By Steve Ahlquist on July 7, 2015
Included in the I-195 land life-science park proposal is “a Le Meridien hotel with 175 rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting space.” The Le Meridian is to be operated by Starwood Hotels and Resorts, a company that regular reports cash flows of approximately $850 million to $950 million a quarter. Starwood runs 1,200 hotels and resorts, and paid dividends to their investors to the tune of $2.4 billion last year.
In essence, Providence is planning to give away millions of dollars to billionaires…
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Providence, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged John Igliozzi, Le Meridien, Meds & Eds, minimum wage, Sabina Matos, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, tax stabilization agreements, TSAs | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on July 6, 2015
While the celebrations have passed for American Independence Day, in Cape Verde and its diaspora, which has a significant representation in Rhode Island, the party has just begun. July 5th and 6th mark the fortieth anniversary of the independence of Cape Verde from Portuguese colonialism and the foundation of the Republic. This anniversary is particularly impressive […]
By Andrew Stewart on June 30, 2015
Here’s you schedule for this week in the arts and entertainment world. As a brief side-note, I am just beginning my tenure here with RIFuture, so any and all assistance and tips are genuinely appreciated. Feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. 6/30 LAST DAY! Get Real at Spring Bull Gallery, Noon-5 pm, […]
Posted in Arts & Culture, Events, Featured, Multimedia, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged 95 Empire Black Box, ArtProv Gallery, AS220, Blithewold Mansion, Bristol Art Museum, Carolyn's Sakonnet Vinyard, Grant’s Block, Imago Gallery, Just Art Contemporary Art Gallery, Providence Children's Museum, Spring Bull Gallery, Yellow Peril Gallery | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 27, 2015
“Can you imagine if we could go in time and bring Roger Williams here today?” asked Rodney Davis to laughs, “but when you boil it down and get to its purest sense, Freedom, Liberty and Justice was the reason why he came here…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, History, LGBT, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged C. Kelly Smith, Edie Ajello, elizabeth roberts, frank ferri, Jenn Steinfeld, jorge elorza, Kate Monteiro, M Charles Bakst, Marriage Equality, Marti Rosenberg, Rodney Davis, Roger Williams, SCOTUS, seth magaziner, tony caparco | Leave a response
By Rachel Simon on June 22, 2015
Saturday’s Pride parade and festival marked almost two years since the legalization of same sex marriage in Rhode Island. There was an air of celebration, with live music, dancing, and plenty of displays from large corporate sponsors. However, activists from PrYSM (the Providence Youth and Student Movement), supported by DARE (Direct Action for Rights and […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 22, 2015
Lest we forget: People are beautiful
By Steve Ahlquist on June 20, 2015
The event was described by organizers as a “vigil for the lives that are too often forgotten or pushed aside. The names who do not get chants, the faces who do not get to be transformed into posters, the people who are not chosen for Million Marches.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, LGBT, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Andrea Sterling, black lives matter, black women, Dania Sanchez, Helen McDonald, Monay McNeil, police violence, PrYSM, Rachel Simon | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 16, 2015
Cho has denied all charges, said the organizers of the press conference, despite being found guilty in Connecticut of 43 charges of employment law violations, and being ordered to pay roughly $150,000 in a settlement with workers at stores in New Haven, CT, now closed.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Chung Cho, Donna Nesselbush, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, jesse strecker, Mike Araujo, Restaurant Opportunities Center of RI, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Roberto Quinilla | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 13, 2015
These remarkable photographs of ordinary Providence residents demonstrate the beauty and diversity of the city’s residents. Created in conjunction with the 2015 Providence International Arts Festival, there is also a larger exhibition of her portraits at the Providence City Hall.
Posted in Arts & Culture, Events, Featured, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged 2015 Providence International Arts Festival, art, Mary Beth Meehan, photography, Seen/Unseen | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2015
The surprise came at the Senate President’s office, when Paiva-Weed opened the door to her office herself. Perhaps the Senate President was equally surprised to see a group of news cameras and activists at the door when she opened it, but if so, she didn’t show it, much.
Posted in cities and towns, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State House | Tagged David Norton, Gina Raimondo, Larry Lucchino, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Nicholas Mattiello, Organizing for Pawtucket, PawSox | 5 Responses
By Anthony Maselli on June 7, 2015
“There’s a transgender girl out there living in darkness and depression, who will commit suicide before she can graduate high school, because her parents and her church will tell her that that which she has no control over is an abomination, and her classmates and teachers will convince her that she is a freak and a mistake.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, LGBT, National News, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged lgbtq, RI Pride | Leave a response
By Kate Conroy & Moira Walsh on June 7, 2015
11. Accepted Crumpled up money thrown over the bar onto the floor as a tip.
12.Customer says he’s a “producer”. Asks me to turn around and see my “rear” in not so polite terms before he orders. I neither do nor say anything.
13. Manager brags about running a “brothel / escort service” in college. I do nothing.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, People, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged minimum wage, Poverty, tipped minimum wage, work | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 6, 2015
Mayor Jorge Elorza helped to unfurl the rainbow Pride flag on the steps of the Providence City Hall as a crowd of about 75 members and supporters of the Providence area LGBTQ community applauded.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, LGBT, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Alejandra Blaze, Amber Guzman, Anthony Maselli, jorge elorza, Kurt Bagley, lgbtq, Marissa O'Gara, RI Pride | Leave a response
By Aaron Apps on June 2, 2015
Last week, more than 60 local students marched in circles around City Hall holding signs that read, “Keep Your Promise,” and “My Feet Hurt.” The Providence Student Union (PSU) organized the action in protest of Mayor Elorza’s failure to follow through on his campaign promise regarding school transportation to “bring the walking limit to 2 […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 29, 2015
Hotel workers and supporters protested for fair pay, fair treatment and fair union negotiations outside the Providence Hilton Hotel until almost midnight on May 15. A short video provides a flavor of the evening.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Chris Hasslinger, Evan McLaughlin, Providence Hilton Hotel, The Procaccianti Group, unite here 217 | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 28, 2015
With all but one of The Providence Foundation’s case studies having been vetted by James Skeffington and the PawSox owners, people who stood to make millions from the proposed ballpark, it’s small wonder that their recent report comes down in favor of building a ballpark in downtown Providence with public money.
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports | Tagged Andrew Zimbalist, Elizabeth Suever, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, Providence Foundation, Victor Matheson | 17 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 27, 2015
In recent months, Dr. Tim Empkie has become one of the most familiar and visible stalwarts in the ongoing campaign to prevent public funds being used in the construction of a new stadium in downtown Providence. I talked to Empkie at during morning rush hour at the corner of Point and Wickendon St.
By Bob Plain on May 27, 2015
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says he hasn’t broken a campaign promise to provide bus passes for local students who live more than two miles from school. He just hasn’t made good on it yet. “I remain committed to reducing the walk-to-school radius and fixing the school assignment process so fewer students are facing long commutes,” […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 20, 2015
“One reason I think its problematic is that once you start taking money from someone who has a stake in the game, you have an incentive to spin your findings to make who’s paying you happy,” says journalist Neil deMause.
By Steve Ahlquist on May 20, 2015
Dr. Victor Matheson’s complete presentation on why public financing for sport stadiums is a bad idea.
Posted in Economic Development, Featured, Multimedia, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, Video | Tagged Andrew Zimbalist, Gina Raimondo, James Skeffington, McCoy Stadium, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, Victor Mat | 2 Responses