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 | 3 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 | 1 Response
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 […]
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