By Bob Plain on September 13, 2018
While the trend nationally has been to oust the incumbents, and the local pundits and politicos seemed braced for an upset, Rhode Islanders stuck by the status quo in the 2018 primary election Wednesday. Democrats roundly rejected Matt Brown’s upstart challenge to Governor Gina Raimondo, the more moderate incumbent. And they narrowly stuck by Lt. Governor […]
Posted in Featured, Politics, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Allan Fung, Bridget Valverde, Dan McKee, David Cicilline, Gina Raimondo, Jeanine Calkin, Laufton Ascencao, Linna Casar, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Matt Brown, Moira Walsh, Rebecca Kislak, Sam Bell, Sheldon Whitehouse, Spencer Dickinson | 1 Response
By Will Weatherly on July 31, 2018
Democratic candidate for Governor Matt Brown announced last Friday that he supports a “Medicare for All” plan for Rhode Island, which will both counter Gov. Raimondo’s Medicaid cuts and “save Rhode Island money every year,” he said in a press release. “If people lose a job, they lose their health care. Small businesses pay so […]
Posted in Elections, Featured, Health Care, News | Tagged aaron regunberg, earned income tax credit, Emily Samsel, Gina Raimondo, health care, Jeanine Calkin, Matt Brown, Medicare for All, Mercatus Center, Republican Governor's Association, single payer, UHIP | 1 Response
By Will Weatherly on July 3, 2018
A group called Rhode Island Democrats for a Real Democratic Party released a petition Tuesday calling for the revocation of two endorsements and the resignation of Democratic State Committee chair Rep. Joseph McNamara after several progressive female candidates were passed over for party endorsements. “We are outraged and appalled that the Rhode Island Democratic Party […]
Posted in Elections, Featured, News, Reproductive Rights | Tagged Elections, Endorsements, Jeanine Calkin, Jennifer Rourke, Joseph McNamara, Matt Brown, Micheal McCaffrey, Moira Jayne Walsh, Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island Democratic Party, Rhode Island Womens Caucus, Warwick | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on July 2, 2018
Being a progressive woman may be beneficial at the ballot box in the 2018 election but it doesn’t seem to help with respect to endorsements from the Rhode Island Democratic Party. Three female legislators learned this the hard way when the state Party endorsed their more-conservative primary opponents. Reps. Moira Walsh and Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, both […]
By Will Weatherly on June 27, 2018
As the deadline to run for elected office came and went Wednesday afternoon, there are more than a few political newcomers—many young, and many centered around social justice—that could constitute the makings of a progressive wave in Rhode Island. Governor Most notable might be the governor’s race, where Matt Brown promises to give incumbent Governor […]
Posted in Congress, Elections, Events, Featured, National News, News, Politics | Tagged Aaron Regunburg, Anthony Giarrusso, Anthony Kennedy, Bridget Valverde, Carlos Cedeno, Cassandra Michael, Chris Blazejewski, Dan McKee, Dana Gee, David Cicilline, Dawn Euer, Donna Nesselbush, edith ajello, Elections, Ewa Dzwierzynski, gayle goldin, Gina Raimondo, Harold Metts, Holly Taylor Coolman, James Langevin, Jason Knight, Jeanine Calkin, Jessica De la Cruz, John Carnevale, John Pacheco, Jonathan Hernandez, josh miller, Justice Ameer Gaines, Justine Caldwell, Kat Kerwin, Kenneth Marshall, Laufton Ascencao, Lauren Carson, lauren niedel, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Mark Gee, Mark McKenney, Matt Brown, Matthew Perry, Melanie DuPont, Michael Earnheart, Moira Jayne Walsh, Nellie Gorbea, Nick Autiello, Pat Cortellessa, Pat Fontes, Paul Fogarty, Paul Jabour, Paul Roselli, primaries, Ramon Perez, Rep. Mike Chippendale, Salvatore Caiozzo, Sam Bell, Scott Slater, seth magaziner, Shelby Maldonado, Sheldon Whitehouse, Stephen Archambault, Teresa Tanzi, William Hunt Jr. | 5 Responses
By Ethan Gyles on October 23, 2017
State Representative Aaron Regunberg is expected to announce his intention to run for Lieutenant Governor tomorrow. That’s an important development for progressives and all of those who seek a change in the status quo in state government…
Posted in Elections, Featured, Opinion, Politics, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Camp Street, Democrats, Dominick Ruggerio, donald trump, General Assembly, Hope Street, House District 4, Jeanine Calkin, Joseph Delorenzo, National Rifle Association, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, Rhode Island Right to Life, Smith Hill | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 14, 2017
“We have been at it for over a year. We will push you tooth and nail, permit by permit, meeting by meeting, hour by hour, day by day. We are not backing down. You have not seen loud or disruptive yet. Try it. Try to permit it. Try it. Try it.”
