By Bob Plain on October 11, 2017
Congressman David Cicilline’s new bill won’t actually drain the swamp out of Trump Administration, but it could give America a better glimpse at that ecosystem. It’s called the DRAIN The Swamp Act, or the Determining if Regulatory Actions are in the Interest of the Nation or the Swamp Act, and it would require “agencies to […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 25, 2017
Groundbreaking ceremonies are little rituals. Politicians and business people come together, don hard hats and grab shovels in pantomime of laborers, and toss dirt in the air.
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, Labor, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged ambridge Innovation Center, Bonnie Nickerson, Brown University's School of Professional Studies, christina paxson, CIC, David Cicilline, Dominick Ruggerio, Gina Raimondo, I-195 land, Innovation and Design District, Innovation Building, jack reed, James Berens, James Langevin, Johnson & Johnson, Nicholas Mattiello, PPPs, public-private partnerships, Rabbi Yehuda, Sheldon Whitehouse, Stefan Pryor, Temple Beth-El, Tim Rowe, Wexford Innovation Complex | 10 Responses
By Bob Plain on September 12, 2017
When it comes to Medicare for All, Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is split down the middle. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline both cosponsor such bills in their respective chambers, while Senator Jack Reed and Congressman Jim Langevin are both still undecided. Whitehouse made news recently as an early cosponsor of Vermont Senator Bernie […]
Posted in Congress, Featured, Health Care | Tagged cicilline, Congress, David Cicilline, healthcare, jack reed, jim langevin, langevin, Medicare for All, reed, Sheldon Whitehouse, whitehouse | 2 Responses
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…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, LGBTQ, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, BIRC, Brown Immigrant Rights Coalition, Burnside Park, Carmen Castillo, CASO, Coalition of Advocates for Student Opportunities, DACA, David Cicilline, Deborah Gonzalez, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, gayle goldin, Gina Raimondo, grace diaz, james diossa, Javier Juarez, jorge elorza, Marta V Martínez, Nirva LaFortune, PIRC, Providence Immigrant Rights Coalition, providence student union, Rhode Island State House, Roger Williams University, Sabina Matos, Tatiana Hall | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on September 5, 2017
Rhode Island’s all-Democratic congressional delegation reacted harshly today after the White House confirmed President Donald Trump plans to upend immigration status for 800,000 Americans by eliminating DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. “President Trump’s priorities are backwards,” said Senator Jack Reed. “This decision is shameful and cruel,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. “America has […]
Posted in Congress, Featured, Immigration | Tagged Ccilline, DACA, David Cicilline, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, jack reed, jim langevin, langevin, reed, Rodrigo Pimentel, Sheldon Whitehouse, Trump, whitehouse | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 18, 2017
“That was a moment when the President of the United States should have had the ability and the willingness to look into a camera and say, ‘This is disgraceful. The KKK and neo-Nazis and white supremacists do not belong on the streets of this city. They are undermining core American values,’” said Representative David Cicilline […]
Posted in Congress, Cumberland, Featured, National News, Politics, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged A Better Deal, Barrack Obama, David Cicilline, donald trump, Sebastian Gorka, Steve Bannon, Steven Miller | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 28, 2017
Less than two weeks after the un-debate, four of the five candidates who qualified for the ballot in the race to be the Ward 3 city councilor from Providence once again took the stage, this time to answer questions, not just listen to the concerns of residents.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Education, Elections, Featured, Housing, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Angel Tavares, buddy cianci, Daniel Chaika, David Cicilline, David Lallier, jorge elorza, Kevin Jackson, Mark Santow, MLK Elementary School, Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, Observatory Neighborhood Association, Rebecca LaFortune, Summit Neighborhood Association, Ted Nesi, ward 3 | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 5, 2017
Shawna Rihani declared that “we want an independent commission not under the authority of the President, that is properly resourced and pursued free of partisan interests. We want Congress to require Trump to release his taxes and clarify his business interests.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Politics, Video | Tagged Aaron Redunberg, Andy Accioli, Capri Catanzaro, David Cicilline, donald trump, gayle goldin, Indivisible, Indivisible RI, Jordan Hevenor, Mark J Ryan, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island General Assembly, Rhode Island Right to Life, RI Chapter WMW, ri progressive democrats, Russia, Sam Bell, Shanna Wells, Shawna Rihani, Single Payers RI, Steven Belaus, The Woman Project | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 21, 2017
