By Steve Ahlquist on September 20, 2017
“At last, victims of domestic abuse in Rhode Island will not have the constant fear of knowing that the person who abused them still has a gun,” said Representative Teresa Tanzi who has championed the bill in the House for at least three years.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Gun Control, Pennsylvania, State House | Tagged Don Bidondi, Donna Personeus, Frank Saccoccio, General Assembly, InfoWars, Jennifer Boylan, Moms Demand Action RI, National Rifle Association, Protect Rhode Island Families Act, Rhode Island 2nd Amendment Coalition, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICAGV | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 8, 2017
The Democratic Party has railed against Trump’s decision to end DACA in six months but actual action, in the form of legislation that could help undocumented immigrants in RI, has not passed in the Democrat controlled General Assembly.
Posted in Cities and Towns, Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, Justice, National News, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education, Blackstone Valley Economic Progress Institute, Cambodian Society of Rhode Island, DACA, DARE, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Direct Action or Rights and Equality, donald trump, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, driver's licenses, fuerza laboral, General Assembly, ice, Latino Policy Institute, NAACP Providence Branch, providence student union, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Democratic Party, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Sojourner House, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement | 1 Response
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 August 5, 2017
“Things are happening behind closed doors in bars,” said organizer Jessica Stensrud. “And when Nick Mattiello says, ‘We’re going to work on the bills in September,’ what exactly does that mean?”
Posted in Activism, Cranston, Featured, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged anti-fascist circle, General Assembly, George Hanley, Jessica Stensrud, Nicholas Mattiello, Sergei Chakhotin | 2 Responses
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
By Steve Ahlquist on July 17, 2017
“We are concerned that these bills, if signed into law, may drive patients ‘underground’ and away from the care that they need and have the unintended effect of increasing the number of overdoses.”
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Cynthia Armour Coyne, frank lombardi, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, House Health Education and Welfare Committee, J Clement Cicilline, Jim McNulty, Joseph McNamara, Leonidas Raptakis, Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, Michael McCaffrey, Mike Rizzi, Opioid Treatment Association of Rhode Island, Patrick Quinlan, PDMP, Peter Kilmartin, prescription drug monitoring program, Rhode Island Democratic Party, Rhode Island Dental Association, Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Health Center Association, rhode island medical society, RIDOH, RIMS, Sarah J Fessler, Steven Brown, Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island, william conley | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 16, 2017
“I think we can find a satisfactory law that protects the woman’s rights as well as the folks that think the government should over reach and tell them that they cannot have that choice,” said Hanos.
Posted in Featured, Jamestown, Newport, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged David Allard, David Hanos, Dawn Euer, General Assembly, Ian Donnis, John Florez, Kimberly Ripoli, Lincoln Chafee, Michael Smith, Newport School Committee, Planned Parenthood, Rhode Island Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, Senate District 13 Democratic Committee, Senate District 13 primary | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 28, 2017
Why is the General Assembly seemingly so intent on destroying a program that works so well at reducing energy costs and greenhouse gasses?
Posted in Business, Climate, Corporate Greed, Economics, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged 2006 Comprehensive Energy Conservation Efficiency and Reliability Act, Abigail Anthony, Acadia Center, Arthur Corvese, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, Douglas Gablinske, energy efficiency, General Assembly, Jerry Elmer, Kat Burnham, Michael Ryan, national grid, Nicholas Mattiello, OER, Office of Energy Resources, People’s Power & Light, People’s Power and Light, Public Utilities Commission, puc, Rhode Island House of Representatives, Robert Jacquard, Senate Commerce, TEC-RI | Leave a response
$12.5 million plunder of Energy Efficiency Fund threatens to hurt consumers and economy says environmental groups
By Steve Ahlquist on June 22, 2017
“…these are not state funds, they are rate-payer funds collected specifically to bring much-needed energy savings to all Rhode Islanders. Diverting the funds from the efficiency programs will cost Rhode Island ratepayers more money.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Climate, Energy, Featured, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Water | Tagged 2018 RI State Budget, Acadia Center, Energy Efficiency & Resource Management Council, Erika Niedowski, General Assembly, Larry Chretien, People’s Power & Light, PP&L, Rhode Island’s Least Cost Procurement law | Leave a response
By John Pacheco on June 21, 2017
“We knew we would never be able to battle this power plant without additional funding and we also knew despite our best efforts, the power plant could still be forced on us. The tax agreement Is to protect the interests of the Town, and since it provides for upfront money with no strings attached, we are using that money to oppose the plant.”
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Opinion, Rhode Island, State House, Water | Tagged Audubon Society, Blackstone River Watershed Council, Burrillville Town Council, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Environment Council of Rhode Island, General Assembly, hode Islanders for Affordable Energy, Invenergy, Keep Rhode Island Beautiful, Save The Bay | Leave a response
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