By Bob Plain on November 8, 2017
Obamacare, Medicaid, or private health insurance isn’t the only way to get to see a doctor. Once a year in downtown Providence, students from Brown University’s Alpert School of Medicine hold a free health clinic at Burnside Park for anyone who might have unaddressed health issues. “Volunteers will take blood pressures and measure glucose to […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on October 6, 2017
“I’ve never understood the argument as to why we don’t ban high capacity magazine and assault weapons,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. “And it makes even less sense today.”
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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…”
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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.
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By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2017
“The GOP has made only cosmetic changes to their Trumpcare bill that do nothing to alter the bill’s fundamental problems. Make no mistake: this bill and the bill already passed by the House will have a devastating impact on people’s lives.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on June 5, 2017
A couple dozen climate activists took to the streets of Providence during PVDFest Saturday afternoon carrying a “portable floodline” to demonstrated what 11 feet of sea level rise might look like in our city by 2100.
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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 […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 18, 2017
“We stand in solidarity with Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, and all those on the front lines of the struggle for human rights,” said Benjamin Evans of the Rhode Island National Lawyer’s Guild.
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By Steve Ahlquist on December 23, 2016
“We light these lights for the spirit of resilience that remains after our strength has ebbed away, with the steadfast knowledge that even as the bullets echo repeatedly on bodies lying in the street, that the impunity of the powerful cannot last forever.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on October 16, 2016
“We oppose the damaging idea of moving the state’s bus hub to a worse location far from downtown, and pushing people without homes into other parts of Providence without adequate services.”
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By Bob Plain on July 7, 2016
Providence police try to document every incident when an officer pulls their gun on a suspect, but Clements said some officers don’t. “It’s an area that we constantly struggle with making sure that we document,” he said, noting that it happened at least 500 times in 2015.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2016
In the rotunda of City Hall advocates for the homeless gathered to release a new study validating the harassment and discrimination being felt on the streets and to demand that Mayor Elorza immediately instruct the Providence Police to stop their practice of criminalizing homelessness and harassing homeless individuals.
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By Bob Plain on December 1, 2014
There are two political gatherings today in Rhode Island that may have more in common with each other than it seems on the surface. In Providence, there is a “march against police violence” in solidarity with the on-going Ferguson protests at Burnside Park, 7pm. In North Kingstown, there is an “informational meeting” about the ongoing […]
By Bob Plain on October 14, 2012
It was a year ago today that well more than 1,000 people closed downtown streets with a huge march through the Providence and some of them capped the event by setting up a tent city. And with the band of income inequality activists known as Occupy Providence began its over 100-day stay in Burnside Park. […]
By Bob Plain on August 31, 2012
Occupy Providence is back in Burnside Park. But there are a couple of things different about this incarnation of the local 99 Percent movement. One difference is they aren’t camping this time around. Not yet, anyways. But they have been meeting daily in what activists call the People’s Park for a little over a week […]