By Bob Plain on February 20, 2017
Javier Montanez, the principal of Leviton Dual Language School in Providence, interrupts a second grade class with a message in English. He then walks down the hall and delivers a similar message to a fifth grade class in Spanish. Both classrooms know what Montanez said because this is how education is delivered at Leviton – […]
By Greg Gerritt on September 26, 2016
Some of the landlords who own downtown Providence, and some of their allies, have decided that Kennedy Plaza and its surrounding area would become much more valuable real estate if they could cause the bus depot and all of the low income people who are drawn to the bus depot and/or the city center in general, to disappear.
By Bob Plain on September 15, 2016
One day after a botched press conference on a similar subject, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza brought together a big group of state and city officials, as well as advocates and activists, to announce a new plan to address panhandling, poverty and homelessness in downtown. “As we see increased homelessness and increased panhandlers, this is a […]
By Bob Plain on September 14, 2016
Joe Paolino admitted it was “silly” to exclude the press from the press conference he held today. “That was a mistake by security guards that don’t even work for us,” he said. “It would have been silly of me not to have RI Future and Providence Business, National Public Radio and the Providence Journal not […]
By Bob Plain on September 14, 2016
In an August interview, Joe Paolino told RI Future it was important to bring all voices together to address poverty and panhandling in downtown Providence. That all broke down on Wednesday morning when homelessness activists, at one press conference, said Paolino and the downtown business community weren’t addressing their concerns, then, later in the morning, […]
By Bob Plain on May 25, 2016
Johnston is the second city in Rhode Island to stop enforcing its aggressive panhandling ordinance after the ACLU of Rhode Island sent the city a letter threatening a lawsuit. Providence did so in February.
By Steve Ahlquist on December 16, 2015
On June 30 a Cranston police officer wrote Monteiro a court summons for soliciting money. The charge was ultimately dismissed, but the judge ordered Monteiro to stay away from the area or face arrest. This was Monteiro’s second run in with this law in Cranston, after having been arrested twice for the offense in Providence, where he lives.
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By Hillary Davis on October 12, 2015
The ACLU of Rhode Island works tirelessly to defend fundamental rights here in the Ocean State. Now, it’s time to celebrate that work. Join us on Thursday, October 22, at the Providence Biltmore to take part in our Annual Meeting Celebration and raise a glass to another year of protecting civil liberties. This year, the ACLU of Rhode Island is […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on July 3, 2015
In this video Liandra Medeiros of Occupy Providence and I talk to Dave, June and Rob, who live in tents in the woods, and may end up losing even that.
Everyone is deserving of and has a right to safety and decent shelter.
Let’s be the state that doesn’t let anyone fall through the cracks.
By Elisha Aldrich on April 1, 2015
Advocates for the homeless say a Providence shelter discriminates against clients based on their sexual orientation. This, and other complaints, inspired the Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project to work with legislators on standards for homeless shelters in Rhode Island. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Betty Crowley of Central Falls, will be heard by a Senate […]
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By Bob Plain on January 28, 2015
If you think all the snow and wind this week was an inconvenience on your life, think of what it was like for homeless Rhode Islanders. “Just about everyone was in a shelter,” said Barbara Kalil, an outreach worker for the Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project. On Monday evening, between 5 and 8pm, just as […]
By Bob Plain on January 23, 2015
Supporters of civil liberties and marginalized people are criticizing Coventry Sen. Lou Raptakis’ bill that would make it a felony, punishable by at least a year in jail, to block a highway. Raptakis, a conservative who owns a pizza place in Coventry, submitted the controversial bill yesterday. It is a direct response, he has said, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 14, 2015
“No matter how many jobs we have, no matter how strong our economy is, there are always going to be people who need help. There are always going to be people, whether it’s a disability, mental or physical, or it’s just bad luck, who are going to need help and going to need support.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on November 12, 2014
Those of us who are not homeless might work hard and do all the right things, but when it comes time to account for our fortune the number one determinant is luck.
By Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless on November 11, 2014
Affordable housing and homeless advocates boldly claim Rhode Island will be the first state in the country to end veteran and chronic homelessness as they proudly announce their selection to participate in the national Zero: 2016 Campaign; which sets to the goal to end veteran and chronic homelessness in the next two years in selected […]
By Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless on October 28, 2014
Community residents, friends, affordable housing advocates and homeless and formerly homeless constituents came together on Monday for a candlelight vigil for two more Rhode Islanders who died on the streets. The vigil was held for Wendy Tallo and Irene Weh, two women who lived on the streets for years, and both died in the Grace […]
By Bob Plain on September 4, 2014
Wayne Strobel was a father, a fisherman and a self employed mechanic. He also struggled with alcoholism, and often lived on the streets. Until one night earlier this year he was hit by a car while crossing Pontiac Avenue in Cranston. He died months later, still in the hospital. He was 52 years old. “We […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 6, 2014
In the minds of some Rhode Island politicians and business leaders, the empty and unsellable “Superman” building hangs like a millstone around the neck of the City of Providence. Rather than come to grips with the fact that the building is rundown and overpriced and that new economic thinking is needed to reinvigorate the Capital […]
By Bob Plain on June 10, 2014
A proposed increase to the real estate transfer fee is good news for the homeless in Rhode Island. That’s because the new revenue will benefit a rental voucher program that helps keep people off the streets. “We are thrilled that the House Finance Committee ensured that this year’s budget invests in the long-term solutions to […]
By Bob Plain on May 19, 2014
Joseph Graham was 52-years-young when he was found dead on the side of the road in Warwick last month. “A walker spotted Graham’s body down an embankment at 915 Toll Gate Road, near the intersection with Route 2,” according to the Providence Journal. “Investigators do not know what caused Graham’s death, but there were no […]