By Elisha Aldrich on August 13, 2015
Nelson Silva, the owner of Graphic Ink, a screen-printing and embroidery shop in East Providence, likes to joke that he normally works half days- 6 am to 6 pm. That’s what he told Governor Gina Raimondo Wednesday afternoon when she toured Graphic Ink in an effort to spread information about her different economic initiatives, and […]
Posted in Business & Tech, Economy, Rhode Island | Tagged Business, commerce, commerce corporation, east providence, Economy, Gina Raimondo, Governor Gina Raimondo, Graphic Ink, Jobs, Nelson Silva, small business | 2 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on August 12, 2015
Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Richard Licht refused to dismiss a case in which a University of Rhode Island graduate student alleged that she was denied employment due to her status as a medical marijuana user. The case, which was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in November of 2014, concerns URI grad student […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, marijuana reform, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU, Carly Beauvais Iafrate, Christine Callaghan, Marijuana, Medical Marijuana, RI ACLU, RI Superior Court, Richard Licht | 6 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on August 11, 2015
Last week, Governor Gina Raimondo and SEIU District 1199 New England reached an agreement concerning family childcare providers that are part of the state’s Child Care Assistance Program. This agreement was made in part due to legislation from 2013, which established collective bargaining rights for family childcare providers. The SEIU unanimously approved the two-year agreement. […]
Posted in Economy, Health Care, Labor, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged 1199 SEIU RI, CCAP, Child Care, Child Care Assistant Program, Children, early education, Education, Gina Raimondo, Patrick Quinn, seiu, SEIU District 1199NE | 2 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on August 7, 2015
As Americans celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act Thursday, Governor Gina Raimondo and Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea observed the historic Act’s passing in their own way – by signing into law legislation that will update Rhode Island’s voting equipment for the first time in 20 years. Bills S999 and H6312, sponsored […]
Posted in Elections, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged board of elections, Cynthia Coyne, equipment, Gina Raimondo, infrastructure, john marion, Kathleen Fogarty, Nellie Gorbea, technology, Voting, women | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on August 6, 2015
There has been great talk of late centered around the protests against the stadium. I want to offer a few ideas here about the strategy being offered in Providence by those who are adamant that the parcel of land remain designated as an open space green park. First, it is important to begin with where […]
By RI Future on August 5, 2015
Further investigation is warranted, the letter argued, because “the public deserves to know whether the improper actions so thoroughly documented in this report were, somewhat incredibly, the only such abuses to take place, or whether there were other unknown victims of these violations of the public trust.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Elections, Featured, National News, News, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged Alan Fung, Cranston City Council, Cranston Police Department, Marco Palombo, Rhode Island State Police, riaclu, Steven Brown, TicketGate | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on August 5, 2015
The plant, called the Clear River Energy Center, would utilize fracking to generate energy with natural gas. Fracking is a process that involves drilling into the earth, and then shooting a high-pressure water mixture at the rock to release the natural gas inside… the process uses huge amounts of water that must be transported to the site. Second, many worry that dangerous chemicals used in the process may contaminate groundwater around the site. There are also concerns that fracking causes small earthquakes.
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, Economy, Environment, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Burriville, clean energy, Clear River Energy Center, Environment, fang, fossil free rhode island, fracking, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Renewable Energy, Rhode Island Sierra Club, Robert Malin, sierra club, Stephen Dahl | 14 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 3, 2015
“Fracking is disastrous,” says Robert Pollin, professor of economics at UMass Amherst, “burning natural gas means we will never hit the goal” necessary to avert global climate catastrophe. On the other hand, “Building a Green Economy is good for jobs.”
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Economy, Environment, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged burrillville, Center for Popular Economics' 2015 Summer Institute, green jobs, natural gas, Robert Pollin, Scott DePasquale | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 31, 2015
The rally was also just two miles from the Massachusetts border, where home care workers recently won a minimum wage of $15 to be phased in over the next few years. Rhode Island does not pay nearly as much.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Health Care, Labor, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged ARC of Blackstone Valley, david bennett, Genesis Health Care, Mary Duffy Messier, Medicaid, Medicare, NEARI, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI AFL-CIO, Scott Slater, SEIU 1199 New England, Teamsters Local 251, UFCW, UNAP, Unite Here Local 217 | 2 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on July 30, 2015
State Representative Marvin L. Abney (D- District 73) has been chosen to become one of the Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellows for 2015. The Toll Fellowship is a leadership development program, named for the founder of CSG, Henry Walcott Toll. Each year, the program selects 48 officials from all three branches of government, […]
By Elisha Aldrich on July 30, 2015
Only a few days after the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rhode Island instituted a new law that will allow families of children with disabilities to create a tax-free investment account to help financially support them when they reach adulthood. Governor Gina Raimondo signed the “Achieving a Better Life Experience,” or ABLE […]
Posted in Economy, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged ABLE Act, adam satchell, Americans with Disabilities Act, Cornerstone School, disability, disabled, Gina Raimondo, investment, Robert Nardolillo, savings, seth magaziner, west warwick | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on July 29, 2015
If you thought that riding RIPTA, or receiving food benefits was difficult, imagine trying to do it with a disability. That’s what was talked about Tuesday afternoon when the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities held a public forum at the Warwick Public Library, where those in the disabled community could voice their concerns about accessibility across […]
Posted in Activism, News, Rhode Island, Transportation | Tagged Barbara Henry, blind, disability, disabled, Discrimination, Gina Raimondo, Governor's Commission on Disabilities, healthcare, impaired, kennedy plaza, Kristin Clark, Raffi Jansezian, Rhode Island Housing, RIPTA, section 8, Warwick Public Library | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2015
It was by far the biggest meeting I had ever seen at Rochambeau Library, and bigger than any crowd I have seen at any of the PawSox listening tours. The crowd filled the room and overflowed into the halls. About 125 people attended the Providence Campaign Against the Stadium organizational meeting in Providence Monday night to recruit help in defeating the building of a new PawSox stadium in Providence.
