By Steve Ahlquist on October 27, 2016
“So f-cking recall me,” said Burrillville Town Councillor Donald Fox, then, turning to the Burrillville residents who had stopped to watch the argument, continued, “and that’s going for all you guys listening. Recall me. It’s okay.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Bargain Buyer, Burrillville High School, Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, DEM, Democratic Town Committee, Donald Fox, Invenergy, Jeremy Bailey | Leave a response
By Conservation Law Foundation on October 27, 2016
“There’s no question that nasty pollutants like nitrogen and phosphorus, the precursors to toxic algae blooms, are constantly flowing from industrial campuses and commercial shopping centers into nearby waterways, yet EPA has sat on its hands rather than take the legally-required steps to address this rampant contamination.”
Posted in Climate Change, corporate greed, Environment, Featured, News, Rhode Island, wildlife | Tagged Bailey’s Brook, Clean Water Act, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, DEM, EPA, Mashapaug Pond, Max Greene, Narragansett Bay, North Easton Pond, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Sakonnet River, United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, US Environmental Protection Agency | Leave a response
By ACLU of RI on October 27, 2016
The ACLU of Rhode Island has long called on the R.I. Vehicle Value Commission to stop using this unrealistic vehicle valuation to determine car taxes and to also adopt a meaningful appeals process for Rhode Island car owners, and this year’s testimony does the same.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Featured, Inequality, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association, Rhode Island Vehicle Value Commission, Vehicle Value Commission | 2 Responses
By Spencer Grassie on October 26, 2016
Please join me in giving a round of applause to Mayor Elorza and the Providence Department of Planning and Development for their hard work and due diligence every step of the way during the 6/10 Connector’s community engagement process. The city has been extremely transparent and open, taking the public’s input into consideration while drafting […]
Posted in cities and towns, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Infrastructure, Providence, Rhode Island, Transportation | Tagged 6/10 connector, City of Providence, Governor Raimondo, Mayor Elorza, olneyville, providence college, Providence Department of Planning and Development, ridot, Spencer Grassie | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on October 18, 2016
There are two University of Rhode Island projects that would benefit if voters pass Question 4 on the statewide ballot this November. One is a $25.5 million upgrade to Bliss Hall, a prominent classroom building on the Quadrangle at the center of campus that was built in 1929, and “hasn’t really been renovated since then,” […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 17, 2016
Think of it as the “Deepwater Wind” of health care: Innovation, starting in Rhode Island, that could be a model for the world. That’s how revolutionary the concept of the Neighborhood Health Station could be, and the first one is being rolled out in Central Falls.
Posted in Central Falls, Featured, Health Care, News, Rhode Island, Social Services, Video | Tagged Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Brown University, BVCHC, Central Falls, Central Falls High School, David Cicilline, james diossa, Medicare for All, Michael Fine, Neighborhood Health Station, pablo rodriguez, Rhode Island Department of Health, RIDOH, single payer | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 15, 2016
Three business owners, Rosinha Benros, Phyllis Arffa and John Arcaro, spoke at the protest, and their stories are troubling. Each claim that their businesses were destroyed by the actions of their landlord, Lance Robbins.
Posted in Activism, corporate greed, Economic Development, Featured, News, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged David Coughlin, David Norton, Hope Artiste Village, John Arcaro, Lance Robbins, Lori Barden, Phyllis Arffa, R.I. Commerce Corporation, Rebuild RI, Rosinha Benros, Urban Smart Growth | 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 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 Steve Ahlquist on October 6, 2016
46 percent of Catholic likely voters support Clinton, while 40 percent support Trump.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Race & Racism, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, White House, Women, Youth | Tagged Bishop Tobin, Catholics for Choice, donald trump, hillary clinton, Jon O’Brien, Mike Pence, tim kaine | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 6, 2016
“At breakfast this morning my nine year old, out of the blue, said, ‘Mom, what are you doing about climate change?’” said Governor Gina Raimondo at a press event in the offices of Newport Solar on Monday…
Posted in Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged ACEEE, American Council on Energy‐Efficient Economy, Bill McKibben, Block Island wind farm, Carol Grant, climate change, Deepwater Wind, fields point, Gina Raimondo, Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition, Invenergy, Marion Gold, Michael Polsky, Michael Ryan, National Energy Awareness Month, national grid, Newport Solar, OER, Office of Energy Resources, rush limbaugh, spectra, State Energy Efficiency Scorecard | Leave a response
In message to Rhode Island, Bill McKibben praises and undercuts Sheldon Whitehouse on climate change
By Steve Ahlquist on October 5, 2016
“Five to ten years ago we thought the transition was going to be from coal, to natural gas as some sort of bridge fuel, onto renewables,” said 350.org’s Bill McKibben in a message to Rhode Island, “and now, sadly, we realize we can’t do that in good faith, because natural gas turns out not to work that way, as a bridge fuel.”
