By Steve Ahlquist on May 15, 2017
Friday evening’s Emergency Rally to Demand an Independent Investigation brought dozens of people concerned about the connections between President Donald Trump and his campaign’s ties to Russia out to Burnside Park in Providence Friday afternoon. Those in attendance demanded that Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse “refuse to give unanimous consent on any […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on May 15, 2017
Judging from the questions asked at US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse‘s “Saturday with Sheldon” event, healthcare is on the minds of a good portion of his constituents. About 85 people came out to see the Senator and ask difficult questions about the future of Rhode Island under President Donald Trump. Whitehouse was at times optimistic, for […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on May 12, 2017
Since the Community Safety Act was tabled at the last Providence City Council meeting, a lot has happened. Here’s where we stand now…
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By Stephen R. Graham on May 11, 2017
The Red Bandana Fund is proud to announce that two immigrants, Phil Edmonds and Omar Bah, are recipients of the Red Bandana Award for 2017. The Award, the fifth annual, honors individuals and groups whose work embodies the spirit and work of Richard Walton, a longtime Rhode Island activist who died in 2012. The awards […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 1, 2017
“Women should run because they need to hear our voices at the the table,” replied A’shanti Gholer of Emerge America, “There are 520,000 elected offices in this country, women constitute less than a third of them. We want to make sure all voices are heard so women can see what we can do when we’re elected in a community to fix it.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on April 25, 2017
The Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI) and its president, Jerry Elmer, celebrated Earth Day at the State House today with their annual lobby day. Over the course of a short presentation Elmer outlined the four bills that will be the legislative priorities of ECRI. ECRI also invited Governor Gina Raimondo, Senator Josh Miller and […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on April 24, 2017
The Cranston City Council, under the guidance of new City Council President Michael Farina, is poised to adopt “Proposed Council Rules for 2017-2019” at a city council meeting tonight that would be in violation of the RI Open Meetings Act.
By Steve Ahlquist on April 6, 2017
“When Trump calls journalists ‘the enemies of the people’ he is evoking Joseph Stalin,” said Bryan Cahall, “When Bannon writes and Trump reads ‘America first’ he is invoking a pro-Nazi organization from over 80 years ago…”
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By Steve Ahlquist on March 27, 2017
RISE UP! Rhode Island held a rally on Saturday to honor and celebrate Women’s History Month and the work of multiple human rights organizations in RI.
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By Bob Plain on March 23, 2017
The United States of America is the 14th happiest country on earth, according to the annual World Happiness Report. Canada is the happiest nation in North America, seven slots ahead of the US. The five happiest countries on earth, as per usual with the annual survey, use the “social democracy” or “Nordic way” of government […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 26, 2017
“This is their long standing opposition to Medicare [and] Medicaid” said Whitehouse, “We thought we had those zombies buried, but they’re coming back out of the earth again and they walk the planet, and we need to put them back in the ground where they belong.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 26, 2017
To both celebrate a month of victories and to plan for the future, well over 800 people filled the cafeteria of Hope High School as Resist Hate RI convened their fourth meeting, and their first meeting since Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Elections, Environmental Racism, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Inequality, Photos, Politics, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged aaron regunberg, conversion therapy, donald trump, free college, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gina Raimondo, Hope High School, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Indivisible Guide, Indivisible RI, Jane Tucker, Jennifer Boylan, john mcdaid, Jose Batista, Justin Boyan, Laufton Ascencao, Millennial Professional Group of Rhode Island, MPGRI, Resist Hate RI, RI Center for Justice, Sheldon Whitehouse, Travis Escobar, Working Families Party | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 15, 2017
“The system won’t be fixed overnight,” said Governor Gina Raimondo, “and we will continue to make steady, meaningful progress over the next 12 to 18 months.”
Posted in Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Inequality, Politics, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Anya Rader Wallack, Deloitte, Department of Human Services, DHS, elizabeth roberts, EOHHS, Eric Beane, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Gina Raimondo, healthsource ri, SNAP, UHIP | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 13, 2017
The RI congressional delegation, including Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline in the ‘hot seat’ for about 90 minutes of questions from sometimes angry and confrontational constituents.
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 9, 2017
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be appearing, along with the entire Senator Jack Reed and Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline, at the East Providence High School auditorium on Sunday at 2pm.
Posted in Congress, Featured, National News, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged David Cicilline, donald trump, East Providence High School, Ian Millhiser, jack reed, James Langevin, Nathan Bishop Middle School, Neil Gorsuch, Sheldon Whitehouse, Supreme Court, ThinkProgress | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2017
Two thousand people arrived at the Rhode Island State House Saturday afternoon to protest President Donald Trump’s executive orders targeting Muslims and refugees.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, Photos, Politics, Religion, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Abdelnasser Hussein, David Cicilline, Donald Anderson, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gina Raimondo, Jeanine Calkin, jorge elorza, Laufton Ascencao, Michele Dardashti, Mufti Ikram ul Haq, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Sarath Suong, seth magaziner, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sofia Wright, Sterk Zara, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | Leave a response
By Mark Binder on January 27, 2017
Dear Senators Whitehouse and Reed, This is what dictatorship looks like. A leader in office—whether elected or by junta—wields every aspect of power according to his agenda or whim. Compromise is not an option. Because we are a democratic republic, parliamentary defeat is not an option. The only option is staunch opposition and sweeping implementation […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2017
The ACLU has sent a letter to Cranston City Council President Michael Farina asking that he, “clarify to the public that non-disruptive recordings of municipal meetings are allowed under the law.”
By Steve Ahlquist on January 25, 2017
The endorsements include State Representatives Edith Ajello, Anastasia Williams, Jeremiah O’Grady and Deborah Ruggiero and State Senators James Sheehan and Jim Seveney.
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 23, 2017
After charges were presented today against former State Representative Raymond Gallison, Common Cause Rhode Island is calling on the state Board of Elections and state Ethics Commission to take immediate action.
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