By Andrew Stewart on November 29, 2015
Recently, Bella Robinson and I had the opportunity to meet at an undisclosed location with sex worker and activist Tara Burns. She has previously written on sex worker issues for AlterNet, VICE, and The New Inquiry, among other publications, and is author of the book Whore Diaries: My First Two Weeks As An Escort. She now is […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 28, 2015
Kerry Soares was a mother. Her daughter Caitlin was at the vigil. Kerry was remembered as a talented artist. She was compassionate and caring. She lived and worked in Providence most of her life.
She deserved so much more.
Posted in Events, Homelessness, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Homeless Vigil, Jim Ryczek, Kerry Soares, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, RICH, Statewide Outreach Committee | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 27, 2015
This is my third year writing about the Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange. (here and here) This is also the 19th year of the effort, in which donated coats are given to the people who need them while at the same time challenging the consumerism that plagues us every year on on the day […]
Posted in Activism, corporate greed, Economy, Environment, Events, Featured, Homelessness, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Books Are Wings, Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange, Don Rhodes, greg gerritt, Recycle Together RI, URI SNAP Outreach Project | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 25, 2015
A Superior Court Judge ordered the restoration of power to about two dozen homes this afternoon, ruling against National Grid and the RI Public Utilities Commission.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Poverty, Rhode Island | Tagged Camilo Viveiros, George Wiley Center, Lifeline Project, national grid, Rhode Island Center for Justice, RI Division of Public Utilities and Carriers | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 24, 2015
Juan Garcia, of Comité de Inmigrantes en Acción, said, “We just want to send a message, especially with everything that has happened in Paris with the terrorist attacks. The people standing behind me are not terrorists. We are human beings, and what better way to promote safety in Rhode Island than to give everybody a driver’s license?”
Posted in Immigration, National News, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged Comité de Inmigrantes en Acción, English for Action, fuerza laboral, Gina Raimondo, Heiny Maldonado, Immigrant Action Committee, Inglés en Acción, jobs with justice, Juan Garcia, Nicholas Mattiello, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, Todos Somos Arizona, We Are all Arizona | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on November 22, 2015
News broke on Friday that “[a] group of current and former Rhode Island College employees is asking the state Council on Postsecondary Education to replace college President Nancy Carriuolo, who they accuse of destabilizing the institution.” Yet those who have a rudimentary understanding of how the internal dynamics of Rhode Island College work grasp very […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 21, 2015
“Lead by people of color, the First National Trans March of Resilience… in numerous cities across the nation… [is] a way to honor the strength and resilience of trans lives, specifically the lives of trans people of color…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, LGBT, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Alejandra Blaze, August Guang, black lives matter, Dominique Pistone, Julián Cancino, Monay McNeil, National Trans March of Resilience, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rita Hester, TDOR, Trans Lives Matter, Transgender Day of Remembrance | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 20, 2015
Many seniors and disabled passengers live on fixed incomes and will be negatively impacted by this rate increase. Though the state will provide rides for scheduled doctor’s visits, free rides will not be provided for shopping, visits with friends and relatives, or attending political rallies. Those stuck at home will face isolation and declining health outcomes.
Posted in Featured, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Transportation, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Gina Raimondo, Harold Metts, Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on November 19, 2015
Catherine Cool Rumsey, a former District 34 state senator who was defeated by embattled Sen Elaine Morgan in 2014, was “horrified” by Morgan’s infamous email besmirching Islam was “horrified” and said it solidified her intention to run against Morgan in 2016. “It does not represent the district,” she told me. “We need to represent our […]
Posted in Featured, National News, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged cool rumsey, district 34, elaine morgan, islam, muslim, refugee, refugee crisis, senate, state house, terrorism | 2 Responses
By RI Future on November 19, 2015
“Respectfully, when other public officials in the state are protesting efforts to welcome any Syrian refugees in Rhode Island by holding public rallies and calling for the internment of any refugees that do arrive here, this is anything but a non-issue.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, News, Politics, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Syria | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island, don anderson, Farid Ansari, Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, RI Council for Muslim Advancement, Sarah Mack, Steven Brown, Syrian refugees | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 19, 2015
Providence City Hall was electric with meetings being conducted behind closed doors. What happened in the Finance Committee room was theater, the real deals were all made out of sight. The Finance Committee meeting seemed meticulously planned so that when it started, it would fall like a string of dominoes in favor of moneyed interests and to the detriment of hotel workers.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Labor, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged Brett Smiley, Carmen Castillo, Fogarty Building, george nee, Gina Raimondo, John Igliozzi, josh miller, Kevin Jackson, Luis Aponte, Michael Sabitoni, Providence City Council Finance Committee, renaissance hotel, Sabina Matos, Tax Stabilization Agreement, Terrance Hassett, The Procaccianti Group, TPG, TSA | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 17, 2015
Afterwards, I spoke to people from both the Step-Up coalition and the East Side neighborhood. Everyone I talked to was stunned by the Mayor’s outrageous behavior.
