By Steve Ahlquist on September 18, 2017
“Every time I drove up this hill and saw that big gray wall I said, ‘This wall needs something. It needs a mural,'” said Hannah Resseger, “I wanted it to be something about the history.”
Posted in Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, History, Immigration, Installations, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged aaron regunberg, B Mor Seven, Billy Taylor Park, Blake Filippi, Brown University, Carl's Diggins House of Jazz & Soul, Celebrity Club, Dannie Ritchie, Danny Lopes, Elisa Perez, Gina Rodriguez, Hannah Resseger, Hard Scrabble Riot, Harold Metts, Jalia Godette, Mt Hope Learning Center, Mt Hope Neighborhood, Nirva LaFortune, Paul Filippi, Providence Department of Arts Culture and Tourism, Providence Police Department, Raffini, Snow Town Riot, Sylvia Ann Soares, Tiana Northup | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 24, 2017
“Rhode Islanders need assurance that the effects have been, or are being, investigated and that their state is doing everything possible to protect them, including arming them with any information they need to protect themselves.”
Posted in Climate, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, State House | Tagged Ana Quezada, DEM, DOH, Harold Metts, janet coit, Jeanine Calkin, Narragansett Bay, national grid, Nicole Alexander-Scott, Port of Providence, puc, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, Senat, South Providence, Washington Park | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 15, 2017
Judging from the questions asked at US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse‘s “Saturday with Sheldon” event, healthcare is on the minds of a good portion of his constituents. About 85 people came out to see the Senator and ask difficult questions about the future of Rhode Island under President Donald Trump. Whitehouse was at times optimistic, for […]
Posted in Congress, Featured, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Ana Quezada, donald trump, Harold Metts, J Mark Ryan, James Comey, James Cowan, Jeff Sessions, Medicare, Michael Pence, Physicians for a National Health Program, public option, Rand Paul, sanctuary, Sheldon Whitehouse, single payer | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 10, 2017
Representative Teresa Tanzi thanked Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello for his “outspoken support in favor of taking action on this issue, this problem, that we have in our state.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence, Featured, Gun Control, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Dean Hoxsie, Eugene Dyszlewski, Everytown for Gun Safety, Giovanna Rodriguez, Harold Metts, Jennifer Boylan, jorge elorza, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Nicholas Mattiello, Protect Rhode Island Families Act, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RI Police Chiefs Association, RICAGV, RIPCA, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships, SOAR, Sydney Montstream-Quas, Teresa Tanzi | 1 Response
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 March 12, 2017
The answers were illuminating as legislators were grilled on the Community Safety Act, fossil fuel divestment, reproductive rights, the 6/10 Connector, immigration, the John Hope Settlement House and more at the West Broadway Neighborhood Association meeting last week.
Posted in Climate, Criminal Justice, Energy, Featured, Immigration, Providence, Social Services, Video | Tagged 6/10 connector, Ana Quezada, Anastasia Williams, Bryan Principe, Community Safety Act, CSA, Harold Metts, John Hope Settlement House, John Lombardi, Mary Kay Harris, Paul Jabour, The West Broadway Neighborhood Association, WBNA | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 7, 2017
If Senator Paul Jabour and Representative John Lombardi are pro-choice, why did Rhode Island Right to Life endorse their re-election last year?
Posted in Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Health Care, Providence, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Anastasia Williams, Edie Ajello, gayle goldin, Harold Metts, John Lombardi, Paul Jabour, Reproductive Health Care Act of 2017, Rhode Island Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, WBNA, West Broadway Neighborhood Association | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 22, 2017
“Rhode Island is one of only a handful of states that has no public policy regarding at-will employment,” said Senator Ana Quezada.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Labor, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged elizabeth crowley, employment at-will, frank lombardi, george nee, Harold Metts, Jeanine Calkin, Senate Judiciary Committee | Leave a response
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, RIPTA Riders Alliance, Tim Flynn, Wayne Kezirian | 2 Responses
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 Roberta Richman on April 22, 2016
From my firsthand experience within the corrections system, I strongly support legislation introduced by Representative Aaron Regunberg and Senator Harold Metts to guarantee commonsense protections against the inappropriate use of prolonged solitary confinement.
By Steve Ahlquist on April 4, 2016
What is solitary confinement, really? Can any of us who have not experienced it truly understand it? Four former RI inmates tell their stories as they plead for reforms.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, News, People, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Harold Metts, John Prince | 6 Responses
By RI Future on February 5, 2016
Rep. Aaron Regunberg and Sen. Harold M. Metts have introduced legislation to reform the controversial use of solitary or “segregated” confinement in the Rhode Island prison system, saying the practice causes psychological damage and often exacerbates the very problems it is intended to address.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, International News, National News, News, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged aaron regunberg, ACLU of Rhode Island, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Harold Metts, John Prince, solitary confinement, Steven Brown | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 20, 2015
Many seniors and disabled passengers live on fixed incomes and will be negatively impacted by this rate increase. Though the state will provide rides for scheduled doctor’s visits, free rides will not be provided for shopping, visits with friends and relatives, or attending political rallies. Those stuck at home will face isolation and declining health outcomes.
Posted in Featured, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Gina Raimondo, Harold Metts, Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on October 28, 2015
State senators Harold Metts and Juan Pichardo have requested in writing that the Rhode Island Public Transportation Agency cancel a proposal to raise fare prices on elderly, disabled and homeless riders. The two Democrats who represent poor areas of Providence wrote a joint letter to RIPTA Board Chairman Scott Avedesian, also the mayor of Warwick, […]
By Elisha Aldrich on July 15, 2015
The room didn’t seem quite large enough for all the supporters that came out to watch Governor Gina Raimondo sign the Comprehensive Community-Police Relationship Act into law on Tuesday. The Act, a collaboration between legislators, law enforcement, and community members, seeks to analyze data that officers collect, as well as further protect juveniles and pedestrians. […]
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, Politics, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Civil Rights / Liberties, community, Gina Raimondo, Harold Metts, Joseph Almeida, legislation, police, Racial Profiling, racism, RI State Police, social justice, Steven O'Donnell | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on June 25, 2015
Legislation to help mend the bonds between the police and community after a year of national duress will cross Governor Gina Raimondo’s desk to be signed into law. The bill, known as the Comprehensive Community-Police Relationship act, requires that all police departments collect data on a subject’s race during traffic stops. The information will then […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 27, 2013
Judge Ronald R Lagueux, in his ruling in Ahlquist v. City of Cranston that removed the prayer banner from the walls of the auditorium at Cranston High School West, described the Cranston School Committee’s open meetings to discuss the prayer banner as at times having the tenor of “a religious revival.” This is something those […]
By Russ Conway on February 18, 2012
Last week friend of the blog, Dan McGowan at GoLocal, asked: Everyone agree that “teaching to the test” is a bad idea, but it makes no sense to get rid of standardized tests that could determine whether a student is eligible to graduate… Why not continue to test, but also offer the right interventions that […]
By Brian Hull on January 19, 2012
Watch for Rep. Charlene Lima to introduce legislation today to repeal the Voter ID bill that passed last session and was signed by Governor Chafee. She has been circulating the legislation in the House and has about 15 co-sponsors. It will likely be coming today in tandem with her press statement which was not completed […]