By Steve Ahlquist on October 23, 2014
Jorge Elorza, Dan Harrop and Buddy Cianci gave remarkably similar answers to all the questions and largely supported all the suggestions the community groups proposed. Even when the candidates disagreed with the ideas presented by the community, they mostly agreed with each other.
By Steve Ahlquist on October 22, 2014
“I wonder if an atheist mayor would be in a position to respect the sincere convictions of believers (of all faiths) and to encourage and support the many contributions the faith community makes in our city and state.”
Posted in Campaign 2014, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Providence, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island | Tagged atheism, Bishop Tobin, catholic church, jorge elorza, Separation of Church and State | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 14, 2014
During his second administration, said Corrente, Cianci ran the Providence City Hall as an organized criminal enterprise for nearly a decade before being convicted on RICO charges, yet the former mayor characterized his conviction as “some guy down the hall who took a g-note.” Corrente called Cianci’s statement an “outrageous mischaracterization.”
Posted in Campaign 2014, Class Warfare, Featured, History, Politics, Poverty, Providence, RI Progress Report | Tagged buddy cianci, Lincoln Almond, mayor, Phil West, Providence, Robert Corrente, Sheldon Whitehouse | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 14, 2014
“What good are our rights if you are violating them?” asked the mother, “Our kids feel the way they do [about the police] because they feel disrespected. They don’t trust you. I’m a black woman. I’ve been pulled over six times in my life for no reason.”
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged community policing, police, Providence, Providence Police, Racial Profiling | 2 Responses
By Bruce Reilly on October 12, 2014
When ProJo ran my opinion piece, “Why Cianci’s conviction matters,” I knew what to expect. Someone would probably bring up my past in an effort to shoot the messenger. I figured it would be a Cianci supporter, or even a staffer, as any political campaign will typically have a comprehensive media strategy. Perhaps it would […]
By Frymaster on October 11, 2014
The Providence city council seat for ward 3 appears to be suddenly in play. Economic development consultant and leadership author Marcus Mitchell is gathering support for a write-in campaign against previously unchallenged incumbent Kevin Jackson. And it looks like Mitchell can win. Mitchell was the founding president of the Providence Community Library and has been a longtime Mt. Hope activist. This activism […]
By Frymaster on October 10, 2014
Some readers may recall that yours truly advised Angel Taveras’s 2010 mayoral campaign on the issues of information technology, web services and open government (known then as “government 2.0″). Later, I served on the transition committee studying these same issues and served on the Open Providence Commission for Transparency and Accountability that met throughout 2012. […]
Posted in Campaign 2014, Elections, Featured, Government 2.0, Open PVD, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, Technology | Tagged Angel Taveras, Civic Hacking, Code for America, Code Island, Jim Silveria, jorge elorza, JP Rangaswami, Lincoln Chafee, Nelson Rocha, Shawn Selleck, Thom Guertin | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 9, 2014
Business and government conspired to keep working mothers poor. Yet the hotel workers keep fighting and marching the picket line every Wednesday, demonstrating more character and humanity in two hours a week than the General Assembly musters all year.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Labor, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged fight for 15, hotel worker, Procaccianti Group, Providence Renaissance | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 16, 2014
What matters is character, and an assessment of the previous actions of the candidates as pertains to how they may perform in the future. By this measure, Cianci is the clear loser. Twice convicted of serious crimes performed while in office, Cianci has twice demonstrated his inability to lead this city. His candidacy for a third go at the job is an insult to the voters of Providence, and his robocall demonstrates the depths of his dishonesty.
By Steven Brown on September 15, 2014
This Wednesday marks the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 delegates of U.S. Constitutional Convention and the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is celebrating with a trivia night for civil libertarians. Test your knowledge of the Bill of Rights by joining us Wednesday, September 17, at The Salon […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 11, 2014
Help fight the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa this Saturday. Bring sanitary/protective supplies to Hope High School and enjoy an amazing picnic.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 4, 2014
Jorge Elorza wrote a paper in 2010 claiming that “science has disconfirmed the claim that the theist God has the power to violate the laws of physics.” Is Elorza an atheist?
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2014
From Gaza to Ferguson, we are witnessing the effects of the corporatization of the military and the militarization of the police. The alternative to the world on offer is one of courage and peace. The choice is ours.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Defense, Featured, International News, Occupy, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Syria | Tagged Drones, Gaza, Obama, Peace, Protest | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 29, 2014
“I want to speak on respectability politics,” said one of the speakers at the #HowManyMore rally held in Burnside Park last night. “Which,” he continued, “is basically telling a black or brown poor kid to pull our pants up, turn our hats the right way, wear a suit and we’ll get ahead, Alright? Fuck that, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 27, 2014
Every Wednesday women hotel workers and their supporters gather outside the Providence Renaissance and Providence Hilton hotels to demand fair wages and decent working conditions. So far, hotel management has refused to deal fairly.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Labor, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged hotel workers, Providence Hilton, Providence Renaissance, unite here 217 | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on August 25, 2014
When Lorne Adrain dropped out of the Providence mayor’s race, he was largely lauded. When Brett Smiley dropped out, he was largely lambasted. “Adrain took the high road,” RIPR’s Scott MacKay wrote in a post dated July 17, “saying he got out to make it more difficult for the next mayor to win election only a […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 21, 2014
Last night over 200 protesters (estimated by the ProJo for what it’s worth) marched from the field across from the Providence Place Mall to the Providence Public Safety Complex, with cries of “No Justice, No Peace!,” “Justice for Mike Brown” and “Whose city? Our city!” The event was held to stand in solidarity with and boost the […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged ferguson, march, police brutality, Providence, Providence Police, rally, Rhode Island | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 21, 2014
One of the few bright spots on the Rhode Island economic landscape is tourism, but should our economic successes be built on the backs of women scraping by on minimum wage? Some hotels downtown pay fair wages and are willing to negotiate with their employees about working conditions. The Providence Renaissance Hotel next to the […]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Labor, Photos, Providence | Tagged hilton providence, hotel workers, Providence Renaissance, Tourism, unite here 217, working women wednesdays | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 10, 2014
Even as the ceasefire in Gaza broke down and violence resumed, forty activists gathered in downtown Providence yesterday to make the case for peace. The event was organized by Afsc-Sene. Check the link for future events.
By Steve Ahlquist on August 8, 2014
At the Rhode Island State House yesterday just under 200 people representing 15,000 Liberian-Americans living here in Rhode Island rallied to call attention to the terrible Ebola crisis now ravaging four countries in Africa. The rally succeeded in its goal of gaining the attention of political leaders as Mayor Angel Taveras addressed the crowd and […]