By Steve Ahlquist on February 3, 2016
As Governor Gina Raimondo presented her State of the State address to the General Assembly and the television viewers at home, she was being simultaneously protested by two groups.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Immigration, National News, News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Video | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Clear River Energy Center, EJLRI, English for Action, Environmental Justice League of RI, fang, fields point, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free rhode island, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Jesus Holguin, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Nick Katkevich, Sheldon Whitehouse, Spectra Energy | 1 Response
By RI Progressive Democrats of America on February 1, 2016
The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats voted to endorse David Norton in the race for State Representative, Pawtucket District 60, at our January meeting. David has long been a hardworking, dedicated member of the progressive movement, and we are excited that he is running for this seat.
By ACLU of RI on February 1, 2016
Public meeting agendas in Rhode Island are “often vague, lacking critical information, and at times entirely unhelpful” to residents attempting to participate in their government, a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has found. In reviewing just one week of public meeting agendas, the ACLU of RI discovered numerous violations […]
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, News, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged ACLU of RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Burrillville Planning Board Meeting, Hidden Agendas, Hopkins Hill Fire District Executive Board, Jamestown Town Council, Northern Rhode Island Conservation District, OMA, Open Meetings Act, Pawtucket Board of Appeals | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on January 29, 2016
Andrew Stewart takes on the Patron Saint of Patronage.
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
By Steve Ahlquist on January 20, 2016
The drive to get Bernie Sanders on the ballot in Rhode Island starts tomorrow night.
Here’s how to get involved.
By Operation Clean Government on January 18, 2016
“Recent testimony by Steven Costantino before the House Oversight Committee was a long-overdue step in the right direction,” says Operation Clean Government, but, “the appearance by the former House Finance Chair falls seriously short of the full investigation that clean-government groups have been demanding.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged 38 Studios, Gina Raimondo, House Oversight Committee, Investigate38StudiosNow.org, Margaret Kane, OCG, operation clean government, seth magaziner, Steven Costantino | 1 Response
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 Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2016
In which we ask the age old question: Can hitting someone in the head with a frying pan make someone a Trump supporter?
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Featured, Health Care, Media, National News, News, Politics, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Alexander Perry, donald trump, Frank A. Ciccone, Gayle L. Goldin, Good Samaritan Act, III, John J. DeSimone, Joseph A. Trillo, Joseph M. McNamara, Juan Garcia, Licenses for All, Marilyn Cocozza Trillo, Nicholas A. Mattiello, rhoda perry, RI Trump for President | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 6, 2016
“Reinstating this law will save lives, and is an essential step in addressing the dire overdose epidemic Rhode Island is grappling with. Furthermore, it is a step in the right direction of how we should address drug use and addiction.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Health Care, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act, Nicholas Mattiello, Protect Families First, Rebecca Nieves McGoldrick, rhode island medical society, Robert E. Craven, Steve DeToy, Steven Brown | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 5, 2016
According to the RI Progressive Democrats, “The deals pending before the city right now are even more egregious than usual. That’s because the development has already happened. There’s no question of encouraging development–the developers want their special tax deals to continue. This is just giving the city’s limited tax dollars to big developers. Pure and simple.”
Posted in Campaign 2014, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Elections, Featured, News, Politics, Providence, Taxes, Video | Tagged jorge elorza, RI Progressive Democrats of America, Sam Bell, tax stabilization agreements, TSA | 2 Responses
By RI Future on January 5, 2016
Bernie TV had Steve Ahlquist on to discuss some video he took of Bernie Sanders arriving at his rally in Worcester, Mass. Sanders can be seen shaking hands and greeting his way through and the line of people waiting to get in for over six minutes, solidifying his reputation as a man of the people.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 3, 2016
Bernie Sanders spoke to an overflow crowd of hundreds in Worcester, Massachusetts Saturday afternoon. The crowd was enthusiastic, and rocked the gymnasium of North High School with thunderous applause.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Elections, Events, Featured, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Politics, Video | Tagged Bernie Sanders | 6 Responses
By Lauren Niedel on December 28, 2015
This country has a problem, and it’s a big one. Our democracy is being corrupted by those who are supposed to champion it. Sadly, it is a problem that has been exacerbated by the Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. And it is killing the party.
Posted in Democrats, Featured, National News, Politics | Tagged Altegrity, Bernie Sanders, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democratic National Committee, goldman sachs, hillary clinton, Kroll Industries, Martin O'Malley, NGP VAN, Providence Equity Firm, Tulsi Gabbard | 7 Responses
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 Andrew Stewart on December 13, 2015
News broke that a “historic” deal had been stuck in Paris by the largest gathering of states in human history at the COP21 United Nations conference meant to address climate change. Yet despite the self-congratulation, adulation from the lame-stream press, and over-glorified silliness, activists and scientists were adamant that the whole affair was simply a […]
By RI Future on November 19, 2015
“Respectfully, when other public officials in the state are protesting efforts to welcome any Syrian refugees in Rhode Island by holding public rallies and calling for the internment of any refugees that do arrive here, this is anything but a non-issue.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, News, Politics, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Syria | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island, don anderson, Farid Ansari, Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, RI Council for Muslim Advancement, Sarah Mack, Steven Brown, Syrian refugees | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 14, 2015
With the debate on guns in the United States taking a long slow turn against the intractable positions of the NRA (National Rifle Association) and towards instituting common sense gun legislation, it is only a matter of time before the RICAGV starts making real progress in the RI General Assembly.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Democrats, Elections, Events, Gun Control, Health Care, National News, News, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged James Langevin, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, National Rifle Association, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, RI Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICAGV, Teresa Tanzi | 1 Response
By RI Future on October 7, 2015
Citing a recent “pattern of disturbingly inadequate” responses to open records requests “on truly critical matters of public import,” five open government organizations have called on Governor Gina Raimondo to issue an executive order that calls on state agencies to “adopt a strong presumption in favor of disclosure in addressing requests for public information.”
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Featured, International News, National News, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Access to Public Records, ACCESS/RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, apra, Department of Transportation, Donald Lally, Gina Raimondo, Health and Human Services, Jane W. Koster, Justin Silverman, League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, League of Women Voters of the United States, Linda Lotridge Levin, LWVRI, New England First Amendment Coalition, Rhode Island Press Association, ridot, Steven Brown, Unified Health Infrastructure Project | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on September 25, 2015
The release of the 38 Studios documents by Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein have turned out to be a cache of revelations, flipping upside down the timeline of events and showing a level of involvement by various parties not previously considered. From the mundane (Lincoln Chafee, at the time of his deposition still Governor, refers to […]