By Bob Plain on October 25, 2017
Aaron Regunberg announced yesterday what many had long assumed: The progressive state representative from Providence’s East Side is running for lieutenant governor. The 27-year-old Brown University grad already has some important achievements under his belt. He authored a bill, now law, that mandates paid sick days for Rhode Island workers. He pushed for, and won, […]
By Ethan Gyles on October 23, 2017
State Representative Aaron Regunberg is expected to announce his intention to run for Lieutenant Governor tomorrow. That’s an important development for progressives and all of those who seek a change in the status quo in state government…
Posted in Elections, Featured, Opinion, Politics, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Camp Street, Democrats, Dominick Ruggerio, donald trump, General Assembly, Hope Street, House District 4, Jeanine Calkin, Joseph Delorenzo, National Rifle Association, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, Rhode Island Right to Life, Smith Hill | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 18, 2017
“Every time I drove up this hill and saw that big gray wall I said, ‘This wall needs something. It needs a mural,'” said Hannah Resseger, “I wanted it to be something about the history.”
Posted in Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, History, Immigration, Installations, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged aaron regunberg, B Mor Seven, Billy Taylor Park, Blake Filippi, Brown University, Carl's Diggins House of Jazz & Soul, Celebrity Club, Dannie Ritchie, Danny Lopes, Elisa Perez, Gina Rodriguez, Hannah Resseger, Hard Scrabble Riot, Harold Metts, Jalia Godette, Mt Hope Learning Center, Mt Hope Neighborhood, Nirva LaFortune, Paul Filippi, Providence Department of Arts Culture and Tourism, Providence Police Department, Raffini, Snow Town Riot, Sylvia Ann Soares, Tiana Northup | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 9, 2017
“I’m here because I’m standing up for human dignity, for migrant dignity and undocumented immigrant dignity…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, LGBTQ, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, BIRC, Brown Immigrant Rights Coalition, Burnside Park, Carmen Castillo, CASO, Coalition of Advocates for Student Opportunities, DACA, David Cicilline, Deborah Gonzalez, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, gayle goldin, Gina Raimondo, grace diaz, james diossa, Javier Juarez, jorge elorza, Marta V Martínez, Nirva LaFortune, PIRC, Providence Immigrant Rights Coalition, providence student union, Rhode Island State House, Roger Williams University, Sabina Matos, Tatiana Hall | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 5, 2017
With the events of Charlottesville and the death of Heather Hyer still smoldering in our memories, hundreds of Rhode Islanders representing dozens of labor, political and advocacy groups came together to celebrate the accomplishments of organized labor and to condemn racism, white supremacy and the rise of fascism.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, AFL-CIO, black lives matter, Brown University, Burnside Park, Charles Jones, Charlottesville, Coalition of Labor Union Women, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Democratic Socialists of America, donald trump, DSA, Free Hugo, fuerza laboral, Heather Hyer, Hugo Mejia, IBT Local 251, IUPAT, Javier Juarez, John Brown Gun Club, Justin Kelley, labor day, Latino Policy Institute, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Matthew Taibi, Maureen Martin, Michael Araujo, Paul MacDonald, Paul Roselli, Providence Career & Technical Academy, Providence Central Labor Council, providence student union, Raul Figueroa, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rhode Island State House, Right to Work, Sabina Matos, Scott Malloy, seth magaziner, university of rhode island, What Cheer? Band | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 23, 2017
“What we heard today clearly is that the energy burden that is experienced by many in Rhode Island tears at the social fabric of our state,” said Abigail Anthony, on her first day as a commissioner on the PUC.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, National News, News, People, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Abigail Anthony, Acadia Center, Allan Fung, Camilo Viveiros, Chloe Chassaing, Colin Nagle, Daniel McKee, Douglas Gablinski, Erika Niedowski, Gael Tadded, George Wiley Center, Gina Raimondo, John Gallager, Kat Burnham, Kate Schapira, Margaret Curran, Marion Gold, national grid, Pat Morgan, People’s Power and Light, puc, Rhode Island Business Coalition, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, Rhode Islanders for Affordable Energy, Robert Lancia, Suzanne Dumas, TEC-RI | 6 Responses
By Aaron Regunberg on July 8, 2017
Like last year, I will not take a raise while so many Rhode Island families have their own raise waiting in limbo.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 29, 2017
“What’s next? Mandatory paid health care?” asked Senator Raptakis sarcastically.
