By Bob Plain on September 12, 2017
“It’s to provide the opportunity to people who are not eligible for Medicare to never-the-less join Medicare and have all the advantages of reliability, efficiency, and security of Medicare,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, describing the Medicare For All bill he will be cosponsoring in the coming days. “At this point, it’s pretty aspirational,” he said. […]
By Bob Plain on September 11, 2017
Rhode Island will have a signature on Senator Bernie Sanders’ much-anticipated Medicare For All bill set to be introduced on Wednesday as Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be a cosponsor. “It’s time we had a real conversation about creating a national health plan,” Whitehouse said in a statement released today. “We have come a long way […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2017
“We need fair trade that works for citizens and the environment! We are fighting to make NAFTA the trade deal it should be: one where workers are treated fairly, the environment is treated with respect, and corporations play by our rules, not their own.”
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Congress, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, Inequality, National News, Photos, Providence, Video, Virginia | Tagged Affordable Care Act, Bernie Sanders, Citizen Trade Watch, Communications Workers of America, donald trump, Karen Malcolm, Larry Cohen, lauren niedel, Liz King, NAFTA, National Governor Association, North American Free Trade Agreement, Our Revolution, Preserve Our Healthcare Coalition, Rand Wilson, republican, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rose Espinola, Terry McAuliffe, United States Congress, Virginia | 2 Responses
By Lauren Niedel on July 6, 2017
“Nina is a dynamic leader who brings with her fresh ideas, a new perspective, a 21st century vision and a strong independent streak.”
By Lauren Niedel on June 15, 2017
This past weekend I travelled to Chicago to get a much needed fix at the 2nd annual People’s Summit held at McCormack Convention Center. I was enticed to go for several reasons, Bernie Sanders, Nina Turner, Amy Goodman, Jim Hightower and 4,000 Bernie supporters and the many hats I wear, Our Revolution-RI, RI Progressive Democrats […]
By Christopher Joseph on March 11, 2017
When I first started writing for RI Future about volunteering for the Bernie Sanders campaign about a year ago, I noted how great it felt to be voting for a candidate and not against one, and how exciting it was to organize in favor of a better future, not just against a political adversary. For most […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 26, 2017
“This is their long standing opposition to Medicare [and] Medicaid” said Whitehouse, “We thought we had those zombies buried, but they’re coming back out of the earth again and they walk the planet, and we need to put them back in the ground where they belong.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Congress, Disability Services, Elections, Events, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, National News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Bernie Sanders, Brown Students for the Affordable Care Act, Chuck Schumer, Clinica Esperanza, David Cicilline, donald trump, Economic Progress Institute, healthsource ri, jack reed, James Langevin, Jonathan Staloff, Lamar Alexander, Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare for All, Neil Gorsuch, obamacare, Patrick Quinn, Protect Our Healthcare Coalition RI, public option, Rachel Flum, Republican Party, Rhode Island College, seiu 1199, Sheldon Whitehouse, single payer | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 31, 2017
Trump’s decision to fire Acting AG for refusing to defend his controversial executive order: ‘sends a chilling signal to others and raises red flags about the politicization of the Justice Department under the Trump Administration,’ says Jack Reed.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, National News | Tagged Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, Attorney General, Ben Cardin, Bernie Sanders, Bob Menendez, Catherine Cortez-Masto, Chris Murphy, Chris Van Hollen, Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker, Debbie Stabenow, Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin, donald trump, Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren, Immigration and Nationality Act, jack reed, Jeff Merkley, Justice Department, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Maggie Hassan, Maria Cantwell, Martin Heinrich, Mazie Hirono, Patrick Leahy, Patty Murray, Richard Blumenthal, Ron Wyden, Sally Yates, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sherrod Brown, Tammy Baldwin, Tim Kaine, Tom Carper, Tom Cotton, Tom Udall | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 29, 2017
One thing became very clear, very quickly: People wanted Whitehouse to actively push back against Trump, and they do not expect compromise or any more “Yes” votes on Trump’s cabinet picks.
