By Steven Brown on October 9, 2014
Rhode Islanders no longer need to worry about facing prison for exercising their free speech rights now that an outdated law that banned the distribution of anonymous political literature has been ruled unconstitutional. Ruling in an ACLU lawsuit, U.S. District Court Judge William Smith on Tuesday struck down a state law that makes it a crime to circulate […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on September 16, 2014
What matters is character, and an assessment of the previous actions of the candidates as pertains to how they may perform in the future. By this measure, Cianci is the clear loser. Twice convicted of serious crimes performed while in office, Cianci has twice demonstrated his inability to lead this city. His candidacy for a third go at the job is an insult to the voters of Providence, and his robocall demonstrates the depths of his dishonesty.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 11, 2014
There is still time to join the Walk Across Rhode Island for Peace and Justice, which began this morning in Westerly.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 11, 2014
Help fight the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa this Saturday. Bring sanitary/protective supplies to Hope High School and enjoy an amazing picnic.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 4, 2014
Jorge Elorza wrote a paper in 2010 claiming that “science has disconfirmed the claim that the theist God has the power to violate the laws of physics.” Is Elorza an atheist?
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2014
From Gaza to Ferguson, we are witnessing the effects of the corporatization of the military and the militarization of the police. The alternative to the world on offer is one of courage and peace. The choice is ours.
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By Bob Plain on August 30, 2014
President Barack Obama said last night at a Newport fundraiser that the United States has “objectively” improved during his presidency, but pointed out that “the economy hasn’t benefitted (sic) everybody” and that “internationally, we’re going through a tumultuous time.” POTUS gave shout outs to all four members of the Rhode Island Congressional delegation, Steve [not […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 29, 2014
“I want to speak on respectability politics,” said one of the speakers at the #HowManyMore rally held in Burnside Park last night. “Which,” he continued, “is basically telling a black or brown poor kid to pull our pants up, turn our hats the right way, wear a suit and we’ll get ahead, Alright? Fuck that, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 27, 2014
Every Wednesday women hotel workers and their supporters gather outside the Providence Renaissance and Providence Hilton hotels to demand fair wages and decent working conditions. So far, hotel management has refused to deal fairly.
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By Steve Ahlquist on August 13, 2014
30,000 Yazidi Kurds face imminent starvation as they huddle on Shangal Mountain in Northern Iraq. The Yazidi refugees are escaping ISIS, an Islamist, terrorist army that has pledged to destroy them because of their religious differences. The New England Kurdish Association (NEKA) held a rally on Tuesday to highlight the plight of the Yazidis. The […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 10, 2014
Even as the ceasefire in Gaza broke down and violence resumed, forty activists gathered in downtown Providence yesterday to make the case for peace. The event was organized by Afsc-Sene. Check the link for future events.
By Steve Ahlquist on August 2, 2014
On Friday afternoon Providence joined cities around the world holding a rallies calling for an end to hostilities in Gaza. The local event, outside the Federal building in Downtown, across from Kennedy Plaza, was hosted by the American Friends Service Committee and attended by activists from several local groups, including Occupy Providence and East Bay […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 17, 2014
I wandered tonight by accident into a lecture at the Rochambeau Library in Providence that offered a unique vision on life here in Rhode Island. While a poll conducted in April indicated that Rhode Islanders are the “least proud” of their state and pundits have written endlessly about why that should be the case, highlighting […]
By Frymaster on May 29, 2014
[Neither your Frymaster nor RI Future in general support the raw posting of press releases. But seein' as how I wrote this press release, I say "fair game!" Please re-blog this far and wide. (Lookin' at you, Righty.)] Code Island, Rhode Island’s newly established Code for America brigade, will host a National Day of Civic […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 3, 2014
Yesterday’s Supreme Court McCutcheon decision certainly means that the distorting power of money over what’s left of American democracy is not going to abate any time soon. Given this, perhaps we should think twice before opening the “Pandora’s Box” of a Constitutional Convention here in Rhode Island. At the forum held recently at Bryant University, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 30, 2014
“I wish I could say, ‘Go read this book! There’s a great narrative of what happened in 1984-1986,’” says John Marion, Executive Director of Common Cause RI, “There isn’t a single volume that tells that story.” Instead, Marion gave this terrific talk at the opening of a forum sponsored by the Hassenfeld Institute for Public […]
By Michael McCarthy on March 26, 2014
I’ve tried hard not to get into the squabbles of our time, and failed – I’m too juvenile to accept the principles the current conversation is predicated on, yet too foolish to stay out. Another self-deprecating way of saying it would be that I’m too ignorant or lazy to know where to begin, and most […]
By Stephen R. Graham on March 5, 2014
Ever since I got involved in community organizing in 1980, I’ve seen numerous people and organizations struggle to survive while they worked relentlessly on issues of social justice for the common good. As I can personally attest, and as can anybody who has ever toiled and bled for a cause or issue that they believe […]
By Marco McWilliams on February 6, 2014
I wonder what Little John thought as he gazed into the lamenting eyes of captive Africans, as their shackled feet pressed their way onto the blood-stained sailing vessel of death. One can only imagine Little John fears as he beheld those humans — some of whom were his same age. “Will they kill me? Will I return home to my mother and father and brothers and sisters?” he must have speculated to himself.”
By Bob Plain on February 5, 2014
Rhode Island-born and based drug store giant CVS made international news this morning when the pharmacy chain announced it would stop selling tobacco products. “The company’s move was yet another sign of its metamorphosis into becoming more of a health care provider than a largely retail business, with its stores offering more miniclinics and health […]