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 Capri Catanzaro on June 17, 2017
All said, it is a great budget for the wealthy and the politically connected corporate interests. It is a bad budget for the middle class, the poor, and supporters of economic growth.
Posted in Featured, State House | Tagged 2018 Budget, 38 Studios, car tax, ccri, commerce corporation, Gina Raimondo, John Lombardi, Medicaid, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Promise, RIPTA, TrumpCare, UHIP | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 16, 2017
Deep divisions of race and class among the Ward 3 neighborhoods were noted. It was obvious that Ward 3 is more a collection of neighborhoods than a unified Ward.
Posted in Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Economics, Elections, Featured, Inequality, Photos, Politics, Providence, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Angie Ankoma, Christopher Reynolds, Daniel Chaika, David Lallier, John Lombardi, Kevin Jackson, Mark Santow, Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School, Mike Ritz, Mt Hope Neighborhood Association, Nirva LaFortune, Observatory Neighborhood Association, Providence Ward 3, seth magaziner, the Summit Neighborhood Association, un-debate | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 11, 2017
The Community Safety Act is about safety, said Flores-Maldonado. “We have made compromises. We’ve made a lot of compromises… but you have to remember we are compromising our safety, and that is dangerous to a lot of us in this community.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, AJ Methe, Andrew Horwitz, Bryan Principe, Carmen Castillo, Community Safety Act, CSA, Curt Columbus, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Eduardo Sandoval, Fred Ordonez, ice, Imaginary Entertainment, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Jo-Ann Ryan, John Lombardi, jorge elorza, Joseph Buchanan, Justice Gaines, Kevin Jackson, Luis Aponte, Mary Kay Harris, Michael Correira, Michael Solomon, Peter Glantz, Providence City Council Ordinance Committee, Providence City Hall, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Sabina Matos, Shannah Kurland, Sophia Wright, Step-Up Coalition, Stephen Fortunado, Steven Brown, Steven Dy, Steven Pare, Terrence Hassett, Trinity Rep, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | 4 Responses
By Bob Plain on March 14, 2017
It took about a month to start seeing the consequences of raising bus fare on Rhode Island’s most vulnerable commuters. According to a Valley Breeze report, “those people are frequently going hungry.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Transportation | Tagged Adrienne Marchetti, Gina Raimondo, hunger, John Lombardi, Pawtucket Soup Kitchen, Poverty, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance, Teresa Tanzi, valley breeze | 3 Responses
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 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 Bob Plain on June 16, 2016
“It is with a heavy heart that I urge folks not to support this amendment,” said Rep Teresa Tanzi.
“I’m so glad people in this chamber have heavy hearts,” shot back Rep John Lombardi.
By Steve Ahlquist on May 28, 2016
The testimony on Cale Keable’s bill, H8240 pitted town residents and environmental activists against business and labor concerns. In all 56 people testified on the bill during the five hours of testimony, 43 in favor and 13 in opposition.
Posted in Civil Rights, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Audubon Society, cale keable, Conservation Law Foundation, Doug Gablinske, Elizabeth Suever, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Invenergy, Jeremy Bailey, Jerry Elmer, John Lombardi, John Niland, Kirkbrae Country Club, Lenette Boisselle, Meg Kerr, michael marcello, national grid, Northern RI Chamber of Commerce | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 16, 2015
“When kids see that their punishment does no correlate with their offense, they become angry, knowing that kids who do egregious acts are held to the same punishment. It is simply unfair. The fact is that schools are not following the law and are finding loopholes around it.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Education, Featured, Race & Racism, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged grace diaz, Hilary Davis, John Lombardi, Joseph McNamara, RI ACLU, school to prison, Young Voices | Leave a response