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 Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2017
“We need fair trade that works for citizens and the environment! We are fighting to make NAFTA the trade deal it should be: one where workers are treated fairly, the environment is treated with respect, and corporations play by our rules, not their own.”
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Congress, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, Inequality, National News, Photos, Providence, Video, Virginia | Tagged Affordable Care Act, Bernie Sanders, Citizen Trade Watch, Communications Workers of America, donald trump, Karen Malcolm, Larry Cohen, lauren niedel, Liz King, NAFTA, National Governor Association, North American Free Trade Agreement, Our Revolution, Preserve Our Healthcare Coalition, Rand Wilson, republican, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rose Espinola, Terry McAuliffe, United States Congress, Virginia | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 19, 2017
It takes more than a single candlelight vigil to reassure and comfort children who feel ostracized and under attack. It takes a community dedicated to fostering a safe, welcoming environment in which children and grow and prosper. As a society, we seem a long way from that.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 25, 2017
The groups says that Pompeo’s “openness to torture” is only the beginning.
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured | Tagged Bill Deware, Central Intelligence Agency, cia, donald trump, jack reed, lauren niedel, Mike Pompeo, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, Sheldon Whitehouse | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 3, 2016
National Grid not only wants Rhode Island ratepayers to subsidize for the build up of fracked gas infrastructure, they want consumers to ensure that the project is profitable for the company.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged 2014 Resilient Rhode Island Act., Algonquin, Ben Weilerstein, Doug Gablinske, FANG Collective, Laura Perez, lauren niedel, Lorraine Savard, Lynn Clark, Margaret Curran, Marion Gold, national grid, Nick Katkevich, Priscilla De La Cruz, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, RIPUC, TEC-RI, Toxics Action Center | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 28, 2016
Lauren Niedel, a 22 year resident of Glocester has officially declared her candidacy for her Town Council. Motivated by the Council’s dismissive response to her call to action against the proposed Burrillville fracked gas power plant Lauren decided that the only way to make change is to become the change.
By Steve Ahlquist on May 26, 2016
Sound: A resident demonstrated the noise levels Burrillville residents experience nightly, to the consternation of the town council. Fury: There was a call for the immediate dismissal of the town manager and a call to defend the First Amendment.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Energy, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Video | Tagged Barry Craig, Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, Invenergy, Jan Luby, Jeremy Bailey, John Pacheco, Kathy Sherman, lauren niedel, Michael Wood, Nicholas Cook, Oleg Nikolyszyn, Open Meetings Act, spectra, Stephanie Sloman | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 10, 2016
To see the power of Sander’s campaign up close, even at a micro-scale, is revelatory. Sanders says he is leading a political revolution. Sometimes I actually find myself believing that.
Posted in Activism, Elections, Events, Featured, News, People, Photos, Rhode Island, Video, Youth | Tagged Bernie Sanders, hillary clinton, Joseph McNamara, lauren niedel, Linda Ujifusa, Nellie Gorbea, Roland Gauvin, Sally Mendzela | 1 Response
By RI Future on February 25, 2016
Bernie Sanders supporters gathered 3451 official signatures, Hillary Clinton supporters, backed by the RI Democratic Party, gathered only 1802. On the Republican side Trump supporters gathered 3110 signatures, followed by 2902 for Jeb Bush, who has already dropped out of the race.
By Steve Ahlquist on December 15, 2015
Sister Mary Pendergast wrote, “A culture of care is part of my spirituality: care of Earth, and care of people who are poor. Pope Francis has called us all to an ecological conversion and he said it is essential and not an option. He asks for a revolution of Mercy as well as a bold, cultural revolution.”
Posted in Activism, Climate, Energy, Featured, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged BASE, burrillville, fang, lauren niedel, Mary Pendergast, Naomi Klein, pope francis, Sally Mendzela, Spectra Energy | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 10, 2015
Burrillville Town Councilor Stephen Rawson became combative with some of those who spoke against the Spectra pipeline expansion and Invenergy’s new fracked methane power plant at this week’s council meeting.
Posted in Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, News, Rhode Island | Tagged BASE, burrillville, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Donald Fox, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Kathy Martley, Kathy Sherman, lauren niedel, Michael Wood, Nick Katkevich, Spectra Energy, Stephen Rawson | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 30, 2015
“I’m a recovering Republican. After the bank crisis I had an awakening. The system had been corrupted by big money. I really like Bernie’s message. He’s not selling himself.”
By Steve Ahlquist on May 11, 2015
Lauren Niedel, of the RIPDA, summed up the reasons for her support when she said that Sanders “represents the people. He does not represent the 1 percent. He does not represent the corporations.” Indeed, Niedel presented the group with Sanders’ 12 point economic policy plan, which seemed to resonate well with those in attendance.
By Steve Ahlquist on April 28, 2015
“Providence is not a minor league city,” said Asher Schofield, “We are what we dream ourselves to be. What we want to be. And we want to be major league. These are antiquated notions, the idea of public financing of private enterprise. This [deal] is not the grand notion that we need to have as a city moving forward… These minor league aspirations are beneath us.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Events, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged capital good fund, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Fred Ordonez, Gina Raimondo, green party, greg gerritt, James Skeffington, Larry Girouard, lauren niedel, Medicaid, Occupy Providence, Pat Ford, PawSox, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, Randall Rose, Republican Party, Rhode Island Sierra Club, RI Taxpayers, ri tea party, Roland Gauvin, Steven Frias | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 2, 2014
“I say it’s dangerous being a youth these days. because not only do you have to worry about gangs, not only do you have to worry about drug dealers and all that but you also have to worry about police officers who should be protecting you from those elements treating you like you’re one of them.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Camilo Viveiros, DARE, fossil free ri, George Wiley Cener, Joe Buchanan, lauren niedel, Malcus Mills, Mary Kay Harris, NAACP, Occupy Providence, Peter Nightingale, ri progressive democrats, Rosa Parks, Sheila Wilhelm | 9 Responses