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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 1, 2017
Officers of the East Providence PD arrived and told the protesters that they were prohibited from protesting on the side of the state highway or on private Cumulus Radio property, to which one of the protesters replied, “That’s racism!”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, East Providence, Featured, Media, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Radio, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged 630WPRO, black lives matter, Cumulus Radio, East Providence Police Department, Gail Crompton McHugh, Gary Dantzler, Joseph Buchanan, matt allen, Matt Allen Show, True | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2017
The NRA’s “attacks on the First Amendment, while touting a literal and absolutist misinterpretation of the Second is at best hypocrisy and at worst a threat to our democracy and its defenders.”
Posted in Activism, Central Falls, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Justice, Minnesota, National News, New Hampshire, News, Photos, Politics, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Virginia, Washington, Women | Tagged black lives matter, Dana Loesch, Darrell Moore, Defend Movement, Dignity and Power Now, first amendment, Gail Crompton McHugh, james diossa, Jennifer Boylan, Jeronimo Yanez, Lisa Peterson, moms demand action, National Rifle Association, NRA, Philando Castile, RISIST, Roger Williams National Memorial, second amendment, Tamika Mallory, The Reverence Project, United States Department of Justice, Women's March | 3 Responses
By Kenny Day on April 17, 2017
Since 2012, people have been protesting under the slogan “Black Lives Matter.” But there is an additional issue here: why is it that a black life matters only when it’s taken by a police officer?
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, National News, Prison op/ed project, Race & Racism | Tagged Alton Sterling, black lives matter, chicago, eric garner, Eric Harris, Freddie Gray, Keith Lamont Scott, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Samuel DuBose, sandra bland, Sean Bell, Tamir Rice, Terrance Crutcher, Walter Scott | Leave a response
By Christopher Joseph on January 30, 2017
You don’t have to choose one kind of protest or the other–you can participate in any or all with whichever methods you see fit and whatever tactics suit your beliefs. However, you should respect and support fellow anti-Trump protestors for the sake of building strong alliances and finding common ground to rely on in the future.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged black lives matter, donald trump, hillary clinton, IWW, Resist Hate RI, Richard Spencer, Working Families Party | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 12, 2016
RI State Representative Jan Malik said that when re-posted a picture of 25 flag-draped coffins of American soldiers killed in battle, he didn’t notice that the picture and text came from right-wing political activist, musician and racist Ted Nugent.
By Grant Metts on August 16, 2016
Mike Araujo agreed to meet with me a second time for another podcast, so here it is! Topics include revolution, agency, and the labor movement (if there is such a thing–opinions differ). We also talked a little about the aspirational and inspirational Black Lives Matter platform, but we had some slight disagreements as to the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 22, 2016
“We need police accountability now because no one feels safe in our community,” said Community Safety Act Campaign Coordinator, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged black lives matter, Cathedral Square, Community Safety Act, CSA, FANG Collective, Helen McDonald, jorge elorza, kennedy plaza, Luis Aponte, Nick Katkevich, PERA, Providence City Council, Providence City Hall, Providence External Review Authority, Providence Public Safety Complex, seth yurdin, Steven Pare | 7 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on July 13, 2016
“Let the revolution continue,” Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president, told RI Future in an exclusive interview yesterday, hours after Bernie Sanders conceded defeat in campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “We are Plan B for Bernie,” she said, “As Bernie himself said, it’s a movement, not a man!” Stein, who will […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 10, 2016
“The 2nd line can be seen as just a parade but it is a deeply powerful and solemn expression of homecoming and love.”
