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 | 1 Response
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
By Steve Ahlquist on April 11, 2016
“The ACLU is very disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Caleb Chafee case. We believe it fails to give sufficient weight to the important public interest in monitoring police investigations of high-profile cases.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, Media, News, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Amanda Milkovits, caleb chafee, Lincoln Chafee, Providence Journal | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 10, 2016
After the opening celebrations, Sanders supporters got to work, clipboards in hand, canvassing for Sanders. This is a campaign that knows it needs an excellent ground game if they’re going to take this state in just over two weeks, so they’re wasting no time.
By Steve Ahlquist on April 4, 2016
What is solitary confinement, really? Can any of us who have not experienced it truly understand it? Four former RI inmates tell their stories as they plead for reforms.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, News, People, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, Black and Pink, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Harold Metts, Jessica Gonzalez, John Prince, JoseDavi Lamoso, Osiris | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 29, 2016
The STEP-UP Network, a coalition of community groups, asks, “”Why is there a fundraiser for a mayor who is not serving the whole city?”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Democrats, Elections, Events, Featured, Labor, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Youth | Tagged American Friends Service Committee, Community Safety Act, CSA, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, jorge elorza, Jorrell Kaykay, Malchus Mills, Mike Araujo, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, Providence Fire Fighters IAFF Local 799, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, STEP-UP Network, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | Leave a response
Millennial-based orgs praise RI Senate leaders for supporting proposal to regulate and tax marijuana
By Regulate RI on March 23, 2016
In a letter to Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio and his colleagues on Tuesday, the Young Democrats of Rhode Island and Students for Sensible Drug Policy thanked the senators for backing legislation that would ‘dramatically enhance Rhode Island’s ability to protect teens, retain graduates, attract young professionals, and create opportunities for a new generation of entrepreneurs’
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Economy, Featured, marijuana reform, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged and Taxation Ac, Control, Dominick Ruggerio, Marijuana, Michael Beauregard, Patrick Shea, regulation, Shmuel Barkan, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Young Democrats of Rhode Island | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 18, 2016
“If Memorial closes,” said a mother planning to deliver in June, “my choices will be to have a home birth, which I do not want, or go to Cambridge. There is no other place offering the options I want.”
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Health Care, Labor, News, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged Ana Novais, Care New England, Chris Callaci, Gina Raimondo, james diossa, kenny alston, Nicole Alexander-Scott, Reverse Certificate of Need, Rhode Island Department of Health, RIDOH, Women & Infants | Leave a response
By Chenae Bullock on March 16, 2016
Providence, Rhode Island is one of 42 cities that will participate in a global fundraising initiative bringing together the Hip-Hop community in solidarity and support for the people of Flint and in partnership with the non-profit Price of Peace Missionary Baptist Church.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Environment, Events, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Music, National News, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Youth | Tagged Chenae Bullock, Flint, Hip Hop 4 Flint, Lead, Price of Peace Missionary Baptist Church | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 14, 2016
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza today announced plans for a 1.4 mile “Enhanced Transit Corridor” in Downtown Providence.
Posted in Climate Change, Economic Development, Economy, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Don Rhodes, Enhanced Transit Corridor, Gina Raimondo, jorge elorza, RI Department of Transportation, ridot, RIPTA Riders Alliance | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 10, 2016
To see the power of Sander’s campaign up close, even at a micro-scale, is revelatory. Sanders says he is leading a political revolution. Sometimes I actually find myself believing that.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Democrats, Elections, Events, Featured, News, People, Photos, Rhode Island, Video, Youth | Tagged Bernie Sanders, David Sears, hillary clinton, Joseph McNamara, lauren niedel, Linda Ujifusa, Nellie Gorbea, Roland Gauvin, Sally Mendzela | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 10, 2016
Organized by the Coalition to Save Memorial Hospital Birthing Center, nurses, community members and mothers toting young children carried signs and were enthusiastically supported by passing motorists blaring their horns.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, Health Care, Labor, News, Photos, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Birthing Center at Memorial Hospital, Care New England, Coalition to Save Memorial Hospital Birthing Center, RI Department of Health, RIDOH, Rita Brennan, UNAP Local 5082 | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 9, 2016
The Concerned Alumni of Mount Saint Charles Academy have been invited by school’s president, Herve Richer, to discuss possible solutions to the problem of accommodating tans students. They also report that the language regarding the non-admission of trans students has been omitted from the school’s website.