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 29, 2017
“Donald Trump is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Indigenous Americans, Inequality, Infrastructure, LGBTQ, Massachusetts, National News, Newport, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Washington DC, Water | Tagged aaron regunberg, Adnan Adrian Wood-Smith, Brown University, citizens bank, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, donald trump, Elizabeth Hoover, General Assembly, islam, Kaylynn Polley, Lincoln School, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Michael Araujo, Mother Earth, People's Climate March, People’s Power and Light, Phoebe Roberts, Priscilla De La Cruz, Rhode Island State House, Rhode Island Student Climate Coalition, RI Jobs with Justice, Timmons Roberts, university of rhode island | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 25, 2017
The Rhode Island Coalition for Reproductive Justice gathered to voice their support for the Reproductive Health Care Act, a bill that would protect safe and legal abortion in Rhode Island.
Posted in Civil Rights, Domestic Violence, Featured, Health Care, News, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged ACLU, ACOG, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Catholics for Choice, Deborah DeBare, donald trump, Eugene Dyszlewski, General Assembly, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Healthy and the Safe Families and Workplaces Act, Humanists of Rhode Island, Jane Koster, League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, linda finn, NARAL, National Council of Jewish Women, Pew Research Center, Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island, Rebecca Kislak, Reproductive Health Care Act, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, Rhode Island Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Rhode Island National Organization for Women, Rhode Island Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Rhode Island Working Families, RI NOW, RICRJ, Roe. v. Wade, Steven Brown, US Supreme Court, Women's Fund of Rhode Island, Women’s Health and Education Fund of Rhode Island | 1 Response
By Len Katzman on April 13, 2017
The Portsmouth RI Democratic Town Committee passed a resolution supporting the “Reproductive Health Care Act,” which prohibits the state from interfering in a woman’s reproductive decision-making or restricting medically recognized methods of contraception or abortion.
Posted in Featured, News, Portsmouth, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged General Assembly, House Judiciary Committee, jim seveney, Len Katzman, Portsmouth RI Democratic Town Committee, Reproductive Health Care Act, Roe. v. Wade, Susan Donovan | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 5, 2017
“The truth is that when we say ‘sanctuary city’ we mean very different thing,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, “As a city, I will resist and we will object to any measure that takes our scarce law enforcement resources and causes us to de-prioritize focusing on violent criminals.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Ana Quezada, Anastasia Williams, Andrew Kagan, Christopher Vargas, David Coughlin, frank ciccone, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Homeland Security, House Judiciary, House Judiciary Committee, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Kelly, Justin price, Michael Araujo, Nicholas Mattiello, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Ramon Perez, Rhode Island State Police, RI ACLU, RI Jobs with Justice, riile, sanctuary city, Stacia Huyler, Steven Brown, terry gorman | 3 Responses
By Jennifer Boylan on March 26, 2017
Rhode Island can and should enact stronger laws to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. Please contact your elected officials and ask them to support H5510/S405 to protect Rhode Island’s most vulnerable residents: women, families, and children.
Posted in Connecticut, Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence, Featured, Gun Control, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Everytown for Gun Safety, General Assembly, Harold Metts, Rhode Island Coalition of Domestic Violence, Teresa Tanzi | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 12, 2017
Business advocacy groups are paying lobbyists extremely well to keep the 78,000 people working for minimum wage in Rhode Island as poor, desperate and hungry as possible.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Labor, Minimum Wage, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged ALEC, Consumer Price Index, CPI, Elizabeth Suever, Erin Donovan-Boyle, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, house finance, Lenette Boisselle, Martiesian & Associates, Newport County Chamber of Commerce, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, Roberts Carroll Feldstein & Peirce | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 8, 2017
Attorney General Kilmartin would not only not meet with Indivisible RI, he wouldn’t let them into his office.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Amy Kempe, Andy Acciaioli, Bob Plain, Deborah Lennon, Department of Homeland Security, Donald Lally Jr, donald trump, E-Verify, General Assembly, ice, Indivisible RI, jack reed, Jane Tucker, Mathew D. Lenz, Peter Kilmartin, Secure Communities, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 31, 2017
“We promise to work in the General Assembly to restore the legislative mandate for no-fare passes that worked very well for forty years.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Disability Services, Featured, Homelessness, Infrastructure, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged Bill Flynn, Economic Progress Institute, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Medicaid, Mental Health Recovery Coalition, No Fare Bus Pass Program, Office of Veterans Affairs, Ray Gagne, Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, ri coalition for the homeless, RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, RI Organizing Project, RIDEA, RIOVA, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance, Senior Agenda Coalition, Senior Agenda Coalition of RI | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 25, 2017
Providence City Councilor Sam Zurier will be, “looking for a targeted way to protect the water supply our City built and maintains from indiscriminate waste by the municipalities whose residents rely upon this resource.”