Posted in Congress, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, National News, News, Video | Tagged ACLU, Barbara Mikulski, Bernie Sanders, Central Intelligence Agaency, cia, David Cicilline, Democratic Party, Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS, donald trump, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, hillary clinton, jack reed, James Langevin, James Mattis, Mike Pompeo, Ray Trinque, Republican Party, rex tillerson, Scott Pruitt, Steve Bannon, Supreme Court, Tom Price, Warwick Public Library | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2017
“We depend on this,” said Gina Rombley, “We are a small business. My parents depend on this, my daughter depends on this… You can’t take something away from so many people that need it.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Health Care, Johnston, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged aca, Adam Miner, Affordable Care Act, American College of Physicians, Bernie Sanders, David Cicilline, donald trump, Gina Raimondo, Gina Rombley, jack reed, James Langevin, Jane Hayward, Johnston Senior Center, Joseph Polisena, Maureen Maigret, Medicaid, Medicare, Nitin Damle, obamacare, Rhode Island Health Center Association, Senior Agenda Coalition, Sheldon Whitehouse | 13 Responses
By Lauren Niedel on December 30, 2016
These are the times that try the souls of men, women, minorities, LGBTQ, environmentalists, Jewish, Atheist, Muslim and Native American souls. Thomas Paine, if you hear me, on behalf of all of the sane Americans out here, I apologize! I know you are turning in your grave right now.
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 William Deware on December 7, 2016
I think progressives need to resist Mattiello just like we need to resist Trump. We keep winning seats in primaries. We fight like holy hell to get in, and then once we get there we seem to waver. We can not waver.
Posted in Featured, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, art handy, Bernie Sanders, Carol Hagan McEntee, Christopher Blazejewski, David Cicilline. Donald Trump, Deborah Ruggiero, Edie Ajello, Elizabeth Warren, grace diaz, Gregg Amore, jan malik, Jay O’Grady, Jean-Phillippe Barros, Joe Shekarchi, Joseph Almeida, Joy Hearne, Kathy Fogarty, Katie Kazarian, Keith Ellison, Lauren Carson, Medicaid, Nicholas Mattiello, Shelby Maldonado, Steve Bannon, Teresa Tanzi | 7 Responses
By Lauren Niedel on November 11, 2016
It was a foregone conclusion that Clinton would be the nominee. No other candidate was given a chance. The insurgency of the Bernie Sanders campaign and the nationwide movement he inspired were an unwelcome distraction in the election process leading up to the inauguration of the first female President.
By Samuel Bell on October 10, 2016
Jeanine Calkin’s upset win over Senate President Pro Tem Bill Walaska was a centerpiece of the progressive movement’s wave of victories in this year’s primaries. For a behind the scenes look at the Calkin campaign, RI Future sat down with Campaign Manager Capri Catanzaro.
In message to Rhode Island, Bill McKibben praises and undercuts Sheldon Whitehouse on climate change
By Steve Ahlquist on October 5, 2016
“Five to ten years ago we thought the transition was going to be from coal, to natural gas as some sort of bridge fuel, onto renewables,” said 350.org’s Bill McKibben in a message to Rhode Island, “and now, sadly, we realize we can’t do that in good faith, because natural gas turns out not to work that way, as a bridge fuel.”
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, News, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben, carbon tax, fdr, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, greg gerritt, ISO NE, meg curran, NEPOOL, Public Utilities Commission, RIPUC, Sheldon Whitehouse | Leave a response
By Barry Schiller on August 15, 2016
A recent RIF post got us into a “lesser evil” discussion about Hillary Clinton. While I disagree with her about a few issues, that doesn’t make her “evil.” Its bad enough the right-wing attack machine has smeared Clinton for so long, calling her “crooked” even though determined, relentless investigations going back to Whitewater, Vince Foster, […]
By Christopher Joseph on August 1, 2016
Come November, we’re going to have a reckoning. Not just between two parties and their two unfavorable candidates, but a reckoning among a plurality of ideas on how to move forward as a nation. That includes the protest vote, the third party vote, the write-in vote. We’re all going to make a vital choice, because […]
By Lauren Niedel on July 31, 2016
As it was for many Bernie Sanders delegates, last week’s Democratic National Convention was the first convention for me. I had an idea of what to expect, but I was less prepared for the dynamics associated with our underdog movement. Throughout the campaign, I followed Bernie far and wide. I believed in his positions on trade deals, […]
By John McDaid on July 29, 2016
“To all of your supporters here and around the country: I want you to know, I’ve heard you. Your cause is our cause. Our country needs your ideas, energy, and passion. That is the only way we can turn our progressive platform into real change for America.”