By Steve Ahlquist on March 26, 2017
Incoherent, racist and stupid: John DePetro’s MAGA Rally, a racist, nativist love letter to President Trump, was a spectacular failure.
Posted in Central Falls, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, National News, Newport, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Big Blue Bug, Brandon Bell, Capitol Police, climate change, Dan Bidondi, Daniel Ciora, donald trump, Gina Raimondo, ice, InfoWars, Jacob Silva, Jerry Zarella, john depetro, jorge elorza, Joseph Trillo, Lee Ann Sennick, MAGA Rally, Make America Great Again, Mario Hilario, mini-Trump, olneyville, Providence City Hall, Providence Police, Republican Party, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island State House, RI State Police, riile, sanctuary, Sean Spicer, Shoshana Feistein, terry gorman, WaterFire | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 23, 2017
TrumpCare, said Raimondo, exists only to “give tax breaks to their rich.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, People, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Ellie Brown, Gina Raimondo, healthsource ri, John Jacobson, Medicaid Expansion, Nicole Alexander-Scott, obamacare, Rhode Island Department of Health, RIDOH, TrumpCare | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 23, 2017
“I made $13 per hour in 1992 making jewelry, which is more than I earn today. When the jewelry factories shut down, I became a CNA. I love taking care of the elderly but the pay is not enough,” said home care professional Karen Baldwin.
Posted in California, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Inequality, Labor, Massachusetts, Minimum Wage, New York, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged ARC of Blackstone Valley, Bannister House Nursing Home, Brookings Institute, Burger King, Charles Jones, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Erica Hammond, Fight for $15 and a Union, Gina Raimondo, Jeanine Calkin, Jerry Tolbert, Jerry’s Beauty Salon, jobs with justice, jorge elorza, Karen Baldwin, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Nicholas Mattiello, RI Working Families, SEIU 1199 New England, Shirley Lomba, Top of the Bay, wendys | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 17, 2017
House Finance was hit with hours of testimony from experts about Governor Gina Raimondo’s free college plan, but far more interesting were the comments of the 11 high school students who spoke.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Education, Featured, Photos, Poverty, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged free college, Gina Raimondo, house finance committee, Marvin Abney | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on March 16, 2017
Governor Gina Raimondo told the House Finance Committee that her proposal to make two years of public college free to local high school students “could be a game changer for Rhode Island.” The Rhode Island Promise proposal, she explained, “is all about making sure Rhode Islanders are getting all the good jobs that businesses are […]
By Bob Plain on March 14, 2017
It took about a month to start seeing the consequences of raising bus fare on Rhode Island’s most vulnerable commuters. According to a Valley Breeze report, “those people are frequently going hungry.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Transportation | Tagged Adrienne Marchetti, Gina Raimondo, hunger, John Lombardi, Pawtucket Soup Kitchen, Poverty, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance, Teresa Tanzi, valley breeze | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 6, 2017
“If the Holocaust has taught us anything it is that when regular folks go silent in the face of tyranny, bad things happen and their silence favors the oppressor,” said the organizers of Never Again Means Never Again, a multi-faith, multi-denominational gathering that took place at the Holocaust Memorial on The River Walk in Providence […]
Posted in Activism, Barrington, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Immigration, LGBTQ, National News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged Abraham's Tent, AHOPE, Aisha Manzoor, Americans Helping Others Prosper, Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island, David Cicilline, donald trump, Ehsun Mirza, Gina Raimondo, Holocaust, Holocaust Memorial, Interbelief Club of Wheeler, Islamic School of Rhode Island, ISRI, jack reed, James Langevin, Jewish Community Center, MAE organization for the Homeless, More Than My Religion, Never Again Means Never Again, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, Rhode Island Council of Churches, Rhode Island School of Design, RICMA, Sarah Mack, Sisterhood of Salam Shalom, SOSS | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 5, 2017
The lack of press at the event and the spared embarrassment may be the only silver lining for Invenergy, an oversight I’m correcting here.
