By Meghan Kallman on March 10, 2015
Last week I discussed Gordon Fox’s guilty plea for bribery, fraud, and filing a false tax return with students in my introductory sociology class at the men’s medium prison. Their reactions were immediate and articulate: one indignantly remarked that he himself had stolen a great deal less money than the former speaker, and yet was […]
By Steven Brown on March 4, 2015
It is heartening to see a robust discussion on the imminent use of the PARCC test in Rhode Island’s public schools, but the state Department of Education seems to have made up its mind before the test has even gotten off the ground. It is already actively encouraging school districts to use the PARCC to penalize […]
By Mark Binder on March 2, 2015
The first thing that popped into my head when I heard that there were plans to move the Pawsox to downtown Providence near the river was, “Didn’t anybody check out that CRMC/URI flood map?” And apparently nobody did. I’ve seen articles in the paper. I’ve even tweeted reporters. Nobody’s asking the question, “Is this stadium going to […]
By Bob Plain on February 20, 2015
The Rhode Island ACLU chapter is calling on state leaders to “examine policies, practices and procedures that lead to discriminatory treatment of black Rhode Islanders” and issued a new report that the civil liberties activists say “offers a brief but systematic examination of racial disparities in Rhode Island, and how those interconnected disparities can lead […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 18, 2015
A protest outside the upscale downtown Providence deli Gourmet Heaven was scheduled for the same day that three workers filed a case in district court for non-payment of wages. Six more workers are expected to join the case later this week, alleging a total of $140,000 in unpaid wages over two years.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Chung Cho, Department of Labor, Donna Nesselbush, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, jesse strecker, jobs with justice, Mohamed Masoud, US Department of Labor | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 13, 2015
“Were my statements on the income tax correct?” asks Speaker Mattiello, “I believe they were correct because when I talk to my neighbors, my neighbors don’t see any tax relief, the well-to-do neighbors don’t see any tax relief. But Politifact spent two weeks trying to prove me wrong and I think technically they were wrong. That discussion has to stop.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Economy, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, healthsourceRI, Nicholas Mattiello, politifact, Sam Bell, Taxes | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on February 11, 2015
It seems everyone has a theory on why Rhode Island’s economy stinks. Now the Boston Fed has one too. “This paper seeks to discover why Rhode Island experienced a more severe downturn during the Great Recession than any other New England state and why it continues to lag other states in the region and the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 6, 2015
“We’re here,” said Kelly Medieros, who has worked for BVCHC for ten years, “because we want fair wages and affordable health care.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Health Care, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Anabel Garcia Campos, Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, BVCHC, Christine Constant, health care, Kelly Medieros, obamacare, Raymond Lavoie, SEIU District 1199NE | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2015
The Senate bill to criminalize interfering with traffic on the highway while protesting was introduced by Senator Leo Raptakis on Jan 22 and co-sponsored by, among others, Senator Paul Jabour. Coincidentally, Senator Jabour is the brother of Christine Jabour, the judge assigned to oversee the cases of five of the seven people arrested during the November 25 #blacklivesmatter protest here in Providence.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged BlackLivesMatter, CBattle, Christine Jabour, Larry Miller, Leonides Raptakis, Paul Jabour, Protest, RI Senate, Steven Roberts, Tess Lavoie-Brown | 3 Responses
By Steven Brown on January 20, 2015
A number of community and advocacy organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, are calling on the Council of Elementary and Secondary Education to promptly overturn guidance issued by Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist that advises school districts they can use the PARCC exam as a high-stakes test graduation requirement as early as 2017, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 14, 2015
“No matter how many jobs we have, no matter how strong our economy is, there are always going to be people who need help. There are always going to be people, whether it’s a disability, mental or physical, or it’s just bad luck, who are going to need help and going to need support.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Economic Development, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Politics, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Unemployment, Video | Tagged Daniel McKee, george nee, Gina Raimondo, harrington hall, Homelessness, House of Hope, J. Michael Downey, Jean Johnson, Jim Ryczek, Lynn Loveday, Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island AFL-CIO, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, seth magaziner, social safety net | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 13, 2015
Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has been making statements demonstrating his support for “dynamic analysis,” a fiscally irresponsible and economically discredited accounting trick supported nationally by congressional Republicans that amounts to little more than rebranded trickle-down economics.
Posted in Democrats, Economy, Politics, Republicans, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Taxes | Tagged 2015 Small Business Summit, Bryant University, dynamic analysis, Nicholas Mattiello, Taxes | 4 Responses
By Alex Krogh-Grabbe on January 13, 2015
I like RIPTA. Transit agencies struggle to provide direly needed transportation access to thousands of people, and they don’t get to take a day off if they’re not feeling up to it. I’ve seen some RIPTA staff in action, and they impress me. I’m also pumped about the redesigned Kennedy Plaza; for all the flak […]
By Komlan Soe on January 11, 2015
Congratulations on your well-deserved inaugurations and new positions! I am deeply proud of the opportunity afforded me to parade with your stickers and flyers and write so freely in papers and on social media about your visions for our beloved Providence and Rhode Island. We all know that our state faces many challenges. In most […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 9, 2015
Jonathan has been in recovery for 19 months. He is repairing his relationship with his family, has a job and is paying the debts he accrued during his addiction. Still, addiction haunts him. On Wednesday he attended a funeral for a 22-year old friend, one of the first overdose deaths in 2015.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Health Care, Media, National News, News, People, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Addiction is a Disease. Recovery is Possible., Anchor Recovery Community Center, BHDDH, Department of Health, Holly Cekala, Jim Gillen, Linda Mahoney, Michael Fine, Narcan, war on drugs | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2015
Mattiello, beginning his first full term as speaker, seems eager to chart a new course: He’s being upfront about his intentions slash social service programs to “appropriate” levels.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economy, Featured, National News, News, People, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Brian Newberry, General Assembly, Nicholas Mattiello, RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2015
Saying that she didn’t agree with the state prosecutor’s request for a sentence of six months probation for a first time offense, Judge Christine Jabour issued Molly Kitiyakara a filing and sentenced her to 50 hours of community service.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, National News, News, People, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged BlackLivesMatter, CBattle, Christine Jabour, Larry Miller, Molly Kitiyakara, PVD7, Servio Gomez, Shannah Kurland, Steven Roberts, Tess Brown-Lavoie | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 7, 2015
…”the focus has to be on eradicating the safety net and not bolstering the safety net.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Featured, Homelessness, National News, News, People, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Unemployment | Tagged Nicholas Mattiello, Poverty, social justice | 10 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 7, 2015
“We need that eternal optimism shown by our founders … who believed in divine intervention, good fortune and, yes, providence – the idea that through God’s grace, all things are possible. Because they are.”
By Steve Ahlquist on December 24, 2014
The message the State of Rhode Island is sending is clear: Christians are #1, Jews are #2 (perhaps by virtue of the history, monotheism and holy texts they share with Christians) and all other view points are relegated to the second floor, where visitors must search them out.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Holidays, National News, News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged atheism, christianity, christmas tree, Gina Raimondo, Hanukkah menorah, Holiday Tree, Humanism, Humanists of Rhode Island, Judaism, Lincoln Chafee, War on Christmas, War on Secularism | 4 Responses