By Steve Ahlquist on August 28, 2015
Members of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals (UNAP), Local 5098, at Rhode Island Hospital, with labor and community allies, held a candlelight vigil and march Thursday evening to call attention to to unsafe staffing levels and other problems that continue to remain an issue in negotiations. UNAP members have been working without a contract since June 30th.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, Health Care, International News, Labor, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Federal Mediation and Reconciliation Service, Helene Macedo, Lifespan, rhode island hospital, UNAP, UNAP Local 5098, United Nurses and Allied Professionals | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 28, 2015
RIPTA Riders Alliance, an advocacy group for bus riders, held a press conference in Kennedy Plaza across from Providence City Hall on Thursday afternoon to protest “a sharp bus fare increase” of $1 per ride for low-income disabled people and seniors. Right now the increase is only a proposal and the current fare for senior and disabled riders is $0.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Environment, Events, Featured, International News, National News, News, People, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Transportation, Video | Tagged Don Rhodes, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 28, 2015
Over 50 homeless and community advocates protested and confronted the police on Thursday afternoon in front of CVS near Kennedy Plaza within sight of Providence City Hall. At least 14 police officers were on hand, though no arrests were made. The protesters carried signs demanding an end to “a noticeable increase of harassment of homeless folks around the city.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, International News, National News, News, People, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Barbara Kalil, homeless bill of rights, jorge elorza, Karen Jeffries, opening doors rhode island, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, RI Homeless Advocacy Project, RICH, rihap, Shannah Kurland | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 26, 2015
Lovecraft once famously asserted, “I am Providence” and after his death a group of fans raised the money to put these words on his tombstone, but Lovecraft is not the Providence I know and love.
The Providence I love is filled with all kinds of people, representing a spectrum of beauty that was unknown to Lovecraft, whose imagination, praised as being so expansive and creative, was curiously and tragically constrained when it came to his views on race and sex.
By Steve Ahlquist on August 20, 2015
The new status makes the RIHS, the fourth oldest historical society in the United States, one of 204 Smithsonian Affiliates nationwide, and the only affiliate in the state.
Posted in Events, Featured, History, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged C. Morgan Grefe, Dan McKee, David Cicilline, Harold Closter, James Langevin, Museum of American History, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island Hostorical Society, RIHS, Smithsonian, Smithsonian Affiliate | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on August 18, 2015
I have previously written about PawSox owner Larry Lucchino’s public/private partnerships’ in building PetCo Park for the San Diego Padres and Camden Yards for the Baltimore Orioles. These are the two major projects that Lucchino’s spokesman Dr. Charles Steinberg boasts about on the so-called ‘Listening Tour’ the team has been holding across the state. I […]
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2014, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Economy, Elections, Politics, Providence, Sports | Tagged baseball, lucchino, PawSox, Providence, publicly financed stadium, stadium | 1 Response
By crotondo on August 12, 2015
As I watch news of Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza’s administration, I see more and more of what many feared during the campaign: an Elorza–Brett Smiley led administration, beholden to the moneyed, white interests of the East Side, at the expense of the rest of the city. Today in the Providence Journal, there was front-page coverage […]
By Andrew Stewart on August 6, 2015
There has been great talk of late centered around the protests against the stadium. I want to offer a few ideas here about the strategy being offered in Providence by those who are adamant that the parcel of land remain designated as an open space green park. First, it is important to begin with where […]
By Andrew Stewart on July 29, 2015
My colleague Steve Ahlquist previously posted a great story covering the two meetings on July 27 about the proposed construction of the taxpayer-subsidized stadium. One point that was made at the Providence meeting, worth expanding on here, is the issue of the construction trade unions, which have endorsed this project. This piece will make an effort […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2015
It was by far the biggest meeting I had ever seen at Rochambeau Library, and bigger than any crowd I have seen at any of the PawSox listening tours. The crowd filled the room and overflowed into the halls. About 125 people attended the Providence Campaign Against the Stadium organizational meeting in Providence Monday night to recruit help in defeating the building of a new PawSox stadium in Providence.
