By Steve Ahlquist on September 9, 2017
“I’m here because I’m standing up for human dignity, for migrant dignity and undocumented immigrant dignity…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, LGBTQ, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, BIRC, Brown Immigrant Rights Coalition, Burnside Park, Carmen Castillo, CASO, Coalition of Advocates for Student Opportunities, DACA, David Cicilline, Deborah Gonzalez, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, gayle goldin, Gina Raimondo, grace diaz, james diossa, Javier Juarez, jorge elorza, Marta V Martínez, Nirva LaFortune, PIRC, Providence Immigrant Rights Coalition, providence student union, Rhode Island State House, Roger Williams University, Sabina Matos, Tatiana Hall | 1 Response
By Ann S Gooding on July 13, 2017
Nearly 100 women from East Bay and across the state gathered Tuesday to map out next steps for the growing Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus; nearly a third of those present were first-time attendees.
Posted in Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Democratic National Committee, gayle goldin, grace diaz, Jakub Lis, Lauren Carson, Michelle Arias, Nellie Gorbea, Resistance Summer, Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus, Shelby Maldonado, T Kevin Olasanoye | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 14, 2017
“We’re talking about a piece of legislation that’s going to ensure that our fundamental right to our own bodies is protected,” said Kristina Fox, “If we don’t have this, and Roe v Wade gets overturned, we know that women are going to suffer. Women will die. It’s going to have a hugely negative impact on us… Our lives depend on it. I think that’s something that could be a little bit more acknowledged.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, Reproductive Rights, State House, Video | Tagged Camille Vella Wilkinson, Capri Catanzaro, donald trump, gayle goldin, grace diaz, Joseph Shekarchi, Kristina Fox, Lauren Carson, Reproductive Heath Care Act, RHCA, Rhode Island Democratic Party, Rhode Island Democratic Party Women's Caucus, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, Rhode Island’s Resistance Summer program, RIDP, Roe. v. Wade, Shelby Maldonado, Supreme Court, Tolulope Kevin Olasanoye, Tracy Ramos, Young Democrats of America | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 31, 2017
“I’m a single mother. For the last 16 months, doctors have been monitoring me for breast cancer. Twin River cuts our plan on January 1.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Labor, Lincoln, Photos, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, grace diaz, Jenna Karlin, Julie Procaccini, Mike Maini, Rhode Island State House, Scott Slater, Shelby Maldonado, Teamsters Local 251, Twin River Casino, Unite Here Local 26, Val Costa, William O'Brien | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 15, 2017
The legislation would clarify that no Rhode Island law enforcement officer may arrest or detain a person solely on the basis of an immigration detainer…
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Central Falls, grace diaz, House Judiciary Committee, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, immigration detainers, Jason Knight, Jean Philippe Barros, Legislative Black and Latino Caucus, Shelby Maldonado | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 10, 2017
The No LNG in PVD Coalition (Coalition) is requesting that RIDEM “deny permits related to the Fields Point Liquefaction Project based on environmental justice concerns.”
Posted in Activism, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Infrastructure, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged 2012 Soil Management Plan, aaron regunberg, American Friends Service Committee – South East New England, Anastasia Williams, Chris Blazejewski, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, edith ajello, EJ, EJSCREEN, Environmental Justice, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, FANG Collective, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Fields Point Liquefaction Project, grace diaz, Hinkley Allen, Joseph Almeida, Kiewit, National Environmental Policy Act, national grid, NEPA, No LNG in PVD Coalition, Paul Jabour, PIP, Providence City Council, Public Involvement Plan, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Sierra Club, RIDEM, Short Term Remedial Action Plans, SMP, STRAPs | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on January 12, 2017
The agenda includes a $15 minimum wage, school building repairs, earned paid sick days and a more progressive car tax.
Posted in Economics, Education, Featured, Health Care, Labor, Minimum Wage, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Arthur Handy, car tax, Chris Blazejewski, david bennett, earned paid sick days, Edie Ajello, Evan Shanley, Fair Shot Agenda, fight for 15, grace diaz, Gregg Amore, Helder Cunha, Jason Knight, Jean Philippe Barros, Joseph Almeida, Katherine Kazarian, Kathy Fogarty, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Michael Morin, minimum wage, Moira Walsh, school building repairs, Scott Slater, Shelby Maldonado, State House, Susan Donovan, Teresa Tanzi | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 19, 2016
In Rhode Island, all four electors, Clay Pell, Frank Montanaro, Susan Weiner and Grace Diaz, are pledged to Hillary Clinton, but none of those protesting outside seemed to think that meant they could stay inside where it was warm.
