By Will Weatherly on June 21, 2018
Graduate workers at Brown University announced a landmark agreement with the university Thursday afternoon, paving the way for one of the first collective bargaining agreements for graduate employees at a private institution in the country. Graduate teaching and research assistants at public universities have long had access to collective bargaining rights, as they fall under […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 19, 2017
Nancy MacLean was in Providence Tuesday to talk about her book Democracy in Chains, about little known economist James Buchanan, whose ideas shaped the Koch Brothers’ bid to permanently disable the democratic process in favor of unrestrained free-market capitalism.
Posted in Books, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Photos, Race & Racism, Video | Tagged Bell Street Church, Brown University, Brown v the Board of Education, Democracy in Chains, James Buchanan, John Calhoun, Justice Gaines, Koch Brothers, Nancy MacLean, RI Jobs with Justice, Selene Means | Leave a response
By Molly Naylor-Komyatte on September 29, 2017
Editor’s note: This post is part of a summer-long series, The Sociology of Trump. Every Friday RI Future will feature an essay written by a Brown University sociology student on an aspect of Trumpism. Read the introduction: Culture, power, and social change in the time of Trump. What does intellectual responsibility mean in these times? […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 26, 2017
“In closing, the Pokanoket Tribe wishes to once again extend our most sincere and heartfelt gratitude to all who have and continue to support our efforts to repatriate the ancestral lands of Potumtuk.”
Posted in Bristol, Civil Rights, Featured, Indigenous Americans, International News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged American Indian Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, Brown University, NAGPRA, National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, Organization of American States American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, Pocasset Tribe of the Pokanoket Nation, Pokanoket, Pokanoket Nation, Pokanoket Tribe, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, United States Constitution | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 25, 2017
On Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, Brown University and the present-day Pokanoket Tribe members encamped since Aug. 20, 2017, on property in Bristol, Rhode Island, signed an agreement regarding the land.
Here’s the agreement:
Posted in Activism, Bristol, Education, Featured, Indigenous Americans, International News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged Aquinnah, Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation, Brown University, Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Mount Hope Farm, Mt. Hope, Po Wauipi Neimpaug, Pocasset Tribe of the Pokanoket Nation, Pokanoket, Pokanoket Nation, Pokanoket Tribe, Pometacom Camp, Russell Carey, Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head | 1 Response
By Eric Mischell on September 22, 2017
What unique qualities and conditions of Donald Trump allowed for his election and, dually, what unique qualities of American society in 2016 allowed for the election of Trump?
Posted in Featured, Sociology of Trump | Tagged Brown University, Eric Mischell, Michael Kennedy, Sociology of Trump, Trump, Watson Institute, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs | Leave a response
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 11, 2017
“Shell’s facility sits on the banks of the Providence River, poised to spew toxic chemicals into our waters and our neighborhoods with no adequate safeguards in place,” said CLF president Bradley Campbell.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, National News, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Texas | Tagged Arkema, Bradley Campbell, Brown University, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Josh Block, Narragansett Bay, Narragansett Boat Club, Providence Harbor, Providence River, Providence Terminal East Side Tank Farm, Shell, Shell’s Providence Terminal, Timmons Roberts, Valero Energy | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 7, 2017
Brown contends that the Pokanoket encampment “is impeding the ability of museum employees and others to enter the property and conduct their work,” while the Pokanokets are beginning to question the idea that Brown is negotiating in good faith.
Posted in Activism, Bristol, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, History, Indigenous Americans, International News, Rhode Island | Tagged Aquina Tribe, Assonet Tribe, Brown University, Gay Head Tribe, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology’s Collections Research Center, Mashpee Tribe, Mt. Hope, Po Metacom encampment, Po Wauipi Neimpaug, Pokanoket Nation, Pokanoket Tribe, Potumtuk, Wampanoag | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on September 7, 2017
Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former labor secretary to President Barack Obama, is returning to Brown University, his alma mater, to teach a course this fall. “Today’s students at Brown will be tomorrow’s leaders,” Perez said in a statement from the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, where he will […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 6, 2017
“I know that Brown will do the right thing,” said Sagamore Po Wauipi Neimpaug of the Pokanoket Nation.
Posted in Activism, Bristol, Featured, History, Indigenous Americans, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Brown St Park, Brown University, Hope High School, Mt. Hope, Po Wauipi Neimpaug, Pokanoket Nation, Pokanoket Tribe, Potumtuk, Providence Police | 2 Responses
By MV on September 5, 2017
I want to begin this letter by making my background and intent clear. I write this letter as a person of color, the child of immigrants, a recent graduate, and as a part of the Brown community.
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 26, 2017
Po Metacom Camp issued three responses Friday evening to a Brown University letter that challenged the legitimacy of the Pokanoket Tribe.
Posted in Activism, Bristol, Civil Rights, Featured, History, Indigenous Americans, Justice, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged American Aborigine Tribal Trusts, Brown University, FANA, FANG Collective, Federation of Aboriginal Nations of America, Hague Trust Treaty, King Philip’s War, Mashpee, Mashpee Wampanoag, Metacom, NAIS, Narragansett Tribe, Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative, Neesu Wushuwunoag, Po Metacom Camp, Po Wauipi Neimpaug, Pokanoket Nation, Rhode Island Indian Council, Wampanoag, Yale University | Leave a response
By Bella Noka on August 25, 2017
As a Narragansett, I stand with the Pokanoket Tribal Nation against there recent attack from Brown University.
By Bob Plain on August 25, 2017
The steering committee for Brown University’s Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative is advising people dig deeper into the Pokanoket encampment/protest in Bristol, saying the Pokanoket people are not a federally or indigenously recognized Native American tribe. “While there is a long history of erasure and forced assimilation of Native peoples in the Northeast, meaning […]
By Maya Menefee on August 24, 2017
2017 marks a time of incredible political divide in the United States. While some might argue that Donald Trump is the wedge driving people apart, I argue that it is more accurate to say that he reveals the divisions that had already been festering for some time.
By Steve Ahlquist on August 21, 2017
“We’ve done everything possible to engage the powers that be in Rhode Island and they do not want to talk to us so this is the next step in trying to reach out. They’ve acted as though we are an invisible people. This was the only means left open to us.”
Posted in Activism, Bristol, Civil Rights, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Brown University, Gray Fox, Metacomet, Po Waupi Neimpaug, Pokanoket Nation, Pokanoket Tribe, Ray Watson, Running Bear | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on August 20, 2017
More than 50 Native Americans and their allies occupied waterfront land in Bristol on Sunday for what they called “a long term encampment,” saying the gorgeous spot overlooking Mt. Hope Bay belongs to the Pokanoket Tribe, not Brown University. “We as aboriginal citizens have been denied our birthright to our family’s land, our sovereignty rights, […]
By Julia Rosenfeld on August 18, 2017
“…while Trump shares many characteristics with Hitler — such as his influential charisma, scapegoating of minorities, hateful ideology and fascist supporters — historians have hesitated to draw too many similarities between them due to the presence of their obvious differences.”