By Bob Plain on March 28, 2016
Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline tells RI Future about his trip to Cuba, the lack of a free press and other human rights abuses under the Castro regime, how the Cuban economy works, and how it doesn’t work – and whether or not Congress is serious about lifting the embargo.
By Steve Ahlquist on March 15, 2016
Recently protesters have been excluded from attending public events and come under increased scrutiny from various law enforcement agencies.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Clear River Energy Center, David Cicilline, East Providence High School, first amendment, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, James Langevin, Lorraine Savard, Marie Aberger, Mike Miranda, NORAD, Pawtucket Visitor's Center, Peter Nightingale, Sheldon Whitehouse | 6 Responses
By Bob Plain on March 10, 2016
CVS, one of Rhode Island’s largest employer and best-known national brands, is taking a stand against LGBT discrimination. The pharmacy/drug store chain is the latest corporate backer of Congressman David Cicilline’s Equality Act bill that would extend Civil Rights protections to gay, lesbian and transgender Americans. “As a leading health care company, we are proud […]
By Peter Nightingale on March 7, 2016
As part of the “FANG needs YOU: To protest Governor Raimondo to confront Governor Raimondo” campaign, I went to the NORAD event to confront our governor about her support for fossil fuels.
Posted in Activism, Business & Tech, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Economic Development, Featured, Narragansett Bay, Transportation | Tagged David Cicilline, fang, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, James Langevin | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 7, 2015
Governor Raimondo, said Martley, “didn’t want to talk to us… she said ‘we’ll meet with you’ and I said, ‘we’ve tried to call your office and you’re still not making a date with us. Are you going to make a date with us when the power plant is already built?'”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Clear River Energy Center, David Cicilline, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, jack reed, Kathy Martley, Nick Katkevich, Sheldon Whitehouse, Spectra Energy | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 4, 2015
City Councilor Terrance Mercer missed three minutes of the September 23 Pawtucket City Council meeting. In doing so he avoided voting for (or against) a symbolic resolution in support of LGBT rights.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, LGBT, News, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Civil Rights Act of 1964, David Cicilline, Equality Act, HR 3185, Sandra Cano, Terrence Mercer | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 1, 2015
“Rhode Island and the Providence partnership that we’re doing together, represents the first city/state group to join this world wide 90-90-90 campaign.” said Dr. Alexander-Scott in announcing the new effort.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Photos, State House, Video | Tagged AIDS Care Ocean State, AIDS Project RI, David Cicilline, Gina Raimondo, jorge elorza, Kira Manser, Mr. Gay Rhode Island, Nicole Alexander-Scott, Paul Fitzgerald, Philip Chan, PrEP, Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island HIV Prevention Coalition, Richie DeFilippo, RIDOH, Stephen Hourahan, UNAIDS 90–90–90 targets, world aids day | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 9, 2015
The best speaker at the ceremony was Larry Crudup, a homeless veteran who served ten years in the Army and ten additional years in the Army Reserves. who finally has a safe and private home to sleep in. “When I first saw the room,” says Crudup, “I fell in love with it.”
Posted in Featured, Homelessness, Video | Tagged David Cicilline, Gina Raimondo, jack reed, James Langevin, ri coalition for the homeless, RICH, Sheldon Whitehouse, Veterans for Tomorrow, Zero: 2016 | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2015
This year’s theme for AIDS Walk RI was “Keeping Hope Alive” and despite the reality of nearly 100 new cases of HIV being diagnosed in our state every year, there is hope that one day HIV will be eradicated.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Health Care, History, LGBT, Photos, Video | Tagged AIDS Care Ocean State, AIDS Project Rhode Island, David Cicilline, Guy Abelson, Hope Harris, Hope Harris Award, jorge elorza, Nicole Alexander-Scott, Paul Fitzgerald, Philip Chan, PrEP, Providence Gay Men's Chorus, RI Department of Health, Ronald Lewis, seth magaziner | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 20, 2015
The new status makes the RIHS, the fourth oldest historical society in the United States, one of 204 Smithsonian Affiliates nationwide, and the only affiliate in the state.
