By Will Weatherly on August 9, 2018
The cities of Providence and Central Falls—and in a separate suit, the state of Rhode Island—are taking the Department of Justice and US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to court over its manipulation of federal grant funds to support the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration agenda. The grant in dispute is the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice […]
Posted in Central Falls, Featured, Immigration, Justice, National News, Providence | Tagged Central Falls, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Immigration, james diossa, Jeff Sessions, jorge elorza, Peter Kilmartin, police, Providence | Leave a response
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 Bob Plain on September 6, 2017
Top elected officials in Rhode Island spoke out against President Trump’s plan to cancel DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that grants amnesty to 800,000 children of undocumented immigrants. “As long as I am Governor of this state,” said Governor Gina Raimondo, “Rhode Island will stand up for the American Dream, and the […]
Posted in Featured, Immigration | Tagged DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Dreamers, Gina Raimondo, james diossa, Javier Juarez, Joe McNamara, jorge elorza, Kilmartin, magaziner, Rodrigo Pimentel, Trump | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2017
“Rhode Island was founded on the principles of tolerance and diversity. Those values mean nothing if we abandon them in times of difficulty. Dreamers are in our schools in every community. They are Rhode Islanders. As long as I am Governor, Rhode Island will stand with Dreamers and DACA recipients.”
Posted in California, Central Falls, Civil Rights, Colorado, Connecticut, Featured, Immigration, Justice, Minnesota, National News, News, Oregon, Providence, Race & Racism, State House, Virginia, Washington, Women, Youth | Tagged Anne-Marie Liston, Bill Deware, DACA, Daniel Malloy, Darlene Correia, Deborah DeBare, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, Dream Act of 2017, Dreamers, Ellen Liston, Gina Raimondo, Gross Domestic Product, james diossa, Jay Inslee, Jerry Brown, John Hickenlooper, jorge elorza, Kate Brown, Kristine Frech, Mark Dayton, Mary Pendergast, Medicare, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Cluny, Social Security, Take Back Your Life, Teach For America Rhode Island, Terrence McAulifffe | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2017
The NRA’s “attacks on the First Amendment, while touting a literal and absolutist misinterpretation of the Second is at best hypocrisy and at worst a threat to our democracy and its defenders.”
Posted in Activism, Central Falls, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Justice, Minnesota, National News, New Hampshire, News, Photos, Politics, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Virginia, Washington, Women | Tagged black lives matter, Dana Loesch, Darrell Moore, Defend Movement, Dignity and Power Now, first amendment, Gail Crompton McHugh, james diossa, Jennifer Boylan, Jeronimo Yanez, Lisa Peterson, moms demand action, National Rifle Association, NRA, Philando Castile, RISIST, Roger Williams National Memorial, second amendment, Tamika Mallory, The Reverence Project, United States Department of Justice, Women's March | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 13, 2017
“Cooperatives are part of the solution to the problem of working in a capitalist economy,” said Liz McDonnell, worker/owner of Fortnight Wine Bar in Providence, “in a traditional business workers sell their labor and the product of that labor belongs to the owner, not to the worker.”
Posted in Business, Featured, Labor, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged 3rd Sector New England, Access Consulting, Center for Justice, Cooperative Development Institute, Donna Nesselbush, Economic Progress Institute, Environmental Justice League, EPI, Farm Fresh RI, Fortnight Wine Bar, fuerza laboral, Healthy Planet, Heiny Maldonado, james diossa, John Willumsen, Joshua Daly, Liz McDonnell, Matt Feinstein, Miguel Henao, Navigant Credit Union, Nellie Gorbea, Randy Sacilotto, RI Jobs with Justice, Robert Craven, sierra club, Thomas Choate, Worcester Roots | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 23, 2017
Supporters of the bill angrily left the meeting room and before the night was over, Representative Arthur Corvese was backing away from the cruel, anti-immigrant bill he had introduced.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence, Featured, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged ACLU, Arthur Corvese, Blake Filippi, cale keable, carlos tobon, donald trump, east bay citizens for peace, Emily Jones, fair, Federation for American Immigration Reform, fuerza laboral, Georgia Hollister-Isman, House Judiciary, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, J Molina Flynn, james diossa, Jason Knight, Jim Kelly, John Wesley, Jonathan Jacobs, jorge elorza, Learning Community Charter School, Mary Pendergast, Michael Araujo, Randall Rose, Raul Figueroa, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, Rhode Island Public Defenders Office, riile, RIPDA, Robert Nardolillo, Rodrigo Pimentel, Roger Williams, Sanctuary cities, Sarah Friedman, Sheila Resseger, Shelby Maldonado, Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC, Stacia Huyler, Stephenie Gonzales, Steven Brown, Susan Walker, terry gorman, Working Families Party | 3 Responses
By New Leaders Council RI on January 17, 2017
New Leaders Council (NLC) Rhode Island works to recruit, train, and promote our state’s progressive leaders. We value inclusion, equity of opportunity, civil and human rights, and collective responsibility. We carry out these values by creating a collaborative community that reflects and celebrates Rhode Island’s diversity and empowers change agents and the next generation of […]
Posted in Activism, Education, Featured, Politics, Rhode Island | Tagged Alexander Henao, Alexander Lucini, Carlene Fonseca, Carlon Howard, Carolina Correa, Catherine Brennan, Elena Vasquez, Gisel Bello, Hannah McIntire, Isaac Albanese, james diossa, Jaretta Konneh, Justin Thomas, Kaiya Leatherer, Kate Pisano, Kayla Rosen, Meghan Rego, New Leaders Council Rhode Island, nlc, NLC Institute, Oluwadamilola Animashaun, Ryan Segur, Sandra Cano, Sol Taubin, Tori Guen, Valerie Castanteen | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 17, 2016
Elorza’s notoriety as an elected official willing to take a stand against President-elect Donald Trump’s espoused immigration and deportation policies brought him national attention and a plethora of community allies, but it has also brought him enemies.
