DARE smashes piñatas in protest against high rents, evictions and public subsidies for luxury housing
By Steve Ahlquist on September 20, 2017
As the crowd gathered outside Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza’s offices on the second floor of City Hall chanted, “We’re not for sale!” one member stepped forward and began demolishing two piñatas.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Environmental Racism, Featured, Housing, Inequality, Infrastructure, National News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Acquisition and Revitalization Program, ARP, Barbara Fields, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Elena McCann, jorge elorza, Malchus Mills, Renter Week of Action, Rhode Island Housing, Terri Wright | 2 Responses
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 Steve Ahlquist on September 7, 2017
Elorza acknowledged that the Donation Stations are not a solution to the problem of homelessness, but noted that “there’s not a single advocate for the homeless that says that more resources do not need to be put towards the issue.”
Posted in Featured, Homelessness, Infrastructure, National News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Donation Station, Henry Remolina, jorge elorza, Providence Police Department, PVD Gives | Leave a 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 September 1, 2017
“We make poverty wages while our executive offices pull six figures a year… While we’re qualifying for food stamps after working forty hours a week,” said Karen Baldwin, a Direct Care Provider. “I live on $11.35 an hour. We still qualify for food stamps and RIte Share.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Disability Services, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Labor, Minimum Wage, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged Aaron Regunburg, ARC of Blackstone Valley, Certified Nursing Assistants, Charlesgate Nursing Center, CNAs, Direct Service Providers, fight for 15, Greenville Nursing Home, Hopkins Manor, jorge elorza, Karen Baldwin, labor day, seiu 1199, Vicky Mitchell | Leave a 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 August 17, 2017
The choice that Providence now has in the Superior Court lawsuit is whether to side with a Delaware corporation, based in Chicago, that wants to build a dirty, carbon-emitting, diesel oil and fracked gas power plant in a rural Rhode Island community or side with local citizens and environmentalists that oppose this unneeded and dirty plant.”
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Johnston, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, jorge elorza, Michael Sabatoni, national grid, New England, Providence City Council, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, Rhode Island Superior Court, RIBCTC, Sabina Matos, seth yurdin | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 11, 2017
Providence, though, has been named in the lawsuit, and the decision the city faces is what side of the lawsuit to be on.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Johnston, Labor, News, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, Jerry Elmer, jorge elorza, Michael Sabitoni, national grid, Providence City Council, Providence Water, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades, RIBCTC, seth yurdin | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 10, 2017
“Simply put, Municipal ID cards affirm your residency in out city, regardless of immigration status, regardless of housing status or criminal history,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza
Posted in Civil Rights, Domestic Violence, Featured, Homelessness, Immigration, Infrastructure, LGBTQ, National News, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged A Sweet Creation, ACLU of Rhode Island, Crossroads Rhode Island, Dean Isabella, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Higher Ground International, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, jorge elorza, Lucas Hawthorne, Mary Kay Harris, Muslim-American Advisory Board, NAACP Providence Branch, New Bridges for Haitian Success, OpenDoors, Providence Human Relations Commission, Providence Municipal ID Cards, Providence Police Department, Refugee Dream Center, Rodrigo Pimental, Southside Cultural Center, Steven Brown, TGI Network, Theresa Agonia, Year Up, Youth Pride Inc | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2017
At both scenes officers from the Cranston Police Department and the Rhode Island State Police kept a watchful eye on the entirely peaceful protesters.
Posted in Activism, Cranston, Featured, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Cranston Police Department, David Oppenheimer, Dominick Ruggerio, Gina Raimondo, jorge elorza, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island State Police | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 24, 2017
If approved, the resolution would align the City of Providence and Providence Water Supply Board with the Conservation Law Foundation and against Invenergy.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Energy, Featured, Johnston, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Water | Tagged 2014 Resilient Rhode Island Act., Blackstone River Watershed Council, Burrillville Building inspector, Burrillville Conservation Chairman, Burrillville Planning Board, Burrillville Tax Assessor, Burrillville Zoning Board, Clear River Energy, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Harrisville Fire District, Invenergy, Jeffrey Dana, Johnston Town Council, jorge elorza, Kevin Cleary, Pascoag Utility District, Providence City Council, Providence Water Supply Board, PWSB, seth yurdin | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 7, 2017
Things heated up when Democratic candidate Nirva LaFortune took Independent candidate Christopher Reynolds to task for his use of insensitive, racially charged language.
