Race & Racism
By Steve Ahlquist on May 25, 2016
In many ways, the commentary on the ProJo site is the worst thing about the once great newspaper. I’d think twice about drawing attention to it if I were the paper’s editor.
By RI State Council of Churches on May 24, 2016
“Signs on our front lawns is one positive way to demonstrate a caring spirit towards Muslim Rhode Islanders. We’re asking individuals, families and faith communities to place a ‘Blessed Ramadan’ sign near their front doors during the month of Ramadan as a gesture of witness and welcome.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Barbara Scott, Paul Alexander, Religions for Peace, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, RISCC | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on May 19, 2016
What do Democratic Party Chair Joe McNamara, Justin Katz, the burning of the HMS Gaspee, and a concentration camp have in common? Quite a good deal! There is a bit of a schoolyard tiff being had out in public today between Joe and Justin where they are trying to see who can be the most […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 25, 2016
The best and the worst that Rhode Island has to offer was on display during Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s visit Monday.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged DARE, direct action for rights and equality, donald trump, PrYSM, White Noise Collective | 6 Responses
By Bob Plain on April 20, 2016
Treasurer Seth Magaziner has a plan to make corporate board rooms more diverse. Rhode Island’s pension fund will vote against appointing white men to corporate boards of directors that are already comprised of mostly white men. “Research has shown that diversity leads to better performance. It’s true in government, it’s true in education and its […]
By Andrew Stewart on April 5, 2016
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 28, 2016
FANG (Fighting Against Natural Gas) will be holding Nonviolent Direct Action Trainings in Providence next week at the First Unitarian Church of Providence.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, Invenergy, Nonviolent Direct Action, spectra | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 23, 2016
Providing licenses for undocumented immigrants in Rhode Island is an idea that is not going away. A coalition of groups is holding a series of actions at the State House to keep attention focused on the issue.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Immigration, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Department of Motor Vehicles, DMV, English for Action, fuerza laboral, Gina Raimondo, jobs with justice, Mike Araujo, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICAGV, Stacia Huyler | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 22, 2016
The State House will be a raucous, contentious place this evening as a series of bills dealing with guns will be heard in the House Judiciary meeting in room 101 at the rise of the House, around 4:30-5pm.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, corporate greed, Domestic Violence, Education, Events, Gun Control, Health Care, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged 2nd Amendment Coalition, CCP, Concealed Carry Permit, HCM, high capacity magazine, National Rifle Association, NRA, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICAGV | 1 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 Andrew Stewart on March 20, 2016
As previously reported, a historic conference at Temple University intended to guide and radicalize activists in #BlackLivesMatter was held from January 8-10, 2016 in Philadelphia. We are going to post videos from the panels that have just become available online. Tune in next week for further coverage of this historic conference.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Race & Racism | Tagged Ewuare X. Osayande, Lorenzo Pierce, Mani Martinez, Ozzie Jones, RECLAIMING OUR FUTURE: THE BLACK RADICAL TRADITION IN OUR TIME, Ursula Rucker | Leave a 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 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
By Andrew Stewart on March 16, 2016
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 | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 16, 2016
Two competing bills were heard in the House Judiciary Committee meeting Tuesday evening in a hearing that lasted well over 6 hours and had over 4 dozen people testifying. House bill 7610, submitted by Representative Anastasia Williams, would grant driving privilege license to undocumented immigrants. House Bill 7859, introduced by Representative Arthur Corvese, would make […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, Labor, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Anastasia Williams, Arthur Corvese, Doreen Costa, driver's licenses, fair, Federation for American Immigration Reform, Gina Raimondo, james diossa, jorge elorza, Joseph Almeida, riile, Robert Nardolillo, Southern Poverty Law Foundation, SPLC, terry gorman, Undocumented Immigrants | 1 Response
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 Andrew Stewart on March 11, 2016
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
By Andrew Stewart on March 9, 2016
The war on public education includes union busting but also the destruction of teacher tenure.