By Steve Ahlquist on February 20, 2017
Wild statements from the Providence Catholic Diocese, RI Right to Life and Republican leaders in the RI General Assembly have forced three state reps to issue a statement calling out the misinformation.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, News, Reproductive Rights, State House, Women | Tagged barth bracy, Bernard Healey, david bennett, Edie Ajello, Evan Stanley, House Health Education and Welfare Committee, Joseph McNamara, Kermit Gosnell, Planned Parenthood, Republican Party, Rhode Island Catholic, RI General Assembl, RI Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 19, 2017
Under this act an employer could choose to pay an adult $9.60 or could get a kid to do the same work for $7.20.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Inequality, Labor, Minimum Wage, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged Jeanine Calkin, Mark Cote, minimum wage, opportunity wage, Ryan William Pearson | 1 Response
By Samuel Bell on February 19, 2017
In the video, which was recorded in January right before Trump was sworn in, Mattiello, says, “we should be supportive of the President-elect.”
By Selene Means on February 18, 2017
Selene Means took some amazing photographs during the House HEW Committee meeting on Bill H5277, which if passed would prohibit “conversion therapy” by licensed health care professionals with respect to children under 18 years of age.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 18, 2017
“We stand in solidarity with Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, and all those on the front lines of the struggle for human rights,” said Benjamin Evans of the Rhode Island National Lawyer’s Guild.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Congress, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Disability Services, Education, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Homelessness, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, LGBTQ, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AFSC-SENE, American Friends Service Committee of Southeastern New England, Benjamin Evans, Betsy DeVos, Burnside Park, Community Safety Act, donald trump, Edward Benson, FANG Collective, fuerza laboral, George Wiley Center, Henry Shelton Act, John Dineen, Martha Yaeger, Mike Araujo, my Tabor, National Lawyers Guild, Nick Katkevich, providence student union, Raul Figueroa, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI ACLU, RISD, Sheida Soleimani, SNAP, US District Court in Providence, Zack Mezera | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on February 17, 2017
The Adult Use of Cannabis Act, or the bill that would legalize marijuana in Rhode Island, was introduced in the state legislature Thursday by Senator Josh Miller and Rep. Scott Slater. Read the bill here. It would allow adults over 21 years old to possess up to five ounces at home and to buy and/or […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 16, 2017
Dr. David Savitzky, MD said that conversion therapy is a “harmful treatment and Rhode Island should not be putting up with this practice against our youth.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, LGBTQ, News, Religion, State House, Youth | Tagged conversion therapy, Daniel Harrop, David Savitzky, edith ajello, House Health Education and Welfare Committee, Jared Goldstein, Joseph McNamara, Moira Walsh, outh Pride RI, riaclu, Roger Williams University, Wendy Becker | 5 Responses
By Bob Plain on February 16, 2017
Rhode Island is taking money away from Mr. Potter and giving it to George Bailey, to put General Treasurer Seth Magaziner’s latest initiative into “It’s a Wonderful Life” terms. More specifically, the state is taking money out of big, nationwide banks and investing it with local, Rhode Island lenders. “We want to support institutions that […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 15, 2017
The legislation would clarify that no Rhode Island law enforcement officer may arrest or detain a person solely on the basis of an immigration detainer…
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Central Falls, grace diaz, House Judiciary Committee, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, immigration detainers, Jason Knight, Jean Philippe Barros, Legislative Black and Latino Caucus, Shelby Maldonado | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 15, 2017
“The system won’t be fixed overnight,” said Governor Gina Raimondo, “and we will continue to make steady, meaningful progress over the next 12 to 18 months.”
Posted in Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Inequality, Politics, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Anya Rader Wallack, Deloitte, Department of Human Services, DHS, elizabeth roberts, EOHHS, Eric Beane, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Gina Raimondo, healthsource ri, SNAP, UHIP | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on February 14, 2017
Governor Gina Raimondo has been clear, said Gabe Amo, her director of public engagement. She will protect every Rhode Islander, including the undocumented, and fight the Trump Administration if it tries to withhold federal funds for doing so, Amo said. But at least 25 people representing Indivisible Rhode Island disagree. They say Raimondo had one […]
By Aaron Regunberg on February 14, 2017
“I was just following orders.” In a moral society, that statement should not be an acceptable justification for unacceptable actions. We know where it can lead in the most extreme scenarios. This week I will be introducing a resolution in the House (language and idea credit belongs fully to social justice organizer Tim DeChristopher) that we hope will spark […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 13, 2017
“Because of the impact of inflation,” said Hall, “any year in which we do not increase the minimum wage, we are effectively giving our lowest paid workers in this state a wage cut.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Inequality, Labor, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Bureau of Labor Statistics, Douglas Hall, earned income tax credit, Economic Progress Institute, EITC, EPI, Michael Araujo, minimum wage, Rhode Island Hobs with Justice | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 12, 2017
Business advocacy groups are paying lobbyists extremely well to keep the 78,000 people working for minimum wage in Rhode Island as poor, desperate and hungry as possible.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Labor, Minimum Wage, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged ALEC, Consumer Price Index, CPI, Elizabeth Suever, Erin Donovan-Boyle, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, house finance, Lenette Boisselle, Martiesian & Associates, Newport County Chamber of Commerce, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, Roberts Carroll Feldstein & Peirce | 5 Responses
By Samuel G. Howard on February 10, 2017
Now that the master lever has been consigned to its grave, right-wing “reformers” turn their sights on the other thing on their wishlist: the line-item veto, a constitutional amendment that would give the governor the power to slash items from a budget.
By Danielle Blasczak on February 10, 2017
The event will start with a 1 pm rally at 400 Atwells Ave, Providence, and then a march to the Rhode Island State House.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Reproductive Rights, State House, Women | Tagged Community Health Centers, Guttmacher Institute, Mother of Life Center and Problem Pregnancy of Providence, Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood Health Centers, Vida Mia Ruiz | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on February 9, 2017
All the relevant metrics seem to support legalizing marijuana in Rhode Island. A new poll from Regulate Rhode Island show 59 percent of Rhode Island supports making marijuana legal. That’s a steady increase from similar polls in past years, said Regulate RI Director Jared Moffat. “We have seen support steadily increasing over the years,” he […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 7, 2017
The earned sick leave bill is intended to benefit nearly 170,000 workers, more than 40 percent of private sector workers in the state.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Labor, News, Photos, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Carla Martin, Dominick Ruggerio, earned sick leave, Easy Entertaining Catering, Elmwood Adult Day, gayle goldin, Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, jim seveney, Kaitlyn Roberts, Kathy McCormick, Maryellen Goodwin, Providence Community Health Centers, Sandra Braz, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships, SOAR | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 7, 2017
“We’re in this fight because we are called by the faith that we have, whatever it might be, to fight for justice.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Arthur Corvese, Barack Obama, Betsy Garland, Charles Ortman, DACA, Donald Anderson, donald trump, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, executive order, First Unitarian Church in Providence, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Edwards, Katherine Ahlquist, Kathleen Cloutier, Keith Brown, Rhode Island Council of Churches, Robert Phillips, Roberto Gonzalez, sanctuary, Sanctuary Meeting, Sharon Key, Standing on the Side of Love, Stephen Ucci, Syrian refugees, William O'Brien | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 5, 2017
Everything you need to know to effectively testify in favor of increasing the minimum wage at the State House this week.
Posted in Connecticut, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Massachusetts, Minimum Wage, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Connecticut, Gina Raimondo, house finance, House Labor, massachusetts, Michael Araujo, minimum wage, Rhode Island, RI Jobs with Justice, Robert Craven, State House | 1 Response