Posted in Activism, Elections, Events, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Politics, State House | Tagged Americans Take Action, clay pell, Democracy Spring, donald trump, Electoral College, Electoral College Petition, Frank Montanaro, grace diaz, hillary clinton, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Susan Weiner | 1 Response
By William Deware on December 7, 2016
I think progressives need to resist Mattiello just like we need to resist Trump. We keep winning seats in primaries. We fight like holy hell to get in, and then once we get there we seem to waver. We can not waver.
Posted in Featured, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, art handy, Bernie Sanders, Carol Hagan McEntee, Christopher Blazejewski, David Cicilline. Donald Trump, Deborah Ruggiero, Edie Ajello, Elizabeth Warren, grace diaz, Gregg Amore, jan malik, Jay O’Grady, Jean-Phillippe Barros, Joe Shekarchi, Joseph Almeida, Joy Hearne, Kathy Fogarty, Katie Kazarian, Keith Ellison, Lauren Carson, Medicaid, Nicholas Mattiello, Shelby Maldonado, Steve Bannon, Teresa Tanzi | 7 Responses
By Environmental Justice League of RI on November 1, 2016
The No LNG in PVD Coalition sent an open letter to four agencies today, demanding action on and oversight of National Grid’s planned liquefactiona facility at Fields Point in the Port of Providence.
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Providence | Tagged aaron regunberg, AFSC-SENE, American Friends Service Committee – South East New England, Anastasia Williams, Chris Blazejewski, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, edith ajello, EJLRI, Environmental Justice, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, FANG Collective, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, fields point, grace diaz, janet coit, jorge elorza, Joseph Almeida, national grid, Paul Jabour, PIP, Port of Providence, Providence City Council, Public Involvement Plan, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Sierra Club, RIDEM, Terry Gray | 1 Response
By Rhode Island Sierra Club on August 8, 2016
Rather than making any effort to live up to his rhetoric on climate change, Mayor Elorza has chosen to partner with National Grid and help them advance their proposal with tacit support and active negotiations for a Tax Stabilization Agreement to smooth out the utility’s tax payments over time.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged aaron regunberg, Chris Blazejewski, Edie Ajello, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Fields Point Liquefaction Facility, gayle goldin, grace diaz, Harold Metts, joe almeida, John Lombardi, jorge elorza, Juan Pichardo, national grid, Port of Providence, Rhode Island Sierra Club | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 3, 2016
The Providence legislators reported that they are submitting letters detailing their concerns to FERC, joining a growing list of community members and neighborhood organizations opposing National Grid’s application.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, News, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Chris Blazejewski, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, fields point, gayle goldin, grace diaz, jorge elorza, Juan Pichardo, lng, Marcellus Shale, national grid, NOLNGinPVD, Providence City Council, Spectra Energy | 11 Responses
By John McDaid on July 27, 2016
Two former Presidential candidates visited the RI delegation at breakfast this morning as the group was still reflecting on the historic nomination of Hillary Clinton. Before Sen. Bernie Sanders stopped by, Gov. Martin O’Malley paid a visit and offered his thoughts on the convention and the need for unity going forward. “Watching every night of […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2016
Rhode Island must raise the minimum wage to $15.
Rhode Island must implement single-payer universal health insurance for all residents.
By Rodrigo Pimentel on May 2, 2016
Rep. Grace Diaz’s Tuition Equity bill was heard in the House Finance Committee meeting Thursday evening, with several student activists giving powerful testimony in support of the legislation. House Bill 7374 would codify existing policy that grants in-state tuition rates at Rhode Island’s public colleges and universities to undocumented students who have graduated from the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 16, 2015
“When kids see that their punishment does no correlate with their offense, they become angry, knowing that kids who do egregious acts are held to the same punishment. It is simply unfair. The fact is that schools are not following the law and are finding loopholes around it.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Education, Featured, Race & Racism, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged grace diaz, Hilary Davis, John Lombardi, Joseph McNamara, RI ACLU, school to prison, Young Voices | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on February 21, 2015
Legislative leaders offered a glimpse into their plans to address institutional racism in Rhode Island this session when commenting on a new ACLU report that shows often wide racial disparities in school discipline, traffic stops, arrests and prison populations – “the school-to-prison pipeline,” according to the report. “The troubling issues raised in the ACLU report […]
Posted in Featured, Race & Racism, State House | Tagged ACLU, end racial profiling act, grace diaz, metts, Nicholas Mattiello, paiva weed, pichardo, race, Racial Profiling, Rhode Island State House | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 4, 2014
Traditionally, people from struggling communities like South Providence have been underserved by the political class, who only show up every couple of years to secure the votes needed to keep their jobs, yet ironically it is these same communities that often have the power to determine election outcomes.
By Bob Plain on February 17, 2012
According to a study by Northeastern University, African American and Latino motorists were more than twice as likely to be searched after being pulled over for a traffic stop in Rhode Island. Think there’s racial profiling in Rhode Island? The study certainly seems to suggest as much, and a number of state legislators and the […]