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 […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on August 4, 2017
“I’m sorry we’re not doing a better job,” said Representative Moira Walsh. “I’m sorry that we’re not making it as easy as is physically possible to become a citizen of this great country.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on August 3, 2017
“I disagree with with my opponent [Warren] a lot more than I disagree with the president,” said Diehl.
Posted in Activism, Fall River MA, Featured, Massachusetts, National News, Photos, Politics, Video | Tagged bill rappleye, Christopher Wray, democrat, donald trump, Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren, Fall River Democratic Committee, Fall River MA, FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Geoffrey Diehl, Jeff Merkley, Judy Conrad, Kirsten Gillibrand, Massachusetts House of Representatives, republican, Ron Wyden, Tony's Gas and Repair, United States Senate | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 1, 2017
Jordan Hevenor and Emily Boucher represent thousands of Rhode Island women who want the General Assembly to codify Roe v Wade into state law now.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, News, Photos, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Armenian Heritage Park, Democrats, Dominick Ruggerio, donald trump, Emily Boucher, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Jordan Hevenor, Ladder 133, Michael McCaffrey, Nicholas Mattiello, Reproductive Health Care Act, RHCA, Rhode Island Senate, Roe. v. Wade, Supreme Court, Woman Project | 6 Responses
Assembly leadership needs to see a big threat to status quo before protecting reproductive rights say legislators
By Steve Ahlquist on July 30, 2017
“Until such a time [that House leadership] feels as though the law as currently exists in the state of Rhode Island [is under threat] there really isn’t that real sense of urgency to codify [Roe v Wade at the state level],” said Representative Kenneth Marshall.
Posted in Bristol, Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Dominick Ruggerio, donald trump, Erin Lynch Prata, James Seveney, Kenneth Marshall, Michael McCaffrey, Nicholas Mattiello, Reproductive Health Care Act, RHCA, Rhode Island Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court, Warren Wollschlager | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 30, 2017
Carly Crystal is a combat veteran discharged from the military just before the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and spent four years on the streets as a homeless veteran.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Defense, Events, Featured, Health Care, Justice, LGBTQ, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Carly Crystal, donald trump, Ethan Huckel, Jaye Watts, Milá Kingsley, Nika Lomazzo, Project Weber/RENEW, Tatiana Jones, TGI Network | Leave a response
By Randall Rose on July 25, 2017
“It seems to me that Trump is setting things up so that, if the Obamacare repeal bill fails today, he will immediately take serious steps to undermine the investigation, such as by firing Sessions.
By Steve Ahlquist on July 20, 2017
In Rhode Island, the top 1 percent of the state’s residents would receive an average tax cut of $86,610 compared with an average tax cut of just $430 for the bottom 60 percent of taxpayers in the state.
Posted in Class Warfare, Congress, Economics, Featured, National News, News, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Social Services, Taxes | Tagged donald trump, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, itep, Medicaid, Medicare, Rachel Flum | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2017
“We need fair trade that works for citizens and the environment! We are fighting to make NAFTA the trade deal it should be: one where workers are treated fairly, the environment is treated with respect, and corporations play by our rules, not their own.”
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Congress, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, Inequality, National News, Photos, Providence, Video, Virginia | Tagged Affordable Care Act, Bernie Sanders, Citizen Trade Watch, Communications Workers of America, donald trump, Karen Malcolm, Larry Cohen, lauren niedel, Liz King, NAFTA, National Governor Association, North American Free Trade Agreement, Our Revolution, Preserve Our Healthcare Coalition, Rand Wilson, republican, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rose Espinola, Terry McAuliffe, United States Congress, Virginia | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2017
“Police enforce criminal law, but immigration law is civil. Using police to enforce civil law is unconstitutional,” said Jim Cowan, speaking for the Standing on the Side of Love Committee at First Unitarian Church in Providence.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Immigration, LGBTQ, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU, CBP, Customs and Border Protection, donald trump, First Unitarian Church of Providence, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Immigration Protection Ordinance, Jim Cowan, Law Enforcement Agency, LEA, RI Pride, Standing on the Side of Love Committee | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 14, 2017
“We’re talking about a piece of legislation that’s going to ensure that our fundamental right to our own bodies is protected,” said Kristina Fox, “If we don’t have this, and Roe v Wade gets overturned, we know that women are going to suffer. Women will die. It’s going to have a hugely negative impact on us… Our lives depend on it. I think that’s something that could be a little bit more acknowledged.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, Reproductive Rights, State House, Video | Tagged Camille Vella Wilkinson, Capri Catanzaro, donald trump, gayle goldin, grace diaz, Joseph Shekarchi, Kristina Fox, Lauren Carson, Reproductive Heath Care Act, RHCA, Rhode Island Democratic Party, Rhode Island Democratic Party Women's Caucus, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, Rhode Island’s Resistance Summer program, RIDP, Roe. v. Wade, Shelby Maldonado, Supreme Court, Tolulope Kevin Olasanoye, Tracy Ramos, Young Democrats of America | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 7, 2017
Recent actions by Raimondo have only served to further confuse her environmental stance.
