By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2016
“We’re not sitting around waiting for our police department or our mayor or someone else to stand up,” said Diana Garlington to the crowd, “We need to stand up. These are our children. These are all of our children.”
By Jeanine Calkin on June 23, 2016
Our current State Senator… holds extreme conservative views. For instance, after the tragic mass shooting in Orlando, I looked up his NRA rating, and I was shocked to learn he has an A+ from the gun lobby.
By Moms Demand Action RI on June 20, 2016
Please join the RI chapter of Moms Demand Action for a screening of Under the Gun, the new Katie Couric documentary on June 29 at 7pm Providence. Panel discussion to follow.
Posted in Activism, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Mike the Gun Guy, Rhode Island Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Shannon Watts, Under the Gun | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 15, 2016
“I’m running for City Council to make Pawtucket a thriving, economically viable, sustainable city for our residents, our children, and our small businesses,” said Meghan Kallman, “Our Council needs new ideas and fresh energy, and I am ready to work hard to make those new ideas a reality”.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Democrats, Featured, News, Pawtucket, Women | Tagged Crash Pawtucket, Elizabeth Maynard, Meghan Kallman, Pawtucket City Council, Pawtucket Juvenile Hearings Board | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 15, 2016
In the galley, over a half dozen people representing Moms Demand Action stood up and left, tired of the meaningless platitudes and prayers being offered by our legislators.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Gun Control, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Deborah Ruggiero, Jennifer Smith Boylan, moms demand action, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, Pulse, william murphy | 6 Responses
By Meghan Kallman on June 6, 2016
If Rhode Island passes it (and we should) we would join growing ranks of states that have repealed the so-called “tampon tax”—and we would distinguish ourselves by including other medically necessary items in that repeal.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, State House, Taxes, Women | Tagged Christina Morra, edith ajello, Ingrid Nilsen, Louis DiPalma, Meghan Elizabeth Kallman, Robin Dionne, tampon tax, Women's Policy Institute | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 1, 2016
“…using her birth name is both disrespectful and dangerous,” says Ethan Huckel of TGI Network of RI, “because it has the potential to out her as transgender. This is not only a violation of her privacy, but, depending on her personal circumstances, could jeopardize her safety.
By Steve Ahlquist on May 19, 2016
“The cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls have Filed a lawsuit against Care New England, The RI Department of Health and the Attorney General’s Office.”
Posted in cities and towns, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, Health Care, News, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Care New England, Chris Callaci, Memorial Hospital, RI Department of Health, UNAP 5082, william conley | 2 Responses
By Susan Donovan on May 12, 2016
I promise you I’ll never betray your trust because I’m not running to make my life better. I’m not running to further my own interests. I’m running for the same reasons I became a teacher, for the same reason I helped build those homes and keep our bay clean: To make lives better and our community stronger.
By Nancy Green on May 2, 2016
Planned Parenthood on Point Street in Providence, RI has weathered many anti-abortion protests. This April 23rd #ProtestPP organized nationwide actions and a diverse group of Rhode Islanders came out to counter-protest. Demonstrators pro and anti lined the sidewalks. I chose a pink sign for drivers speeding by, ‘I Stand With Planned Parenthood’. The antis had […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 25, 2016
The best and the worst that Rhode Island has to offer was on display during Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s visit Monday.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged DARE, direct action for rights and equality, donald trump, PrYSM, White Noise Collective | 6 Responses
By Bob Plain on April 20, 2016
Treasurer Seth Magaziner has a plan to make corporate board rooms more diverse. Rhode Island’s pension fund will vote against appointing white men to corporate boards of directors that are already comprised of mostly white men. “Research has shown that diversity leads to better performance. It’s true in government, it’s true in education and its […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 10, 2016
After the opening celebrations, Sanders supporters got to work, clipboards in hand, canvassing for Sanders. This is a campaign that knows it needs an excellent ground game if they’re going to take this state in just over two weeks, so they’re wasting no time.
By Steve Ahlquist on April 4, 2016
What is solitary confinement, really? Can any of us who have not experienced it truly understand it? Four former RI inmates tell their stories as they plead for reforms.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, News, People, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, Black and Pink, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Harold Metts, Jessica Gonzalez, John Prince, JoseDavi Lamoso, Osiris | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 24, 2016
There is no area of our lives, no decision we can make, that RI Right to Life and the Catholic Church do not want to control for us.
Fortunately a group of fearless millennials and long time supporters of a woman’s right to choose let our representatives know that our rights are not up for discussion or debate.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged barth bracy, Gina Raimondo, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, RI Right to Life | 10 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 18, 2016
“If Memorial closes,” said a mother planning to deliver in June, “my choices will be to have a home birth, which I do not want, or go to Cambridge. There is no other place offering the options I want.”
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Health Care, Labor, News, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged Ana Novais, Care New England, Chris Callaci, Gina Raimondo, james diossa, kenny alston, Nicole Alexander-Scott, Reverse Certificate of Need, Rhode Island Department of Health, RIDOH, Women & Infants | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 10, 2016
Organized by the Coalition to Save Memorial Hospital Birthing Center, nurses, community members and mothers toting young children carried signs and were enthusiastically supported by passing motorists blaring their horns.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, Health Care, Labor, News, Photos, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Birthing Center at Memorial Hospital, Care New England, Coalition to Save Memorial Hospital Birthing Center, RI Department of Health, RIDOH, Rita Brennan, UNAP Local 5082 | 2 Responses
By Bella Robinson on March 8, 2016
So far we have surveyed 43 New England Sex Workers. Some of the most interesting findings thus far are that 77 percent of respondents reported that they have never tried reporting a crime while working in the sex industry. For those who did try making a report to the police, 77 percent said the police did not take their report. 4 percent were arrested while trying to report a crime.
Posted in Featured, Sex workers, Social Services, Women, Youth | Tagged Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, COYOTE RI, CSEC, DayOneRI, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Sara Eckhoff, Steve Morley | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 7, 2016
Baha pointed out that Syrian refugee Bdoor Ghazala, who is pregnant, will soon give birth to a United States citizen. “So your son could become a US president,” he said. As his words were translated there were smiles, wonderment and laughter throughout the room.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, International News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged Baha Sadr, Dorcas International Institute of RI, Noor J Memon, Omar Bah, Refugee Dream Center, Sterk Zaza | Leave a response
By Bella Robinson on March 6, 2016
I emailed DayOne at least a dozen times, providing them with research and policies that could be put in place to keep our youth out of the sex industry, reduce sex trafficking and reduce violence toward sex workers.
They did not respond to my emails.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Sex workers, Women, Youth | Tagged Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics, COYOTE RI, DayOneRI, Polaris Project, Safe Harbor Laws | 7 Responses