By Steve Ahlquist on February 19, 2017
Under this act an employer could choose to pay an adult $9.60 or could get a kid to do the same work for $7.20.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Inequality, Labor, Minimum Wage, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged Jeanine Calkin, Mark Cote, minimum wage, opportunity wage, Ryan William Pearson | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 19, 2017
It takes more than a single candlelight vigil to reassure and comfort children who feel ostracized and under attack. It takes a community dedicated to fostering a safe, welcoming environment in which children and grow and prosper. As a society, we seem a long way from that.
By Selene Means on February 18, 2017
Selene Means took some amazing photographs during the House HEW Committee meeting on Bill H5277, which if passed would prohibit “conversion therapy” by licensed health care professionals with respect to children under 18 years of age.
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 16, 2017
Dr. David Savitzky, MD said that conversion therapy is a “harmful treatment and Rhode Island should not be putting up with this practice against our youth.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, LGBTQ, News, Religion, State House, Youth | Tagged conversion therapy, Daniel Harrop, David Savitzky, edith ajello, House Health Education and Welfare Committee, Jared Goldstein, Joseph McNamara, Moira Walsh, outh Pride RI, riaclu, Roger Williams University, Wendy Becker | 5 Responses
By Steven Dy on January 31, 2017
We are calling on Mayor Elorza, Police Commissioner Steven Paré, and Police Chief Clements to protect the people of Providence by getting Matthew Sheridan off the street.
Posted in Activism, Criminal Justice, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Charm Howie, Christopher Johnson, Community Defense Project, Esmelin Fajardo, Hugh Clements, jorge elorza, Matthew Sheridan, PrYSM, Steven Pare | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 25, 2017
The endorsements include State Representatives Edith Ajello, Anastasia Williams, Jeremiah O’Grady and Deborah Ruggiero and State Senators James Sheehan and Jim Seveney.
Posted in Congress, Featured, National News, Politics, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged 66, aaron regunberg, Abel Collins, adam satchell, Ana Quezada, Anastasia Williams, Arthur Handy, Carmen Castillo, Chris Blazejewski, david bennett, David Segal, Deborah Ruggiero, DNC Chair, donald trump, edith ajello, Edwin Pacheco, Evan Shanley, Gregg Amore, Hanna Gallo, James Sheehan, Jason Knight, Jeanine Calkin, Jeremiah O’Grady, Jeremy Rix, jim seveney, John J. Lombardi, Joseph Almeida, Joseph McNamara, Joshua Miller, Justin Skenyon, Kathy Fogarty, Keith Ellison, Kenneth Marshall, Laufton Ascencao-Longo, Linda Ujifusa, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Meghan Kallman, Moira Walsh, North Kingstown Democratic Town Committee, Patricia Serpa, Scott Slater, Shelby Maldonado, Sony Handycam FDR-AX53 16.6 MP Ultra HD Camcorder - 4K - Black 59, Steven Stycos, Susan Donovan, Susan Taylor, Suzanna Alba, Timothy E. Sweeney, Young Democrats of Rhode Island | 2 Responses
By Samantha Grabelle on January 22, 2017
I protect his childhood by protecting him from hate. But how much longer can I do this?
By Nick Inglis on January 21, 2017
When Barack Obama ran for the presidency, we embraced the promise of hope. It is this hope that will endure beyond the presidency of Barack Obama – not in his successor – but in our youth. In spite of, and in the face of the coming presidency of Donald Trump who will be inaugurated today […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 20, 2017
Young people didn’t get to vote on November 8, 2016, but in debating this walkout, students participated in their own democratic process, and built student power on their own terms.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Education, Featured, Immigration, LGBTQ, Photos, Politics, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women, Youth | Tagged DARE, donald trump, Providence Public School Department, providence student union, PrYSM, psu, Youth in Action | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 20, 2017
The effort to prevent the privatization of public schools will be that much more difficult in the era of Trump.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Education, Featured, Labor, Photos, Providence, Video, Youth | Tagged Achievement First, Alex Lucini, Central High School, Classical High School, FIFTHP, Frank Flynn, Jayleen Salcedo, jorge elorza, Josh Antuna, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Maribeth Calabro, Mark Santow, Mike Araujo, providence student union, Providence Teacher's Union, psu, PTU, Rhode Island Department of Education, RI Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, RI Jobs with Justice, ridot, sam zurier | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 11, 2017
“My social studies teacher had said something like, ’slavery is still going on today’ and of course, being naive, I didn’t believe him… I think that’s what birthed the passion in me, in that classroom at that very moment.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Education, Featured, Photos, Rhode Island, Video, Youth | Tagged Celeste Terry-Lo, Day One, Olamide Babalola, Peg Langhammer, Sarah DeCataldo, Sojourner House, THEIA Project, Times2 STEM Academy | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 29, 2016
The Boy Scouts of America “has no formal policy on gender identity, but their national spokesperson is stating that the BSA bases its membership on the sex on one’s birth certificate.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, LGBTQ, National News, New Jersey, Religion, Youth | Tagged Boy Scouts of America, BSA, Cub Scouts Pack 87, don anderson, Eric Chamberlin, Ethan Huckel, Joe Maldonado, Justin Wilson, Kristie Maldonado, Narragansett Council of Boy Scouts, orthern New Jersey Council of Boy Scouts, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, RISCC, Scouts for Equality, TGI Network, Tim McCandless | 1 Response
By Peter Nightingale on December 22, 2016
Last Monday, Judge Hollis Hill of the Washington Superior Court in Seattle issued another powerful climate justice decision in the Washington State climate lawsuit filed by Zoe and Stella Foster, and their fellow plaintiffs against the state’s Department of Ecology. As the team at Our Children’s Trust writes: Amplifying the urgency of the youths’ claims, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 16, 2016
“We are now in the era of Trump,” said Representative Keith Ellison in his video message, “That means it is go-time for all of us. Anybody who believes in a fair economy and social justice, anyone who believes politics should serve people, and that people should be in control of their own lives and their own destinies, you got to step up, and we really need your help.”
