By Steve Ahlquist on October 22, 2016
Wendy’s remains the largest fast food chain that refuses to ethically source their produce from CIW supported growers. Rather than supporting the efforts of the CIW, Wendy’s began purchasing its produce from Mexico, where workers “continue to confront wage theft, sexual harassment, child labor and even slavery.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Featured, Labor, National News, Providence, Women | Tagged afsc, Brown University Student Labor Alliance, CIW, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Fair Food Alliance, fuerza laboral, Julia de la Cruz, wendys | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 21, 2016
Picking tomatoes in the 90 to 100 degree fields of Florida, without clean water, shade from the brutal sun or decent toilets made work an exercise that lacked dignity. The workers were subjected to the casual cruelty and violence of supervisors, many who thought little of striking a worker in their charge. Wage theft and sexual abuse were rampant, and there was no one to report these crimes to.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Labor, National News, Video, Women | Tagged AFF, Alliance for Fair Food, Behind the Braids, CIW, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Julia de la Cruz, Patricia Cipollitti, wendys, Worker Driven Social Responsibility | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 15, 2016
Three business owners, Rosinha Benros, Phyllis Arffa and John Arcaro, spoke at the protest, and their stories are troubling. Each claim that their businesses were destroyed by the actions of their landlord, Lance Robbins.
Posted in Activism, corporate greed, Economic Development, Featured, News, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged David Coughlin, David Norton, Hope Artiste Village, John Arcaro, Lance Robbins, Lori Barden, Phyllis Arffa, R.I. Commerce Corporation, Rebuild RI, Rosinha Benros, Urban Smart Growth | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 6, 2016
46 percent of Catholic likely voters support Clinton, while 40 percent support Trump.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Race & Racism, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, White House, Women, Youth | Tagged Bishop Tobin, Catholics for Choice, donald trump, hillary clinton, Jon O’Brien, Mike Pence, tim kaine | Leave a response
By RI Future on September 29, 2016
Unfortunately, there aren’t many “quick fixes” for the issues facing our state. However, I know that while the challenges may be difficult to solve, they are solvable. I firmly believe that, working together, we can and will put our state on a better path.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 22, 2016
The Pawtucket School Lunch Workers reached an agreement Thursday afternoon in an effort to prevent a one day strike the school lunch workers had planned for Friday.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Featured, Labor, News, Pawtucket, Women | Tagged Aramark Educational Services LLC, Carolyn DeOliveira, Jenks Junior High, Melanie Plante, Nathaniel Greene Elementary, Pawtucket School Lunch Workers, Unite Here Local 26 | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 19, 2016
The Pawtucket School Lunch workers will hold a one day strike on Friday September 23 to highlight the importance equal pay for women if no Agreement is reached.
Posted in Featured, Labor, Women | Tagged Aramark Educational Services LLC, Carolyn DeOliveira, Charlie Baker, Ethan Shorey, Jayne Rainville, Jenks Junior High, Jenna Karlin, Kate Massey, Nathaniel Greene Elementary School, Pawtucket School Lunch, Shea High School, unite here, valley breeze | Leave a response
By RI NOW on September 8, 2016
by Amanda Clarke and Melanie Carrazzo The RI NOW Political Action Committee (RI NOW PAC) announced their endorsements in anticipation of the state primary elections on September, 13 2016. The RI NOW PAC is excited to have so many candidates committed to improving the lives of women within the state of Rhode Island. Endorsed candidates […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 29, 2016
The new system at DHS, says Heather, is “designed to make you feel like shit about yourself.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Disability Services, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House, Women, Youth | Tagged CCAP, Child Care Assistance Program, Department of Administration, Department of Human Services, DHS, EBT, General Public Assistance GPA, HEAP, HSR, LTSS, Medicaid, Melba Depeña Affigne, Michael DiBiase, Rhode Island Works, RIW, SNAP, WAP | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 20, 2016
Coincidentally, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump came to Minneapolis MN on the same day I made my first visit to the city. This turned a day that I had planned to spend sightseeing into a day of traveling to three different anti-Trump events.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Elections, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, National News, News, People, Photos, Politics, Poverty, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Religion, Republicans, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged CAIR-MN, Cosecha, Council of American-Islamic Relations- Minnesota, donald trump, Jaylani Hussein, Minneaolis, Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee, MIRAC, Yusuf Dayur | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 29, 2016
On her first night in our Providence, Malala Yousafzai ate at the restaurant India on the East Side. In her telling, she ate too much and decided to go for a walk in the park with her father. In the park, she says, “Nobody was even looking at me.” Everyone was too busy playing Pokémon Go.
