Race & Racism
By Steve Ahlquist on February 18, 2017
“We stand in solidarity with Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, and all those on the front lines of the struggle for human rights,” said Benjamin Evans of the Rhode Island National Lawyer’s Guild.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Congress, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Disability Services, Education, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Homelessness, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, LGBTQ, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AFSC-SENE, American Friends Service Committee of Southeastern New England, Benjamin Evans, Betsy DeVos, Burnside Park, Community Safety Act, donald trump, Edward Benson, FANG Collective, fuerza laboral, George Wiley Center, Henry Shelton Act, John Dineen, Martha Yaeger, Mike Araujo, my Tabor, National Lawyers Guild, Nick Katkevich, providence student union, Raul Figueroa, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI ACLU, RISD, Sheida Soleimani, SNAP, US District Court in Providence, Zack Mezera | Leave a response
By sophia@DARE on February 16, 2017
Current PHA (Providence Housing Authority) policy denies most formerly incarcerated people their right to safe and stable housing, as well as preventing them from reuniting with their families and reintegrating into society.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, News, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged Behind the Walls Committee, BTW, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Housing and Urban Development, HUD, PHA, Providence Housing Authority | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 15, 2017
The legislation would clarify that no Rhode Island law enforcement officer may arrest or detain a person solely on the basis of an immigration detainer…
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Central Falls, grace diaz, House Judiciary Committee, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, immigration detainers, Jason Knight, Jean Philippe Barros, Legislative Black and Latino Caucus, Shelby Maldonado | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 15, 2017
Immigration is complicated. Trump’s executive orders made it more complicated. Here’s what legal experts think, and where they don’t know what to think.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, International News, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged 9th District, Andrew Horwitz, Chinese Exclusion Act, Deborah Gonzalez, Department of Homeland Security, donald trump, Guantanamo Bay, Immigration Law Clinic, Immigration Nationality Act, INA, islam, Jared Goldstein, lawful permanent residents, LPR, Neil Gorsuch, Peter Margulies, refugees, Roger Williams University School of Law, Supreme Court, visa holders | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on February 14, 2017
Some 40 people forcibly crammed into Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza’s office and refused to leave until staff personally delivered to him a petition calling for police officer Matthew Sheridan to be fired. Led by Direct Action for Rights and Equality and the Providence Youth Student Movement, they chanted, “No justice, no peace. No racist police.” […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 10, 2017
The No LNG in PVD Coalition (Coalition) is requesting that RIDEM “deny permits related to the Fields Point Liquefaction Project based on environmental justice concerns.”
Posted in Activism, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Infrastructure, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged 2012 Soil Management Plan, aaron regunberg, American Friends Service Committee – South East New England, Anastasia Williams, Chris Blazejewski, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, edith ajello, EJ, EJSCREEN, Environmental Justice, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, FANG Collective, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Fields Point Liquefaction Project, grace diaz, Hinkley Allen, Joseph Almeida, Kiewit, National Environmental Policy Act, national grid, NEPA, No LNG in PVD Coalition, Paul Jabour, PIP, Providence City Council, Public Involvement Plan, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Sierra Club, RIDEM, Short Term Remedial Action Plans, SMP, STRAPs | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 7, 2017
“We’re in this fight because we are called by the faith that we have, whatever it might be, to fight for justice.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Arthur Corvese, Barack Obama, Betsy Garland, Charles Ortman, DACA, Donald Anderson, donald trump, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, executive order, First Unitarian Church in Providence, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Edwards, Katherine Ahlquist, Kathleen Cloutier, Keith Brown, Rhode Island Council of Churches, Robert Phillips, Roberto Gonzalez, sanctuary, Sanctuary Meeting, Sharon Key, Standing on the Side of Love, Stephen Ucci, Syrian refugees, William O'Brien | Leave a response
By Christopher Joseph on January 30, 2017
You don’t have to choose one kind of protest or the other–you can participate in any or all with whichever methods you see fit and whatever tactics suit your beliefs. However, you should respect and support fellow anti-Trump protestors for the sake of building strong alliances and finding common ground to rely on in the future.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged black lives matter, donald trump, hillary clinton, IWW, Resist Hate RI, Richard Spencer, Working Families Party | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2017
I am scared to stand up for myself. I am afraid that some people that work for Trump are going to come to our house and arrest us for no reason like what they did in South Africa.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 20, 2017
