By Steve Ahlquist on April 5, 2017
“The truth is that when we say ‘sanctuary city’ we mean very different thing,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, “As a city, I will resist and we will object to any measure that takes our scarce law enforcement resources and causes us to de-prioritize focusing on violent criminals.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Ana Quezada, Anastasia Williams, Andrew Kagan, Christopher Vargas, David Coughlin, frank ciccone, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Homeland Security, House Judiciary, House Judiciary Committee, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Kelly, Justin price, Michael Araujo, Nicholas Mattiello, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Ramon Perez, Rhode Island State Police, RI ACLU, RI Jobs with Justice, riile, sanctuary city, Stacia Huyler, Steven Brown, terry gorman | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 12, 2017
The answers were illuminating as legislators were grilled on the Community Safety Act, fossil fuel divestment, reproductive rights, the 6/10 Connector, immigration, the John Hope Settlement House and more at the West Broadway Neighborhood Association meeting last week.
Posted in Climate, Criminal Justice, Energy, Featured, Immigration, Providence, Social Services, Video | Tagged 6/10 connector, Ana Quezada, Anastasia Williams, Bryan Principe, Community Safety Act, CSA, Harold Metts, John Hope Settlement House, John Lombardi, Mary Kay Harris, Paul Jabour, The West Broadway Neighborhood Association, WBNA | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 12, 2017
“For some,” said RI-BBA President Lisa Ranglin, “natural hair braiding is a life changer, entrepreneurial, an entry into self-employment – a way out of poverty and welfare dependency. Hundreds of women use the income from natural hair braiding to house their families and feed and clothe their kids.”
Posted in Business, Civil Rights, Featured, Labor, News, Poverty, Race & Racism, State House, Women | Tagged Anastasia Williams, lisa ranglin, natural hair braiding, Rhode Island Black Business Association, RI-BBA | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 7, 2017
If Senator Paul Jabour and Representative John Lombardi are pro-choice, why did Rhode Island Right to Life endorse their re-election last year?
Posted in Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Health Care, Providence, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Anastasia Williams, Edie Ajello, gayle goldin, Harold Metts, John Lombardi, Paul Jabour, Reproductive Health Care Act of 2017, Rhode Island Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, WBNA, West Broadway Neighborhood Association | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 10, 2017
The No LNG in PVD Coalition (Coalition) is requesting that RIDEM “deny permits related to the Fields Point Liquefaction Project based on environmental justice concerns.”
Posted in Activism, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Infrastructure, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged 2012 Soil Management Plan, aaron regunberg, American Friends Service Committee – South East New England, Anastasia Williams, Chris Blazejewski, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, edith ajello, EJ, EJSCREEN, Environmental Justice, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, FANG Collective, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Fields Point Liquefaction Project, grace diaz, Hinkley Allen, Joseph Almeida, Kiewit, National Environmental Policy Act, national grid, NEPA, No LNG in PVD Coalition, Paul Jabour, PIP, Providence City Council, Public Involvement Plan, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Sierra Club, RIDEM, Short Term Remedial Action Plans, SMP, STRAPs | 1 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 Environmental Justice League of RI on November 1, 2016
The No LNG in PVD Coalition sent an open letter to four agencies today, demanding action on and oversight of National Grid’s planned liquefactiona facility at Fields Point in the Port of Providence.
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Providence | Tagged aaron regunberg, AFSC-SENE, American Friends Service Committee – South East New England, Anastasia Williams, Chris Blazejewski, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, edith ajello, EJLRI, Environmental Justice, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, FANG Collective, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, fields point, grace diaz, janet coit, jorge elorza, Joseph Almeida, national grid, Paul Jabour, PIP, Port of Providence, Providence City Council, Public Involvement Plan, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Sierra Club, RIDEM, Terry Gray | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 31, 2016
What passed at the RIPUC on Monday is a band-aid, a temporary solution that won’t even get some Rhode Islanders through the first week of November.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured | Tagged Anastasia Williams, General Assembly, George Wiley Center, Henry Shelton Act, Herbert F DeSimone Jr, liheap, Margaret Curran, Marion Gold, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, RIPUC | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on June 28, 2016
Democrat Michael Gazdacko is challenging Rep. Anastasia Williams in a primary for the right to represent the District 9 House seat at the State House.
By Steve Ahlquist on March 16, 2016
Two competing bills were heard in the House Judiciary Committee meeting Tuesday evening in a hearing that lasted well over 6 hours and had over 4 dozen people testifying. House bill 7610, submitted by Representative Anastasia Williams, would grant driving privilege license to undocumented immigrants. House Bill 7859, introduced by Representative Arthur Corvese, would make […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, Labor, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Anastasia Williams, Arthur Corvese, Doreen Costa, driver's licenses, fair, Federation for American Immigration Reform, Gina Raimondo, james diossa, jorge elorza, Joseph Almeida, riile, Robert Nardolillo, terry gorman, Undocumented Immigrants | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 9, 2016
“I wish to express my support for the proposal to provide special, limited licenses for undocumented individuals in Rhode Island. It seems to be a rather practical approach that will obtain information about individuals who are already driving in our State. Additionally it will, in the long run, promote public safety. It is common sense legislation that will do much more good than harm.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Anastasia Williams, driver's license, john depetro, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Thomas Tobin, undocumented workers | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 25, 2016
Sen. Frank Ciccone III and Rep. Anastasia Williams introduced legislation (2016-S 2333 / 2016-H 7610) that would allow the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driving privilege licenses and permits to applicants unable to establish a lawful presence in the United States.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Anastasia Williams, Donna Nesselbush, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, itep, Juan Pichardo, Rachel Flum | 5 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on May 28, 2015
“We are not just nomads looking for benefits.” That’s what Jose Chacon, an undocumented immigrant living in Rhode Island, said to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, in support of H6174, which proposes giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. “It’s just a human thing to do,” he said. In its current state, the bill allows […]
Posted in Immigration, State House | Tagged ACLU, Anastasia Williams, driver's license, Elisha Aldrich, General Assembly, House Judiciary Committee, house of representatives, Immigration, Rhode Island State House, Steven Brown, terry gorman | 1 Response
By Brian Hull on January 19, 2012
Watch for Rep. Charlene Lima to introduce legislation today to repeal the Voter ID bill that passed last session and was signed by Governor Chafee. She has been circulating the legislation in the House and has about 15 co-sponsors. It will likely be coming today in tandem with her press statement which was not completed […]
By Bruce Reilly on January 10, 2012
Next Thursday, on January 19th, at 6:30pm, members of the RIPTA board will be at Direct Actions for Rights & Equality (DARE), answering calls to reinstate two employees who were unjustly fired last month. The fundamental question is: are people with criminal histories are sentenced to a life of unemployment? Even the New York Times […]
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Opinion, Rhode Island, Transportation | Tagged Anastasia Williams, Andrew Cuomo, Angel Taveras, Ban the Box, Brian Newberry, Charles Odimgbe, DARE, Edie Ajello, Jim Crow, Martin Luther King, Mike Chippendale, RICARES, RIPTA, Scott Slater | Leave a response