Cranston City Council
By Steve Ahlquist on August 13, 2017
Organizer John Patrick, from the Cranston Action Network, collected over $20 from motorists to help finance the ACLU’s case against the ordinance.
Posted in Activism, Cranston, Featured, Homelessness, Photos, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Cranston Action Network, Cranston City Council, Cranston City Hall, Cranston Police Department, John Patrick, Michael Farina, Rolfe Park, William Smith | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 18, 2017
“It is unfortunate that Cranston has seen fit to enact another problematic anti-panhandling ordinance after acknowledging the unconstitutionality of its previous ordinance. The valuable tax dollars being spent to criminalize poverty could be put to much better use alleviating it.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Cranston, Criminal Justice, Featured, Homelessness, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Barbara Freitas, Cranston Action Network, Cranston City Council, criminalize poverty, Deborah Flitman, first amendment, Francis White Jr, House of Hope CDC, Karen Rosenberg, Labinger, Laura Jaworski, lynette labinger, panhandling, Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, rihap, Steven Brown | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 24, 2017
The Cranston City Council, under the guidance of new City Council President Michael Farina, is poised to adopt “Proposed Council Rules for 2017-2019” at a city council meeting tonight that would be in violation of the RI Open Meetings Act.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 16, 2017
The ordinance passed 5-4 on what Cranston City Council President Michael Farina called “straight party lines” but if the meeting was supposed to be Farina’s show, Councilor Steven Stycos stole it.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Cranston, Featured, Homelessness, Poverty, Video | Tagged Alan Fung, Christopher Paplauskas, Cranston City Council, John Lanni Jr, Josh Catone, Langston Hughes, Michael Araujo, Michael Favicchio, Michael Winquist, Paul Archetto, Paul McAuley, RI Jobs with Justice, Steven Stycos, Tom Wojick, Trent Colferd Sr | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 4, 2017
Fung and Farina claim that this new bill is not about criminalizing poverty but about public safety. Opponents of the bill say that the inevitable court challenge will waste thousands of city dollars at taxpayer expense.
Posted in Civil Rights, Cranston, Featured, Homelessness, Photos, Poverty, Video | Tagged Alan Fung, Cranston City Council, Cranston City Hall, John Donegan, Michael Farina, panhandling, Rhode Island ACLU | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2017
The ACLU has sent a letter to Cranston City Council President Michael Farina asking that he, “clarify to the public that non-disruptive recordings of municipal meetings are allowed under the law.”
By Steve Ahlquist on January 24, 2017
“The ordinance is unquestionably targeting poor people,” said Sara, who was holding an unwieldy toddler for half her testimony.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Cranston, Featured, Homelessness, Inequality, Poverty, Video | Tagged Alan Fung, Christopher Rawson, Cranston, Cranston City Council, Cranston Police Department, John Lanni Jr, Josh Catone, Michael Farina, Michael Favicchio, Michael Winquist, panhandling, Rhode Island ACLU, Steven Stycos | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 20, 2016
Invenergy was not on the official agenda but power plant opponents from Burrillville and Woonsocket used the public comment period, listed on the agenda as “Citizen’s Good and Welfare” to let their opinions be known.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Photos, Video, Woonsocket | Tagged Albert Brien, Bill Potvin, burrillville, Burrillville Land Trust, Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, Carole Pichette, Christopher Beauchamp, Cranston City Council, Daniel Gendron, Denise Potvin, Denise Sierra, FANG Collective, Gerry L'Heureux, Invenergy, James Cournoyer, Jilson Avenue water treatment plant, jon brien, Ken Putnam Jr, Linda Perrault, lisa baldelli hunt, Lorraine Corey, Lynn Clark, Margaux Morrisseau, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, Melissa Murray, Michael McElroy, Nick Katkevich, Ocean State Power, Paul Roselli, Peter Nightingale, Richard Fagnant, Stephanie Sloman, Woonsocket, Woonsocket City Council | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 4, 2016
A billion dollar fossil fuel company can never be outspent or legally outmaneuvered by a small town with no state or federal support. The only way to win this battle is in the realm of public opinion, and the Burrillville Town Council, in failing to see this, may well have doomed the town’s effort to defeat the power plant.
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, News | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, Cranston City Council, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Invenergy, John Pacheco, lisa baldelli hunt, Michael McElroy, Oleg Nikolyszyn, Tracey Potvin Keegan, Woonsocket | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 5, 2016
Edgewood resident will be an independent voice for progressive change…
By RI Future on August 5, 2015
Further investigation is warranted, the letter argued, because “the public deserves to know whether the improper actions so thoroughly documented in this report were, somewhat incredibly, the only such abuses to take place, or whether there were other unknown victims of these violations of the public trust.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Elections, Featured, National News, News, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged Alan Fung, Cranston City Council, Cranston Police Department, Rhode Island State Police, riaclu, Steven Brown, TicketGate | Leave a response