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Events, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Pascoag, Photos, Water | Tagged Adler Pollock & Sheehan, Burrillville Middle School, Burrillville Town Council, dunkin donuts, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, John Niland, John Scott, Michael McElroy, pascoag, Richard Beretta | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 1, 2017
“We are also here to say that we are here to fully defend the immigrant community and that we will put our resources, our commitment, our time and our bodies in the way of the machine that would split up families. We are fully committed to this and we are going to stay doing this until we win.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, Johnston, Labor, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged Arthur Corvese, donald trump, fuerza laboral, Gina Raimondo, Heiney Maldonado, ice, Immigrants In Action, Immigration and Custom Enforcement, Jim Keller, Juan Garcia, Mike Araujo, Nicholas Mattiello, Omar Bah, Paolo Rivero, Public Safety and Protection Act, Refugee Dream Center, RI Jobs with Justice | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 26, 2017
To both celebrate a month of victories and to plan for the future, well over 800 people filled the cafeteria of Hope High School as Resist Hate RI convened their fourth meeting, and their first meeting since Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Elections, Environmental Racism, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Inequality, Photos, Politics, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged aaron regunberg, conversion therapy, donald trump, free college, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gina Raimondo, Hope High School, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Indivisible Guide, Indivisible RI, Jane Tucker, Jennifer Boylan, john mcdaid, Jose Batista, Justin Boyan, Laufton Ascencao, Millennial Professional Group of Rhode Island, MPGRI, Resist Hate RI, RI Center for Justice, Sheldon Whitehouse, Travis Escobar, Working Families Party | Leave a response
By Jessica Wainfor on February 23, 2017
We need some organizing for a peace rally. A counter to their rally, which they have every right to hold. We also have a right to say that we do not support or agree with our president’s new policies and the turn backwards this country has taken in the past 30 odd days.
By Bob Plain on February 22, 2017
Michelle Terminesi, of Wakefield, has a son in college and a daughter on the way. She and her husband don’t really know how they are going to pay for it. “We have two people in our family who are trying to make a better life for themselves through college,” she said yesterday, while speaking at […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 15, 2017
“The system won’t be fixed overnight,” said Governor Gina Raimondo, “and we will continue to make steady, meaningful progress over the next 12 to 18 months.”
Posted in Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Inequality, Politics, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Anya Rader Wallack, Deloitte, Department of Human Services, DHS, elizabeth roberts, EOHHS, Eric Beane, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Gina Raimondo, healthsource ri, SNAP, UHIP | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on February 14, 2017
Governor Gina Raimondo has been clear, said Gabe Amo, her director of public engagement. She will protect every Rhode Islander, including the undocumented, and fight the Trump Administration if it tries to withhold federal funds for doing so, Amo said. But at least 25 people representing Indivisible Rhode Island disagree. They say Raimondo had one […]
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 5, 2017
Everything you need to know to effectively testify in favor of increasing the minimum wage at the State House this week.
Posted in Connecticut, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Massachusetts, Minimum Wage, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Connecticut, Gina Raimondo, house finance, House Labor, massachusetts, Michael Araujo, minimum wage, Rhode Island, RI Jobs with Justice, Robert Craven, State House | 1 Response
Keep Rhode Island Beautiful offers compelling reasons to distrust the process on Burrillville power plant
By Steve Ahlquist on February 2, 2017
Governor Raimondo has stated if there are issues, then the plant won’t go forward. Keep Rhode Island Beautiful says that the formal advisory opinion from Rhode Island’s own Division of Planning to the EFSB is missing several key elements.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure | Tagged Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, Buck Hill Management Area, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Keep Rhode Island Beautiful, KRIB, Pulaski State Park, RI Department of Administration, RI Department of Administration Statewide Planning Program, Save The Bay, State Guide Plan, The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 2, 2017
“I’m not willing to lose federal money over this,” said Raimondo, about protecting undocumented persons from Trump.
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 31, 2017
On February 1 the RIPTA‘s planned elimination of the no-fare bus pass goes into effect. More than 13,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities will suddenly be facing fees of 50 cents and 25 cent transfers for each one way trip. Many are on fixed incomes and subsist on less than $700 a month. A […]
Posted in Featured | Tagged Amanda Carr, Bill Flynn, Christine Tate, Church Beyond the Walls, Diana Burdett, Economic Progress Institute, Emily Jones, Gina Raimondo, Linda Forsberg, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Mental Health Recovery Coalition, Nicholas Mattiello, Office of Veterans Affairs, PICA, Providence In-Town Churches Association, Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs, ri coalition for the homeless, RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, RI Organizing Project, RIDEA, RIOVA, RIPTA Riders Alliance, Senior Agenda Coalition of RI, Wendy Thomas | 1 Response