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Inequality, Labor, National News, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Bobbie Hunger, Carley Chambers, Daniel Da Ponte, Dominick Ruggerio, earned paid sick time, George's of Galilee, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, kevin durfee, Leonidas Raptakis, Maggie Kain, Maryellen Goodwin, Rhode Island Earned Sick Days Campaign, Rhode Island Working Families, Venus Pizza | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 16, 2017
Deep divisions of race and class among the Ward 3 neighborhoods were noted. It was obvious that Ward 3 is more a collection of neighborhoods than a unified Ward.
Posted in Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Economics, Elections, Featured, Inequality, Photos, Politics, Providence, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Angie Ankoma, Christopher Reynolds, Daniel Chaika, David Lallier, John Lombardi, Kevin Jackson, Mark Santow, Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School, Mike Ritz, Mt Hope Neighborhood Association, Nirva LaFortune, Observatory Neighborhood Association, Providence Ward 3, seth magaziner, the Summit Neighborhood Association, un-debate | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 31, 2017
“I’m a single mother. For the last 16 months, doctors have been monitoring me for breast cancer. Twin River cuts our plan on January 1.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Labor, Lincoln, Photos, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, grace diaz, Jenna Karlin, Julie Procaccini, Mike Maini, Rhode Island State House, Scott Slater, Shelby Maldonado, Teamsters Local 251, Twin River Casino, Unite Here Local 26, Val Costa, William O'Brien | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 15, 2017
Friday evening’s Emergency Rally to Demand an Independent Investigation brought dozens of people concerned about the connections between President Donald Trump and his campaign’s ties to Russia out to Burnside Park in Providence Friday afternoon. Those in attendance demanded that Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse “refuse to give unanimous consent on any […]
Posted in Activism, Congress, Elections, Events, Featured, International News, National News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Burnside Park, donald trump, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Indivisible RI, jack reed, Jane Tucker, Randall Rose, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island Working Families Party, Sheldon Whitehouse | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 29, 2017
“Donald Trump is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Indigenous Americans, Inequality, Infrastructure, LGBTQ, Massachusetts, National News, Newport, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Washington DC, Water | Tagged aaron regunberg, Adnan Adrian Wood-Smith, Brown University, citizens bank, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, donald trump, Elizabeth Hoover, General Assembly, islam, Kaylynn Polley, Lincoln School, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Michael Araujo, Mother Earth, People's Climate March, People’s Power and Light, Phoebe Roberts, Priscilla De La Cruz, Rhode Island State House, Rhode Island Student Climate Coalition, RI Jobs with Justice, Timmons Roberts, university of rhode island | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 14, 2017
“This is not an opportunity wage,” said Amy Joy Glidden, “It’s an exploitation wage, and we should not give anyone the opportunity to exploit teenage workers.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Economics, Featured, Labor, Maine, Minimum Wage, News, Photos, Portsmouth, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, Amy Joy Glidden, carlos tobon, Elizabeth Suever, Gina Raimondo, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Gregory Costantino, Hall of Presidents, Heritage Foundation, House Labor Committee, Jared Nunes, Jean Philippe Barros, john mcdaid, Kenneth Marshall, Kenneth Mendonca, Michael Araujo, National Employment Law Project, NELP, patricia morgan, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RIHA, Sarah Bratko, Stephen Moore, Taco Bell, University of California | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 10, 2017
“It’s fair to say that legislators and corporate lobbyists in Rhode Island are freaking out a bit seeing the amount of involvement and energy from our side,” said activist Jane Tucker, “They’re realizing that something is really happening here.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on April 6, 2017
