By Andrew Stewart on October 6, 2015
In reviewing the basic facts of the case at hand, the behavior of a Providence Police officer and his union in reaction to a Dunkin’ Donuts worker writing #BlackLivesMatter on his coffee cup, it seems useless to level mature critiques against a group behaving so immaturely. The statements of the two, as well as Dunkin’ […]
By Bob Plain on October 6, 2015
Taft Mazotti, president of the Providence police union, and Jim Vincent, executive director of the Providence chapter of the NAACP, have very different opinions on the actions of a 17-year-old black employee of an Atwells Avenue Dunkin Donuts who wrote “#Blacklivesmatter” on a cop’s coffee cup. The police union issued a press release chiding the […]
By Andrew Stewart on October 5, 2015
AS220 is known for hosting groundbreaking art on a regular basis. Thursday saw the opening of an exhibition of two artists who certainly fit that profile perfectly. VISIT AS220 FOR MORE INFO! Hannah Purcell Martin’s work is traditional, but nonetheless has a vibrant quality. With traditional paint and surface mediums, she has created a series […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 1, 2015
Rhode Islanders will get their only chance to directly address their concerns regarding a proposed methane liquefaction facility in South Providence next Thursday night. The proposal needs approval by FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission), an agency that has never, to my knowledge, turned down such an application in the past.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Providence | Tagged EJLRI, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, fields point, Fields Point LNG Plant, Gina Raimondo, liquefaction, national grid | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 29, 2015
As William Flynn, executive director of the Senior Agenda Coalition of RI said, “Isolation kills, and transportation is a vital part of fighting isolation.” He thinks as many as 4500 Rhode Islanders may be affected by the plan.
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Transportation, Video | Tagged Chris Foster, disabilities, Logisticare, Medicare, Providence Presbyterian Church, Ray Studley, Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance, Scott Avedisian, Senior Agenda Coalition of RI, seniors, William Flynn | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 21, 2015
As Governor Gina Raimondo and the entire Rhode Island congressional delegation celebrated the opening of the new Linear Park on Washington Bridge, residents from Burrillville quietly held signs challenging her administration’s support for a new fracked gas energy plant and pipeline expansion in their city. The protesters are all members of BASE (Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion), and they represent a community on the frontlines in the battle against corporate sponsored climate catastrophe.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, National News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, George Redman, Gina Raimondo, Kathy Martley, Linear Park, Sheldon Whitehouse, Spectra Energy | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on September 21, 2015
While it’s been widely reported that PawSox ownership’s dream of playing in a riverfront stadium on I-195 redevelopment lands in downtown Providence is dead, the Providence City Council may still get to drive the final – and conclusive – stake through its heart. The Stop the Stadium Deal group announced today in a press release […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 19, 2015
“Too many people have been denied a safe and stable home with their family because of something they did 10 or more years ago,” said John Prince, campaign organizer with Behind the Walls, in a statement. “Sometimes parents can’t go back and live with their kids because of an arrest, when they were never even convicted of the crime. That’s just wrong.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Economic Development, Featured, Housing, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Behind the Walls, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Ella Baker Center, Fair Housing campaign, Franny Choi, John Prince, Mary Kay Harris, Providence Public Housing Authority, Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Sheila Wilhelm, Stephen J. Fortunato, Vatic Kuumba | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2015
In a rally at the corner of Hope St and Doyle Avenue in Providence, 25 people turned out over the course of two hours to hold signs in an event that was described as not “a protest of any kind, just outreach the public!”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, International News, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports | Tagged David Norton, Gina Raimondo, PawSox, pawtucket red sox, Tim Empkie | 1 Response
By Hillary Davis on September 15, 2015
Constitution Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787, and the ACLU of Rhode Island is excited to announce our plans to celebrate Constitution Day this week by hosting a family-friendly scavenger hunt highlighting Providence’s civil liberties history.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Events, Featured, Holidays, Providence, Youth | Tagged ACLU, Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Events, Providence, Rhode Island, students, Youth | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2015
The two groups that National Grid did included on the list, the South Providence Neighborhood Association and the Washington Park Neighborhood Association, don’t actually exist.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, International News, National News, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged David Graves, EJLRI, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Motiva, national grid, Sprague Energy, Univar | 6 Responses
By Randall Rose on September 11, 2015
Richard Cosentino died in the custody of Providence police on Sunday. The way the police describe his death leaves a lot of doubt. Even from the police’s story, which is pretty much the only version we have, it appears they treated him too harshly, and he didn’t need to die. Like many of those who […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 9, 2015
“This is an issue that starts here and ends here,” said Paul Doughty, the president of the Providence Fire Fighter IAFF Local 799 from the fourth floor of the Providence City Hall to the over three hundred people, firefighters and their families, who had come out in a peaceful show of force against Mayor Jorge Elorza’s recent shift changes that have resulted in firefighters working more hours for no additional pay.
By transportprovidence on September 4, 2015
The Providence City Council voted 10-3 to modify the zoning code to add exclusionary zoning restrictions on student housing on Thursday night. Under the provision, persons defined as “college students” would not be able to live more than three to a house in zones 1 and 1A (map), despite reports in The Projo that many of […]
Posted in Providence, Transportation | Tagged Bryan Principe, Carmen Castillo, David A. Salvatore, exclusionary zoning, Jo-Ann Ryan, John Iggliozzi, Kevin Jackson, Luis Aponte, Mary Kay Harris, Michael Correia, Providence, Providence City Council, Sabina Matos | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 4, 2015
Hotel workers gathered outside Providence City Hall Thursday evening to call attention to a new report, “Providence’s Pain Problem,” that details higher rates of injury at The Procaccianti Group Providence hotels Renaissance and Hilton than at other hotels nationally.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Labor, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Carmen Castillo, Jim Celenza, RI Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, RICOSH, Stephen Dennis, Susana Ramirez, The Procaccianti Group, Unite Here Local 217 | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 1, 2015
This time the PawSox owners didn’t make any attempt at countering the event. This time the media showed up in force, with Channel 10 doing a live remote. The What Cheer! Brigade played four rousing selections and storytellers Len Cabral and Mark Binder (who has contributed to RI Future) entertained the crowd with stories. Kites were flown, games were played, children danced and the promise of a public park was glimpsed, if imperfectly.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Economic Development, Events, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Andrew Stewart, Len Cabral, mark binder, PawSox, What Cheer Brigade | 2 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on August 31, 2015
It’s a hot August day in Providence. Campaign Zero has just released a platform of demands the #BlackLivesMatter movement sees as tenable demands to reform the police and judicial system. I meet with activist Kobi Dennis at his office at the Broad Street Salvation Army for an interview. He is welcoming and open to all […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2015
Organizer and Occupier Susan Walker pointed out that in the winter of 2012, Occupy Providence broke their occupation of Burnside Park after negotiating with City Hall for a Day Center for the homeless. “Where is the Day Center today?” she asked. Occupy Providence has long concerned itself with homelessness, so this event marked a return to the group’s roots.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, Occupy, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged John Freitas, Kate Miechkowski, Occupy Providence, Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, rihap, Susan Walker | Leave a response
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 | 2 Responses
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 | 11 Responses