By Steve Ahlquist on December 2, 2014
“I say it’s dangerous being a youth these days. because not only do you have to worry about gangs, not only do you have to worry about drug dealers and all that but you also have to worry about police officers who should be protecting you from those elements treating you like you’re one of them.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Camilo Viveiros, DARE, Deborah Wray, fossil free ri, George Wiley Cener, jim v, Joe Buchanan, lauren niedel, Malcus Mills, Mary Kay Harris, NAACP, Occupy Providence, Peter Nightingale, Ray Two Hawks Watson, ri progressive democrats, Rosa Parks, Sheila Wilhelm | 9 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 26, 2014
“It was crazy. There were like five of us, three white guys and two black guys. The police, when they came at us, went right after the black guys. They weren’t interested in me at all, and I was right there.”
Posted in Activism, Criminal Justice, Events, National News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged black lives matter, ferguson, Mike Brown, police brutality, protests, Providence Police | 11 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 25, 2014
Paxon’s words of thanks, says Brown student and activist Stoni Tomson, “is an attempt to co-opt our movement and our struggle… this is the tactic of some of the most insidious and abusive elements on this earth.”
By Steve Ahlquist on November 25, 2014
This was when the first officer ordered the second one to, “Get that phone!” Prince ran back to his apartment. The second officer leapt the fence, and chased Prince through the door and into the hallway. The officer grabbed Prince and pushed him into the wall. As Prince reached for the doorknob of his apartment, the officer took him down, sending him “crashing to the floor.”
By Bob Plain on November 23, 2014
I’ve seen a lot of basketball games in Kingston and I’ve never seen a more packed house, a more enthused student section or a bigger upset than URI’s 66-62 overtime win against #21 Nebraska Saturday night. You can relive the biggest Ram victory since 1998 via my tweets from the game. [View the story “URI […]
By Alex Krogh-Grabbe on November 21, 2014
In the sensationally titled “Revenge of the Swamp Yankee: Democratic Disaster in South County,” Will Collette argued emotionally that despite statewide wins for Democrats in Rhode Island two weeks ago, South County was a sad place for the party. He makes a strong case that local South County races, through low turnout and Republican money, […]
By Alicia Vanasse on November 12, 2014
The votes have been cast and counted, the public has spoken and our officials have been elected. Before our new slate of state and local office holders start to govern, R.I. Future asked some of Rhode Island political experts for their advice and words of wisdom for Governor-elect Gina Raimondo and Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza. Keep the […]
By Bob Plain on November 12, 2014
Governor-elect Gina Raimondo will undoubtedly accomplish much as Rhode Island’s chief executive. Exactly what she accomplishes is up to us. Here’s a list of 10 policy ideas where I think she should spend her time and effort. 1. Raise the minimum wage. As a candidate, she pledged to lift the lowest legal hourly wage from […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 10, 2014
Mayor Elorza needs to be reminded that campaign promises are obligations to make a good faith effort towards delivering on his rhetoric. In large part, Elorza won his campaign because a majority of Providence citizens saw him as “better than Cianci.” That’s a low bar, and one would hope that Elorza aims a lot higher than than.
Posted in Campaign 2014, cities and towns, Class Warfare, Economy, Featured, Labor, News, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged bill rappleye, fight for 15, jorge elorza, minimum wage, nbc 10 news conference | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 5, 2014
The night was not without suspense. There was a collective sigh of relief when channels 10 and 12 called the Providence mayoral race for Jorge Elorza, preventing the embarrassment and inevitable scandals of a third Cianci administration (for the next four years anyway, will a 77 year old Buddy try again in 2018?)
By Steve Ahlquist on November 4, 2014
Traditionally, people from struggling communities like South Providence have been underserved by the political class, who only show up every couple of years to secure the votes needed to keep their jobs, yet ironically it is these same communities that often have the power to determine election outcomes.
Posted in Campaign 2014, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged grace diaz, jorge elorza, Juan Pichardo, Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, South Providence | Leave a response
By Steven Brown on November 3, 2014
Tomorrow, you will choose between your constitutional rights or an expensive fantasy. In recent weeks, the ACLU of Rhode Island and a number of other organizations have talked extensively about the risks of a Constitutional Convention. We’ve shown what came from the 1986 Convention, including a lasting restriction on the right to bail, and the 20 years it […]
Posted in Campaign 2014, Civil Rights / Liberties, Constitutional Convention, Featured, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU, Citizens for a Responsible Government, constitutional convention, question 3, Rhode Island | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 31, 2014
The banks that stole from Remy didn’t just take money, they took his very sense of self. Remy found himself asking his daughter to lie for him on the phone, and every knock on the door was met with the fear that this was the day he would be evicted. A good and honorable man, he began to feel like he was failing as a father.
By Steve Ahlquist on October 27, 2014
Mike Stenhouse and Bishop Tobin pinky swear to avoid “thorny cultural issues” in the event of a Constitutional Convention. Can we take them at their word?
Posted in Campaign 2014, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Constitutional Convention, corporate greed, LGBT, News, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island | Tagged Bishop Tobin, Civil Rights / Liberties, concon, human rights, jim vincent, justin katz, mike stenhouse, Rhode Island Constitutional Convention, RIconcon, steve brown | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 24, 2014
All stops conducted by police officials with such equipment shall be recorded. The recording shall begin no later than when an officer first signals the vehicle or individual to stop or arrives at the scene of an ongoing stop begun by another law enforcement officer, and the recording shall continue until the stop is completed and the subject departs, or until the officer’s participation in the stop ends.
By Steve Ahlquist on October 23, 2014
Jorge Elorza, Dan Harrop and Buddy Cianci gave remarkably similar answers to all the questions and largely supported all the suggestions the community groups proposed. Even when the candidates disagreed with the ideas presented by the community, they mostly agreed with each other.
By Steve Ahlquist on October 22, 2014
“I wonder if an atheist mayor would be in a position to respect the sincere convictions of believers (of all faiths) and to encourage and support the many contributions the faith community makes in our city and state.”
Posted in Campaign 2014, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Providence, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island | Tagged atheism, Bishop Tobin, catholic church, jorge elorza, Separation of Church and State | Leave a response
By Alicia Vanasse on October 22, 2014
When former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton campaigns for Democratic candidate for governor Gina Raimondo at an event billed as “Rebuilding the Middle Class” she will be stumping from the same stage she stood on in 2008, when she rallied support for her presidential bid. When the Clintons comes to the town, Rhode Islanders listen. […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 12, 2014
A poll release by the RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity does not show voter support for a Con-Con. If anything, what little has been released from the poll demonstrates the opposite.
By Frymaster on October 10, 2014
Some readers may recall that yours truly advised Angel Taveras’s 2010 mayoral campaign on the issues of information technology, web services and open government (known then as “government 2.0″). Later, I served on the transition committee studying these same issues and served on the Open Providence Commission for Transparency and Accountability that met throughout 2012. […]
Posted in Campaign 2014, Elections, Featured, Government 2.0, Open PVD, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, Technology | Tagged Angel Taveras, Civic Hacking, Code for America, Code Island, Jim Silveria, jorge elorza, JP Rangaswami, Lincoln Chafee, Nelson Rocha, Shawn Selleck, Thom Guertin | Leave a response