By Andrew Stewart on February 6, 2016
As previously reported, a historic conference at Temple University intended to guide and radicalize activists in #BlackLivesMatter was held from January 8-10, 2016 in Philadelphia. We are going to post videos from the panels that have just become available online. Tune in next week for further coverage of this historic conference. This panel features Pam […]
By Andrew Stewart on January 31, 2016
Tony Kaye, director of AMERICAN HISTORY X, spent over a decade filming an examination of every aspect of the American abortion debate and created a chilling, heartbreaking journey through not just a controversial medical procedure but feminism and misogyny in America itself.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 27, 2016
Under the new protocols, first responders and medical personnel look for signs of violence, fear and coercion. In the event a victim is identified, the protocols call for a safety assessment and evidence collection, contacting the police, DCYF, the Hasbro Aubin Center, the parents and Day One.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Featured, Health Care, Poverty, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Aubin Center at Hasbro’s Children’s Hospital, Christine Barron, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), Danielle Obenhaus, Day One, dcyf, Gina Raimondo, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Peg Langhammer | 3 Responses
By Bella Robinson on January 27, 2016
“The main reason I want to see prostitution decriminalized is because it is the only harm reduction model proven to reduce violence and exploitation in the sex industry.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, Labor, National News, News, Sex workers, Women, Youth | Tagged amnesty international, Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics, COYOTERI | 9 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on January 25, 2016
Dr. Alan Brown has worked with at-risk populations, including sex workers and HIV/AIDS patients. During the conversation, we discussed his thoughts on the rescue industry and sex trafficking awareness month.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 22, 2016
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL) rated RI Governor Gina Raimondo as “mixed-choice” in their recent report, a step down from her previous rating as “pro-choice.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Democrats, Events, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Emily's List, Gina Raimondo, NARAL, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood Votes RI PAC, Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 21, 2016
“Of our textbook’s 1,192 pages, fewer than 100 pages are dedicated to people of color. That’s less than 10% of our history curriculum, in a district where 91% of the students are people of color. That is unacceptable.”
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Education, Events, Featured, History, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged #OurHistoryMatters, Afaf Akid, Bayard Rustin, DARE, Dolores Huerta, EJLRI, Ella Baker, ethnic studies, Fred Hampton, grace lee boggs, Justin Hernandez, Licelit Caraballo, providence student union, PrYSM, psu | 2 Responses
By Rep. Edith H. Ajello and Sen. Gayle L. Goldin on January 20, 2016
Unfortunately, the gains made to protect women’s reproductive care – from access to abortion to affordable, accessible birth control – continue to be threatened by those who aim to take away a woman’s right to determine what is best for her own health and her own life.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2016
When speaker Marco McWilliams, director of Black Studies at Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) spoke about prison abolition and the dismantling of capitalism (admittedly long term goals) some in the audience showed visible reservations.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, History, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged black lives matter, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, First Unitarian Church of Providence, jim vincent, Marco McWilliams, NAACP Providence Branch, Nathaniel Greene Middle School, Pilar McCloud, Providence Community Safety Act, Providence Place Mall, Starbucks, Susan Leslie, Unitarian Universalist Association, UUA | Leave a response
By ACLU of RI on January 11, 2016
For the second time in three months, the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has filed a complaint of sex discrimination against the Harmony Fire District for terminating a female employee who had raised concerns that male and female firefighters were being treated differently.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Labor, News, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Harmony Fire District, Kimberly Perreault, Linda Ferragamo, Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, Sonja Deyoe | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 11, 2016
Workers at the Bannister House nursing home voted unanimously to reject Centers Health Care’s contract proposal and authorized a strike. on December 28. Workers say that the nursing home chain is trying to drive down compensation for existing jobs. Today workers and allies held an informational picket outside Bannister House.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, Health Care, History, Labor, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged 1199 SEIU RI, bannister house, Centers Health Care, Mike Araujo, RI Jobs with Justice | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 8, 2016
“I’ve also found mushed green gooey rotten red apples, a juice dated to 2001 and grilled cheese sandwiches where they just rubbed cheese on it and took it off,” says Ortiz.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Education, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged Classical High School, jorge elorza, Leslie Ann Ortiz, Providence Schools, Sodexo | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 6, 2016
14.3 percent of Rhode Islanders live in poverty. That rate climbs to 19.8 percent when we talk about children specifically.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Economy, Education, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, Immigration, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Women, Youth | Tagged Calvary Worship Center, earned income tax credit, EITC, Gina Raimondo, Herson Gonzalez, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Maxine Richman, Nicholas Mattiello, Opening Doors RI, payday loans, Rachel Simon, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, ri coalition for the homeless, RICH, RIPTA | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 5, 2016
As Speaker Nicholas Mattiello puttered about inside the House chambers, metaphorically polishing his gavel and preparing for the new legislative session, advocates for licenses were lead in chants by Juan Garcia and shouted the Speaker’s name. Mattiello ignored the protesters.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Labor, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged English for Action, Fuerza Laboral / Power of Workers, Gina Raimondo, Juan Garcia, Licenses for All, Nicholas Mattiello, providence student union, RI Jobs with Justice, tolls | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 1, 2016
Tamir Rice was a 12-year old boy in Ohio gunned down by police within seconds of their arrival on the scene. Tamir was holding a toy gun. Sandra Bland was 28-year old woman found hanging in her cell after being pulled over for a minor traffic violation and arrested in Texas. Her death was ruled a suicide. In both cases no indictments have been brought against the police.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged sandra bland, Tamir Rice, White Noise Collective | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 30, 2015
The film focuses on Moira Walsh and her son Malcolm, and she frankly discusses a life lived on low wages and about the sexual harassment she faces on her job. In the film we see Walsh embrace the life of an activist, fighting for workers’ rights and fair pay.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Labor, News, People, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Adrienne Jones, Casey Sardo, Evan McLaughlin, jesse strecker, Kaila Johnson, Keally Cieslik, Kimberly Charles, Michael Araujo, Moira Walsh, Nicole Cuervo, One Fair Wage, Restaurant Opportunities Center, RI Jobs with Justice, Richard Salamé, RIJWJ, Sub-minimum wage | Leave a response
By Bella Robinson on December 28, 2015
Bella Robinson reviews “Invisible: The Unseen World of Male Prostitution,” a documentary film set in Providence and featuring Richard Holcomb, founder of Project Weber.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Sex workers, Women | Tagged Bella Robinson, INVISIBLE: THE UNSEEN WORLD OF MALE PROSTITUTION, Project Weber, Richard Holcomb | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 18, 2015
“Criminalization and stigma have created the perfect playground for bad cops and predators to continue to rob, rape and murder sex workers with impunity.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, Labor, Women | Tagged $pread Magazine, Bella Robinson, COYOTE RI, Elena Shih, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, sex work, Susan Roar | 7 Responses
By Merissa Piccoli on December 15, 2015
Gender discrimination and the invisibility of women has been an issue in this world since before I was born. In my lifetime, I have seen attempts of changing this, steps toward gender equality. In my current situation, the invisibility of women is still an issue. I am currently doing a six-year sentence in the women’s […]
By Andrew Stewart on December 13, 2015
News broke that a “historic” deal had been stuck in Paris by the largest gathering of states in human history at the COP21 United Nations conference meant to address climate change. Yet despite the self-congratulation, adulation from the lame-stream press, and over-glorified silliness, activists and scientists were adamant that the whole affair was simply a […]