Posted in Featured, National News, News, Photos, Politics, Video, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, adam satchell, Ana Quezada, Arthur Handy, Bernie Sanders, Chris Blazejewski, david bennett, Democratic National Committee, Democratic Party, dnc, donald trump, Evan Shanley, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gregg Amore, Hanna Gallo, Jason Knight, Jean Philippe Barros, Jeanine Calkin, jim seveney, John J. Lombardi, Joseph Almeida, Joshua Miller, Kathy Fogarty, Keith Ellison, Laufton Ascencao‐Longo, Marcia Ranglin‐Vassell, Moira Walsh, Providence Democratic Socialists of America, ray hull, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, Rhode Island Working Families Party, Scott Slater, Shelby Maldonado, Susan Donovan, The Parlour, Wall Street, YDRI, Young Democrats of Rhode Island | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 15, 2016
“The noose, as symbol of lynching and a tool of white supremacist terror, is a threat to Black lives and cannot be ignored. Its presence in our sacred space means we must fight back by recommitting ourselves to the movement for Black lives in Providence, the United States, and globally.”
Posted in Featured, Immigration, LGBTQ, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged CDP, Community Defense Project, Community Safety Act, CSA, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Southern Poverty Law Center | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 5, 2016
Mayor Jorge Elorza “does not intend to introduce” his own version of the CSA. Elorza, “really feels that working from the base that the community has brought forth is important and acknowledges the hard work that legislation represents for all community members,” said Courtney Hawkins, Providence’s chief policy officer.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Youth | Tagged Bryan Principe, Carmen Castillo, CCPRA, Community Safety Act, Courtney Hawkins, CSA, FOP, Fraternal Order of Police, Hugh Clement, Jo-Ann Ryan, jorge elorza, Mary Kay Harris, Nicholas Freeman, Providence City Council, Providence Police Department, Robert Boehm, Step-Up Coalition, Steven Pare, Terrence Hassett | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 1, 2016
“What history has shown us, time and time again, is that these moments, when abortion is restricted even more than they normally are, it disproportionately affects poor women and women of color,” said medical student Gopika Krishna.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Arthur Corvese, Bridget Todd, Brittany Huffman, Conceivable Future, Craig O’Connor, Gopika Krishna, Medical Students for Choice, Meghan Kallman, Pawtucket City Council, Planned Parenthood, Rhode Island Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Roe. v. Wade, Sabrina Joyce Stevens, SisterSong, Tiara Mack | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 23, 2016
“We need the CSA now, especially with white supremacy taking national office on January 20th. Delaying the CSA any further is actually risking the safety of our community so to say that more information is needed when it’s consistently been given or to want to start a new CSA from scratch is a danger to our community. And a load of crap.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Providence, Youth | Tagged Community Safety Act, CSA, Emily Crowell, FOP, Hugh Clements Jr, jorge elorza, Kevin Jackson, Luis Aponte, PPD, Providence City Council, Providence Police Department, Step-Up Coalition, Steven Pare, Terrence Hassett, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 21, 2016
“We’re here because our state government needs to step up,” said State Representative Aaron Regunberg. “That means doing more than taking a wait-and-see approach to Donald Trump’s millionaire and KKK-endorsed agenda. It’s our job to make sure that this agenda does not become normal here in Rhode Island, and we commit to doing everything we possible can to starting right now to protect Rhode Island values and Rhode Island families.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Immigration, National News, People, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, Chris Blazejewski, Coalition for Safer Rhodes, Donald Anderson, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Jeanine Calkin, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Moira Walsh, Planned Parenthood, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Rodrigo Pimentel, Shelby Maldonado, Susan Donovan, Teresa Tanzi, Victoria Ruiz | 1 Response