By Steve Ahlquist on September 2, 2016
“Providence needs the Community Safety Act because without it we feel unsafe,” said campaign coordinator Vanessa Flores-Maldonado.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Inequality, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Youth | Tagged Coalition to Pass the Community Safety Act, Community Safety Act, CSA, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, gang database, Justice, Malcus Mills, Providence City Council, Providence Police Department, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, RI Jobs with Justice, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado, Wayne Woods | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 1, 2016
“Several days ago four of those five Social Case Workers were laid off, cutting the workforce down to only one. One person to serve every blind child under the age of fourteen, every senior living with vision loss, and every visually impaired person in Rhode Island who is unable to work.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Disability Services, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House, Youth | Tagged Department of Human Services, DHS, Melba Depeña Affigne, National Federation of the Blind of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Department of Human Services, Rui Cabral, SBVI, Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, UHIP | 2 Responses
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 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 5, 2016
Edgewood resident will be an independent voice for progressive change…
By Youth Pride Inc on July 1, 2016
Youth Pride is delighted to endorse a new policy approved by the Providence School Board that outlines more inclusive practices, services and support for all students in how they wish to express their gender identity. The policy also creates the opportunity for a conversation with each self-identified student by a team of trained professionals to tailor services to best fit individual needs.
Posted in Education, Featured, LGBT, Providence, Youth | Tagged Chris Lauth, jorge elorza, Nicholas Hemond, Policy for Transgender and Gender Expansive Students, Providence School Board, Robert Gondola, Youth Pride Inc, YPI | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 26, 2016
Rhode Island’s founder, Roger Williams, was a refugee from Massachusetts seeking freedom and safety in our state. Bah said that welcoming refugees is a Rhode island tradition that must be protected.
Posted in Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Holidays, Immigration, International News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, James Langevin, Nellie Gorbea, Omar Bah, Refugee Dream Center, Roger Williams, World Refugee Day | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2016
“We’re not sitting around waiting for our police department or our mayor or someone else to stand up,” said Diana Garlington to the crowd, “We need to stand up. These are our children. These are all of our children.”
By Youth Pride Inc on June 21, 2016
Youth Pride Inc.’s Board of Directors Names Christopher R. Lauth to lead Rhode Island’s renowned LGBTQ Youth Center & Advocacy Organization.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 15, 2016
Rhode Island continues to respond to the terrible events that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in beautiful, moving and powerful ways. Last night hundreds gathered at the Roger Williams National Memorial, the site of our state’s very first Pride event 40 years ago, in solidarity, mourning and empowerment.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Gun Control, LGBT, Youth | Tagged Donna Nesselbush, Ethan Huckel, Fernando Gonzale, Gina Raimondo, Jennifer Smith Boylan, jorge elorza, josh miller, Kate Monteiro, moms demand action, Nicholas Mattiello, Pulse, RI Council for Muslim Advancement, Roger Williams National Memorial, TGI Network of RI, Wendy Manchester Ibrahim, Youth Pride RI, YPI | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2016
In the case of YPI, the Speaker said that he had heard the suggestion that, “guidance counselors in the school are in fact providing [these services]. Not specifically [for LGBTQ youth] but it’s something that is being addressed through other means.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, Featured, LGBT, News, Politics, Poverty, Rhode Island, Social Services, State Budget, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged community grants, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, John DeSimone, Marvin Abney, Nicholas Mattiello, OIC, Opportunities Industrialization Center, Youth Pride Inc, Youth Pride Inc. (YPI, YPI | 1 Response
By Bernard Georges on June 7, 2016
Losing my good friend Jean-Georges, was the hardest moment I had to go through in the past year.
By Stephen R. Graham on June 4, 2016
The Red Bandana Fund is proud to name Artemis Moonhawk and Sarath Suong and the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) as the 2016 recipients of the Red Bandana Award. The Award honors individuals and groups whose work embodies the spirit and work of Richard Walton, a longtime activist in the Rhode Island area who died in 2012. This is the fourth year the awards have been given. Past recipients include: Eric Hirsch, 2015 The workers at the Renaissance Hotel, 2015 Henry Shelton, […]
Posted in Activism, Homelessness, Immigration, Poverty, Youth | Tagged Artemis Moonhawk, Mama Dreads Mission of Love, Providence Youth Student Movement, red bandana, richard walton, Sarath Suong | Leave a response
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on May 1, 2016
Seattle, WA, April 29, 2016— In a surprise ruling from the bench in the critical climate case brought by youths against the state of Washington’s Department of Ecology (“Ecology”), King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill ordered Ecology to promulgate an emissions reduction rule by the end of 2016 and make recommendations to the state […]
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 | 6 Responses