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Climate, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure | Tagged Andrew Stewart, David Oppenheimer, donald trump, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Joanne Borodemos, Judy Huguenin, Kathy Martley, Lorraine Savard, Mary Pendergast, Michael Polsky, Ogie's Trailer Park, Our Revolution-RI, Paris Climate Agreement, Sally Mendzela, Scott Pruitt, United States Climate Alliance | 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 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.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Climate, Energy, Featured, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Burnside Park, Clamte Action RI, Climate Anxiety Counseling Booth, donald trump, Jen Long, Kate Schapira, Paris Accord, portable floodline, PVDFest, Resist Hate RI | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 1, 2017
“We don’t know if he’s actually going to do it,” said Timmons Roberts about Trump “cancelling” the Paris Accords, “We’re waiting to hear. We think very well that he might. We’re here because we care enough to try to defend this important treaty…”
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Infrastructure, International News, People, Photos, Science, Video | Tagged Brown University, Dave Gerraughty, donald trump, Energize RI, Energize RI Clean Energy Investment and Carbon Pricing Act of 2017, greg gerritt, Kate Schapira, national grid, Paris climate accords, Rhode Island General Assembly, RI Future, Timmons Roberts, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 23, 2017
“I listen to the radio quite a bit,” said Robert Boehm, president of the Providence FOP, “and the CSA has become that negative word for a lot of people who look at the struggle that we’re going through with this.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Justice, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Youth | Tagged Bryan Principe, Community Safety Act, Courtney Hawkins, CSA, CSA Working Group, donald trump, gang database, Hugh Clements, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Justice Gaines, Kate Sabatini, Linda Heng, Martha Yager, Mary Kay Harris, Michael Correia, Nick Freeman, PERA, PERC, Peter Kilmartin, Providence City Council, Providence External Review Authority, Providence External Review Committee, Providence FOP, Providence Police Department, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Robert Boehm, Sabina Matos, Shannah Kurland, Steven Pare, Terrence Hassett | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 18, 2017
The third meeting of the Community Safety Act Working Group got into the more contentious elements of the ordinance. At issue is the so-called “gang database” used by the Providence Police Department to track gang members and affiliations.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Justice, Providence, Race & Racism, Youth | Tagged Bryan Principe, Community Safety Act, Courtney Hawkins, CSA, CSA Working Group, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, gang database, Hugh Clements, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Kate Sabatini, Martha Yager, Nick Freeman, PERA, Peter Kilmartin, PPD, Providence City Council, Providence External Review Authority, Providence Police Department, Providence Student Youth Movement, PrSYM, Robert Boehm, Shannah Kurland, Steven Pare, Terrance Hassett | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 18, 2017
President Donald Trump was greeted by hundreds of protesters calling for his impeachment and resignation when he traveled to New London, Connecticut yesterday.
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By Steve Ahlquist on May 15, 2017
“We have an unpredictable president. Every day, every week he seems to do something that we never thought, never imagined he would do. We imagine that he will do everything he can to get a Supreme Court that will undo he Roe v Wade rights that we have treasured since 1973.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, National News, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged donald trump, Edie Ajello, gayle goldin, Girls Rock! Rhode Island, Our Voice Our Choice art-in, Reproductive Health Care Act of 2017, RI Right to Life, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Shimmy Mob What Cheer! Band, The Woman Project HQ | 1 Response
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 […]
Posted in Activism, Congress, Elections, Events, Featured, International News, National News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Burnside Park, donald trump, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Indivisible RI, jack reed, Jane Tucker, Randall Rose, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island Working Families Party, Sheldon Whitehouse | Leave a response