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 […]
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.” […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 10, 2016
After the opening celebrations, Sanders supporters got to work, clipboards in hand, canvassing for Sanders. This is a campaign that knows it needs an excellent ground game if they’re going to take this state in just over two weeks, so they’re wasting no time.
In theory, I think the idea of a 6-10 Boulevard has the potential to be a great project. However, knowing very well how capital in Rhode Island, particularly based around real estate interests in Providence, functions in a way that subverts all good ideas to benefit the rich and disenfranchise the poor, I would like […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 29, 2016
The STEP-UP Network, a coalition of community groups, asks, “”Why is there a fundraiser for a mayor who is not serving the whole city?”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Democrats, Elections, Events, Featured, Labor, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Youth | Tagged American Friends Service Committee, Community Safety Act, CSA, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, jorge elorza, Jorrell Kaykay, Malchus Mills, Mike Araujo, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, Providence Fire Fighters IAFF Local 799, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, STEP-UP Network, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 21, 2016
The Providence Police Department is in the process of finalizing their implementation of a Body Worn Camera (BWC) Pilot Program and working to establish procedures and regulations pertaining to it.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, apra, Body Worn Camera, Body Worn Camera Pilot Program, BWC, Evan England, Hugh Clements, jorge elorza, NAACP Providence Branch, Providence Police Department, RI ACLU, Stephen Paré, Taser, Vievu | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 20, 2016
The First Unitarian Church of Providence unveiled a Black Lives Matter banner Sunday to a crowd of over three hundred church members and invited community members.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, History, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged Black Lives Banner, Charles Blustein Ortman, First Unitarian Church of Providence, jim vincent, NAACP Providence Branch, Standing on the Side of Love | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 17, 2016
The Providence City Council voted unanimously to approve Councillor Seth Yurdin’s resolution regarding National Grid’s proposed Fields Point Liquefaction Facility Thursday evening.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Narragansett Bay, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, fields point, Fields Point Liquefaction Facility, Fields Point LNG Plant, national grid, Providence City Council, seth yurdin | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 17, 2016
“Rhode Island is positioned to become a leader in renewable energy,” says Councilperson Yurdin, “supporting the proposed Fields Point liquefaction facility could undermine efforts to reduce Rhode Island’s reliance on natural gas and other fossil fuels.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Health Care, News, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged environmental racism, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, fields point, national grid, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, seth yurdin | Leave a response
By Chenae Bullock on March 16, 2016
Providence, Rhode Island is one of 42 cities that will participate in a global fundraising initiative bringing together the Hip-Hop community in solidarity and support for the people of Flint and in partnership with the non-profit Price of Peace Missionary Baptist Church.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Environment, Events, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Music, National News, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Youth | Tagged Chenae Bullock, Flint, Hip Hop 4 Flint, Lead, Price of Peace Missionary Baptist Church | 1 Response
According to City Hall, Providence has a major budget crisis to face but if this is true, why are we paying a finder’s fee to the corporately-backed nonprofit Teach for America?
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Education, Featured, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged Black Agenda Report, City Year, ed deform, Education, Glen Ford, Jaisal Noor, jorge elorza, ride ed deform, Teach for America, The Real News | 4 Responses
St. Patrick’s Day, 1989: The biggest upset in college basketball history almost happened in Providence
By Chip Young on March 15, 2016
This isn’t the first time the NCAA tournament and St. Patrick’s Day came crashing together in Providence, Rhode Island. The last time was 1989, and it turned out to be the show of all shows.
By Steve Ahlquist on March 15, 2016
On Sunday, March 20, at 11:30 am, The First Unitarian Church of Providence will hang a banner affirming that “Black Lives Matter” over its Benevolent St. entrance (just above the intersection with Benefit St.). It is an act of public witness to which all are welcome.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged black lives matter, Charles Blustein Ortman, First Unitarian Church of Providence, Selma (movie), Standing on the Side of Love, Unitarian Universalist | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 14, 2016
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza today announced plans for a 1.4 mile “Enhanced Transit Corridor” in Downtown Providence.
Posted in Climate Change, Economic Development, Economy, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Don Rhodes, Enhanced Transit Corridor, Gina Raimondo, jorge elorza, RI Department of Transportation, ridot, RIPTA Riders Alliance | Leave a response
Members of the Haitian and Dominican communities in Rhode Island came together for an evening of community discussion and contemplation as they tried to come to grips with what has been a difficult history on the island both states share.
Posted in Featured, International News, News, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged Dominican Republic, Elvys Ruiz, Fritza Remy, Haiti, Silvio Torres-Saillant, World Affairs Council of Rhode Island | Leave a response
The war on public education includes union busting but also the destruction of teacher tenure.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 25, 2016
Sen. Frank Ciccone III and Rep. Anastasia Williams introduced legislation (2016-S 2333 / 2016-H 7610) that would allow the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driving privilege licenses and permits to applicants unable to establish a lawful presence in the United States.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Economic Development, Featured, Immigration, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Anastasia Williams, Donna Nesselbush, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Frank Ciccone III, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, itep, Juan Pichardo, Meg Wiehe, Rachel Flum, Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles, Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions | 5 Responses
By ACLU of RI on February 23, 2016
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has filed suit against the City of Providence to challenge a recently enacted city ordinance that prohibits more than three “college students” from living together in certain areas of the city.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 17, 2016
A World Affairs Council of Rhode Island (WACRI) forum will explore the complex and often painful history between Haitians and Dominicans on the Island of Hispaniola and the plight of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic on Thursday evening at the Donovan Dining Faculty Center at Rhode Island College from 6-9pm.
Posted in Activism, Education, Events, Featured, History, Immigration, News, People, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Dominicans, Elvys Ruiz, Fritza Remy, Haitians, Hispaniola, Melida Anyi Espinal, Moise Bourdeau, Silvio Torres-Saillant, WACRI, Walter R. Stone, World Affairs Council of Rhode Island | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart | Support this author via his Patreon! (http://tinyurl.com/hascpatreon) on February 17, 2016
With shocking regularity and little sanity, our grand spectator sport-cum-soap opera akin to professional wrestling that is the Rhode Island legislature has continued to pump out hilarious moments that should be making us weep if it were not for the fact this is oh-so-typical. Not since Gibbon profiled the latter days of Rome has a […]
Posted in Democrats, Featured, Homelessness, Politics, Poverty, Providence | Tagged House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, James Sheehan, Jeremiah T. O'Grady, Nicholas Kettle, Theresa Paiva Weed | 1 Response