By Steve Ahlquist on October 16, 2016
“We oppose the damaging idea of moving the state’s bus hub to a worse location far from downtown, and pushing people without homes into other parts of Providence without adequate services.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Poverty, Providence, Transportation | Tagged Burnside Park, kennedy plaza, Occupy Providence, Randall Rose, RIPTA Riders Alliance | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 15, 2016
About four dozen people managed to serve about 300 meals in two hours. During that time it was not our difference that mattered, it was our shared humanity.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Homelessness, Immigration, Inequality, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged AHOPE, Americans Helping Others ProspEr, Cathedral Square, Islamic School of Rhode Island, MAE organization for the Homeless, Masjid al-Islam, Rhode Island Belleza Latina, Rhode Island Miss Galaxy, Universalist Unitarian Church | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 14, 2016
Regarding National Grid’s contractor, Kiewit, said spokesperson Dabid Graves, it appears that building an access road and beginning work on the liquefaction facility “are one and the same, which is not the case.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Environmental Racism, Featured, News, Providence | Tagged David Graves, DEM, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, fields point, Kiewit, national grid, Public Involvement Plan | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 10, 2016
For its 9th Annual Festival PRONK! partnered with the STEP UP Coalition to support to the Community Safety Act. The goal of the collaboration was “to use music, dance and art to bring attention to injustices and inequalities in our city and encourage people across Providence to stand behind the legislation.”
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Inequality, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged afsc, American Friends Service Committee, Community Safety Act, CSA, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Extraordinary Rendition Band, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Kickin' Brass, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, ona, PRONK!, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Step-Up Coalition, What Cheer Brigade | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on October 1, 2016
The 13,000 New England janitors represented by 32BJ SEIU tentatively agreed to a new four year contract. Rhode Island janitors now earning $13.15 will see their pay increase to $14.20 over the course of the new contract.
By Bob Plain on September 29, 2016
“If this situation does lead to a strike by workers, I will not cross their picket line,” Mayor Jorge Elorza said in a statement to RI Future. “As Mayor, I am aware of the important role the workers of Local 32 BJ SEIU play for many businesses in Providence.”
Posted in Featured, Labor, Providence | Tagged Eugenio Villasante, Gina Raimondo, Joe Paolino, jorge elorza, Local 32 BJ SEIU, Maintenance Contractors Association New England, Marty Walsh | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 29, 2016
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza attended an East Side forum on the Community Safety Act, saying that despite some differences, he doesn’t “think it will be a problem getting this done before the end of the year.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Youth | Tagged afsc, Annie Voss-Altman, Central High School, Community Safety Act, CSA, Don Baier, Doug Best, gang database, ice, jorge elorza, Julia Carson, Kevin Jackson, Libby Edgerly, Mark Santow, Martha Yager, Maureen Reddy, Ondine Sniffin, Providence Police, sam zurier, Sarah Morenon, seth yurdin, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado, Wendy Becker | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 27, 2016
The No LNG in PVD coalition is demanding that National Grid immediately halt construction and excavation work at 642 Allens Ave, the site of the proposed liquefaction facility in Fields Point. The proposed facility, which is opposed by Mayor Jorge Elorza and nine state legislators, is currently being reviewed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Video | Tagged Allens Ave, David Graves, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, fields point, Gina Rodríguez, jorge elorza, Joseph Almeida, Monica Huertas, national grid, NOLNGinPVD, PIP, Providence Gas Company, Public Involvement Plan, Remediation Regulations, RI Department of Environmental Management, RIDEM, Terminal Road | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 26, 2016
A march of over 50 people from Jenks Park in Central Falls to the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church near the Rhode Island Mall was held Sunday to demand driver’s licenses for all, regardless of immigration status.