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, News, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben, carbon tax, ExxonMobile, fdr, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, greg gerritt, ISO NE, meg curran, NEPOOL, New Republic, ProsperityforRI.com, Public Utilities Commission, Rhode Island Convention Center, Rhode Island Energy & Environmental Leaders Day, RIPUC, Sheldon Whitehouse, The End of Nature | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on September 30, 2016
How many Rhode Island inmates are put in solitary confinement? Why are they there? How long do they stay? “And what do they actually look like,” asked Providence Rep. Aaron Regunberg, chair of a new state commission that will answer these and other important questions about the use of solitary confinement at the ACI.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, Prison Reform, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, ACI, Adult Correctional Institutions, at wall, Meg Clingham, Office of Mental Health Advocate, Rhode Island Brotherhood of Corrections Officers, Richard Ferruccio | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 29, 2016
The Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission today ruled against Conservation Law Foundation’s motion to dismiss National Grid’s proposed pipeline tariff and instead issued an indefinite stay.
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged ANE pipeline, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, Food and Water Watch, fossil free ri, Herbert DeSimone Jr, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, meg curran, Megan Herzog, national grid, NOLNGinPVD, People’s Power and Light, Priscilla De La Cruz, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, RI Sierra Club, RIPUC, The FANG Collective, Toxics Action Center | 1 Response
By Will Collette on September 28, 2016
I spoke to Seth this afternoon about his new plan for the pension funds which was unanimously approved today by the State Investment Commission.
Posted in corporate greed, Featured, News, Pension Solvency and Security, Pensions, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged General Treasurer, hedge funds, infra, investment, pension, seth magaziner, State Investment Commission, state pension fund | Leave a 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 Steve Ahlquist on September 22, 2016
The Energy Facilities Siting Board public hearing in Warwick Wednesday evening was filled with almost philosophical reflection, with many speakers commenting with a battle weary determination and steely resolve.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Rhode Island | Tagged 38 Studios, Ben Weilerstein, Betty Mancucci, Burrillville Land Trust, Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, Cynthia Crook-Pick, David Brunetti, Denise Potvin, Donna Woods, Doug Geblinske, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Eugenia Marks, Gina Raimondo, Greg Mancini, Harrisville Water Board, Herbert DeSimone Jr, Invenergy, Irene Watson, Jason Olkowski, Jeremy Bailey, John Anthony Scott, John McMullen, Karen Palmer, Kathryn Scaramella, Kenneth Putnam Jr, Kerri Fagan, Lisa Petrie, Lorraine Savard, Lynn Clark, Mary Gauvin, Mary Jane Bailey, Meg Kerr, Ocean State Power Plant, Paul Roselli, Rhoda Northup, Rhode Island Department of Enviornmental Management, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, RI Audubon Society, Richard Dionne, Richard Sinapi, RIDEM, RIPUC, Roy Coloumbe, Sally Mendzela, Sheldon Whitehouse, Stephanie Sloman, Suzanne Dumas, TEC-RI, Toxic Action Center, Vito Buonomano | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 19, 2016
The Conservation Law Foundation’s (CLF) senior attorney Jerry Elmer filed a Motion to Dismiss today with the Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) in the case of Invenergy’s $700 fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant planned for Burrillville.
Posted in cities and towns, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island | Tagged burrillville, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Jerry Elmer | 6 Responses
By Peter Nightingale on September 18, 2016
This marks the fifth year since Andrew Winters was disappeared from URI. Yiddish scores much higher on the scale of colorful curses than American English and, growing up, I occasionally heard the curse “yemach shemoy—may his name be erased!” That is exactly what happened to Andrew Winters at URI: his name and memory have been […]
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