By Steve Ahlquist on September 20, 2017
“At last, victims of domestic abuse in Rhode Island will not have the constant fear of knowing that the person who abused them still has a gun,” said Representative Teresa Tanzi who has championed the bill in the House for at least three years.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Gun Control, Pennsylvania, State House | Tagged Don Bidondi, Donna Personeus, Frank Saccoccio, General Assembly, InfoWars, Jennifer Boylan, Moms Demand Action RI, National Rifle Association, Protect Rhode Island Families Act, Rhode Island 2nd Amendment Coalition, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICAGV | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 18, 2017
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced funding to cover every Rhode Island DACA recipient eligible to renew their application before the October 5 deadline.
Posted in Central Falls, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged CASO, Coalition of Advocates for Student Opportunities, DACA, Deborah Gonzalez, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, Dorcas International Institute, Dreamers, Gina Raimondo, Immigration Clinic at the Roger Williams University School of Law, Neil Steinberg, Office of Constituent Affairs, Pro Bono Collaborative at the Roger Williams University School of Law, Progreso Latino, Rhode Island Center for Justice, Rhode Island Foundation | Leave a response
By Peter Nightingale on September 18, 2017
The Rhode Island Senate calendar for Tuesday features legislation that makes it easier to create and run worker-owned cooperatives. The bill is “a statutory vehicle for the creation and functioning of workers’ cooperatives which are corporations that are owned and democratically governed by their members.” In June, the House passed an amended version of the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 16, 2017
The Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) ruled, 3-0, against the Town of Burrillville and for Invenergy on every motion brought before it on Friday.
Posted in Burrillville, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, International News, Johnston, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Adler Pollock and Sheehan, Alan Shoer, Burrillville Land Trust, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, janet coit, John Niland, Mary Pendergast, Michael Blazer, Michael McElroy, Michael Sabitoni, Parag Agrawal, Paul Roselli, Providence City Council, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Division of Planning, Rhode Island Superior Court, RIBCTC, RIDEM, Sabina Matos, Sisters of Mercy | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 16, 2017
Announced at the event was a September 26 Infrastructure Summit and a series of community round tables beginning on Wednesday, September 27 at 5pm at Save the Bay in Providence.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Water | Tagged Chief Resiliency Officer, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Infrastructure Bank, Infrastructure Summit, janet coit, Parag Argawal, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council, Save The Bay, Sean O’Rourke, Stormwater Resiliency, URI | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2017
“We unfortunately have not had the chance to speak to Speaker [Nicholas] Mattiello yet,” said Rep Carlos Tobon. “But we have set some time aside for the coming days to begin to address this and we’d love to have something in by next week…”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, National News, News, Politics, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, carlos tobon, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, Dream Act, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus, RILBLC | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on September 12, 2017
Not all news stories are created equally, and not all political interest groups get equal treatment in the Providence Journal. For example, the ProJo covered both the National Educational Association of Rhode Island and the Center for Freedom and Prosperity when the teachers’ union and the anti-tax activists each launched television advertisements. But for some […]
By Moira Walsh on September 11, 2017
Senate President Ruggiero’s leadership and humility have given us, members of the the General Assembly, the opportunity to keep the promises we made to Rhode Islanders.
Posted in Featured, News, Opinion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Dominick Ruggerio, Fair Shot Agenda, justice reinvestment, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island General Assembly, Rhode Island House of Representatives, Rhode Island Senate | Leave a response
By Nicole Cordier on September 9, 2017
The state’s “civil death” law, enacted more than a century ago, declares people sentenced to life in prison to be “dead” for virtually all legal purposes, even though most of them are eligible for parole after 20 years.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Justice, National News, Prison Reform, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged ACI, ACLU of Rhode Island, civil death statute, DOC, first amendment, Gina Raimondo, joe arpaio, Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Richard Paiva, Steven Brown, Superior Court, Supremacy Clause | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 9, 2017
“I’m here because I’m standing up for human dignity, for migrant dignity and undocumented immigrant dignity…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, LGBTQ, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, BIRC, Brown Immigrant Rights Coalition, Burnside Park, Carmen Castillo, CASO, Coalition of Advocates for Student Opportunities, DACA, David Cicilline, Deborah Gonzalez, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, gayle goldin, Gina Raimondo, grace diaz, james diossa, Javier Juarez, jorge elorza, Marta V Martínez, Nirva LaFortune, PIRC, Providence Immigrant Rights Coalition, providence student union, Rhode Island State House, Roger Williams University, Sabina Matos, Tatiana Hall | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 8, 2017
The Democratic Party has railed against Trump’s decision to end DACA in six months but actual action, in the form of legislation that could help undocumented immigrants in RI, has not passed in the Democrat controlled General Assembly.
