By Andrew Stewart on October 5, 2015
Stage and television actress Barbara Meek, most recently seen in the Trinity Rep production of JULIUS CAESAR, has passed away. Born in 1934 in Detroit, Meek worked at Trinity beginning in 1968. Her starring role in THE VISIT was a historic first for a woman of color. It was one of the first instances of […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 30, 2015
On the same day that Republicans in Congress were embarrassing themselves with a woefully ill-prepared and ill-considered interrogation of Planned Parenthood’s President Cecile Richards, supporters all over the country gathered in groups large and small to show their support for the women’s health organization. In Rhode Island, about 30 supporters gathered at the State House to […]
Posted in Activism, Congress, Featured, Health Care, National News, Photos, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged gayle goldin, James Rhodes, Jessan Dunn Otis, Lucy Burdick, Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2015
“In this history of the United States, a moral critique has been always been at the center of any challenge to the structural sins of society—slavery, the denial of women’s rights, the denial of labor rights, the denial of equal protection under the law, the denial of voting rights, and the promulgation of unchecked militarism. We have never overcome any of these evils without a moral critique that challenged their grip on the heart and imagination of our society.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Congress, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Economy, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, History, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Hip Hop Caucus, Moby, Moral Mondays, pope francis, Rally for Moral Action on Climate Change, Washington DC, William J. Barber II | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 25, 2015
Two women not allowed to speak at the United Nations held a forum on global women labor rights while Pope Francis addressed the General Assembly in New York City. Why are their voices marginalized?
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By Steve Ahlquist on September 23, 2015
Seven people, including four women who identify as Roman Catholic priests, were arrested Wednesday afternoon as Pope Francis performed mass inside St. Matthew’s Cathedral on Rhode island avenue in Washington DC. The protesters, representing The Women’s Ordination Conference and Roman Catholic Women Priests, had arrived before sunrise to stake out a location outside St. Matthew’s, only to be moved by police to the end of the street before the Pope arrived. As a result, it is doubtful that the Pope saw the protesters.
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By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2015
The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America (RIPDA) are holding their annual fundraiser Thursday, September 17 from 5:30-8:30pm at Ogie’s Trailer Park, 1155 Westminster St in Providence. This year, they’re honoring Mike Araujo of the Restaurant Opportunities Center and the One Fair Wage Coalition with the Progressive Hero award.
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By RI NOW on September 14, 2015
by Kate Gorton Ninety-five years ago on August 26, women fought for and won the right to vote. This victory came after decades of defending our intelligence and capacity to make informed decisions, a struggle that continued for many women long after the right was won. 2015 sure feels like déja-vu. More than ever in […]
By Andrew Stewart on September 11, 2015
Mike Stenhouse has a talent for finding any cause he can to make himself look important, most recently band-wagoning onto the 38 Studios debacle, and is the Gomer Pyle of the Rhode Island right wing. Whenever I see the Stenhouse name appear in the headlines, I know to lower my expectations by an average of .190 and […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 8, 2015
The Rhode Island Labor History Society held their Annual Labor Day Address in Moshassuck Cemetery in Central Falls yesterday. Ryan McIntyre, the society board member who lead the effort to erect a monument in the cemetery to commemorate the Saylesville Massacre, where workers were killed by the National Guard during the General Textile Strike in September of 1934, […]
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By Rachel Simon on August 25, 2015
August 25th brings a nationwide direct action effort, building solidarity and organizing coalitions to end the rampant violence targeting trans women of color. The past month has seen a marked increase in the already-high rate of murders targeting this community, leading groundbreaking actress and activist Laverne Cox to declare a state of emergency for trans communities […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 24, 2015
On Saturday Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence lead his followers in the “National Day of Protest” against Planned Parenthood here in Providence. I was on hand to observe and take pictures. Inspired by Tobin’s recent column, five thoughts came to mind…
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By Andrew Stewart on August 19, 2015
Freida Lee Mock’s ANITA (2013) is a trip back in time to one of the most important moments in the advancement of feminist issues in that past quarter century and a memento of that time the Culture Wars came to the Senate. After years of the name ‘Anita Hill’ being a tagline, we get the […]
By RI NOW on August 17, 2015
Everyone loves a good Throwback Thursday. On Thursday, August 20, we’re throwing it all the way back to the fall of 1991 and the US Senate hearings on then-Supreme Court hopeful Clarence Thomas, and the woman who stood up to sexism and male privilege in a room filled with both. Anita: Speaking Truth to Power is […]
By Elisha Aldrich on August 7, 2015
As Americans celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act Thursday, Governor Gina Raimondo and Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea observed the historic Act’s passing in their own way – by signing into law legislation that will update Rhode Island’s voting equipment for the first time in 20 years. Bills S999 and H6312, sponsored […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on July 27, 2015
Sister Ann Keefe “was not a saint, she was better than that. She was human,” said her sister Kathy Keefe to an impressive crowd of 200 people at the newly christened Sister Ann Keefe Post Office at 820 Elmwood in Providence.
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By Elisha Aldrich on July 22, 2015
The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island has officially begun the application process for its 2015-2016 Women’s Policy Institute. The institute, which began in 2011, works to increase the number of women leaders that are involved in state policy creation. Members will first be trained, and then will work to draft and support legislation concerning women’s […]
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By Elisha Aldrich on July 17, 2015
The Latina Leadership Institute (LLI), a program designed to engage Rhode Island Latinas in their communities, celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2015 at the State House on Thursday evening. Offered by the Rhode Island Latino Civic Fund (RILCF), the goal of the program is to create and inspire Latinas to take leadership positions […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
When Governor Gina Raimondo, who sailed to victory with the endorsement of Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood, signed the budget on Tuesday, she officially signed into law language that stands as the most extreme anti-abortion language passed in Rhode Island in two decades.
How did this happen?
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By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
“I didn’t plan to be homeless,” said Narcheline Vasquez, “One day, my job was gone like people in Rhode Island experience all too often. Within months, I lost my apartment and had nowhere to go. We stayed in a few temporary situations until finally… Lucy’s Hearth offered me a home.”
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By Rachel Simon on June 22, 2015
Saturday’s Pride parade and festival marked almost two years since the legalization of same sex marriage in Rhode Island. There was an air of celebration, with live music, dancing, and plenty of displays from large corporate sponsors. However, activists from PrYSM (the Providence Youth and Student Movement), supported by DARE (Direct Action for Rights and […]