One woman, a long time East Side resident, told me, “I was really disappointed by the Mayor’s response to her question. It made me think that he might have been lying about other things he said tonight. I mean, how can I trust anything he said?”
Posted in Activism, Featured, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged American Friends Service Committee, Cheryl Simmons, CSA, DARE, jorge elorza, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, Providence Community Safety Act, PrYSM, Step-Up Coalition, The People's Forum, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 16, 2015
Let’s show the world what it means to be a Rhode Islander, and a decent human being.
By Steve Ahlquist on November 16, 2015
“Senator Reed has championed the continued presence of a large military force in Afghanistan and essentially supports and promotes the endless ‘war on terror.’ Also, Reed’s position as ranking member of the Armed Services Committee would allow him, if he so chose, to guarantee a legitimate investigation of the bombing of the hospital in Kunduz and call for an independent one.”
By RI Future on November 14, 2015
As in previous years, students with disabilities and students of color served a disproportionate amount of these suspensions…
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Education, Featured, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Hillary Davis, Rhode Island Department of Education, Rhode Island General Assembly, school suspensions | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 13, 2015
A new low-power FM community radio station is planned for Providence early next Summer. How can you help?
Posted in Arts & Culture, Featured, Media, Music, News, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged 101.1, APB Radio, AS220, Brown Student and Community Radio, BSR, FCC, jared paul, José Ramirez, PCR, Providence Community Radio, Reza Clifton, Sonic Watermelons, Wesli Dymoke | 2 Responses
By RI Future on November 13, 2015
Hotel workers at the Providence Renaissance have voted in favor of joining UNITE HERE Local 217 today. Workers rallied after the votes were counted, demanding that The Procaccianti Group, the hotel’s owner, begin bargaining a contract in good faith.
By RI Future on November 12, 2015
At the meeting, Perreault, another female EMT/firefighter, and several male firefighters expressed concerns about women not getting fair treatment in the fire department. Three months later, she was summoned to a meeting with Fire District Chief Stuart Pearson where she was terminated. The only explanation that Pearson gave was that he believed she was unhappy working there.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Labor, News, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Harmony Fire District, Kimberly Perreault, Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, Sonja Deyoe, Steven Brown, Stuart Pearson | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 11, 2015
If Governor Raimondo is truly a pro-choice candidate, she has a strange way of showing it. No recent RI governor has been nearly as successful in stripping families of their reproductive rights.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Abortion, ADF, Alliance Defending Freedom, barth bracy, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Doe v. Burwell, Gina Raimondo, healthsource ri, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, RI Right to Life, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, United Healthcare | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 10, 2015
Some of the comments were dismissed as irrelevant with the phrase, “Expression of commenter’s view.” This phrase was repeated 27 times, in response, for instance, to Greg Gerritt saying, “Climate change is the crisis of our times” or Jesus Holguin saying, “This facility is not going to benefit us in any way. Something that would benefit us is [a] just transition away from fossil fuels.”
Posted in Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged aaron regunberg, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, fields point, Fields Point LNG Plant, fracking, greg gerritt, Jesus Holguin, Juan Pichardo, lng, Monay McNeil, Narragansett Electric Company, national grid, Nick Katkevich | 2 Responses