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 | 7 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 | 4 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 | 6 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on March 2, 2016
For several months now, we have been reporting on the efforts of sex workers who are trying to assert their rights despite the efforts of self-described “abolitionists” who describe all consenting sexual activity in exchange for money as a form of human trafficking.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 29, 2016
In speaking out against a bill that would make sure no pregnant person could be denied medical coverage due to their pregnancy, a health insurance lawyer made one of the best cases possible for a national, single payer health program.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, aca, Affordable Care Act, Bernie Sanders, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Guttmacher Institute, healthsourceRI, Medicare for All, obamacare, Physicians for a National Health Program, PNHP, Shawn Donahue, single payer | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 25, 2016
During the past ten years, from 2006 to 2015, 54 people lost their lives to domestic violence homicides in Rhode Island over the course of 48 incidents, says a new report from the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). Domestic Violence Homicides in Rhode Island, 2006-2015 is a first-of-its-kind report. The report contains key […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Domestic Violence, Education, Featured, Gun Control, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Women, Youth | Tagged 2006-2015, Ann Burke, Deborah DeBare, Domestic Violence Homicides in Rhode Island, Jami Ouellette, Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund, Peter Kilmartin, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, RICADV | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 19, 2016
Frances Fox Piven is a legend. Her work was instrumental in the creation of the welfare rights movement and the war on poverty. Last night, Piven gave a talk entitled “Strategic Voter Disenfranchisement: How Political Party Competition Shrinks the Electorate” at the RI Center for Justice
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Events, Featured, History, Occupy, Politics, Republicans, Video, Voter ID, Women | Tagged Bernie Sanders, black lives matter, fight for 15, Frances Fox Piven, Occupy, RI Center for Justice, seiu, Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown | 5 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on February 18, 2016
When Elizabeth Warren took Ted Kennedy’s seat in the Senate, America got an old fashioned New Deal/Great Society liberal in one of the major seats of power. She has been a thorn in the side of her neoliberal colleagues for years and needs to stay there. Yet Sen. Alan Grayson, for reasons that should be […]
Posted in Activism, Business & Tech, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Congress, Democrats, Economy, National News, Politics, Women | Tagged Elizabeth Warren, Scalia, seattle | 2 Responses
By ACLU of RI on February 17, 2016
Rhode Island now joins all other New England states and many others across the country that provide specific accommodations for women who are breastfeeding at the time of their Bar exam.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Bar exam, breastfeeding, Jane W. Koster, Jenn Steinfeld, League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Rhode Island Board of Bar Examiners, Rhode Island NOW, Rhode Island Supreme Court, Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association, Women's Fund of Rhode Island | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on February 16, 2016
On May 16, 1997, Robert Cadorette went to the law offices of Paul, Frank, and Collins, Inc. in Burlington, Vermont to talk about when he met then-sitting Bishop Robert Gelineau of the Diocese of Providence. He described on the record in detail, under penalty of perjury if he lied, how, when Gelineau was a young […]
By Moira Walsh on February 15, 2016
Moira Walsh announced her candidacy for State Representative in House District 3, including the Smith Hill, Charles and Wanskuck neighborhoods in Providence.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Featured, Labor, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Janice Luongo, Moira Walsh, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Thomas A. Palangio, Thomas Oliveira | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 10, 2016
The conference “is meant to be for grassroots activists and young people just developing an interest in socialism, feminism and Marxism as well as people who have had the opportunity to study these traditions in a focused way through an educational institution,” say organizers.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Education, Events, History, International News, Labor, News, Race & Racism, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Aren Aizura, Arlen Austin, Beth Clapper, Frances Fox Piven, Kathi Weeks, Mimi Abramovitz, Neferti X. M. Tadiar, Premilla Nadasen, Priya Kandaswamy, Sara Clarke Kaplan, Seizing the Means of Reproduction, Selma James, Silvia Federici, Soyoung Yoon, Wages for Housework, Welfare Rights | 2 Responses