Posted in Activism, Central Falls, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, News, Pawtucket, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Ana Quezada, Claire Pimental, Comité en Acción, Donna Nesselbush, frank ciccone, Gina Raimondo, james diossa, Nicholas Mattiello, Safer Rhodes Coalition, Shelby Maldonado, Yaruska Ordinola | Leave a response
By Greg Gerritt on September 26, 2016
Some of the landlords who own downtown Providence, and some of their allies, have decided that Kennedy Plaza and its surrounding area would become much more valuable real estate if they could cause the bus depot and all of the low income people who are drawn to the bus depot and/or the city center in general, to disappear.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 20, 2016
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Opinion, Poverty, Providence, Religion | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, catholic, Humanism, jorge elorza, Providence Journal, Thomas Tobin, United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights | Leave a response
By Alan Flam on September 19, 2016
The issue of panhandling in Providence has been the subject of news articles, opinion columns and letters to the editor. The recent letter from Bishop Tobin and comments from Joseph Paolino, chairman of the Downtown Improvement District motivate me to present some alternative views. I applaud the efforts of the Downtown Improvement District’s (DID) willingness […]
By Bob Plain on September 19, 2016
The Community Safety Act, a citizen-proposed ordinance that would address racial profiling and other abuses of power by police, was heard by the Ordinance Committee of the Providence City Council last week. While only six members of the council attended – Council President Luis Aponte, Kevin Jackson, Michael Correia, Sam Zurier, Mary Kay Harris and […]
By transportprovidence on September 18, 2016
Director Peter Alviti of RIDOT recently stated his own version of reality about the 6/10 Connector when he said that, “Hypothetical plans or other scenarios could be explored in the world of theory, but in the world of reality we are facing we now need to address this structurally deficient problem.” Alviti’s words are dismissive […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 17, 2016
The Consumer Liaison Group (CLG) Meeting happens four times a year and its a chance for ISO-NE to exchange information with electricity consumers in New England. ISO-NE is the group that regulates our electricity markets and keeps the lights on by coordinating electricity generation and transmission. They run billion dollar markets and interact with companies […]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Economic Development, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, Narragansett Bay, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged BASE, Bill Malee, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, CLG, Consumer Liaison Group, Deepwater Wind, Douglas Gablinske, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, FANG Collective, Invenergy, ISO NE, John Niland, Kathy Martley, Keith Clougherty, Lennette Boiselle, Mary Louise “Weezie” Nuara, Mary Pendergast, national grid, NEPOOL, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, ResilientRI, RI Public Utilities Commission, Richard Kruse, RIPUC, Sally Mendzela, Spectra Energy, TEC-RI, The Energy Council of Rhode Island | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 16, 2016
During a second protest, Civetti agreed by phone to meet with the workers at the Fuerza Laboral offices again. According to Fuerza organizer Raoul Figueroa and Mike Araujo of RI Jobs with Justice, Civetti agreed that he did owe the workers their unpaid wages at this meeting. He has agreed to pay the workers on Friday.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged David Civetti, Dependable and Affordable Cleaning Inc, fuerza laboral, Heiny Maldonado, Mike Araujo, providence college, Raoul Figueroa, RI Jobs with Justice | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 16, 2016
TD Bank in downtown Providence became the target of local environmental and indigenous American activists Thursday in response to calls for solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux as they continue to battle the $3.78 billion Dakota Access Pipeline.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, International News, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Bakken shale fields, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, democracy now!, FANG Collective, Lakota Treaty Territory, Standing Rock Sioux, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, TD Bank | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on September 15, 2016
One day after a botched press conference on a similar subject, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza brought together a big group of state and city officials, as well as advocates and activists, to announce a new plan to address panhandling, poverty and homelessness in downtown. “As we see increased homelessness and increased panhandlers, this is a […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2016
“The entire world is threatened due to climate change and we must move away from fossil fuels,” wrote Elorza, “The City of Providence has continually expressed a commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, promoting an equitable environment, and creating a more sustainable future for our City’s posterity.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Infrastructure, National News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged CEQ, Environmental Assessment, Environmental Impact Statement, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, fields point, jorge elorza, National Environmental Policy Act Reviews, national grid, Port of Providence, White House Council on Environmental Quality | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2016
“Criminalization is not a solution to homelessness,” added Roger Williams University School of Law Professor and Assistant Dean Andrew Horwitz. “It is incredibly cruel to those experiencing homelessness, dehumanizing the individuals and making it harder to connect to advocates and services.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Inequality, Infrastructure, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Transportation, Video | Tagged Andrew Horwitz, Barbara Freitas, broken windows, DARE, DID, direct action for rights and equality, Downtown Improvement District, eric hirsch, Homeless Bill of Rights Defense Group, Joseph Paolino, kennedy plaza, providence college, Providence Downtown Improvement District, Reclaiming Our Public Spaces, Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, rihap, Roger Williams University School of Law Professor, The Shops at 100 | Leave a response