The Community Safety Act (CSA), a city ordinance that prohibits profiling not just by race but expands the list of protections to include gender identity, gender expression and housing status, passed the Providence City Council 12-0, with three city councilors absent.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, LGBTQ, New York, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Youth | Tagged AFSC-SENE, American Friends Service Committee – South East New England, Bryan Principe, Carmen Castillo, Change the NYPD, Community Safety Act, CSA, DARE, David Cicilline, David Salvatore, direct action for rights and equality, EFF, Electronic Frontiers Foundation, Jo-Ann Ryan, John Igliozzi, jorge elorza, Kevin Jackson, Luis Aponte, Mary Kay Harris, Michael Correia, Nicholas Narducci, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, ona, Peter Kilmartin, Providence City Council, Providence City Council Ordinance Committee, Providence Fraternal Order of Police, Providence Police Department, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Sabina Matos, Samuel Zurier, seth yurdin, Shahid Buttar, Sophia Wright, STEP-UP Network, Steven Pare, Terrence Hassett, wilbur jennings | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 6, 2017
“If the Holocaust has taught us anything it is that when regular folks go silent in the face of tyranny, bad things happen and their silence favors the oppressor,” said the organizers of Never Again Means Never Again, a multi-faith, multi-denominational gathering that took place at the Holocaust Memorial on The River Walk in Providence […]
Posted in Activism, Barrington, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Immigration, LGBTQ, National News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged Abraham's Tent, AHOPE, Aisha Manzoor, Americans Helping Others Prosper, Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island, David Cicilline, donald trump, Ehsun Mirza, Gina Raimondo, Holocaust, Holocaust Memorial, Interbelief Club of Wheeler, Islamic School of Rhode Island, ISRI, jack reed, James Langevin, Jewish Community Center, MAE organization for the Homeless, More Than My Religion, Never Again Means Never Again, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, Rhode Island Council of Churches, Rhode Island School of Design, RICMA, Sarah Mack, Sisterhood of Salam Shalom, SOSS | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 26, 2017
“This is their long standing opposition to Medicare [and] Medicaid” said Whitehouse, “We thought we had those zombies buried, but they’re coming back out of the earth again and they walk the planet, and we need to put them back in the ground where they belong.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Congress, Disability Services, Elections, Events, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, National News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Bernie Sanders, Brown Students for the Affordable Care Act, Chuck Schumer, Clinica Esperanza, David Cicilline, donald trump, Economic Progress Institute, healthsource ri, jack reed, James Langevin, Jonathan Staloff, Lamar Alexander, Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare for All, Neil Gorsuch, obamacare, Patrick Quinn, Protect Our Healthcare Coalition RI, public option, Rachel Flum, Republican Party, Rhode Island College, seiu 1199, Sheldon Whitehouse, single payer | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 13, 2017
The RI congressional delegation, including Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline in the ‘hot seat’ for about 90 minutes of questions from sometimes angry and confrontational constituents.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Congress, Corporate Greed, East Providence, Events, Featured, Housing, Immigration, Inequality, Infrastructure, International News, Minimum Wage, National News, Photos, Politics, Video | Tagged 1996 Congressional Review Act, aca, Affordable Care Act, Ben Carson, burrillville, Chris Murphy, Citizens United, Dan Coats, David Cicilline, Deborah Lennon, Democratic Socialists of America, Dick Blumenthal, donald trump, East Providence High School, Georgia Hollister-Isman, HUD, Indivisible RI, jack reed, James Kennedy, James Langevin, Jamestown Sanctuary, Jametown Town Council, Jane Tucker, Jeff Sessions, Linda McMahon, Merrick Garland, Neil Gorsuch, obamacare, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Town Hall, Roland Gauvin, Samuel Bell, Sheldon Whitehouse, Small Business Administration, Steven Fischbach, Transport Providence, Unity Government, Working Families Party of RI | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 9, 2017
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be appearing, along with the entire Senator Jack Reed and Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline, at the East Providence High School auditorium on Sunday at 2pm.