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Events, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Alton Sterling, black lives matter, Philando Castile | 1 Response
By Jessica Holden Sherwood on July 7, 2016
#AltonSterling and #PhilandoCastile are the latest trending hashtags, representing people of color killed by the police on video. If you’re like me, the outpouring of emotion on social media is both cathartic and frustrating. I clicked the “Sad” reaction on Facebook over and over, and then compiled this list for what else to do…
By Steve Ahlquist on March 15, 2016
On Sunday, March 20, at 11:30 am, The First Unitarian Church of Providence will hang a banner affirming that “Black Lives Matter” over its Benevolent St. entrance (just above the intersection with Benefit St.). It is an act of public witness to which all are welcome.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged black lives matter, Charles Blustein Ortman, First Unitarian Church of Providence, Standing on the Side of Love, Unitarian Universalist | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 19, 2016
Frances Fox Piven is a legend. Her work was instrumental in the creation of the welfare rights movement and the war on poverty. Last night, Piven gave a talk entitled “Strategic Voter Disenfranchisement: How Political Party Competition Shrinks the Electorate” at the RI Center for Justice
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, History, Occupy, Politics, Video, Women | Tagged Bernie Sanders, black lives matter, fight for 15, Frances Fox Piven, Occupy, RI Center for Justice, seiu | 5 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on January 31, 2016
A historic conference at Temple University intended to guide and radicalize activists in #BlackLivesMatter was held from January 8-10, 2016 in Philadelphia. We are going to post videos from the panels that have just become available online.
Posted in Featured | Tagged black lives matter, BlackLivesMatter, James Dupree, Megan Malachi, Nellie Bailey, Patrice K. Armstead, RECLAIMING OUR FUTURE: THE BLACK RADICAL TRADITION IN OUR TIME, RICKIE SANDERS | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on January 23, 2016
As previously reported, a historic conference at Temple University intended to guide and radicalize activists in #BlackLivesMatter was held from January 8-10, 2016 in Philadelphia. We are going to post videos from the panels that have just become available online. Tune in next week for further coverage of this historic conference. Titled War, Peace and Global […]
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Race & Racism | Tagged black lives matter, BlackLivesMatter, Glen Ford, Johanna Fernandez, RECLAIMING OUR FUTURE: THE BLACK RADICAL TRADITION IN OUR TIME, STEVEN SALAITA, Vijay Prashad | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2016
When speaker Marco McWilliams, director of Black Studies at Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) spoke about prison abolition and the dismantling of capitalism (admittedly long term goals) some in the audience showed visible reservations.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, History, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged black lives matter, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, First Unitarian Church of Providence, jim vincent, NAACP Providence Branch, Providence Community Safety Act, Providence Place Mall | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on January 4, 2016
Several months ago, a colleague and I were talking about the #BlackLivesMatter movement and he said candidly “Listen, I know this is probably racist if not insensitive but where is the issue of class in this whole thing?” That is not racist and it is not insensitive, it is common sense. White supremacy has always […]
Posted in Activism, Race & Racism | Tagged Angela Davis, black lives matter, BlackLivesMatter, Cornel West, DONALD TIBBS, Ewuare X. Osayande, Glen Ford, Hakim Pitts, JAMALA ROGERS, James Dupree, Johanna Fernandez, KEEANGA-YAMAHTTA TAYLOR, Larry Hamm, Mani Martinez, MEEJIN RICHART, Megan Malachi, Mumia Abu Jamal, Nellie Bailey, Pam Africa, PAMELA WHITNEY WILLIAMS, Patrice K. Armstead, RICKIE SANDERS, Robin D.G. Kelley, STEVEN SALAITA, Umi Selah, Vijay Prashad | 10 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on December 7, 2015
Race and racism is the topic of discussion in the press. Yet it remains to be seen if this discussion will include the use of the dreaded c-word (class) or dare use the g-verb of what harms people of color daily (gentrification). Here at RIFuture, we want to spice it up a little and talk about those issues as […]
Posted in Featured, Opinion, Race & Racism | Tagged black lives matter, Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Farid Ansari, jim vincent, Labor, lgbtq, Providence, Ray Rickman, Rhode Island | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 21, 2015
“Lead by people of color, the First National Trans March of Resilience… in numerous cities across the nation… [is] a way to honor the strength and resilience of trans lives, specifically the lives of trans people of color…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, LGBTQ, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Alejandra Blaze, black lives matter, Monay McNeil, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Transgender Day of Remembrance | Leave a response