By Will Weatherly on June 27, 2018
As the deadline to run for elected office came and went Wednesday afternoon, there are more than a few political newcomers—many young, and many centered around social justice—that could constitute the makings of a progressive wave in Rhode Island. Governor Most notable might be the governor’s race, where Matt Brown promises to give incumbent Governor […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2017
“When Wendy Becker came to me again and asked me to work on the conversion therapy ban, I had to say yes. Wendy was just amazing in her running the campaign for passage of this bill.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, Justice, LGBTQ, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, Donna Nesselbush, Edie Ajello, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Lisa Carcieri, Wendy Becker, Youth Pride Inc, YPI | 2 Responses
By William J Conley Jr on August 28, 2017
Put another way, it would be a net loss to Rhode Island should the team decide to relocate to another state, because we earn more revenue from the team than it would cost state taxpayers in subsidies.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, National News, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Apex, Capitol Television, Dominick Ruggerio, Donald Grebien, Donna Nesselbush, elizabeth crowley, General Assembly, James Doyle, PawSox, pawtucket red sox, senate finance committee, State House, william conley | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 31, 2017
Those advocating for the bill’s passage cheered when McNamara called for the bill to be passed, and cheered again when the bill overwhelmingly passed.
Posted in Featured, LGBTQ, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged Brian Newberry, conversion therapy, David Coughlin, Donna Nesselbush, Edie Ajello, House Health Education and Welfare Committee, Joseph McNamara, Kenneth Marshall, Michael Chippendale, Ramon Perez, Sherry Roberts | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 3, 2017
“At a time of intense vulnerability, [conversion therapy] made me feel more damaged, isolated and worthless…”
Posted in Featured, LGBTQ, Photos, State House, Video | Tagged conversion therapy, Dominick Ruggerio, Donna Nesselbush, Edie Ajello, General Assembly, Joseph McNamara, Joshua Miller, Nicholas Mattiello, Welch v Brown, Wendy Becker | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 13, 2017
“Cooperatives are part of the solution to the problem of working in a capitalist economy,” said Liz McDonnell, worker/owner of Fortnight Wine Bar in Providence, “in a traditional business workers sell their labor and the product of that labor belongs to the owner, not to the worker.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2016
Tobin doesn’t defend the church’s position of intolerance to homosexuality but instead seeks to demonstrate that Pope Francis can not be differentiated from the church’s anti-gay agenda.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 27, 2016
“The time, however, has come for me to speak out about the Catholic Church’s flawed view of gay marriage. The Church persists in placing ‘form over substance,” said Senator Donna Nesselbush, “I always say, we Christians should worry more about the quality of our love, rather than the gender of the person we love.”
By Steve Ahlquist on September 26, 2016
A march of over 50 people from Jenks Park in Central Falls to the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church near the Rhode Island Mall was held Sunday to demand driver’s licenses for all, regardless of immigration status.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Ana Quezada, Comité en Acción, Donna Nesselbush, frank ciccone, Gina Raimondo, james diossa, Nicholas Mattiello, Shelby Maldonado | Leave a response
By Jeremy Rix on June 20, 2016
Wage theft in Rhode Island may be a much bigger problem than robbery. And, as Steve Ahlquist previously reported, even high profile violators may be getting away with a slap on the wrist with workers left with little recourse.
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Labor, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Donna Nesselbush, Joseph Shekarchi, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, RI Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, wage theft | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 16, 2016
In the end, of course, they voted the bill down. It was such an unusual circumstance that Chairman Michael McCaffrey couldn’t quite get his head around how it was supposed to work.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Photos, State House, Video | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, Debbie Krieg, Dominick Ruggerio, Donna Nesselbush, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, frank lombardi, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Invenergy, Michael J. McCaffrey, Nick Katkevich, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Paul Fogarty, Providence Journal, Senate Judiciary Committee, Stephen Archambault, william conley | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 15, 2016
Rhode Island continues to respond to the terrible events that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in beautiful, moving and powerful ways. Last night hundreds gathered at the Roger Williams National Memorial, the site of our state’s very first Pride event 40 years ago, in solidarity, mourning and empowerment.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Gun Control, LGBTQ, Youth | Tagged Donna Nesselbush, Ethan Huckel, Gina Raimondo, Jennifer Smith Boylan, jorge elorza, josh miller, Kate Monteiro, moms demand action, Nicholas Mattiello, Pulse, RI Council for Muslim Advancement, TGI Network of RI, YPI | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on June 9, 2016
The Senate Judiciary Committee held for further study a bill that would give Burrillville residents a role in determining the tax rate a proposed power plant would pay to the town. The committee took six hours of testimony, before and after the full Senate session. About 50 people spoke, about two-thirds of who oppose the […]
By Jerry Elmer on June 7, 2016
“In short, the scare tactics used by Invenergy and its allies to oppose this provision of the Fogarty Bill are just not true.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Featured, Infrastructure, State House, Taxes | Tagged burrillville, CLF, Donna Nesselbush, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Invenergy, national grid, Nicholas Kettle, Paul Fogarty | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 25, 2016
Sen. Frank Ciccone III and Rep. Anastasia Williams introduced legislation (2016-S 2333 / 2016-H 7610) that would allow the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driving privilege licenses and permits to applicants unable to establish a lawful presence in the United States.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Anastasia Williams, Donna Nesselbush, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, itep, Juan Pichardo, Rachel Flum | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 16, 2015
Cho has denied all charges, said the organizers of the press conference, despite being found guilty in Connecticut of 43 charges of employment law violations, and being ordered to pay roughly $150,000 in a settlement with workers at stores in New Haven, CT, now closed.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Chung Cho, Donna Nesselbush, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, jesse strecker, Mike Araujo, Restaurant Opportunities Center of RI, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 18, 2015
A protest outside the upscale downtown Providence deli Gourmet Heaven was scheduled for the same day that three workers filed a case in district court for non-payment of wages. Six more workers are expected to join the case later this week, alleging a total of $140,000 in unpaid wages over two years.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Chung Cho, Donna Nesselbush, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, jesse strecker, jobs with justice, US Department of Labor | 1 Response