Posted in Congress, Featured, National News, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged David Cicilline, donald trump, East Providence High School, Ian Millhiser, jack reed, James Langevin, Nathan Bishop Middle School, Neil Gorsuch, Sheldon Whitehouse, Supreme Court, ThinkProgress | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2017
Cheryl Al-Sasah’s story about a boy who is fleeing Syria for the safety of America is a perfect example of what’s going so wrong with our country right now.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Abdelnasser Hussein, AHOPE, Americans Helping Others Prosper, Cheryl Al-Sasah, Coalition for Safer Rhodes, Community Safety Act, CSA, DARE, David Cicilline, direct action for rights and equality, Donald Anderson, donald trump, FANG Collective, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gina Raimondo, Islamic School of Rhode Island, Jeanine Calkin, jorge elorza, Laufton Ascencao-Longo, Michele Dardashti, Mufti Ikram ul Haq, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, RICMA, sanctuary, Sarath Suong, Seena Chan, seth magaziner, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sophia Wright, Sterk Zaza, syria, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado, Working Families Party RI | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2017
Two thousand people arrived at the Rhode Island State House Saturday afternoon to protest President Donald Trump’s executive orders targeting Muslims and refugees.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, Photos, Politics, Religion, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Abdelnasser Hussein, David Cicilline, Donald Anderson, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gina Raimondo, Jeanine Calkin, jorge elorza, Laufton Ascencao, Michele Dardashti, Mufti Ikram ul Haq, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Sarath Suong, seth magaziner, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sofia Wright, Sterk Zara, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 29, 2017
One thing became very clear, very quickly: People wanted Whitehouse to actively push back against Trump, and they do not expect compromise or any more “Yes” votes on Trump’s cabinet picks.
Posted in Congress, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, National News, News, Video | Tagged ACLU, Barbara Mikulski, Bernie Sanders, Central Intelligence Agaency, cia, David Cicilline, Democratic Party, Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS, donald trump, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, hillary clinton, jack reed, James Langevin, James Mattis, Mike Pompeo, Ray Trinque, Republican Party, rex tillerson, Scott Pruitt, Steve Bannon, Supreme Court, Tom Price, Warwick Public Library | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 27, 2017
Rhode Island residents who make $54,000 a year or less may be entitled to an earned income tax credit as well as free tax preparation.
Posted in Economics, Featured, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Barbara Cottam, Ben Lessing, citizens bank, Community Care Alliance, Comprehensive Community Action, David Cicilline, earned income tax credit, Economic Progress Institute, EITC, Federal Hill House, gayle goldin, Gina Raimondo, Internal Revenue Service, IRS, James Langevin, Joanne McGunagle, jorge elorza, Providence VITA Coalition, Rachel Flum, Rhode Island Community Action Association, Rhode Island State House, RICAA, Sara Morales, Scotte Slater, seth magaziner, Sheldon Whitehouse, Tony Maione, United Way of Rhode Island, VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2017
“We depend on this,” said Gina Rombley, “We are a small business. My parents depend on this, my daughter depends on this… You can’t take something away from so many people that need it.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Health Care, Johnston, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged aca, Adam Miner, Affordable Care Act, American College of Physicians, Bernie Sanders, David Cicilline, donald trump, Gina Raimondo, Gina Rombley, jack reed, James Langevin, Jane Hayward, Johnston Senior Center, Joseph Polisena, Maureen Maigret, Medicaid, Medicare, Nitin Damle, obamacare, Rhode Island Health Center Association, Senior Agenda Coalition, Sheldon Whitehouse | 13 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 16, 2016
“The results of the recent election isn’t going to erode our core beliefs. It’s not going to weaken our commitment to our core beliefs.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged David Cicilline, donald trump, First Unitarian Church of Providence, Gina Raimondo, Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free Rhode Island, seth magaziner | 7 Responses
By Bob Plain on December 6, 2016
Rhode Island’s junior member of Congress just got his first leadership position. Congressman David Cicilline announced yesterday he’s the co-chair of the the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. “The Democratic Party needs to do a better job of listening and communicating our positions on the issues important to hard-working middle class families across this […]