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 | 1 Response
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, Tim Flynn, Wayne Kezirian | 1 Response
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 […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 7, 2016
Rosa held in her hand a senior/disabled bus pass that was due to expire in September 2020, but a driver told her that the pass was no good anymore.
“I paid for this pass, and now it’s no good and I have to pay again,” said Rosa.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Disability Services, Featured, Inequality, News, People, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Transportation | Tagged Don Rhodes, General Assembly, kennedy plaza, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 23, 2016
It’s nice to learn that GoLocal is learning about journalism from closely reading RI Future, but I think they might need a few more lessons.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Featured, Media, Opinion, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged General Assembly, GoLocalProv, jan malik, Jason Knight, John DeSimone, Kate Nagle, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, RI Future, Steve Ahlquist | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 27, 2016
“This year, Rhode Islanders will make it known at the polls that anti-abortion politicians have no place in the Rhode Island State House,” said Craig O’Connor, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, Rhode Island with Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, National News, News, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, All Saints Memorial Church, Craig O’Connor, General Assembly, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Roe. v. Wade, Steven Brown | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 27, 2016
Ranglin-Vassell said she did not feel at all intimidated taking on the high-ranking House Majority Leader. “I know that entering this race is a challenge to the status quo, but sometimes the establishment needs a challenge. I always try to do what I think is right, whether it is easy or not.”
By Aaron Regunberg on June 23, 2016
By expanding net metering to include off-site generation and community solar projects, we can ensure that every family has an opportunity to access the benefits of cheap and stable renewable energy, whether or not their direct premises are suitable for a solar or wind system.
By Mike Araujo on June 23, 2016
“While more work needs to be done to address the growing problem of wage theft, this bill provides an important tool for Rhode Island workers,” says Robert McCreanor, executive director of the Rhode Island Center for Justice.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Labor, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Economic Progress Institute, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, General Assembly, Jeremy Rix, Rhode Island Center for Justice, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI Department of Labor and Training, Robert McCreanor, Scott Jensen, wage theft | Leave a response