By Steve Ahlquist on March 27, 2017
RISE UP! Rhode Island held a rally on Saturday to honor and celebrate Women’s History Month and the work of multiple human rights organizations in RI.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Health Care, LGBTQ, Photos, Politics, Race & Racism, Religion, Sex Work, Social Services, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AHOPE, Becky Chace, Bella Robinson, Celia Contreras, COYOTE RI, Deb Perry, Diane Cocozza Martins, Dorcas International Institute, Emeline, gayle goldin, Georgia Hollister‐Isman, Gloria Crist, Karen Malcolm, Kate Montiero, Kathleen Cloutier, Kelly Nevins, Kim Baker, Laurie Bradburn, Loren Spears, McAuley House Don Rhodes, Michele Matot, Planned Parenthood, Protect Our Healthcare Coalition, Rebecca Kislak, Resist Hate RI, RI Chapter of Women's March Network, RI Council for Muslim Advancement, RI Democratic Party, RI NOW, RICMA, RIPTA Riders Alliance, RISE UP! Rhode Island, Roger Williams National Memorial, Sandra McEvoy, Solid Rock Women, Sterk Zaza, The Strattones, Tomaquag Museum, Wendy Manchester Ibrahim, Women's Fund of Rhode Island, Women's History Month, Working Families of Rhode Island, Yassah Flowers, YWCA | Leave a response
By Jennifer Boylan on March 26, 2017
Rhode Island can and should enact stronger laws to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. Please contact your elected officials and ask them to support H5510/S405 to protect Rhode Island’s most vulnerable residents: women, families, and children.
Posted in Connecticut, Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence, Featured, Gun Control, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Everytown for Gun Safety, General Assembly, Harold Metts, Rhode Island Coalition of Domestic Violence, Teresa Tanzi | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 26, 2017
You’re beautiful, Rhode Island.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Immigration, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged donald trump, john depetro, MAGA Rally, Make America Great Again | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 23, 2017
TrumpCare, said Raimondo, exists only to “give tax breaks to their rich.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, People, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Ellie Brown, Gina Raimondo, healthsource ri, John Jacobson, Medicaid Expansion, Nicole Alexander-Scott, obamacare, Rhode Island Department of Health, RIDOH, TrumpCare | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 23, 2017
“I made $13 per hour in 1992 making jewelry, which is more than I earn today. When the jewelry factories shut down, I became a CNA. I love taking care of the elderly but the pay is not enough,” said home care professional Karen Baldwin.
Posted in California, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Inequality, Labor, Massachusetts, Minimum Wage, New York, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged ARC of Blackstone Valley, Bannister House Nursing Home, Brookings Institute, Burger King, Charles Jones, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Erica Hammond, Fight for $15 and a Union, Gina Raimondo, Jeanine Calkin, Jerry Tolbert, Jerry’s Beauty Salon, jobs with justice, jorge elorza, Karen Baldwin, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Nicholas Mattiello, RI Working Families, SEIU 1199 New England, Shirley Lomba, Top of the Bay, wendys | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 23, 2017
Supporters of the bill angrily left the meeting room and before the night was over, Representative Arthur Corvese was backing away from the cruel, anti-immigrant bill he had introduced.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence, Featured, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged ACLU, Arthur Corvese, Blake Filippi, cale keable, carlos tobon, donald trump, east bay citizens for peace, Emily Jones, fair, Federation for American Immigration Reform, fuerza laboral, Georgia Hollister-Isman, House Judiciary, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, J Molina Flynn, james diossa, Jason Knight, Jim Kelly, John Wesley, Jonathan Jacobs, jorge elorza, Learning Community Charter School, Mary Pendergast, Michael Araujo, Randall Rose, Raul Figueroa, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, Rhode Island Public Defenders Office, riile, RIPDA, Robert Nardolillo, Rodrigo Pimentel, Roger Williams, Sanctuary cities, Sarah Friedman, Sheila Resseger, Shelby Maldonado, Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC, Stacia Huyler, Stephenie Gonzales, Steven Brown, Susan Walker, terry gorman, Working Families Party | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 12, 2017
“For some,” said RI-BBA President Lisa Ranglin, “natural hair braiding is a life changer, entrepreneurial, an entry into self-employment – a way out of poverty and welfare dependency. Hundreds of women use the income from natural hair braiding to house their families and feed and clothe their kids.”
Posted in Business, Civil Rights, Featured, Labor, News, Poverty, Race & Racism, State House, Women | Tagged Anastasia Williams, lisa ranglin, natural hair braiding, Rhode Island Black Business Association, RI-BBA | 1 Response
By Jessica Stensrud on March 8, 2017
“After the Town Hall Ward was shuttled out of the meeting by police, arrested and had words put in her mouth (she did not ask to be arrested). Ward’s breast was grabbed and she was described as ‘unruly.'”
By Steve Ahlquist on March 7, 2017
If Senator Paul Jabour and Representative John Lombardi are pro-choice, why did Rhode Island Right to Life endorse their re-election last year?
Posted in Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Health Care, Providence, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Anastasia Williams, Edie Ajello, gayle goldin, Harold Metts, John Lombardi, Paul Jabour, Reproductive Health Care Act of 2017, Rhode Island Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, WBNA, West Broadway Neighborhood Association | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 6, 2017
“I am proud to say that the top seven people in my cabinet are all women, and they do an incredible job every day,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza, “In Providence, we deeply value the contributions that women continue to make in our city.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, Inequality, Labor, People, Providence, Women | Tagged Day Without a Woman, International Women's Day, International Women's Strike, jorge elorza, Women's March on Washington | 9 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 5, 2017
Video and pictures from Women Empowering Women: A Community Forum on Violence Prevention
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Minimum Wage, People, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Diana Garlington, domestic violence, Essence Christal, Everytown for Gun Safety, Gemelya Gem Barros, Giovanna Rodriguez, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, linda finn, Lisa Pina-Warren, Lucy McBath, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Myra Latimer-Nicholas, Protect Rhode Island Families Act, providence college, Shemeeka Barros, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships, SOAR, Steven Latimer, Teresa Tanzi | 4 Responses
By RAGE Resistance and Action for Gender Equity on February 26, 2017
What we hope to convey to our fellow activists and to the general public is our deep concern about sexual violence within activist circles and our communities, how we have taken action around specific incidences of sexual assault involving a local organization, and our hopes for your support as we keep pushing for justice on this and other matters.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 26, 2017
To both celebrate a month of victories and to plan for the future, well over 800 people filled the cafeteria of Hope High School as Resist Hate RI convened their fourth meeting, and their first meeting since Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Elections, Environmental Racism, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Inequality, Photos, Politics, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged aaron regunberg, conversion therapy, donald trump, free college, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gina Raimondo, Hope High School, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Indivisible Guide, Indivisible RI, Jane Tucker, Jennifer Boylan, john mcdaid, Jose Batista, Justin Boyan, Laufton Ascencao, Millennial Professional Group of Rhode Island, MPGRI, Resist Hate RI, RI Center for Justice, Sheldon Whitehouse, Travis Escobar, Working Families Party | Leave a response
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 | 3 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 | 1 Response