By Steve Ahlquist on June 26, 2016
Rhode Island’s founder, Roger Williams, was a refugee from Massachusetts seeking freedom and safety in our state. Bah said that welcoming refugees is a Rhode island tradition that must be protected.
Posted in Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Holidays, Immigration, International News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, James Langevin, Nellie Gorbea, Omar Bah, Refugee Dream Center, Roger Williams, World Refugee Day | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2016
Rhode Island must raise the minimum wage to $15.
Rhode Island must implement single-payer universal health insurance for all residents.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2016
“We’re not sitting around waiting for our police department or our mayor or someone else to stand up,” said Diana Garlington to the crowd, “We need to stand up. These are our children. These are all of our children.”
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2016
A second demonstration to bring attention to the $100 million fracked, liquefied natural gas compressor station National Grid is trying to build in South Providence was held outside the company’s location at the corner of Allens Ave and Terminal Rd Wednesday afternoon.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Providence | Tagged EJLRI, Environmental Justice League of RI, national grid, NOLNGinPVD | Leave a response
By RI Progressive Democrats of America on June 23, 2016
“…continuing our strong stance against corporate welfare, we call on our political leaders to reject any subsidies for the Superman Building.”
Posted in corporate greed, Democrats, Featured, Infrastructure, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged David Sweetser, High Rock Development LLC, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, RIPDA, superman building | 13 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 21, 2016
GoLocal, “has a history of dehumanizing stories related to the poor and homeless” said protesters on Tuesday. The news site’s latest headline, “Panhandling continues to plague Providence”, was too much. They organized a panhandling protest.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Media, News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Curtis Pouliot-Alvarez, golocal, PrYSM, Rhode Island Center for Justice, Shannah Kurland | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2016
The organizers see the expansion of chemical industries in this area of South Providence as “a clear example of environmental racism as all 11 of the EPA’s identified toxic polluters in Providence are already in this zip code, which is predominantly low-income people of color.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged David Graves, DOT Hazard Class, EJLRI, Environmental Justice League of RI, EPA, FANG Collective, national grid | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 9, 2016
Donna Woods said the the Town Council, “You will be remembered for generations in this town for what you have done to us.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, Donna Woods, dyana Koelsch, Invenergy, Jaime Tessier, John Pacheco III, Kimberly Brissette Brown, Louise Phaneuf, Michael Wood, Oleg Nikolyszyn, Paul Fogarty | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 8, 2016
PLEASE join us Wednesday between 4pm-6pm at the entrance to the facility on the corner of Allens Ave and Terminal Rd.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged EJLRI, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, FANG Collective, Fields Point Liquefaction Facility, national grid | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 6, 2016
“We need help,” said Red Bandana Award winner Sarath Suong, “For those folks who live on the East Side of Providence or have friends and family or any influence in Providence, please contact Councilpeople [Samuel] Zurier and [Seth] Yurdin. And please urge them to really support the Community Safety Act.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Homelessness, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged All Students Count Act 2016, Artemis Moonhawk, Bill Harley, chris monti, Community Safety Act, ERB, Extraordinary Rendition Band, Nick-a-Nees, Providence Police Department, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Red Bandana Awards, Samuel Zurier, Sarath Suong, seth yurdin | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 3, 2016
For the second time Mayor Jorge Elorza has opened the City of Providence to a fantastic festival combing international and local artists and performers. Elorza envisions PVDFest as one day becoming as important to the city as SXSW is to Austin, TX. Todays press conference to kick off the event was attended by Senator Jack […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 1, 2016
“…using her birth name is both disrespectful and dangerous,” says Ethan Huckel of TGI Network of RI, “because it has the potential to out her as transgender. This is not only a violation of her privacy, but, depending on her personal circumstances, could jeopardize her safety.
By Andrew Stewart on May 30, 2016
If you have been up to Thayer Street within the past few months you probably have noticed a series of new parking meters being installed on the roadway. These new meters are part of an effort to raise monies for the city that have been wildly unpopular. There are several issues that are coming up […]
By transportprovidence on May 13, 2016
Councilman Kevin Jackson is my city councilor. I’d like to see someone better. Here are the things I’d like to see taken on by whoever replaces him (as a challenger, or after he resigns): Someone to fight for lower taxes on renters Kevin Jackson gave some tepid support to changing the tax structure so that it […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 12, 2016
Ward 3 could vote for a candidate that both looks after our interests and doesn’t play fast and loose with his campaign cash. We could vote for a candidate that has not been accused of embezzlement. We could vote for a candidate that does not embarrass us but instead represents us.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Elections, Featured, Opinion, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged buddy cianci, Kevin Jackson, Marcus Mitchell, Rick Santorum, tax stabilization agreements, TSAs | 2 Responses
By Meghan Kallman on May 9, 2016
Privatizing water is a dangerous option and should be abandoned immediately. Water is a public good and a human right, and does not belong in the hands of private companies.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Providence | Tagged Flint Michigan, jorge elorza, National Resources Network, privatization, water | 2 Responses
By transportprovidence on May 9, 2016
It’s hard to tax the rich at the local level. The area within the borders of a local community is small, and tax avoidance becomes a game to people with money. One need simply relocate a block across the border to smack back at most local popular efforts. I’m not saying it’s right. I’m saying […]
By Andrew Stewart on May 4, 2016
According to the Providence Water Supply website, “there are approximately 20,000…[lead] lines still in existence in the Providence Water system.” The Water Supply Board’s website includes an interactive map of lead water pipes in the city. The red dots are lead lines and blue are other materials. It is difficult to discern from this figure […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 19, 2016
“Panhandling is common in Kennedy Plaza,” said a reporter at a Jorge Elorza press conference yesterday, “is that going to be addressed in addition to the drug dealing?” Providence Commissioner of Public Safety Steven Paré was standing behind a podium, having just announced the results of a months long effort to arrest drug dealers in […]
By Andrew Stewart on April 15, 2016
Ray Rickman, the head of Stages of Freedom and a former member of the General Assembly, offered tough criticism and some sage advice for Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, who recently announced severe fiscal problems in the Capital City. “So he’s trying to signal to us bankruptcy might be required,” Rickman said. “I think it’s inappropriate.” […]