Posted in Elections, Featured, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Video | Tagged CDHCR, Christopher Reynolds, Community Safety Act, Cristian Potter, CSA, Daniel Chaika, David Lallier, jorge elorza, Mark Santow, Nirva LaFortune, People Over Police, PERA, Providence External Review Authority, Randall Rose, Rhode Island Coalition to Defend Human and Civil Rights, RI Rights, Rochambeau Library | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2017
“This process is carefully designed to meet the needs of the employee enacting the protocols while providing training and tools in order to promote a supportive work environment.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Health Care, LGBTQ, National News, News, Providence | Tagged Emily Crowell, jorge elorza, Santa Rosa, Transgender Law Center, transgender rights, Workplace Gender Transition Protocols | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 28, 2017
Less than two weeks after the un-debate, four of the five candidates who qualified for the ballot in the race to be the Ward 3 city councilor from Providence once again took the stage, this time to answer questions, not just listen to the concerns of residents.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Education, Elections, Featured, Housing, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Angel Tavares, buddy cianci, Daniel Chaika, David Cicilline, David Lallier, jorge elorza, Kevin Jackson, Mark Santow, MLK Elementary School, Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, Observatory Neighborhood Association, Rebecca LaFortune, Summit Neighborhood Association, Ted Nesi, ward 3 | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 12, 2017
Providence kicked off Pride on Sunday with a rally at the Rhode Island State House followed by a march to Providence City Hall for a Pride Flag raising event featuring Mayor Jorge Elorza and Governor Gina Raimondo. Across the country Pride events are being challenged to be more inclusive and diverse. In Boston yesterday the […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on June 11, 2017
“After doing an unannounced military drill with black hawk helicopters and simulated gun noises, the fucking military dudes handed out glow sticks to traumatized kids in the neighborhood. No lie.”
Posted in Defense, Featured, National News, Photos, Providence, Video | Tagged Armory Park, Gina Raimondo, jorge elorza, Kathy Lee Ziner, Korben Perry, Organize RI, Peter Parente, Phyllis Shirley Gingerella Wade, syria, United States Army | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 8, 2017
Elorza signed the Community Safety Act (CSA) without fanfare. There was no photo opp, just a press release announcing the deed done. The way the ordinance was signed into law frustrated and disappointed the coalition of community groups who have worked so many years to get the CSA passed.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Inequality, LGBTQ, Providence, Race & Racism, Youth | Tagged CSA Working Group, jorge elorza, Linda Heng, PCPRA, PERA, Providence Community-Police Relations Act, Providence External Review Authority, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 2, 2017
National Gun Violence Prevention Day was inspired the friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a teen who marched in President Barrack Obama’s second inaugural parade and was shot and killed a week later near her home in Chicago. Hadiya Pendleton would have turned 18 today.
Posted in Chicago, Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence, Featured, Gun Control, National News, News, Providence | Tagged Barrack Obama, Hadiya Pendleton, Jennifer Smith Boylan, jorge elorza, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Rhode Island Moms Demand Action | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 2, 2017
The Providence City Council called the CSA “landmark legislation” and “one of the most progressive policing bills in the United States…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Justice, LGBTQ, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Youth | Tagged Community Safety Act, CSA, CSA Working Group, Emily Crowell, gang database, jorge elorza, LEP, Limited English Proficient, Linda Heng, Malchus Mills, Michael Correira, PCPRA, PERA, Providence City Council, Providence Community-Police Relations Act, Providence External Review Authority, Providence FOP, Providence Fraternal Order of Police, Robert Boehm, Sarath Suong, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | 2 Responses
By Nicole Cordier on May 30, 2017
“This ordinance will only serve to punish the City’s already vulnerable poor, and divert police attention away from meaningful law enforcement activities,” said Barbara Freitas, director of RIHAP.
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Providence | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Barbara Freitas, DARE, Direct Action for Rights an Equality, homeless bill of rights, Homeless Bill of Rights Committee, House of Hope CDC, jorge elorza, kennedy plaza, Providence City Council, RI Homeless Advocacy Project, rihap, SouthCoast Fair Housing, Steven Pare | Leave a response