By Steve Ahlquist on May 20, 2017
“This report pulls together data that have been highlighted by different sources and community members over the years to provide a full picture of how Black Rhode Islanders are faring in the Ocean State,” said Rachel Flum, Executive Director of the Economic Progress Institute (EPI).
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Justice, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged DARE, direct action for rights and equality, DOC, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Great Recession, jobs with justice, Justice Gaines, NAACP Providence, NAEP, National Assessment of Educational Progress, Opportunities Industrialization Center, Progreso Latino, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rachel Flum, Racial Justice Coalition of Rhode Island, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Department of Corrections, The State of Black Families in Rhode Island 2015, The State of Working Rhode Island Workers of Color | Leave a response
By Nicole Cordier on May 18, 2017
The Department of Human Services showed virtually no improvement in April in the timely processing of SNAP (food stamp) applications, including for people the Department acknowledges were entitled to emergency relief.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Disability Services, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Infrastructure, Poverty, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House | Tagged ACLU, ACLU of Rhode Island, Department of Human Services, DHS, Gina Raimondo, lynette labinger, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, NCLEJ, SNAP, UHIP | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 17, 2017
“When working people or their family members get sick, they are forced to decide whether they can afford to lose a day’s pay to get the care they need. As the owner of a business where food is served, I don’t want my employees to have to be in that position. I also don’t want them to come in sick when they are handling food, and I know my customers don’t want that, either.”
Posted in Business, Connecticut, Domestic Violence, Economics, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Labor, Massachusetts, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Vermont, Women | Tagged AARP, Bryan Rinebolt, Chrissy Tek, District 1199 SEIU New England, Doug Hall, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, fuerza laboral, Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, Hudson Street Deli, Institute for Women’s Policy and Research, Interview Connections, Jason Chooporian, Jessica Rhodes, jobs with justice, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Rhode Island Center for Justice, Rhode Island Chapter of the National Organization for Women, Rhode Island Earned Sick Days Campaign, Rhode Island Working Families, RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence, RI SEIU State Council, SEIU 32BJ-District 615, Susan Council, Teamsters Local 251, Unite Here Local 26, United Nurses and Allied Professionals, Women's Fund of RI. | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 16, 2017
The project will cost $83 million. It will be financed as a public/private partnership. The PawSox will invest $45 million, the State $23 million, and the City of Pawtucket will invest $15 million.
Posted in Business, Corporate Greed, Featured, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Ballpark at Slater Mill, Blackstone River Valley National Historic Park, Fenway Park, Pawtucket PawSox, Pawtucket Red Sox Baseball Club, Prospect Development Group, public/private partnership, Slater Mill | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 15, 2017
“We have an unpredictable president. Every day, every week he seems to do something that we never thought, never imagined he would do. We imagine that he will do everything he can to get a Supreme Court that will undo he Roe v Wade rights that we have treasured since 1973.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, National News, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged donald trump, Edie Ajello, gayle goldin, Girls Rock! Rhode Island, Our Voice Our Choice art-in, Reproductive Health Care Act of 2017, RI Right to Life, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Shimmy Mob What Cheer! Band, The Woman Project HQ | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 15, 2017
Friday evening’s Emergency Rally to Demand an Independent Investigation brought dozens of people concerned about the connections between President Donald Trump and his campaign’s ties to Russia out to Burnside Park in Providence Friday afternoon. Those in attendance demanded that Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse “refuse to give unanimous consent on any […]
Posted in Activism, Congress, Elections, Events, Featured, International News, National News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Burnside Park, donald trump, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Indivisible RI, jack reed, Jane Tucker, Randall Rose, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island Working Families Party, Sheldon Whitehouse | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 15, 2017
Judging from the questions asked at US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse‘s “Saturday with Sheldon” event, healthcare is on the minds of a good portion of his constituents. About 85 people came out to see the Senator and ask difficult questions about the future of Rhode Island under President Donald Trump. Whitehouse was at times optimistic, for […]
Posted in Congress, Featured, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Ana Quezada, donald trump, Harold Metts, J Mark Ryan, James Comey, James Cowan, Jeff Sessions, Medicare, Michael Pence, Physicians for a National Health Program, public option, Rand Paul, sanctuary, Sheldon Whitehouse, single payer | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 12, 2017
News broke today that the Connecticut Siting Council voted to deny NTE Energy’s application for a 550-megawatt power plant proposed for Killingly, which shares a border with Burrillville, Rhode Island…
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Connecticut, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Massachusetts, National News, Rhode Island | Tagged CLF, Connecticut Siting Council, Conservation Law Foundation, CT Siting Council, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Forward Capacity Auction, Invenergy, ISO-New England, John Penney, Killingly CT, Killingly Energy Center, Lake Road Generating Facility, Max Greene, Medway MA, Norwich Bulletin, NTE Energy | 2 Responses
By Nicole Cordier on May 12, 2017
“I am speaking out for women who have been shamed, degraded, harassed, or otherwise prevented from nurturing their children by breastfeeding,” said Elizabeth Gooding. “I encourage women who face breastfeeding discrimination not to be silenced but to raise your voice.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Hopkinton, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Westerly, Women, Youth | Tagged ACLU of RI, Elizabeth Gooding, H. Jefferson Melish, Maureen Fitzgerald, Ocean Community YMCA, Rhode Island Superior Court | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 11, 2017
“I want to go to college, but low-income students like me have to rely on student loans that don’t even cover the full price,” said Jayleen Salcedo, a senior at Classical High School and a member of the Providence Student Union (PSU).
