By Steve Ahlquist on June 17, 2017
“An attack on immigrants is an attack on all working people,” said Kelley, a business manager with IUPAT. “Whether you live on the west coast, or the east coast, or in the center of our country, if you attack one working person, regardless of immigration status, you attack all of us.”
Posted in Activism, California, Featured, Immigration, National News, Photos, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Video | Tagged Gina Raimondo, Hugo Mejia, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, IUPAT, IUPAT Local 83, Justice Gaines, Justin Kelley, Peter Kilmartin, RI Jobs with Justice, Rodrigo Nunez, Travis Air Force, UBC Local 68 | Leave a response
By Capri Catanzaro on June 17, 2017
All said, it is a great budget for the wealthy and the politically connected corporate interests. It is a bad budget for the middle class, the poor, and supporters of economic growth.
Posted in Featured, State House | Tagged 2018 Budget, 38 Studios, car tax, ccri, commerce corporation, Gina Raimondo, John Lombardi, Medicaid, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Promise, RIPTA, TrumpCare, UHIP | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on June 16, 2017
A CCRI education and owning a car would both become more affordable for Rhode Islanders, thanks to the 2017-2018 state budget proposal unveiled late Thursday night and passed by the House Finance Committee early Friday morning. In other words, the House budget proposal seeks to eliminate the car tax, Speaker Nick Mattiello’s legislative priority this […]
By Bob Plain on June 12, 2017
Goldman Sachs helped cripple the American economy in 2011, when the housing and financial markets crashed, and then the Wall Street bank helped cripple Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president in 2016, when news leaked of a high-paid speech she gave company executives. Never mind that no fewer than three former Goldman execs currently have high […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 12, 2017
Providence kicked off Pride on Sunday with a rally at the Rhode Island State House followed by a march to Providence City Hall for a Pride Flag raising event featuring Mayor Jorge Elorza and Governor Gina Raimondo. Across the country Pride events are being challenged to be more inclusive and diverse. In Boston yesterday the […]
Posted in Activism, Boston MA, Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, LGBTQ, National News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged After Orlando, Ashley Delgado, Beth Alianiello, Christian Fairlove, Dave Rabinow, George Evans Marley, Gina Raimondo, Jeff Hodge, Joe Wilson Jr, jorge elorza, Kate Monteiro, Kelly Henry, Lynne Collinson, Melody Lucas, Milly Massey, Naomi Chomsky, Nika Lomazzo, Orlando FL, pride, Pride Flag, Providence City Hall, Pulse, Rhode Island Pride, Rhode Island State House, Tim Rondeau, Wilbury Theater Group | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 11, 2017
“After doing an unannounced military drill with black hawk helicopters and simulated gun noises, the fucking military dudes handed out glow sticks to traumatized kids in the neighborhood. No lie.”
Posted in Defense, Featured, National News, Photos, Providence, Video | Tagged Armory Park, Gina Raimondo, jorge elorza, Kathy Lee Ziner, Korben Perry, Organize RI, Peter Parente, Phyllis Shirley Gingerella Wade, syria, United States Army | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 7, 2017
Recent actions by Raimondo have only served to further confuse her environmental stance.
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Climate, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure | Tagged Andrew Stewart, David Oppenheimer, donald trump, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Joanne Borodemos, Judy Huguenin, Kathy Martley, Lorraine Savard, Mary Pendergast, Michael Polsky, Ogie's Trailer Park, Our Revolution-RI, Paris Climate Agreement, Sally Mendzela, Scott Pruitt, United States Climate Alliance | 1 Response
By Nicole Cordier on May 18, 2017
The Department of Human Services showed virtually no improvement in April in the timely processing of SNAP (food stamp) applications, including for people the Department acknowledges were entitled to emergency relief.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Disability Services, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Infrastructure, Poverty, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House | Tagged ACLU, ACLU of Rhode Island, Department of Human Services, DHS, Gina Raimondo, lynette labinger, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, NCLEJ, SNAP, UHIP | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 11, 2017
“I want to go to college, but low-income students like me have to rely on student loans that don’t even cover the full price,” said Jayleen Salcedo, a senior at Classical High School and a member of the Providence Student Union (PSU).
Posted in Activism, Education, Featured, Inequality, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AFT, arole Marshall, blackstone academy, Classical High School, Community College of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, Jayleen Salcedo, providence public schools, providence student union, psu, Quenby Hughes, Rhode Island College, Rhode Island Promise, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Rhode Island State House, ric, RIC Adjuncts Union, RIC Professional Staff Association, RIC/AFT Faculty Union, university of rhode island, URI, Young Voices | Leave a response
ACLU and 12 other organizations call on Governor Raimondo, AG Kilmartin and Chief Justice Suttell to protect the undocumented from Trump
By Steve Ahlquist on May 10, 2017
“We need change, protection and support,” said DACA student Javier Juarez, “So that one day we can contribute to the economy, and make the ocean state a more competitive and diverse state, that does not only follow but leads the progressive movement of undocumented people that call this country their own.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, Video | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, AFSC-SENE, American Friends Service Committee - Southeastern New England, DACA, Deborah DeBare, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DHS, Donald Anderson, donald trump, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, fuerza laboral, Gina Raimondo, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Javier Juarez, Muslim Civic and Community Engagement, NAACP Providence Branch, Omar Bar, Paul Suttell, Peru, Peter Kilmartin, providence student union, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, psu, Raul Figueroa, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island College, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island Supreme Court, RICADV, Sojourner House, Steven Brown, United States Department of Homeland Security | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on May 4, 2017
As Rhode Island considers extending the social contract at the tail end of the public education experience with Governor Gina Raimondo’s high profile RI Promise proposal, it’s worth noting the Ocean State has been extending it at the other end for almost a decade. This September, the state-funded pre-kindergarten program adds four new classrooms in […]
By Bob Plain on May 2, 2017
“As a mother I sure wouldn’t want that happening to my kids,” said Governor Gina Raimondo when this reporter explained to her the concept of lunch shaming. Several Rhode Island school districts serve cold cheese sandwiches in lieu of a hot lunch if their parents miss payments for the meal (here and here). “We shouldn’t […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 25, 2017
The Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI) and its president, Jerry Elmer, celebrated Earth Day at the State House today with their annual lobby day. Over the course of a short presentation Elmer outlined the four bills that will be the legislative priorities of ECRI. ECRI also invited Governor Gina Raimondo, Senator Josh Miller and […]
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Deborah Ruggiero, Earth Day, ECRI, EnergizeRI Act, Energy Facility Siting Act, Energy Facility Siting Board, Environment Council of Rhode Island, ESFB, Gina Raimondo, Green Building Act Amendments, Green Buildings Act, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, josh miller, REG, Renewable Energy Growth, Renewable Energy Growth Program Extension | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 14, 2017
“This is not an opportunity wage,” said Amy Joy Glidden, “It’s an exploitation wage, and we should not give anyone the opportunity to exploit teenage workers.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Economics, Featured, Labor, Maine, Minimum Wage, News, Photos, Portsmouth, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, Amy Joy Glidden, carlos tobon, Elizabeth Suever, Gina Raimondo, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Gregory Costantino, Hall of Presidents, Heritage Foundation, House Labor Committee, Jared Nunes, Jean Philippe Barros, john mcdaid, Kenneth Marshall, Kenneth Mendonca, Michael Araujo, National Employment Law Project, NELP, patricia morgan, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RIHA, Sarah Bratko, Stephen Moore, Taco Bell, University of California | 3 Responses
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 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 […]