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2016
“I’m racing home tonight to watch [Clinton’s] speech with my 12-year old daughter because I want to be there with my daughter. This is real. This is an historic moment,” said Governor Gina Raimondo.
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2016
The Nuns arrived at St. Michael’s Church in South Providence to the music of the Extraordinary Rendition Band and St. Michael’s own drummers.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democratic National Convention, Democrats, Education, Elections, Environment, Events, Featured, Health Care, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Taxes, Video, Voter ID, Women | Tagged democratic national convention, Extraordinary Rendition Band, minimum wage, Nuns on the Bus, St. Michael's Church | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 22, 2016
“We need police accountability now because no one feels safe in our community,” said Community Safety Act Campaign Coordinator, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged black lives matter, Cathedral Square, Community Safety Act, CSA, FANG Collective, Helen McDonald, jorge elorza, July 21 Collective Action for Freedom, kennedy plaza, Luis Aponte, Movement for Black Lives, Nick Katkevich, PERA, Providence City Council, Providence City Hall, Providence External Review Authority, Providence Public Safety Complex, seth yurdin, Step Up Coalition to Pass the Community Safety Act, Steven Pare, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado, White Noise Collective RI | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2016
“We need to come together and save them,” said Melissa DaRosa, “before we end up having a grieving family and have to bury somebody else.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Pawtucket, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged 300Women, Anchor Recovery, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Jane Jellison, Mary Gray, Melissa DaRosa, Midnight Basketball, Oaklawn Community Center | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 14, 2016
National Grid is trying to build a $180 million fracked gas production facility in South Providence, and organizers call this is a clear example of environmental racism as all 11 of the EPA’s identified toxic polluters in Providence are already in this zip code, which is predominantly made up of low-income people of color.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Women, Youth | Tagged EJLRI, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, FANG Collective, Kate Aubin, national grid, NOLNGinPVD | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 10, 2016
“The 2nd line can be seen as just a parade but it is a deeply powerful and solemn expression of homecoming and love.”
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Alton Sterling, black lives matter, Philando Castile | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 7, 2016
Robert J. Sylvia, chair of the Middletown Democratic Town Committee and sitting president of the Middletown Town Council said, “I want you to immediately withdraw your endorsement and honor the Middletown and Portsmouth committee endorsements of Linda Finn. I personally will not accept anything less.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Democrats, Elections, Featured, News, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged James J Cawley, Joseph McNamara, Len Katzmann, linda finn, Middletown Democratic Town Committee, Portsmouth Democratic Town Committee, Rhode Island State Democratic Party, Robert J. Sylvia | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 1, 2016
“I know here, in your own State House,” said Watts, “you have a speaker, Speaker Mattiello, who has not acted in the wake of gun violence in this country and in fact there have been some domestic violence bills that could have and should have been passed and we hope that he will do the right thing.”
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Featured, Gun Control, National News, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged David Cicilline, moms demand action, Nicholas Mattiello, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Shannon Watts, Under the Gun | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2016
“My work on the 4 E’s — environment, economy, education and the elderly — has resonated in all of my legislative priorities including the Renewable Energy Program, the Rhode Island Safe School Act, and working for additional funding for our seniors,” says Representative Ruggiero…