Posted in Cities and Towns, Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, Justice, National News, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education, Blackstone Valley Economic Progress Institute, Cambodian Society of Rhode Island, DACA, DARE, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Direct Action or Rights and Equality, donald trump, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, driver's licenses, fuerza laboral, General Assembly, ice, Latino Policy Institute, NAACP Providence Branch, providence student union, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Democratic Party, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Sojourner House, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 5, 2017
With the events of Charlottesville and the death of Heather Hyer still smoldering in our memories, hundreds of Rhode Islanders representing dozens of labor, political and advocacy groups came together to celebrate the accomplishments of organized labor and to condemn racism, white supremacy and the rise of fascism.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, AFL-CIO, black lives matter, Brown University, Burnside Park, Charles Jones, Charlottesville, Coalition of Labor Union Women, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Democratic Socialists of America, donald trump, DSA, Free Hugo, fuerza laboral, Heather Hyer, Hugo Mejia, IBT Local 251, IUPAT, Javier Juarez, John Brown Gun Club, Justin Kelley, labor day, Latino Policy Institute, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Matthew Taibi, Maureen Martin, Michael Araujo, Paul MacDonald, Paul Roselli, Providence Career & Technical Academy, Providence Central Labor Council, providence student union, Raul Figueroa, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rhode Island State House, Right to Work, Sabina Matos, Scott Malloy, seth magaziner, university of rhode island, What Cheer? Band | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 1, 2017
“We make poverty wages while our executive offices pull six figures a year… While we’re qualifying for food stamps after working forty hours a week,” said Karen Baldwin, a Direct Care Provider. “I live on $11.35 an hour. We still qualify for food stamps and RIte Share.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Disability Services, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Labor, Minimum Wage, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Aaron Regunburg, ARC of Blackstone Valley, Certified Nursing Assistants, Charlesgate Nursing Center, CNAs, Direct Service Providers, fight for 15, Greenville Nursing Home, Hopkins Manor, jorge elorza, Karen Baldwin, labor day, seiu 1199, Vicky Mitchell | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2017
“Rhode Island was founded on the principles of tolerance and diversity. Those values mean nothing if we abandon them in times of difficulty. Dreamers are in our schools in every community. They are Rhode Islanders. As long as I am Governor, Rhode Island will stand with Dreamers and DACA recipients.”
Posted in California, Central Falls, Civil Rights, Colorado, Connecticut, Featured, Immigration, Justice, Minnesota, National News, News, Oregon, Providence, Race & Racism, State House, Virginia, Washington, Women, Youth | Tagged Anne-Marie Liston, Bill Deware, DACA, Daniel Malloy, Darlene Correia, Deborah DeBare, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, Dream Act of 2017, Dreamers, Ellen Liston, Gina Raimondo, Gross Domestic Product, james diossa, Jay Inslee, Jerry Brown, John Hickenlooper, jorge elorza, Kate Brown, Kristine Frech, Mark Dayton, Mary Pendergast, Medicare, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Cluny, Social Security, Take Back Your Life, Teach For America Rhode Island, Terrence McAulifffe | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2017
“When Wendy Becker came to me again and asked me to work on the conversion therapy ban, I had to say yes. Wendy was just amazing in her running the campaign for passage of this bill.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, Justice, LGBTQ, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, Donna Nesselbush, Edie Ajello, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Lisa Carcieri, Wendy Becker, Youth Pride Inc, YPI | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2017
“We don’t enforce immigration law, we’re not immigration agents, we don’t even go down that road… The most important thing here is that we want to investigate the crimes that people are bringing to us.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged ACLU, Ann Assumpico, Betsy Garland, Christine Santos, Christopher Dicomitis, DACA, Darnell Weaver, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, Federal Civil Immigration Law, Federal Judicial Order, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Joseph Philbin, Kevin Barry, Paul Andrews, Rhode Island Council of Churches, Rhode Island State Police, Steven Brown | Leave a response
By William J Conley Jr on August 28, 2017
Put another way, it would be a net loss to Rhode Island should the team decide to relocate to another state, because we earn more revenue from the team than it would cost state taxpayers in subsidies.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, National News, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Apex, Capitol Television, Dominick Ruggerio, Donald Grebien, Donna Nesselbush, elizabeth crowley, General Assembly, James Doyle, PawSox, pawtucket red sox, senate finance committee, State House, william conley | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 23, 2017
“What we heard today clearly is that the energy burden that is experienced by many in Rhode Island tears at the social fabric of our state,” said Abigail Anthony, on her first day as a commissioner on the PUC.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, National News, News, People, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Abigail Anthony, Acadia Center, Allan Fung, Camilo Viveiros, Chloe Chassaing, Colin Nagle, Daniel McKee, Douglas Gablinski, Erika Niedowski, Gael Tadded, George Wiley Center, Gina Raimondo, John Gallager, Kat Burnham, Kate Schapira, Margaret Curran, Marion Gold, national grid, Pat Morgan, People’s Power and Light, puc, Rhode Island Business Coalition, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, Rhode Islanders for Affordable Energy, Robert Lancia, Suzanne Dumas, TEC-RI | 6 Responses
By Bob Plain on August 22, 2017
There will soon be one more progressive woman in the state Senate as Democrat Dawn Euer beat Republican Mike Smith in a special summer election to represent Jamestown and Newport as the senator from District 13. “Tonight’s win is a win for everyone who believes that we need to do more to create good paying […]
By Steve Rackett on August 20, 2017
In July I wrote a story about campaign spending in the Senate District 13 race. As the election heads into its closing hours we take a look at the income sources of the two main party candidates. What is striking about contributions to Dawn Euer’s campaign is the high number of individual donations she received. […]
Posted in Elections, Featured, Jamestown, Newport, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Dawn Euer, Mike Smith, Newport Democratic Committee, Portsmouth GOP, Rhode Island Senate, Senate District 13 | Leave a response