Posted in Events, Featured, History, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged C. Morgan Grefe, Dan McKee, David Cicilline, Harold Closter, James Langevin, Museum of American History, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island Hostorical Society, RIHS, Smithsonian, Smithsonian Affiliate | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 27, 2015
Sister Ann Keefe “was not a saint, she was better than that. She was human,” said her sister Kathy Keefe to an impressive crowd of 200 people at the newly christened Sister Ann Keefe Post Office at 820 Elmwood in Providence.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Education, Events, Featured, International News, Labor, Music, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Elijah Matthews, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, James Langevin, Kathy Keefe, Mary Blanchet, Pamela Matthews, Sister Ann, Sister Ann Keefe Post Office, Victoria Matthews, ¡City Arts!, ¡City Arts! Bucket Drummers | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on July 24, 2015
Congressman David Cicilline (D- RI) announced historic legislation to expand upon the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and provide protections for the LGBT community in several areas, including public accommodations, housing, employment, federal funding, education, credit, and jury service. Announced in Washington, D.C., the bill, known as the Equality Act, has been introduced in both […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Congress, Featured, LGBT, News, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged bisexual, center for american progress, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Cory Booker, David Cicilline, Elisha Aldrich, Equality Act, gay, Human Rights Campaign, lesbian, LGBT, National Center for Transgender Equality, Steny Hoyer, Tammy Baldwin, transgender | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
“I didn’t plan to be homeless,” said Narcheline Vasquez, “One day, my job was gone like people in Rhode Island experience all too often. Within months, I lost my apartment and had nowhere to go. We stayed in a few temporary situations until finally… Lucy’s Hearth offered me a home.”
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Economic Development, Events, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Jennifer Barrera, Lucy's hearth, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, middletown, Narcheline Vazquez, Susan Erstling | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on June 15, 2015
The right to vote is a key proponent in what makes the American government work. But, for many Americans, there are barriers to the expression of that right. U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), has just introduced the Automatic Voter Registration Act (H.R. 2694), a bill that would help to break down many of those barriers, […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Congress, Elections, Featured, Politics, Video | Tagged Congressman Jim Langevin, David Cicilline, Elisha Aldrich, engagement, Jane Koster, legislation, Nellie Gorbea, oregon, participation, registration, Steve Ahlquist, Think Progress, US House of Representatives, video, voter, Voting | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 27, 2015
According to Perez, Seattle “has had the highest minimum wage in the country over the last twelve years, and they have no tipped credit… If the opponents were correct, then every time you fly to Seattle, you ought to bring a bagged lunch, because all the restaurants should be going out of business.”
Posted in Economy, Featured, Labor, National News, State House, White House | Tagged Barack Obama, Bob Bacon, David Cicilline, gayle goldin, Gina Raimondo, Gold International Machinery, minimum wage, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, tipped minimum wage, Tom Perez | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 25, 2015
“Paid leave is good for business and employees,” said Cicilline, “Supporting programs like paid leave promotes [employee] retention, recruitment of employees and improves productivity.”
Posted in Economy, Featured, National News, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Barrack Obama, Dan Gold, David Cicilline, District 1199 SEIU, gayle goldin, george nee, Gold International Machinery, jack reed, James Langevin, Lead on Leave, LNA Laser Technology, paid leave, Patrick Quinn, Rhode Island AFL-CIO, RI Department of Labor and Training, Scott Jensen, Tom Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 18, 2015
Protesters describe the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as “a corporate power grab disguised as a trade deal.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Congress, corporate greed, Featured, International News, National News, White House | Tagged Chris Curry, David Cicilline, EFF, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Everette Aubin, Occupy Providence, Pat Fontes, Randall Rose, RI Coalition to Defend Human & Civil Rights, RI MoveOn, RI Progressive Democrats of America, RI Sierra Club, Robert Malin, Susan Walker, tpp, Trans Pacific Partnership | 1 Response
By Alicia Vanasse on November 12, 2014
The votes have been cast and counted, the public has spoken and our officials have been elected. Before our new slate of state and local office holders start to govern, R.I. Future asked some of Rhode Island political experts for their advice and words of wisdom for Governor-elect Gina Raimondo and Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza. Keep the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 5, 2014
The night was not without suspense. There was a collective sigh of relief when channels 10 and 12 called the Providence mayoral race for Jorge Elorza, preventing the embarrassment and inevitable scandals of a third Cianci administration (for the next four years anyway, will a 77 year old Buddy try again in 2018?)