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…
Posted in Health Care, National News, Photos, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Gina Raimondo, hate group, Justin price, Planned Parenthood, Raymond Hull, Robert Lancia, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Thomas Tobin | 5 Responses
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 […]
Posted in Elections, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged board of elections, Cynthia Coyne, equipment, Gina Raimondo, infrastructure, john marion, Kathleen Fogarty, Nellie Gorbea, technology, Voting, women | Leave a response
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.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Education, Events, Featured, International News, Labor, Music, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Elijah Matthews, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, James Langevin, Kathy Keefe, Mary Blanchet, Pamela Matthews, Sister Ann, Sister Ann Keefe Post Office, Victoria Matthews, ¡City Arts!, ¡City Arts! Bucket Drummers | Leave a response
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 […]
Posted in Activism, Education, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Elisha Aldrich, Feminism, legislation, policy, Sexism, women, women's fund, Women's Fund of Rhode Island, Women's Policy Institute | Leave a response
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 […]
Posted in Featured, Immigration, News, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Andrea James-Gomez, Elisha Aldrich, Gina Raimondo, latina, Latina Leadership Institute, leadership, Nellie Gorbea, Olga Encarnacion, Rhode Island Latino Civic Fund, women | Leave a response
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?
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Politics, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Alliance Defending Freedom, Arthur Corvese, barth bracy, Common Cause RI, Doe v. Burwell, Edie Ajello, Gina Raimondo, hobby lobby, Howe v Burwell, James Rhodes, John DeSimone, john marion, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, RI ACLU, steve brown, transactional politics | 14 Responses
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.”
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Economic Development, Events, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Jennifer Barrera, Lucy's hearth, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, middletown, Narcheline Vazquez, Susan Erstling | Leave a response
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 […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 22, 2015
Lest we forget: People are beautiful
By Andrea Sterling, Dania Sanchez, Helen McDonald, Monay McNeil on June 22, 2015
This is to everyone and anyone who has ever underestimated, overestimated, or simply did not care about the Black women who surround them, while highlighting, quoting, and screaming the words of the Black women revolutionaries they’ve chosen to mythologize.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 20, 2015
The event was described by organizers as a “vigil for the lives that are too often forgotten or pushed aside. The names who do not get chants, the faces who do not get to be transformed into posters, the people who are not chosen for Million Marches.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, LGBT, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Andrea Sterling, black lives matter, black women, Dania Sanchez, Helen McDonald, Monay McNeil, police violence, PrYSM, Rachel Simon | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 17, 2015
What does the new language mean? At bottom, any non-religious employer, as defined by the IRS, that elects to not include abortion coverage in their employee health plan, must allow employees to opt out of the company plan, and select any other plan, paying any additional costs out of pocket.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Featured, Health Care, International News, National News, News, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Arthur Corvese, barth bracy, Bernard Healey, Doe v. Burwell, Edie Ajello, healthsource ri, hobby lobby, John DeSimone, Nicholas Mattiello, Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, Raymond Gallison, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 11, 2015
“Planned Parenthood was surprised to see these proposals in the Governor’s budget when it was unveiled last week, and we were not consulted about the new policies contained in this article. Additionally, since there was never a hearing on this language, we have not been able to get clear guidance on the intent of these policies.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Affordable Care Act, Emily's List, FY 2016 budget, Gina Raimondo, healthsourceRI, James Rhodes, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, RI ACLU, Sam Bell, steve brown | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2015
The 2016 RI State Budget, approved by House Finance late Tuesday evening, included language on abortion coverage in its section on HealthSource RI funding that goes far beyond what is required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This part of the budget, inserted at the request of Governor Gina Raimondo on May 29, mandates that every insurer operating on HealthSource RI offer multiple plans that do not cover abortion.
Posted in Democrats, Featured, Health Care, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Affordable Care Act, budget, Gina Raimondo, Planned Parenthood | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2015
Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed were met by unusual lobbyists in the hallways of the State House before going into session on Tuesday. Five children, Shyenne, 14, Seneca, 11, Shawnee, 9 Saponi, 8 and Dominique, 10, all victims of or witnesses to domestic violence, asked the General Assembly leaders to pass legislation that would create the Domestic Violence Prevention Fund, helping to “put an end to domestic violence before it starts.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Economy, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Deborah DeBare, domestic violence, Domestic Violence Prevention Fund, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships | Leave a response
By Kate Conroy & Moira Walsh on June 7, 2015
11. Accepted Crumpled up money thrown over the bar onto the floor as a tip.
12.Customer says he’s a “producer”. Asks me to turn around and see my “rear” in not so polite terms before he orders. I neither do nor say anything.
13. Manager brags about running a “brothel / escort service” in college. I do nothing.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, People, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged minimum wage, Poverty, tipped minimum wage, work | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 14, 2015
SEIU 1199, representing about 4,000 health care workers in RI, held a press conference to announce a series of initiatives “to improve the way the state invests in Medicaid-funded programs in long-term care and create a pathway to living wages for caregivers.” The press conference was part of a “Day of Action” at the State […]
Posted in Economy, Featured, Health Care, Labor, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Dawn Auclair, Jenn Steinfeld, Manoucheka Robert, Medicaid, Nichole Ward, Patrick Quinn, Reinventing Medicaid, Sarah Nolan, SEIU District 1199NE, Women's Fund of Rhode Island | 1 Response