Posted in Activism, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State House | Tagged arlene violet, Charles Steinberg, Dan Rea, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Jeff White, jorge elorza, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, Providence Campaign Against the Stadium, Providence City Counci, Sam Bell, Sharon Steele, Suzanne Mark, Sydney McKenna, teresa paiva weed, Tim Empke | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 27, 2015
Sister Ann Keefe “was not a saint, she was better than that. She was human,” said her sister Kathy Keefe to an impressive crowd of 200 people at the newly christened Sister Ann Keefe Post Office at 820 Elmwood in Providence.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Education, Events, Featured, International News, Labor, Music, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Elijah Matthews, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, James Langevin, Kathy Keefe, Mary Blanchet, Pamela Matthews, Sister Ann, Sister Ann Keefe Post Office, Victoria Matthews, ¡City Arts!, ¡City Arts! Bucket Drummers | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 25, 2015
Solidarity, like a chain, is only as strong as it’s weakest link.
Posted in corporate greed, Economy, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged george nee, Michael Sabitoni, Providence City Hall, Providence Hilton Hotel, Providence Renaissance Hotel, RI AFL-CIO, RI Laborers' District Council, The Procaccianti Group, TPG, Unite Here Local 217 | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 24, 2015
Most of the speakers wondered how the Governor could justify a pay increase given that she has made big moves in the course of her political career to cut both public sector employee pensions and Medicaid. As for the idea that such pay increases are necessary to attract the talent the job positions require, Todd Sandahl pointed out that these jobs are already filled.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Pensions, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Gina Raimondo, Jon Duffy, Jonathan Wormer, Kevin Loontjens, Office of Management and Budget, Suzanne Reilly, Todd Sandahl | 7 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on July 24, 2015
Congressman David Cicilline (D- RI) announced historic legislation to expand upon the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and provide protections for the LGBT community in several areas, including public accommodations, housing, employment, federal funding, education, credit, and jury service. Announced in Washington, D.C., the bill, known as the Equality Act, has been introduced in both […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Congress, Featured, LGBT, News, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged bisexual, center for american progress, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Cory Booker, David Cicilline, Elisha Aldrich, Equality Act, gay, Human Rights Campaign, lesbian, LGBT, National Center for Transgender Equality, Steny Hoyer, Tammy Baldwin, transgender | 1 Response
By RI Future on July 23, 2015
Danilo Saccoccio, an Italian national who received his green card in November, is married to an American citizen and has two children who are also American citizens. When he sought to turn in his Italian driver’s license for a Rhode Island one, he was advised he was entitled to no language accommodations to take the test even though it is offered in two languages other than English.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, International News, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged Civil Rights Act of 1964, Danilo Saccoccio, DOJ, Jennifer Doucleff, LEP, limited English proficiency, Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles, RI ACLU, RI DMV, Steven Brown, U.S. Department of Justice | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 23, 2015
The suit Dr. Jason Heap filed states that Heap’s “qualifications and experience far exceed the standards articulated by the Navy for accepting applicants [for military chaplaincies]… The Navy denied his application because of his Humanist beliefs.” According to the lawsuit, the Navy “does not consider Humanism to be a religion.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Defense, Featured, International News, National News, News, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Department of Defense, Humanists of Rhode Island, Jason Heap, pope francis, Rhode Island Coalition of Reason, RICoR, Roger Williams, The Bloudy Tenet of Persecution, Touro Synagogue, US Navy | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 22, 2015
The two party system is the problem, said James Patin of Worcester Socialist Alternative, and no one candidate, not Sawant, not Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, and not even socialist-independent turned Democrat Bernie Sanders is going to be able to challenge the system in a meaningful way by themselves.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Elections, Events, International News, Labor, National News, News, Politics, Republicans, Rhode Island | Tagged Alex Rothfelder, Bernie Sanders, columbus day, Democratic Party, green party, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, James Patin, jill stein, Kshama Sawant, Socialist Alternative, Worcester Socialist Alternative | Leave a response