By Steve Ahlquist on July 9, 2016
No press conferences were planned for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. It took the death of police officers to do that. That alone signals our priorities as a culture.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Inequality, National News, News, Photos, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Alton Sterling, Donald Anderson, Eugene Dyszlewski, Gina Raimondo, jack reed, jim vincent, kobi dennis, Moira Walsh, Philando Castile, Sheldon Whitehouse, Steven O'Donnell, Steven Pare | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 20, 2016
The First Unitarian Church of Providence unveiled a Black Lives Matter banner Sunday to a crowd of over three hundred church members and invited community members.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, History, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged Charles Blustein Ortman, First Unitarian Church of Providence, jim vincent, NAACP Providence Branch, Standing on the Side of Love | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2016
When speaker Marco McWilliams, director of Black Studies at Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) spoke about prison abolition and the dismantling of capitalism (admittedly long term goals) some in the audience showed visible reservations.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, History, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged black lives matter, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, First Unitarian Church of Providence, jim vincent, NAACP Providence Branch, Providence Community Safety Act, Providence Place Mall | Leave a response
By ACLU of RI on December 23, 2015
The RI State Police determined that the School Resource Officer at Tolman behaved appropriately back in October. Now several groups want to access that report.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, AFSC-SENE, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, American Friends Service Committee – South East New England, George Wiley Center, Gina Raimondo, jim vincent, Martha Yager, NAACP Providence Branch, providence student union, Rhode Island State Police, Steven Brown, Tolman High School | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 15, 2015
“The backlash of these atrocious attacks have been felt deeply in the Muslim community nationwide. Inflammatory rhetoric as demonstrated by some politicians to isolate and marginalize American Muslims is reckless and undermines the safety and security of our great nation,” Ansari continued, before adding, on a positive note that, “the American Muslim community in Rhode Island has unprecedented support from public officials, law enforcement, faith community and fellow citizens and we deeply appreciate this support.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Elections, Featured, National News, News, People, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Donald Anderson, donald trump, Farid Ansari, jim vincent, NAACP, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, RICMA, Roger Williams, Sarah Mack, Toby Ayers | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on December 7, 2015
Race and racism is the topic of discussion in the press. Yet it remains to be seen if this discussion will include the use of the dreaded c-word (class) or dare use the g-verb of what harms people of color daily (gentrification). Here at RIFuture, we want to spice it up a little and talk about those issues as […]
Posted in Featured, Opinion, Race & Racism | Tagged black lives matter, Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Farid Ansari, jim vincent, Labor, lgbtq, Providence, Ray Rickman, Rhode Island | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on October 6, 2015
Taft Mazotti, president of the Providence police union, and Jim Vincent, executive director of the Providence chapter of the NAACP, have very different opinions on the actions of a 17-year-old black employee of an Atwells Avenue Dunkin Donuts who wrote “#Blacklivesmatter” on a cop’s coffee cup. The police union issued a press release chiding the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 4, 2015
“Rhode Island rushed to pass a [Voter ID] law,” said Davis, “Unlike most laws this is based on a couple of anecdotal incidents… Stats show their is virtually no evidence of voter fraud. Mail ballots became easier to obtain, the only place where fraud was found…No one thought that a Democratic [Party majority] state would manage to do that.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Elections, Featured, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged ACLU, Hilary Davis, jim vincent, kate bowden, Lee Ann Byrne, NAACP, prison based gerrymandering, ri coalition for the homeless, RI Disability Law Center | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on July 22, 2015
On July 21 I had the opportunity to sit down with Jim Vincent of the Providence NAACP and discussed a variety of topics. Mr. Vincent is a graduate of the 1973 Dartmouth College Urban Studies and Government program and hold an McP in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Our conversation covered a variety […]
By Elisha Aldrich on July 8, 2015
Governor Gina Raimondo launched an initiative to reinvent Rhode Island’s justice system, with hopes of reducing recidivism rates, analyzing racial disparities within prisons, and properly treating addiction and mental illness.
Raimondo compared the group’s creation to her Reinventing Medicaid task force that was brought together last year.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 29, 2015
Jim Vincent, President of the NAACP-Providence Branch, connected the racism of the alleged shooter with the rash of church burnings throughout the south and with the racist leaflets recently dropped in East Greenwich.
By Steve Ahlquist on May 7, 2015
Special Assistant Attorney General Joee Lindbeck testified that the AG’s office opposes the bill because it would require police officers to ask permission to search juveniles. She also said that the Attorney General’s office was not privy to the meetings between law enforcement and community group’s where the bill was put together.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Economics, National News, News, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged Edie Ajello, jim vincent, Joee Lindbeck, Jordan Seaberry, Kilmartin, michael evora, Mike Araujo, NAACP, Peter Kilmartin, police, Ray Watson, Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, steve pare, Stop and Frisk, Univocal Legislative Minority Advisory Commission | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on December 11, 2014
The Rhode Island State Police are hosting in South Providence on Monday night what a press release called a ““New Beginnings Community Outreach Forum: A Follow-Up to the Ferguson Decision.” According to the press release, “The forum will address the recent issues surrounding the grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City and […]
By Bob Plain on November 25, 2014
Across America people are processing news that the Ferguson police officer who killed Michael Brown will not be held criminally responsible. There have already been protests at PC and at URI. Tonight at 7pm there is a protest at Central High School in Providence. We reached out to several local Black leaders and asked for […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 19, 2014
“There are more African-American men in prison, jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850. That’s a statistic that you don’t really ever forget,” began Diego Arene-Morley, President of Brown University Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
By Steve Ahlquist on October 27, 2014
Mike Stenhouse and Bishop Tobin pinky swear to avoid “thorny cultural issues” in the event of a Constitutional Convention. Can we take them at their word?
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, LGBTQ, News, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island | Tagged Bishop Tobin, Civil Rights / Liberties, concon, human rights, jim vincent, justin katz, mike stenhouse, Rhode Island Constitutional Convention, RIconcon, steve brown | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 21, 2014
“The NAACP wants to make voting easier,” said Providence chapter President Jim Vincent, “not harder.” That’s because voter ID laws tend to disenfranchise minority voters, though Vincent says he’s confident Rhode Island’s law wasn’t intending to that, as he said is the case in other states. Instead, he warned of “unintended consequences.” Jim Vincent later […]
By Bob Plain on March 4, 2014
On the heels of the New England Area Conference of the NAACP calling on Rhode Island to legalize marijuana, Jim Vincent, executive director of the Providence chapter, said he will lobby legislative leaders this session to pass a bill that would tax and regulate rather than criminalize pot. “I look at it through the prism […]
By Bob Plain on January 27, 2014
“Over 40 percent of the youth of color between the ages of 10 and 24 are unemployed,” Jim Vincent, executive director of the Providence branch of the NAACP. “That’s a recipe for disaster.” Because of this, the lack of good public schools in the urban core and the general feeling that the streets there have […]
RIF Radio: NAACP’s Jim Vincent doesn’t feel the urgency; Woonsocket’s Mike Morin ready to work with Baldelli Hunt
By Bob Plain on January 27, 2014
This morning we speak with Jim Vincent executive director of the Providence branch of the NAACP about a press conference his group is hosting today to call attention to the growing sense of fear and frustration in the inner cities. We’ll also catch up with probably-soon-to-be Woonsocket state Rep. Mike Morin