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Allens Avenue, Amy Willoughby, Andrew Poyant, Childhood Lead Action Project, Christina Cabrera, David Veliz, EJLeague, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, Fossil Free Rhode Island, impermissible segmentation, Jeanine Calkin, Jed Brainerd, Jessica Stensrud, Joe Carvalho, Joey DiZoglio, John Lombardi, Joseph Martella, Joshua Miller, Julian Rodríguez-Drix, Karen Blazer, Kate Schapira, Kirsten Murphy, Liquefaction Project, Lorraine Savard, Monica Huertas, national grid, No LNG in PVD, Port of Providence, Providence Public Safety Complex, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Serra Club, RIDEM, Robert Malin, Sally Mendzela, Shannon Donahue, Stephanie Strub, Washington Park | 2 Responses
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 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 Michael Kennedy on March 8, 2017
Some 2,000 people from Providence, Rhode Island & environs assembled in the same place the #WomensMarch gathered 8 days previous to denounce Donald Trump’s Executive Order on immigration, effectively known in this community, and across the US and the world, as the #MuslimBan. The assembly reflected so many layers of cultural politics, love and solidarity […]
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 February 19, 2017
Under this act an employer could choose to pay an adult $9.60 or could get a kid to do the same work for $7.20.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Inequality, Labor, Minimum Wage, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged Jeanine Calkin, Mark Cote, minimum wage, opportunity wage, Ryan William Pearson | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 2, 2017
According to Energize RI, the legislation “is designed to provide incentives for energy users to reduce their reliance on carbon-emitting fuels and encourage the development of cleaner renewable energy projects that keep Rhode Islanders’ dollars in the state and create jobs locally.”
Posted in Climate, Connecticut, Energy, Featured, Massachusetts, New York, News, Rhode Island, Vermont, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Brigid Ryan, Clean Energy and Jobs Fund, donald trump, Exxon, Jeanine Calkin, Jeff Maulk, Jonathan Steinberg, Kat Burnham, Michael Barrett, National Council of Environmental Lawmakers, People’s Power and Light | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2017
Cheryl Al-Sasah’s story about a boy who is fleeing Syria for the safety of America is a perfect example of what’s going so wrong with our country right now.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Abdelnasser Hussein, AHOPE, Americans Helping Others Prosper, Cheryl Al-Sasah, Coalition for Safer Rhodes, Community Safety Act, CSA, DARE, David Cicilline, direct action for rights and equality, Donald Anderson, donald trump, FANG Collective, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gina Raimondo, Islamic School of Rhode Island, Jeanine Calkin, jorge elorza, Laufton Ascencao-Longo, Michele Dardashti, Mufti Ikram ul Haq, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, RICMA, sanctuary, Sarath Suong, Seena Chan, seth magaziner, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sophia Wright, Sterk Zaza, syria, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado, Working Families Party RI | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2017
Two thousand people arrived at the Rhode Island State House Saturday afternoon to protest President Donald Trump’s executive orders targeting Muslims and refugees.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, Photos, Politics, Religion, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Abdelnasser Hussein, David Cicilline, Donald Anderson, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gina Raimondo, Jeanine Calkin, jorge elorza, Laufton Ascencao, Michele Dardashti, Mufti Ikram ul Haq, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Sarath Suong, seth magaziner, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sofia Wright, Sterk Zara, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 25, 2017
The endorsements include State Representatives Edith Ajello, Anastasia Williams, Jeremiah O’Grady and Deborah Ruggiero and State Senators James Sheehan and Jim Seveney.
