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
By Bob Plain on November 7, 2015
My kudos on A Lively Experiment this weekend went to the Providence Journal for its great Race in RI series. “I think they are doing Pulitzer grade work,” I said. We also discussed tolling truckers to fix roads and bridges, the potential for a mass officer retirement at the Providence Police Department (about which I […]
By RI Future on November 5, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today announced the settlement of a federal lawsuit on behalf of Jason Cook, an ACI inmate who, the suit alleged, was the victim of retaliation by prison officials for publicly criticizing RI Department of Corrections’ (DOC) mail policies and seeking legal assistance from the ACLU.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged ACI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, DeLuca & Weizenbaum, DOC, first amendment, Jason Cook, Ltd., RI ACLU, RI Department of Corrections, Shad Miller, William Smith | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 3, 2015
A table set up in Kennedy Plaza to distribute needed supplies to the homeless sat empty for over five hours Tuesday morning because the police claimed that not having a permit, or being affiliated with a religious group, made such charity illegal.
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Occupy, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Artemis, Bikers United Disaster Relief Teams, kennedy plaza, Occupy Providence, Steven Pare | 5 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on November 3, 2015
It is called the oldest line of work in the world and yet it is consistently denied legitimacy. But here in Rhode Island, where prostitution was legal from 1980 until 2009, some local sex workers are re-asserting their agency by organizing a labor union. “You see women get raped, you see women get murdered,” said […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 2, 2015
A “black police officer of high rank is non-existent on the current police force,” says community organizer Kobi Dennis. The demonstrators are asking Mayor Jorge Elorza to appoint a veteran black police officer to the rank of major.
Posted in Activism, Criminal Justice, Featured, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged black lives matter, Black Major Movement, Extraordinary Rendition Band, jorge elorza, kobi dennis, Luis Aponte, Mary Kay Harris, Providence City Hall, wilbur jennings | 1 Response
By Greg Matos on November 2, 2015
Over the past two weeks, this series has laid out a case for why Rhode Island is in the business of empowering veterans and what the future of state-level veterans affairs can be. But a discussion about veterans can’t occur in a media vacuum and it’s impossible to ignore sizzling headlines about the VA and […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 31, 2015
In our early morning wage theft action today, former Café Atlantic restaurant owner Juan Noboa physically assaulted one of the worker leaders, Flor Salazar, with a bat, hitting her three times in the arm and shoulder but aiming for her head…
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Labor, News, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Cafe Atlantic, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, Jose bren, Juan Noboa, Phoebe Gardener, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training | 10 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 30, 2015
Though the board’s ruling came as a relief to many, to some it will have little effect. Anna told me that she has spent money she might have used to reinstate her gas heat to purchase electric space heaters. In order to have the money back on her debit card in time, she will have to return the space heaters today, wait for the money to be back on her card early next week, and make her payment then. This means that she and her children will be in a house with no heat all weekend.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Energy, Featured, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Camilo Viveiros, George Wiley Center, Gina Raimondo, Herbert F DeSimone Jr, Margaret Curran, national grid, Paul J Roberti, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, RIPUC | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 30, 2015
I watched as people came to the table, lured by the promise of free candy, only to be asked to write something and post it for everyone to see. It really seemed to capture people’s imaginations. One woman, Grefe told me, said that her mother had passed away ten years ago on this date. Another simply remembered a year the Patriots won the Superbowl. My mind immediately went back to the Blizzard of ’78, which I experienced as a child, and enjoyed immensely.
By Steve Ahlquist on October 29, 2015
Jim Ryczek, who heads up the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless (RICH), is in full support of the lawsuit. “We are proud to have helped keep communities safe,” said Ryczek, adding that the three factors that keep people from re-offending are stable housing, employment and treatment. The law, if it is allowed to stand, threatens all three of these factors.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, harrington hall, House of Hope CDC, Jean M. Johnson, Jim Ryczek, John MacDonald, Lynette Labringer, Nicholas Mattiello, OpenDoors, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, RI ACLU, RICH, Sol Rodriguez, steve brown | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 28, 2015
What became clear over the next ninety minutes is that lawyering works in support of community organizing, not the other way around. What this means is that lawyers interested in social justice work need to “find the legal work that can support the organizers,” according to Shannah Kurland, a community lawyer and Soros Justice Fellow at PrYSM.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Housing, Immigration, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Christopher Samih-Rotondo, Community Action Partnership of Providence, Community Safety Act, DARE, Direct Action for Rights and Equity, fuerza laboral, George Wiley Center, hode Island Legal Services, just cause, Michael Grinthal, Michael Zabelin, Paulette Soltani, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, RI Center for Justice, Robert McCreanor, Sarath Suong, Shannah Kurland, Tenant and Homeowner Association | Leave a response
By Greg Matos on October 26, 2015
Veterans are fierce, persistent against all odds, and amazing leaders. Sure, not all veterans are the same, but a majority of vets are exceptional with whatever they pour their energy into, whether it’s fixing diesel engines or running a Fortune 100 company. A vision for the future of the Division of Veterans Affairs has to […]
By RI Future on October 22, 2015
“When a student’s immature behavior is addressed by a law enforcement official trained in criminality and arrest, not in getting to the root of a behavioral issue, neither the child nor the school is well served. In short, the presence of SROs redefines as criminal justice problems behavior issues that may be rooted in social, psychological or academic problems, for which involvement in the juvenile justice system is hardly the solution,” said Steven Brown of the RI ACLU.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Education, Featured, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Patti DiCenso, RI ACLU, school resource officers, SROs, Steven Brown, Tolman High School | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 21, 2015
“Where I’m from we’re harassed by police, all the time, for no reason,” said another participant, “At some point your rights just don’t matter.”
By Steve Ahlquist on October 21, 2015
Over 30 people entered the RI Public Utilities Commission yesterday to demand an end to the epidemic of unfair utility shut-offs. Many in attendance have been victims of these shut-offs, even though they complied with the law and produced letters from their doctors indicating that their health would be seriously compromised by shut-offs.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Energy, Featured, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Alan Costa, Camilo Viveiros, George Wiley Center, Gina Raimondo, Kevin Lynch, Michael Fine, national grid, Project Lifeline, Public Utilities Commission, puc, Rhode Island Center for Justice, Station Nightclub | 1 Response
By RI Future on October 21, 2015
“We’ve been demanding for years that The Procaccianti Group give us a fair process to decide upon unionization, said Hipolito Rivera, a houseman at the hotel. “We call on the hotel to do the right thing. Treat us like equals, not adversaries. Respect us, respect the results of our election and negotiate a fair contract.”
Posted in corporate greed, Featured, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Hipolito Rivera, Omni Providence, Providence Renaissance Hotel, Raquel Cruz, The Procaccianti Group, Unite Here Local 217 | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 20, 2015
Willa Truelove, of the State Rehabilitation Council, pointed out that it is “about to be really cold” which will create mobility issues for people who would normally use the bus to travel. These people, says Truelove, “cannot afford to pay another dime.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Homelessness, Poverty, Rhode Island, Transportation, Video | Tagged Donald Anderson, Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, Lee Ann Byrne, Randall Rose, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance, Scott Avedisian, Senior Agenda Coalition of RI, State Rehabilitation Council, Willa Truelove, William Flynn | 11 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on October 20, 2015
The inaugural exhibit of Stages of Freedom: Black Performing Arts in Rhode Island, a new nonprofit organization highlighting African American history in the arts opened on Monday. Sponsored by Providence Public Library, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and Opera Providence, the event featured contributions of many gifted individuals, including Ray Rickman and Robb Dimmick. After […]