Posted in Climate, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Johnston, News, Providence | Tagged burrillville, General Assembly, Invenergy, Johnston, Providence City Council, Providence Water, Providence Water Supply Board, sam zurier, seth yurdin | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 23, 2017
After charges were presented today against former State Representative Raymond Gallison, Common Cause Rhode Island is calling on the state Board of Elections and state Ethics Commission to take immediate action.
Posted in Criminal Justice, Elections, Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Common Cause Rhode Island, General Assembly, john marion, Raymond Gallison, Rhode Island Board of Elections, Rhode Island Ethics Commission | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 18, 2017
It’s important to realize that the estate tax is literally a tax on dead millionaires… and money is presumably meaningless to them unless they are trying to get into Christian Heaven, where Jesus will tell them they can’t. (Matthew 19:24)
Posted in Activism, Business, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, News, Poverty, State House, Taxes | Tagged Bill Felkner, Bill Vernon, Deborah Ruggiero, donald trump, earned income tax credit, Economic Progress Institute, EITC, Estate Tax, General Assembly, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, jan malik, Jason Knight, Jesus Christ, John Hazen White Jr, Kate Brewster, Katie Davis, Laurie White, National Federation of Small Businesses, Nicholas Mattiello, patricia morgan, Providence Chamber of Commerce, R Kelly Sheridan, Ray Gallison, Robert Craven, Taco Inc | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 18, 2017
I would argue that at a certain point the no-fare bus pass evolved from mere program to cherished value as uniquely Rhode Island as our historic separation of church and state and our long standing policy of saying no to the death penalty.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Disability Services, Featured, Inequality, Photos, Poverty, Social Services, State House, Transportation, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, American Public Transportation Association, APTA, Christina Tate, Coalition to Preserve No-Fare Passes, Gabs Amor, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Harold Metts, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Marjorie Waters, Nicholas Mattiello, Ocean State Center for Independent Living, RIPTA, RIPTA No-Fare Bus Pass Program, RIPTA Riders, RIPTA Riders Alliance, Tim Flynn, Wayne Kezirian | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 14, 2017
National Grid cancels its plans to charge electric ratepayers to build more gas pipelines, because the plan was illegal.
Posted in Climate, Connecticut, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island | Tagged Algonquin Gas, CLF, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Conservation Law Foundation, CT DEEP, General Assembly, Herbert DeSimone III, Jerry Elmer, Margaret Curran, Marion Gold, Max Greene, Megan Herzog, national grid, New Hampshire PUC, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, RIPUC | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 5, 2017
As in the past two years, Governor Gina Raimondo, Senate President M Teresa Paiva Weed and Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello used the event to let the public know how deeply each was committed to social justice and the elimination of poverty in our state.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, Minimum Wage, News, Poverty, Religion, State House | Tagged Emily Jones, Fighting Poverty with Faith Vigil, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Ikram ul Haq, Jeff Goldwasser, John Kiley, Larry Berman, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Masjid al-Islam, Maxine Richman, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Temple Sinai | 2 Responses
By Aaron Regunberg on November 11, 2016
“In any and every instance that Rhode Island’s state government can throw up a shield to protect our constituents from the oncoming storm, we must do so. It is our moral and ethical and fundamental duty, and I pledge to do everything remotely within my power to to fulfill that responsibility.”
By Steve Ahlquist on November 2, 2016
Invenergy got a lot of bang for their buck. The company got the resolution they wanted from the town council passed and the Keable/Fogarty bill was defeated in the General Assembly.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, News | Tagged burrillville, Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, Energy Facilities Siting Board, frank lombardi, General Assembly, Invenergy, John Pacheco, Michael McElroy, Oleg Nikolyszyn, Paul Fogarty, Richard Licht, Steven Archambault, Tracey Potvin Keegan, william conley | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 31, 2016
What passed at the RIPUC on Monday is a band-aid, a temporary solution that won’t even get some Rhode Islanders through the first week of November.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured | Tagged Anastasia Williams, General Assembly, George Wiley Center, Henry Shelton Act, Herbert F DeSimone Jr, liheap, Margaret Curran, Marion Gold, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, RIPUC | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 12, 2016
The 5pm meeting was cancelled at 4:30. When meetings are scheduled on Friday afternoon and cancelled moments before the are to start on Monday, many people feel that there are shenanigans going on behind the scenes. At the very least, it shows a lack of concern for those who make the effort to attend.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged aaron regunberg, fields point, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Jo-Ann Ryan, Mary Pendergast, national grid, Ordinance Committee, Port of Providence, Providence City Council, seth yurdin, Terrence Hassett | 1 Response
By RI NOW on September 8, 2016
by Amanda Clarke and Melanie Carrazzo The RI NOW Political Action Committee (RI NOW PAC) announced their endorsements in anticipation of the state primary elections on September, 13 2016. The RI NOW PAC is excited to have so many candidates committed to improving the lives of women within the state of Rhode Island. Endorsed candidates […]