours later, so every few hours I woke to check and see the results. It was breakfast time when the election was called. First Hillary conceeded, and I howled. Then I saw the numbers. A few minutes later, Trump came on and spoke. I had the advantage of sleeping through the […]
By Jennifer Boylan on October 23, 2016
So what has Rhode Island’s General Assembly been doing about gun violence? So far, virtually nothing.
By Spencer Grassie on September 29, 2016
Spencer Grassie writes, “We, as Rhode Islanders, have two options: 1) we can continue to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results or 2) we can facilitate strategic action among private, civic, and public sectors to reverse the dismal public policy decisions of the 1950s by replacing the limited-access highway with an intermodal boulevard.”
By Steve Ahlquist on September 20, 2016
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Opinion, Poverty, Providence, Religion | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, catholic, Humanism, jorge elorza, Providence Journal, Thomas Tobin | Leave a response
By Michael Fine, M.D. on September 19, 2016
Ideas are mental constructs, imaginative pictures or associations of concepts that help us try to understand the world in which we live. Ideas are often motivating – ideas can move individuals to take action or help them make choices. Ideology is a belief in an idea or ideas that are shared by more than one […]
By Grant Metts on August 23, 2016
This week on the Grim Wisdom podcast I sit down with Eliza Sher, a RI psychotherapist working in Providence. (Yes, I’ve had her on before, but this time we were drinking!) Topics include current events in RI politics, as always, but also the dark places in the human psyche and the stories we tell ourselves about who […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 23, 2016
It’s nice to learn that GoLocal is learning about journalism from closely reading RI Future, but I think they might need a few more lessons.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Featured, Media, Opinion, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged General Assembly, GoLocalProv, jan malik, Jason Knight, John DeSimone, Kate Nagle, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, RI Future, Steve Ahlquist | 2 Responses