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.
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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.
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 6, 2014
According to urban myth the tallest building in Providence is commonly believed to be the model for the Daily Planet Building in the comics, television series and films of Superman. It’s not, but a good story is often better than the truth, so as the building changed ownership and the name of the building changed, [...]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 6, 2014
In the minds of some Rhode Island politicians and business leaders, the empty and unsellable “Superman” building hangs like a millstone around the neck of the City of Providence. Rather than come to grips with the fact that the building is rundown and overpriced and that new economic thinking is needed to reinvigorate the Capital [...]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 2, 2014
On Friday afternoon Providence joined cities around the world holding a rallies calling for an end to hostilities in Gaza. The local event, outside the Federal building in Downtown, across from Kennedy Plaza, was hosted by the American Friends Service Committee and attended by activists from several local groups, including Occupy Providence and East Bay [...]
By Samuel Bell on July 14, 2014
Property taxes are very high in Providence. Each year, homeowners must pay 1.925% of the value of their homes to the city. At 3.375%, the rate on apartments is even higher, and at 3.675%, the rate on commercial property is higher still. But when the wealthiest developers build big projects, the story tends to go a [...]
By Bruce Reilly on June 30, 2014
Buddy Cianci, the 73-year-old former mayor can probably think of no better way to go out than dying on a Kennedy Plaza throne and being brought down to Waterfire on a shield. Many people thought they have seen the last of him following five years in prison, but I’m pleased he is eligible to run [...]
By Bob Plain on June 30, 2014
Jorge Elorza, a 38-year-old housing court judge and faculty member at Roger Williams University, may be short of political experience as he bids to become the next mayor of Providence, but he’s long on life experiences. I asked him how he got involved in politics, and he told me a story of childhood friend’s murder, [...]
By Bob Plain on June 13, 2014
Progressives have a tough choice when it comes to whom to support for mayor of Providence. Will liberals like Jorge Elorza, the Latino housing court judge who grew up in Providence. Will they break for Lorne Adrain, the former chairman of the former state education board who lives on the East Side? Will they go [...]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 13, 2014
Shortly after the Rhode Island House decided that working men and women should not have the right to petition their city government for fair wages and instead stripped all municipalities in the state of any power to do so, the Providence City Council in an unanimous decision, passed a measure to put the $15 minimum [...]