By Steve Ahlquist on February 22, 2017
The extreme, misleading histrionics of the anti-choice right are attempts to obfuscate the issue, and if they truly want to conduct “a respectful public debate” then perhaps they should start by being respectful.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, Religion, Reproductive Rights, State House, Women | Tagged Bernard Healey, david bennett, Dinesh D'Souza, donald trump, Evan Shanley, Joseph McNamara, justin katz, Kermit Gosnell, Medicaid, mike stenhouse, Milo Yiannopoulos, Planned Parenthood, ri center for freedom and prosperity, RI Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, Supreme Court, The RI Catholic, Warwick Beacon | 2 Responses
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 | 2 Responses
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 Steve Ahlquist on February 12, 2017
There was no anti-choice rally in Rhode Island that I am aware of, but that didn’t stop over 100 supporters of Planned Parenthood from rallying to DEFEND the nearly 100 year old organization.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, News, Reproductive Rights, Women | Tagged Anti-Defamation League, Craig O’Connor, knights of columbus, Mother of Life Center, Pepe the Frog, Planned Parenthood, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Vida Mia Ruiz | Leave a response
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 John McDaid on February 8, 2017
More than 70 women attended the standing-room-only kickoff of a brand new Women’s Caucus at Rhode Island Democratic Party headquarters in Warwick last night. The 2-hour meeting brought together political leaders, activisists, educators, entrepreneurs, and a wide range of other professionals from 21 RI cities and towns to organize this new women’s-issue-focused group within the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 2, 2017
“We cannot be free if we do not own our bodies.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged barth bracy, Bernard Healey, Brown University, Craig O’Connor, donald trump, Edie Aiello, Edie Ajello, gayle goldin, global gag rule, Grace Engleman, Neil Gorsuch, Raymond Johnston Jr, Rhode Island Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, RI Right to Life, Robert Douglas Spencer, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Sarah Mack | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 28, 2017
“I don’t think I’ve announced anything yet,” replied Whitehouse, “but I don’t think there’s a chance in the world of that happening.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Reproductive Rights, Women | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS, donald trump, Medicare, obamacare, Planned Parenthood, Sheldon Whitehouse, Tom Price | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 25, 2017
Senator Frank Lombardi of Cranston, “abstains on all same-gender marriage bills.”
By Bob Plain on January 23, 2017
It was a rough night for East Greenwich Town Councilor Sean Todd as local residents showed up en mass to a meeting to admonish him for a sexist tweet he sent Saturday about the women’s marches that took place across the globe this weekend. Todd became a lightning rod for feminists, both female and male, […]
By Michael Kennedy on January 23, 2017
On January 21, 2017 many of us followed the Extraordinary Rendition Band and their spirited version of “When the Saints Go Marching In” onto the Rhode Island State Capitol grounds. Friendships were evident in groups arriving, or in spontaneous meetings. I met Justine Brown and 2 year old Felicity on arrival, and saw later on […]
By Bob Plain on January 23, 2017
East Greenwich Town Councilor Sean Todd has already apologized for a sexist tweet about the women’s marches that took place across the globe this weekend, but he still may hear about it at a regularly scheduled meeting tonight. Feminists from all over Rhode Island – and East Greenwich – plan to attend tonight’s Town Council […]
By Mariah Burns on January 22, 2017
Artist and activist Mariah Burns brings us photos from yesterday’s historic event at the Rhode Island State House event.
By John McDaid on January 22, 2017
An estimated 7,000 people – many wearing pink hats and carrying signs of resistance – packed the State House lawn in Providence this afternoon in the Women’s Rally Providence, organized in solidarity with the Women’s March in Washington. The peaceful two-hour event featured speeches from political leaders, activists, and students, as well as musical performances and thunderous […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 20, 2017
Young people didn’t get to vote on November 8, 2016, but in debating this walkout, students participated in their own democratic process, and built student power on their own terms.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Education, Featured, Immigration, LGBTQ, Photos, Politics, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women, Youth | Tagged DARE, donald trump, Providence Public School Department, providence student union, PrYSM, psu, Youth in Action | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2017
“I am continually inspired by the power and the strength that keep gathering in this room,” said State Rep Aaron Regunberg “It’s beautiful. This is a beautiful thing.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Education, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, Minimum Wage, National News, People, Poverty, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged aaron regunberg, donald trump, Fair Shot Agenda, Resist Hate RI | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 16, 2016
“The results of the recent election isn’t going to erode our core beliefs. It’s not going to weaken our commitment to our core beliefs.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged David Cicilline, donald trump, First Unitarian Church of Providence, Gina Raimondo, Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free Rhode Island, seth magaziner | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 1, 2016
“What history has shown us, time and time again, is that these moments, when abortion is restricted even more than they normally are, it disproportionately affects poor women and women of color,” said medical student Gopika Krishna.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Arthur Corvese, Bridget Todd, Brittany Huffman, Conceivable Future, Craig O’Connor, Gopika Krishna, Medical Students for Choice, Meghan Kallman, Pawtucket City Council, Planned Parenthood, Rhode Island Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Roe. v. Wade, Sabrina Joyce Stevens, SisterSong, Tiara Mack | Leave a response
By Joanna Brown on November 25, 2016
“At the heart of the movie is a glimpse of a society that normalizes violence against women. We see it in the way the media portrays the women as animalistic and as a threat because they were Black, and queer, and women.”
Posted in Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice, Featured, LGBTQ, Race & Racism, Women | Tagged Amanda Clarke, Blair Dorosh-Walther, Dre Davis, Helen McDonald, National Organization of Women, Out in the Night, Rebecca Kislak, RINOW, Sojourner House | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 21, 2016
“We’re here because our state government needs to step up,” said State Representative Aaron Regunberg. “That means doing more than taking a wait-and-see approach to Donald Trump’s millionaire and KKK-endorsed agenda. It’s our job to make sure that this agenda does not become normal here in Rhode Island, and we commit to doing everything we possible can to starting right now to protect Rhode Island values and Rhode Island families.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Immigration, National News, People, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, Chris Blazejewski, Coalition for Safer Rhodes, Donald Anderson, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Jeanine Calkin, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Moira Walsh, Planned Parenthood, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Rodrigo Pimentel, Shelby Maldonado, Susan Donovan, Teresa Tanzi, Victoria Ruiz | 1 Response