Posted in Activism, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State House | Tagged arlene violet, Charles Steinberg, Dan Rea, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Jeff White, jorge elorza, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, Providence Campaign Against the Stadium, Providence City Counci, Sam Bell, Sharon Steele, Suzanne Mark, Sydney McKenna, teresa paiva weed, Tim Empke | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 27, 2015
Sister Ann Keefe “was not a saint, she was better than that. She was human,” said her sister Kathy Keefe to an impressive crowd of 200 people at the newly christened Sister Ann Keefe Post Office at 820 Elmwood in Providence.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Education, Events, Featured, International News, Labor, Music, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Elijah Matthews, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, James Langevin, Kathy Keefe, Mary Blanchet, Pamela Matthews, Sister Ann, Sister Ann Keefe Post Office, Victoria Matthews, ¡City Arts!, ¡City Arts! Bucket Drummers | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 25, 2015
Solidarity, like a chain, is only as strong as it’s weakest link.
Posted in corporate greed, Economy, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged george nee, Michael Sabitoni, Providence City Hall, Providence Hilton Hotel, Providence Renaissance Hotel, RI AFL-CIO, RI Laborers' District Council, The Procaccianti Group, TPG, Unite Here Local 217 | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 23, 2015
The suit Dr. Jason Heap filed states that Heap’s “qualifications and experience far exceed the standards articulated by the Navy for accepting applicants [for military chaplaincies]… The Navy denied his application because of his Humanist beliefs.” According to the lawsuit, the Navy “does not consider Humanism to be a religion.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Defense, Featured, International News, National News, News, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Department of Defense, Humanists of Rhode Island, Jason Heap, pope francis, Rhode Island Coalition of Reason, RICoR, Roger Williams, The Bloudy Tenet of Persecution, Touro Synagogue, US Navy | 3 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on July 15, 2015
The Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) this morning filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Providence street musician, saying that the city has infringed upon his First Amendment rights. 62-year-old Manuel Pombo has been harassed by Providence Police for playing in a public space on multiple occasions, even though he had a permit to perform.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Defense, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU, busking, Dunkin Donuts Center, first amendment, free speech, freedom of speech, John Dineen, Manuel Pombo, PPAC, Providence, Providence Police Department, Shannah Kurland, Steven Brown | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 14, 2015
The parcel of land in Providence being eyed as the site of a new stadium by the new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox became the scene of dueling imaginings… park or baseball park?
Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports | Tagged Charles Steinberg, Larry Lucchino, Mark Gray, Matt Spring, Paws, PawSox, pawtucket red sox | 6 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on July 10, 2015
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has taken a step towards a more environmentally friendly city with his new SustainPVD Environmental Program. The goal of the program is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change within the city by increasing recycling, expanding composting, and making municipal buildings more energy efficient. Residents can participate as well, […]
Posted in Environment, Featured, Providence | Tagged American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Energy, energy efficient, Environment, green, jorge elorza, Providence, solar, SustainPVD, West Broadway Neighborhood Association | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 9, 2015
Last year Providence City Councillor John Igliozzi proposed that future tax breaks for large corporations should include $15 minimum wage guarantees, but this year, as Chair of the Finance Committee, Igliozzi has failed to deliver on this proposal.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, Providence, Taxes | Tagged activism, Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School Prison Health Interest Group, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE), District 1199 SEIU New England, Economic Development, Economy, Environmental Justice League of RI, Featured, fossil free ri, Fred Ordonez, Fuerza Laboral / Power of Workers, greg gerritt, I-195 Commission, IUPAT Local 195 DC 11, jesse strecker, jorge elorza, Labor, Le Meridien, life-science park, Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, National News, news, Occupy, Occupy Providence, Olneyville Neighborhood Association (ONA), Politics, Poverty, Prosperity for RI, Providence, Providence City Council, Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), Restaurant Opportunities Center RI (ROC United), Rhode Island, RI Building and Construction Trades Council, RI Carpenters Local 94, RI Progressive Democrats of America, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, state house, tax stabilization agreements, Taxes, Teamsters Local 251, Unite Here Local 217, Video | Tagged American Friends Service Committee | Leave a response
By Rachel Simon on July 9, 2015
At the end of June, Boo City, the Downtown Boys, and the What Cheer Brigade headlined a free concert to drum up local support for the Community Safety Act (CSA), a proposed ordinance that would address racial profiling and community policing concerns. Between sets, poetry readings were provided by Muggs Fogarty and Vatic, who are headed […]
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 […]