By RI Future on November 14, 2015
As in previous years, students with disabilities and students of color served a disproportionate amount of these suspensions…
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Education, Featured, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Hillary Davis, Rhode Island Department of Education, Rhode Island General Assembly, school suspensions | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 30, 2015
Though the board’s ruling came as a relief to many, to some it will have little effect. Anna told me that she has spent money she might have used to reinstate her gas heat to purchase electric space heaters. In order to have the money back on her debit card in time, she will have to return the space heaters today, wait for the money to be back on her card early next week, and make her payment then. This means that she and her children will be in a house with no heat all weekend.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Energy, Featured, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Camilo Viveiros, George Wiley Center, Gina Raimondo, Herbert F DeSimone Jr, Margaret Curran, national grid, Paul J Roberti, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, RIPUC | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 28, 2015
What became clear over the next ninety minutes is that lawyering works in support of community organizing, not the other way around. What this means is that lawyers interested in social justice work need to “find the legal work that can support the organizers,” according to Shannah Kurland, a community lawyer and Soros Justice Fellow at PrYSM.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Housing, Immigration, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Christopher Samih-Rotondo, Community Action Partnership of Providence, Community Safety Act, DARE, Direct Action for Rights and Equity, fuerza laboral, George Wiley Center, hode Island Legal Services, just cause, Michael Grinthal, Michael Zabelin, Paulette Soltani, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, RI Center for Justice, Robert McCreanor, Sarath Suong, Shannah Kurland, Tenant and Homeowner Association | Leave a response
By RI Future on October 22, 2015
“When a student’s immature behavior is addressed by a law enforcement official trained in criminality and arrest, not in getting to the root of a behavioral issue, neither the child nor the school is well served. In short, the presence of SROs redefines as criminal justice problems behavior issues that may be rooted in social, psychological or academic problems, for which involvement in the juvenile justice system is hardly the solution,” said Steven Brown of the RI ACLU.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Education, Featured, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Patti DiCenso, RI ACLU, school resource officers, SROs, Steven Brown, Tolman High School | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 21, 2015
“Where I’m from we’re harassed by police, all the time, for no reason,” said another participant, “At some point your rights just don’t matter.”
By Steve Ahlquist on October 16, 2015
Another student who has “really bad asthma” was suffering an asthma attack after being hit with pepper spray. The student was told by police officers that she could “go to the hospital and get arrested, or you can stay here,” according to witnesses. Telling someone that they can only receive medical treatment if they are willing to be arrested may be a human rights violation.
By Steve Ahlquist on October 15, 2015
When school got out at 2:30, there were no incidents of violence.
Instead, there was the calming presence of street workers from the Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-Violence. I watched as they reached out to students and listened to their concerns.
Posted in cities and towns, Criminal Justice, Featured, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Melissa DaRosa, Tolman High School | 9 Responses
By Raffi Jansezian on October 13, 2015
Mayor Jorge Elorza announced a new program that pairs inner city students with police officers as after school sports coaches. It’s called PASS, or the Police After School Sports program. “This is a great day for the city,” Elorza said on Friday at Gilbert Stuart Middle School. “This is something … many folks have been […]
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Providence, Sports, Youth | Tagged after school sports, Education, gilbert sutart middle school, jorge elorza, pasa, pass, Providence, providence police high clements | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 30, 2015
Students held signs and talked to the media after school today in support of a teacher suspended for his comments about birth control in a tenth grade class. According to student Layla Vafiadis, English teacher William Ashton was teaching a class on early American literature at the Jacqueline Walsh Arts School for the Performing and […]
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Featured, Photos, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, Video, Youth | Tagged Bring Back Ashton, Hope Norton, Isabelle Long, Jacqueline Walsh Arts School for the Performing and Visual Arts, JMW, Layla Vafiadis, Maggie Roberts, Patti DiCenso, William Ashton | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2015