Posted in Congress, Featured, National News, Politics, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged 66, aaron regunberg, Abel Collins, adam satchell, Ana Quezada, Anastasia Williams, Arthur Handy, Carmen Castillo, Chris Blazejewski, david bennett, David Segal, Deborah Ruggiero, DNC Chair, donald trump, edith ajello, Edwin Pacheco, Evan Shanley, Gregg Amore, Hanna Gallo, James Sheehan, Jason Knight, Jeanine Calkin, Jeremiah O’Grady, Jeremy Rix, jim seveney, John J. Lombardi, Joseph Almeida, Joseph McNamara, Joshua Miller, Justin Skenyon, Kathy Fogarty, Keith Ellison, Kenneth Marshall, Laufton Ascencao-Longo, Linda Ujifusa, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Meghan Kallman, Moira Walsh, North Kingstown Democratic Town Committee, Patricia Serpa, Scott Slater, Shelby Maldonado, Sony Handycam FDR-AX53 16.6 MP Ultra HD Camcorder - 4K - Black 59, Steven Stycos, Susan Donovan, Susan Taylor, Suzanna Alba, Timothy E. Sweeney, Young Democrats of Rhode Island | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 16, 2016
“We are now in the era of Trump,” said Representative Keith Ellison in his video message, “That means it is go-time for all of us. Anybody who believes in a fair economy and social justice, anyone who believes politics should serve people, and that people should be in control of their own lives and their own destinies, you got to step up, and we really need your help.”
Posted in Featured, National News, News, Photos, Politics, Video, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, adam satchell, Ana Quezada, Arthur Handy, Bernie Sanders, Chris Blazejewski, david bennett, Democratic National Committee, Democratic Party, dnc, donald trump, Evan Shanley, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gregg Amore, Hanna Gallo, Jason Knight, Jean Philippe Barros, Jeanine Calkin, jim seveney, John J. Lombardi, Joseph Almeida, Joshua Miller, Kathy Fogarty, Keith Ellison, Laufton Ascencao‐Longo, Marcia Ranglin‐Vassell, Moira Walsh, Providence Democratic Socialists of America, ray hull, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, Rhode Island Working Families Party, Scott Slater, Shelby Maldonado, Susan Donovan, The Parlour, Wall Street, YDRI, Young Democrats of Rhode Island | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 11, 2016
“The only way to protect our communities from what may be coming is to come together and fight,” said Representative Aaron Regunberg, one of the founders of Resist Hate RI.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Education, Environmental Racism, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Labor, National News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Hope High School, Jeanine Calkin, Laufton Ascencao-Longo, Resist Hate RI | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 21, 2016
“We’re here because our state government needs to step up,” said State Representative Aaron Regunberg. “That means doing more than taking a wait-and-see approach to Donald Trump’s millionaire and KKK-endorsed agenda. It’s our job to make sure that this agenda does not become normal here in Rhode Island, and we commit to doing everything we possible can to starting right now to protect Rhode Island values and Rhode Island families.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Immigration, National News, People, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, Chris Blazejewski, Coalition for Safer Rhodes, Donald Anderson, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Jeanine Calkin, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Moira Walsh, Planned Parenthood, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Rodrigo Pimentel, Shelby Maldonado, Susan Donovan, Teresa Tanzi, Victoria Ruiz | 1 Response
By Samuel Bell on October 10, 2016
Jeanine Calkin’s upset win over Senate President Pro Tem Bill Walaska was a centerpiece of the progressive movement’s wave of victories in this year’s primaries. For a behind the scenes look at the Calkin campaign, RI Future sat down with Campaign Manager Capri Catanzaro.