Posted in Activism, Education, Featured, Inequality, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AFT, arole Marshall, blackstone academy, Classical High School, Community College of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, Jayleen Salcedo, providence public schools, providence student union, psu, Quenby Hughes, Rhode Island College, Rhode Island Promise, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Rhode Island State House, ric, RIC Adjuncts Union, RIC Professional Staff Association, RIC/AFT Faculty Union, university of rhode island, URI, Young Voices | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 10, 2017
“The Rhode Island Department of Health does not have any documents responsive to your request.”
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Infrastructure, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, Allens Avenue, apra, DEM, DOH, Jenna McIntyre, Joseph Wendelken, Kate Aubin, Monica Huertas, No LNG in PVD, PCBs, puc, Raymond Meunir, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, Rhode Island Sierra Club, Tim Faulkner | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 4, 2017
“We shouldn’t have to live in a world where workers do their part and get cheated out of their wages,” said Michael Holmes, business representative of Local 94.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Labor, New Hampshire, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Alvaro Gonzales, Comfort Inn, fuerza laboral, Hampton Inn, Michael Holmes, NERCC, New England Regional Council of of Carpenters Local 94, Raul Figueroa, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, RI DLT, Ronald Castro, Vayo Drywall | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 2, 2017
“For five hours today, we actually did create a new world where food was free,” said Michael Araujo at the end of the day, “We shared each others company equally, safely and beautifully. Children were able to play without any fear. And everyone lifted each other up throughout this entire process.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, Holidays, Justice, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged afsc, BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Community Safety Act, CSA, DARE, Diocese of Providence, Direct Action or Rights and Equality, Environmental Justice League of RI, FANG Collective, green party, May Day March and Rally, Michael Araujo, No LNG in PVD Coalition, Our Revolution-RI, Providence City Council, Providence City Council Ordinance Committee, Providence City Hall, Providence Public School Department, RAGE, Resistance and Action for Gender Equity, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI Department of Education, Socialist Alternative, Standing Up for Racial Justice, SURJ, Textron, Thomas Tobin, US District Court of RI | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 1, 2017
“Women should run because they need to hear our voices at the the table,” replied A’shanti Gholer of Emerge America, “There are 520,000 elected offices in this country, women constitute less than a third of them. We want to make sure all voices are heard so women can see what we can do when we’re elected in a community to fix it.”
Posted in Arkansas, Bristol, California, Cumberland, Elections, Featured, Inequality, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, National News, Newport, News, North Providence, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, South Kingstown, State House, Virginia, Warwick, Washington, West Virginia, Women | Tagged A'shanti Gholer, Dawn Euer, donald trump, Donna Personeus, Emerge America, Emerge RI, hillary clinton, Jill Barkley, Lippitt House Museum, Moira Walsh, muslim, Rhode Island National Organization for Women, RI NOW, Somali, Tracey LeBeau, Women's March | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 29, 2017
“Donald Trump is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Indigenous Americans, Inequality, Infrastructure, LGBTQ, Massachusetts, National News, Newport, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Washington DC, Water | Tagged aaron regunberg, Adnan Adrian Wood-Smith, Brown University, citizens bank, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, donald trump, Elizabeth Hoover, General Assembly, islam, Kaylynn Polley, Lincoln School, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Michael Araujo, Mother Earth, People's Climate March, People’s Power and Light, Phoebe Roberts, Priscilla De La Cruz, Rhode Island State House, Rhode Island Student Climate Coalition, RI Jobs with Justice, Timmons Roberts, university of rhode island | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 25, 2017
The Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI) and its president, Jerry Elmer, celebrated Earth Day at the State House today with their annual lobby day. Over the course of a short presentation Elmer outlined the four bills that will be the legislative priorities of ECRI. ECRI also invited Governor Gina Raimondo, Senator Josh Miller and […]
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Deborah Ruggiero, Earth Day, ECRI, EnergizeRI Act, Energy Facility Siting Act, Energy Facility Siting Board, Environment Council of Rhode Island, ESFB, Gina Raimondo, Green Building Act Amendments, Green Buildings Act, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, josh miller, REG, Renewable Energy Growth, Renewable Energy Growth Program Extension | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 25, 2017
The Rhode Island Coalition for Reproductive Justice gathered to voice their support for the Reproductive Health Care Act, a bill that would protect safe and legal abortion in Rhode Island.
Posted in Civil Rights, Domestic Violence, Featured, Health Care, News, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged ACLU, ACOG, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Catholics for Choice, Deborah DeBare, donald trump, Eugene Dyszlewski, General Assembly, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Healthy and the Safe Families and Workplaces Act, Humanists of Rhode Island, Jane Koster, League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, linda finn, NARAL, National Council of Jewish Women, Pew Research Center, Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island, Rebecca Kislak, Reproductive Health Care Act, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, Rhode Island Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Rhode Island National Organization for Women, Rhode Island Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Rhode Island Working Families, RI NOW, RICRJ, Roe. v. Wade, Steven Brown, US Supreme Court, Women's Fund of Rhode Island, Women’s Health and Education Fund of Rhode Island | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 24, 2017
The first Planned Parenthood health center opened in Providence in 1932 and has proudly served the women and families of Rhode Island for more than 80 years.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Photos, Providence, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Danna Freedman-Shara, Mary Bawza, National Organization for Women, now, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, PPSNE, Rebecca Kislak | 1 Response