“In this history of the United States, a moral critique has been always been at the center of any challenge to the structural sins of society—slavery, the denial of women’s rights, the denial of labor rights, the denial of equal protection under the law, the denial of voting rights, and the promulgation of unchecked militarism. We have never overcome any of these evils without a moral critique that challenged their grip on the heart and imagination of our society.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Congress, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Economy, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, History, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Hip Hop Caucus, Moby, Moral Mondays, pope francis, Rally for Moral Action on Climate Change, Washington DC, William J. Barber II | Leave a response
By Hillary Davis on September 15, 2015
Constitution Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787, and the ACLU of Rhode Island is excited to announce our plans to celebrate Constitution Day this week by hosting a family-friendly scavenger hunt highlighting Providence’s civil liberties history.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Events, Featured, Holidays, Providence, Youth | Tagged ACLU, Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Events, Providence, Rhode Island, students, Youth | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2015
The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America (RIPDA) are holding their annual fundraiser Thursday, September 17 from 5:30-8:30pm at Ogie’s Trailer Park, 1155 Westminster St in Providence. This year, they’re honoring Mike Araujo of the Restaurant Opportunities Center and the One Fair Wage Coalition with the Progressive Hero award.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Democrats, Economy, Education, Elections, Environment, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Labor, National News, News, Politics, Poverty, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Voter ID, Women, Youth | Tagged Mike Araujo, One Fair Wage Coalition, Restaurant Opportunities Center, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, RIPDA | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 15, 2015
National Grid asked for public comment on their plan to build a LNG liquefaction system at the Fields Point LNG Plant on Providence’s South Side, and boy, did they get it. Representatives from the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), the Providence Student Union (PSU) and the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island (EJLRI) took control […]
Posted in Activism, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Video, Youth | Tagged EJLRI, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, environmental racism, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Fields Point LNG Plant, Jesus Holguin, Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex, Julian Rodríguez-Drix, national grid, providence student union, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, psu, Steven Roberts | 2 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on August 11, 2015
Last week, Governor Gina Raimondo and SEIU District 1199 New England reached an agreement concerning family childcare providers that are part of the state’s Child Care Assistance Program. This agreement was made in part due to legislation from 2013, which established collective bargaining rights for family childcare providers. The SEIU unanimously approved the two-year agreement. […]
Posted in Economy, Health Care, Labor, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged 1199 SEIU RI, CCAP, Child Care, Child Care Assistant Program, Children, early education, Education, Gina Raimondo, Patrick Quinn, seiu, SEIU District 1199NE | 2 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on July 30, 2015
Only a few days after the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rhode Island instituted a new law that will allow families of children with disabilities to create a tax-free investment account to help financially support them when they reach adulthood. Governor Gina Raimondo signed the “Achieving a Better Life Experience,” or ABLE […]
Posted in Economy, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged ABLE Act, adam satchell, Americans with Disabilities Act, Cornerstone School, disability, disabled, Gina Raimondo, investment, Robert Nardolillo, savings, seth magaziner, west warwick | 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
For the first time since 2007, Governor Gina Raimondo convened the Children’s Cabinet to set a plan in order to promote opportunities for Rhode Island children, by establishing policies and budget plans directed towards children and their needs. National data from KIDS COUNT, an organization that helps to mold better futures for children who are […]
Posted in Economic Development, Featured, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Children, Children's Cabinet, dcyf, Education, Elisha Aldrich, elizabeth roberts, Gina Raimondo, Health, well being, Youth | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 17, 2015
One black pinwheel was created for all of the 521 Palestinian children and the one Israeli child. Each pinwheel was then labeled with the name of the child and planted in the grass near the corner of the park by Martha Yager of the American Friends Service Committee.
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 Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2015
45 minutes of RI House debate on a minimum wage bill compressed into less than 5 minutes…
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Race & Racism, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged Brian Newberry, Joseph Almeida, minimum wage, Nicholas Mattiello, patricia morgan, race, Raymond Hull, RI House of Representatives | 1 Response