Posted in Featured, Immigration, LGBTQ, National News, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Youth | Tagged donald trump, Doreen Costa, Gina Raimondo, james diossa, James Langevin, jorge elorza, NAACP, Sojourner House | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 17, 2016
Think of it as the “Deepwater Wind” of health care: Innovation, starting in Rhode Island, that could be a model for the world. That’s how revolutionary the concept of the Neighborhood Health Station could be, and the first one is being rolled out in Central Falls.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Rhode Island, Social Services, Video | Tagged Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Brown University, BVCHC, Central Falls, David Cicilline, james diossa, Medicare for All, Michael Fine, pablo rodriguez, Rhode Island Department of Health, RIDOH, single payer | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 26, 2016
A march of over 50 people from Jenks Park in Central Falls to the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church near the Rhode Island Mall was held Sunday to demand driver’s licenses for all, regardless of immigration status.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Ana Quezada, Comité en Acción, Donna Nesselbush, frank ciccone, Gina Raimondo, james diossa, Nicholas Mattiello, Shelby Maldonado | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 22, 2016
When Rhode Island takes the money, they should know that the money comes, in part, at the expense of the Greek people, who suffer because a vampire-like Wall St. bank has consigned the country to half a century of brutal, soul-destroying austerity.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Economics, Events, Featured, International News, National News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged badelli-hunt, Donald Grebien, Gina Raimondo, goldman sachs, greece, jack reed, james diossa, jorge elorza | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 18, 2016
“If Memorial closes,” said a mother planning to deliver in June, “my choices will be to have a home birth, which I do not want, or go to Cambridge. There is no other place offering the options I want.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Labor, News, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged Care New England, Chris Callaci, Gina Raimondo, james diossa, kenny alston, Nicole Alexander-Scott, Rhode Island Department of Health, RIDOH, Women & Infants | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 16, 2016
Two competing bills were heard in the House Judiciary Committee meeting Tuesday evening in a hearing that lasted well over 6 hours and had over 4 dozen people testifying. House bill 7610, submitted by Representative Anastasia Williams, would grant driving privilege license to undocumented immigrants. House Bill 7859, introduced by Representative Arthur Corvese, would make […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, Labor, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Anastasia Williams, Arthur Corvese, Doreen Costa, driver's licenses, fair, Federation for American Immigration Reform, Gina Raimondo, james diossa, jorge elorza, Joseph Almeida, riile, Robert Nardolillo, terry gorman, Undocumented Immigrants | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 10, 2016
RhodeWorks s being fast tracked because the necessary arrangements between the various parties involved have been carefully worked out, but in an election year, meaning that the sooner elected officials put this issue in their rear view mirror the better. Several legislators are going to be challenged for their seats because of their votes on this.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Transportation, Video | Tagged Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Dan McKee, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, GPCC, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, james diossa, jorge elorza, Laurie White, lisa baldelli hunt, Nicholas Mattiello, Peter Andruszkiewicz, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, RhodeWorks, Sam Bell, Scott Wolf, teresa paiva weed | 5 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on January 21, 2016
Remember back when all the important people were lining up in droves to support then-Treasurer Raimondo’s pension policies under the false advertising of a crisis? Wouldn’t it be great if we could go back in time to look at who played along, willingly or unwillingly, in what is turning out to have been a complete […]
Posted in Business, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Pensions | Tagged Edward "Ted" Seidle, Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island, ERSRI, FBI's White Collar and Complex Financial Crimes unit, Gina Raimondo, james diossa, Jr., pensions, Rhode Island Retired Teachers Association, RIRTA, SEC's Municipal Securities and Public Pensions unit, U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Rhode Island's Criminal Division | 18 Responses
By Bob Plain on September 28, 2015
Central Falls Mayor James Diossa co-signed a letter with 18 mayors from around the United States telling President Obama their cities are willing to take in Syrian refugees. “We will welcome the Syrian families to make homes and new lives in our cities,” reads the letter, a copy of which was sent to RI Future […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 8, 2015
The Rhode Island Labor History Society held their Annual Labor Day Address in Moshassuck Cemetery in Central Falls yesterday. Ryan McIntyre, the society board member who lead the effort to erect a monument in the cemetery to commemorate the Saylesville Massacre, where workers were killed by the National Guard during the General Textile Strike in September of 1934, […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Events, Featured, History, International News, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged james diossa, Mike Araujo, Moshassuck Cemetery, scott molloy | 1 Response
By Lin Collette on June 29, 2015
Well, it’s hard to say for sure since we can neither read nor change the past. The disgraced former Mayor of Central Falls, who plead guilty to corruption charges in 2012, and one of the key factors in Central Falls declaring bankruptcy in 2011, might be in favor of having the rainbow flag fly over […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 17, 2015
Over 350 people in support of the Rally Against Gun Violence at the State house Thursday afternoon. The event was organized by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV), made up of over 60 groups representing 100,000 Rhode Islanders.
Posted in Activism, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, State House | Tagged Doreen Costa, Extraordinary Rendition Band, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, james diossa, jorge elorza, Julia Wyman, newtown, NRA, Rally Against Gun Violence, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships, Steven Pare, Teny Gross | 4 Responses