Young people didn’t get to vote on November 8, 2016, but in debating this walkout, students participated in their own democratic process, and built student power on their own terms.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Education, Featured, Immigration, LGBTQ, Photos, Politics, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women, Youth | Tagged DARE, donald trump, Providence Public School Department, providence student union, PrYSM, psu, Youth in Action | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 19, 2017
“I am trying to put a stop to this discriminatory attitude so that future generations are treated with dignity,” said Peralta, explaining his goal of filing the lawsuit. As to whether he is concerned about potential retaliation on the job, Peralta added, “Dignity has no price.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Labor, News, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged 1964 Civil Rights Act, Department of Public Works, DPW, Providence, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rhode Island Human Rights Commission, Shannah Kurland, Simón Peralta | Leave a response
By Mark Binder on January 17, 2017
What if President Obama used his last days in office to pardon all the non-violent drug offenders in the federal justice system? According to PrisonPolicy.Org there are just over 100,000 drug offenders in federal prisons. Let’s say that half of them are non-violent offenders. That’s 50,000 men and women and children* who could be released before the inauguration. […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2017
“I am continually inspired by the power and the strength that keep gathering in this room,” said State Rep Aaron Regunberg “It’s beautiful. This is a beautiful thing.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Education, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, Minimum Wage, National News, People, Poverty, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged aaron regunberg, donald trump, Fair Shot Agenda, Resist Hate RI | Leave a response
By Bob Houghtaling on January 16, 2017
As we take a moment to reflect upon the life of Martin Luther King I think it is imperative to recognize that his work is not done. Let us hope that America will continue to pursue fairness for all. Sometimes such things get lost when our fear takes over. Rise Again Verdant sprouts arise again […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 14, 2017
The Secular Coalition for America (SCA) believes that Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse deserves kudos for his questioning of Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump‘s nominee for Attorney General. Whitehouse asked Sessions if a non-religious, secular person has as good a claim to the truth as a religious person, and defended the separation of church and […]
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, History, National News, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Aegean Stables, Attorney General, Department of Justice, donald trump, Eric Holder, Faith and Freedom Coalition, Federalist Society, Heritage Foundation, Jeff Sessions, Loretta Lynch, NASA, Republican Party, Right Wing Watch, Roger Williams, Samuel Alito, Sarah Levin, SCA, Secular Coalition for America, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court, Thomas Jefferson | 3 Responses
Providing undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses will create safer roads and lessen poverty says RWU analysis
By Steve Ahlquist on January 5, 2017
Poverty rates tend to decline at a faster rate in states that provide driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged AAA Foundation, Anna Cano Morales, Gina Raimondo, J Alejandro Tirad0-Alcaraz, jorge elorza, Latino Policy Institute, LPI, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, Roger Williams University, Roger Williams University School of Law, RWU | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 23, 2016
“We light these lights for the spirit of resilience that remains after our strength has ebbed away, with the steadfast knowledge that even as the bullets echo repeatedly on bodies lying in the street, that the impunity of the powerful cannot last forever.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, History, Holidays, Immigration, Inequality, International News, News, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged Burnside Park, donald trump, Jean Riesman, Jewish Voice for Peace Rhode Island, JVP, Kathy Lessuck, Living Menorah, Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 18, 2016
“I am aware the weather may not be favorable, but please do not let rain stop you!” wrote Eva, on of the organizers, “It is all the more reason to stand in prayer for those that are freezing with only the clothes on their backs and no shelter in winter weather. (Yes, it is winter in Syria.)”
Posted in Events, Featured, Immigration, International News, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, State House, Video | Tagged Bashar al-Assad, donald trump, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, RICMA, Russia, syria, Syrian refugees, Vladimir Putin | 1 Response
By Jorge Elorza on December 16, 2016
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to join community members and several colleagues from the City for a two-day Undoing Racism workshop facilitated by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. The workshop was hosted by the Equity in Sustainability initiative, a joint effort of the City of Providence’s Office of Sustainability, the Environmental […]
Posted in Featured, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged elorza, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, Groundwork Rhode Island, jorge elorza, People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 16, 2016
“The results of the recent election isn’t going to erode our core beliefs. It’s not going to weaken our commitment to our core beliefs.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged David Cicilline, donald trump, First Unitarian Church of Providence, Gina Raimondo, Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free Rhode Island, seth magaziner | 7 Responses