“When Trump calls journalists ‘the enemies of the people’ he is evoking Joseph Stalin,” said Bryan Cahall, “When Bannon writes and Trump reads ‘America first’ he is invoking a pro-Nazi organization from over 80 years ago…”
Posted in Business, Climate, Energy, Featured, Florida, Immigration, International News, Media, National News, North Carolina, Photos, Politics, Race & Racism, State House, Video, Voting Rights, Wisconsin | Tagged aaron regunberg, Blake Fillipi, Bryan Cahall, cale keable, Camille Vella Wilkinson, China, David Coughlin, Department of Energy, donald trump, Emoluments Clause, Gregory Waksmulski, Indivisible RI, Jane Tucker, Jonathan Jacobs, Justin price, Nuremberg principles, Randall Rose, Russia, Tim DeChristopher, Voter ID | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 3, 2017
“You pass this law [increasing the minimum wage], there are going to be dirtier restaurants,” said restaurant broker Scott Sogard, “I hope you increase the budget for the health department.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Cumberland, Featured, Massachusetts, Minimum Wage, Photos, Portsmouth, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, AFL-CIO, Angelo’s Palace Pizza, Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern Rhode Island, Bahjat Shariff, Bill Kitsilis, Burger King, Charles Jones, Chris Tarro, Clements Marketplace, david bennett, Douglas Hall, Economic Progress Institute, Elizabeth Seuver, Emmanuel Falck, Energy Markets Association, EPI, fdr, fuerza laboral, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, House Judiciary Committee, House Labor Committee, john simmons, Kenneth Mendonca, Lennette Boiselle, Lou Ferrazzano, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Maureen Martin, Michael Beauregard, Michal Araujo, minimum wage, Moira Walsh, Murphy's Deli & Bar, National Industrial Recovery Act, New England Convenience Stores, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, opportunity wage, Panera Bread, patricia morgan, Raul Figueroa, Rebecca Kislak, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, Rhode Island Mortgage Bankers Association, Rhode Island Public Expenditures Council, RI Jobs with Justice, RI NOW, RI Working Families Party, RIHA, RIPEC, Robert Craven, Ruth Ferrazzano, Scott Sogard, seiu 1199, Sienna Restaurants, Taco Bell, Tracy Clements Anthony, Wall Street, Young Democrats of Rhode Island | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on March 17, 2017
Warren Buffett famously lamented that he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary. This is because hedge fund billionaires and other super rich private equity managers pay a lower tax rate than do most Americans by reporting annual fees as “capital gains” instead of income. In Rhode Island, experts estimate there is some $200 […]
By Michael Kennedy on March 8, 2017
Some 2,000 people from Providence, Rhode Island & environs assembled in the same place the #WomensMarch gathered 8 days previous to denounce Donald Trump’s Executive Order on immigration, effectively known in this community, and across the US and the world, as the #MuslimBan. The assembly reflected so many layers of cultural politics, love and solidarity […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 3, 2017
As the crowd’s accusation of “Cowards!” echoed through downtown, Ryan snuck in and out of the city, meeting with shadowy millionaires and protected by militarized police.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 26, 2017
To both celebrate a month of victories and to plan for the future, well over 800 people filled the cafeteria of Hope High School as Resist Hate RI convened their fourth meeting, and their first meeting since Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Elections, Environmental Racism, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Inequality, Photos, Politics, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged aaron regunberg, conversion therapy, donald trump, free college, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gina Raimondo, Hope High School, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Indivisible Guide, Indivisible RI, Jane Tucker, Jennifer Boylan, john mcdaid, Jose Batista, Justin Boyan, Laufton Ascencao, Millennial Professional Group of Rhode Island, MPGRI, Resist Hate RI, RI Center for Justice, Sheldon Whitehouse, Travis Escobar, Working Families Party | Leave a response