Race & Racism
By Bob Plain on October 11, 2015
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said the uproar among Providence police officers who took issue with a teenager Dunkin Donuts employee who wrote “#blacklivesmatter” on a cop’s coffee cup is a “very important issue” and pointed out that the community and the officers that serve and protect it are closer than this issue would make it […]
By Rodrigo Pimentel on October 9, 2015
“If you follow the economic discussion in Rhode Island,” continued Nightingale, “all you hear people say is ‘all we need is more jobs, more jobs’ – but when you scrape away the rhetoric, a lot of people of color and poor minorities are being divided among themselves… the elites never mention that it’s all about their profits, about busting unions, about exploiting people – and this is one of the problems we have to deal with.”
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By Bob Plain on October 9, 2015
The recent dust up between the Providence police union and a teenage Dunkin Donuts employee who wrote #blacklivesmatter on a cop’s coffee cup is perhaps the best way the always highly-charged nexus between racial equality and police conduct could have been raised. Too many communities only debate this very critical issue after a white cop […]
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
Stage and television actress Barbara Meek, most recently seen in the Trinity Rep production of JULIUS CAESAR, has passed away. Born in 1934 in Detroit, Meek worked at Trinity beginning in 1968. Her starring role in THE VISIT was a historic first for a woman of color. It was one of the first instances of […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2015
“In this history of the United States, a moral critique has been always been at the center of any challenge to the structural sins of society—slavery, the denial of women’s rights, the denial of labor rights, the denial of equal protection under the law, the denial of voting rights, and the promulgation of unchecked militarism. We have never overcome any of these evils without a moral critique that challenged their grip on the heart and imagination of our society.
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By Steve Ahlquist on September 25, 2015
Two women not allowed to speak at the United Nations held a forum on global women labor rights while Pope Francis addressed the General Assembly in New York City. Why are their voices marginalized?
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Education, Events, Featured, Health Care, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, News, Poverty, Race & Racism, reproductive freedom, Women | Tagged amnesty international, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, AWAJ, Chaumtoli Huq, Eni Lestari, IMA, International Migrants Alliance, Kate Lappin, Law and Development, Law@theMargins, Nazma Akter, pivot to Asia, pope francis, united nations, walmart | 1 Response
By Ashley Stokes on September 25, 2015
“…Our white countrymen do not know us. They are strangers to our character, ignorant of our capacity, oblivious to our history and progress, and are misinformed as to the principles and ideas that control and guide us, as a people. The great mass of American citizens estimates us as being a characterless and purposeless people; […]
By Elizabeth McNamara on September 21, 2015
First came the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, ensuing protests and videos of other unarmed black people around the country dying at the hands of police. Then came white supremacist flyers delivered to some driveways in East Greenwich in June (“Earth’s most endangered species: the white race”). Then came Sunday’s March for Racial Justice, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 21, 2015
Nearly 200 people turned out at the Westminster Unitarian Church for a Black Lives Matter march in response to white supremacists fliers recently distributed in East Greenwich and to ongoing racial injustice in our state and across the country. Police officers cleared a path for the two mile march that went through downtown East Greenwich, slowing, rerouting and delaying traffic. The march was organized by the White Noise Collective and Westminster Unitarian Church’s Social Responsibility Committee. Protesters called on white people in particular to stand up and support the growing Black Lives Matter Movement.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, National News, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged black lives matter, Ellen Quaadgras, Ellen Tuzzolo, Rachel Bishop, Showing Up for Racial Justice, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, SURJ, Tim Rich, Westminster Unitarian Church, White Noise Collective | 5 Responses
By Daryle Lamont Jenkins on September 19, 2015
“Those that engage in such behavior however are not going to be content with just tagging a school, throwing around flyers or ranting at a presidential candidate. That doesn’t get results. They still have to organize and network with people who can advance their hatred to the point that they see things happen for them, and they are able to reclaim a position they once had over the people they hate just a few short years ago. When they do that, it takes even more vigilance to fight back because this is when they are at their most dangerous.”
Posted in Events, History, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged black lives matter, Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC, H.L. Mencken Club, Islamic School of Rhode Island, National Policy Institute, National Press Club, NPI, racism, Richard Spencer, Voice of the Renaissance, Westminster Unitarian Church | Leave a response
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 Elizabeth McNamara on September 17, 2015
It’s been a year of enlightenment for some of us white people, thanks to the horribly illuminating videos of unarmed black people killed by police – nothing new for the African American community, but no longer something the rest of us could ignore. Black Lives Matter made sure we didn’t miss this moment – reminding us that we […]
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 Steve Ahlquist on September 8, 2015
The Rhode Island Labor History Society held their Annual Labor Day Address in Moshassuck Cemetery in Central Falls yesterday. Ryan McIntyre, the society board member who lead the effort to erect a monument in the cemetery to commemorate the Saylesville Massacre, where workers were killed by the National Guard during the General Textile Strike in September of 1934, […]
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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 26, 2015
Lovecraft once famously asserted, “I am Providence” and after his death a group of fans raised the money to put these words on his tombstone, but Lovecraft is not the Providence I know and love.
The Providence I love is filled with all kinds of people, representing a spectrum of beauty that was unknown to Lovecraft, whose imagination, praised as being so expansive and creative, was curiously and tragically constrained when it came to his views on race and sex.
By Rachel Simon on August 25, 2015
August 25th brings a nationwide direct action effort, building solidarity and organizing coalitions to end the rampant violence targeting trans women of color. The past month has seen a marked increase in the already-high rate of murders targeting this community, leading groundbreaking actress and activist Laverne Cox to declare a state of emergency for trans communities […]