By Steve Ahlquist on July 12, 2016
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Representative Ted Lieu are sponsoring a resolution in Congress calling out fossil fuel companies for their “sophisticated and deceitful campaign” to deny climate science.
Posted in Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged Bradley Campbell, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, ExxonMobil, Sheldon Whitehouse, Ted Lieu | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 12, 2016
Business and labor concerns are collaborating in an astroturfing campaign meant to call into question the viability of renewable energy sources, promote the continued use of fossil fuels, especially LNG, and to specifically oppose carbon tax legislation.
Posted in Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged AFPM, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, astroturfing, Citgo, Energy4US, ExxonMobil, Koch Industries, Michael Sabitoni, Paul Hartman, Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council, RI Carbon Tax, Sheldon Whitehouse | 1 Response
By FANG Collective on July 11, 2016
“The three day, 23 mile march, will coincide with Governor Gina Raimondo’s July 18th open meeting in Burrillville where she will discuss Invenergy’s proposed power plant with residents.” Full schedule included.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Burrillville High School, FANG Collective, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Kathy Martley, MTBE, Nick Katkevich, Senate Judiciary Committee, Sherrie Anne Andre | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 10, 2016
“The 2nd line can be seen as just a parade but it is a deeply powerful and solemn expression of homecoming and love.”
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Alton Sterling, black lives matter, Philando Castile | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 9, 2016
No press conferences were planned for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. It took the death of police officers to do that. That alone signals our priorities as a culture.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Inequality, National News, News, Photos, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Alton Sterling, Donald Anderson, Eugene Dyszlewski, Gina Raimondo, jack reed, jim vincent, kobi dennis, Moira Walsh, Philando Castile, Sheldon Whitehouse, Steven O'Donnell, Steven Pare | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 7, 2016
Robert J. Sylvia, chair of the Middletown Democratic Town Committee and sitting president of the Middletown Town Council said, “I want you to immediately withdraw your endorsement and honor the Middletown and Portsmouth committee endorsements of Linda Finn. I personally will not accept anything less.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Democrats, Elections, Featured, News, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged James J Cawley, Joseph McNamara, Len Katzmann, linda finn, Middletown Democratic Town Committee, Portsmouth Democratic Town Committee, Rhode Island State Democratic Party, Robert J. Sylvia | 1 Response
By Meghan Kallman on July 5, 2016
If our goal is to ultimately have safer, healthier communities that benefit everyone, then we would do well to celebrate, rather than shame, the success stories. Congratulations, Sal. Benny’s, I applaud your inclusivity. You have my business.
By Steve Ahlquist on July 5, 2016
Opposition to Invenergy’s proposed $700 million fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant, planned for Burrillville, dominated the 90th annual Ancients & Horribles Parade in neighboring Glocester on the 4th.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Ancients & Horribles Parade, Confederate Flag, Dancing Cop, donald trump, Gina Raimondo, goldman sachs, Invenergy, jack reed, James Langevin, Sheldon Whitehouse, Tony Lepore, Tracey Potvin Keegan | 4 Responses
By Lauren Niedel on July 3, 2016
Glocester, a small town nestled in the woods of northwest Rhode Island and mostly ignored by all political candidates, the General Assembly and the rest of the state’s population except maybe around the 4th of July for our irreverent Ancients and Horribles Parade. So much of what is good about Glocester shows itself every July 4th.
By Steve Ahlquist on July 1, 2016
“I know here, in your own State House,” said Watts, “you have a speaker, Speaker Mattiello, who has not acted in the wake of gun violence in this country and in fact there have been some domestic violence bills that could have and should have been passed and we hope that he will do the right thing.”
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Featured, Gun Control, National News, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged David Cicilline, moms demand action, Nicholas Mattiello, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Shannon Watts, Under the Gun | Leave a response
By Mark Binder on June 30, 2016
Every year the General Assembly rolls out some boneheaded decisions that we get to live with. This year “The Most Powerful Politician in the State” lost control of the wheel, declaring that the General Assembly had reached a “point of no return” and had to stay up all night blindly passing bills.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 29, 2016
Jeremy Bailey, one of the most vocal and visible leaders in the battle against Invenergy’s plans to build a $700 million fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant in Burrillville, has announced his candidacy for a position on the Burrillville Town Council in a Facebook post this morning. Bailey is running as a Democrat.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 28, 2016
Regardless of the ruling in his case, Lisa Scorpio feels Rep Carnevale’s time has passed, “We need new voices at the State House. We need representatives who aren’t so weighed down by controversy.”
By Steve Ahlquist on June 27, 2016
“This year, Rhode Islanders will make it known at the polls that anti-abortion politicians have no place in the Rhode Island State House,” said Craig O’Connor, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, Rhode Island with Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, National News, News, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, ACOG, All Saints Memorial Church, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Anthony Kennedy, Craig O’Connor, David A. Ames, Elena Kagan, General Assembly, Jennifer Villavicencio, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood Action Fund Clergy Advocacy Board, Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island, Roe. v. Wade, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Steven Breyer, Steven Brown, The Guttmacher Institute, United States Supreme Court, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 27, 2016
Clean Water Action seems to have a process to endorse candidates, but their endorsements lack any teeth when it comes to holding elected officials accountable.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Climate Change, Elections, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island | Tagged Clean Water Action, Gina Raimondo, Johnathan Berard, RI Sierra Club, Steven Archambault, william conley | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 27, 2016
“in any event,” says Jerry Elmer, senior attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation, “if Invenergy sold out of its CSO, the Town of Burrillville would have no liability for the CSO.”
Posted in cities and towns, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, Capacity Commitment Period 10, Capacity Supply Obligation, CCP-10, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, CSO, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, FA, FCA, FCA 10, Financial Assurance, Forward Capacity Auction, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, ISO NE, Jerry Elmer, Kimberly Briquette Brown, Michael McElroy, Reconfiguration Auctions | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 26, 2016
Rhode Island’s founder, Roger Williams, was a refugee from Massachusetts seeking freedom and safety in our state. Bah said that welcoming refugees is a Rhode island tradition that must be protected.
Posted in Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Holidays, Immigration, International News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, James Langevin, Nellie Gorbea, Omar Bah, Refugee Dream Center, Roger Williams, World Refugee Day | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2016
Rhode Island must raise the minimum wage to $15.
Rhode Island must implement single-payer universal health insurance for all residents.
By Aaron Regunberg on June 23, 2016
By expanding net metering to include off-site generation and community solar projects, we can ensure that every family has an opportunity to access the benefits of cheap and stable renewable energy, whether or not their direct premises are suitable for a solar or wind system.
Posted in Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged General Assembly, net metering, Rhode Island’s 2016 Clean Energy Industry Report | Leave a response
By Mike Araujo on June 23, 2016
“While more work needs to be done to address the growing problem of wage theft, this bill provides an important tool for Rhode Island workers,” says Robert McCreanor, executive director of the Rhode Island Center for Justice.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Labor, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Donna Nesslebush, Economic Progress Institute, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, General Assembly, Jeremy Rix, Joe Shekarchi, Lidia Jimenez, Rhode Island Center for Justice, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI Department of Labor and Training, RIAFL-CIO, Robert McCreanor, Scott Jensen, wage theft | Leave a response