By Steve Rackett on July 13, 2017
Congratulations to Nirva LaFortune for her big win in the Ward 3 primary election. She fought an excellent campaign and in the debates she was articulate and passionate. She was also forthcoming when interviewed and came across as a forward thinking candidate, wanting to seek lasting, long term solutions for her neighbors and for the […]
By Steve Rackett on July 10, 2017
Who is best suited to represent the ward? Well, it depends on what people are looking out for in a councilor and each of the candidates can pitch to different areas of interest.
Posted in Elections, Featured, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Daniel Chaika, East Side Community Alliance, Facebook, Jeremy Corbyn, Kevin Jackson, Labour Party, Mark Santow, Nirva LaFortune, Providence City Council, Providence Ethics Board, Providence Teacher's Union, RI Future, RI NOW, Steve Ahlquist, twitter | 10 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 Rackett on June 30, 2017
The CSA is very dear to me. These issues impact me and my family directly. I have been racially profiled. I have to remind my son things like ‘don’t wear a hoody’. I have seen how growing up, my father was stopped constantly.
By Steve Rackett on June 29, 2017
But receivership or bankruptcy is a very drastic solution. The way it impacted every day people in Central Falls was shocking and a lot of people made money off of that. A lot of people managed to profit off the misfortune of others. We should be avoiding it at all costs.
Posted in Elections, Featured, Politics, Providence | Tagged Community Safety Act, CSA, Daniel Chaika, Mark Santow, Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School, Nathan Bishop Middle School, Nirva LaFortune, Providence City Council, ward 3, water | 1 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 Rackett on June 28, 2017
For me, because I am on School Board and also because I have kids, schools are a big priority. Beyond that, affordable housing is a big issue. It is another one that is a city-wide issue that has a local impact as well.
Posted in Elections, Featured, Providence | Tagged Community Safety Act, CSA, Daniel Chaika, Mark Santow, Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School, Nathan Bishop Middle School, Nirva LaFortune, Providence City Council, ward 3, water | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 20, 2017
“We are excited to endorse the only woman of color in a crowded field vying for a seat at the table, and we know she will be a strong voice for Ward 3 on Providence’s city council,” said Amanda Clarke, past president of RI NOW.
Posted in Elections, Featured, Politics, Providence, Women | Tagged Amanda Clarke, Daniel Chaika, Mark Santow, National Organization for Women, Nirva LaFortune, now, RI NOWRI NOW PAC, ward 3 | 1 Response
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 January 20, 2017
The effort to prevent the privatization of public schools will be that much more difficult in the era of Trump.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Education, Featured, Labor, Photos, Providence, Video, Youth | Tagged Achievement First, Alex Lucini, Central High School, Classical High School, FIFTHP, Frank Flynn, Jayleen Salcedo, jorge elorza, Josh Antuna, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Maribeth Calabro, Mark Santow, Mike Araujo, providence student union, Providence Teacher's Union, psu, PTU, Rhode Island Department of Education, RI Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, RI Jobs with Justice, ridot, sam zurier | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on December 7, 2016
Supporters, many poor people of color, spoke passionately about justice and opportunity in Providence schools. Opponents, mostly well-employed white people, spoke about economies of scale and efforts to undermine public education. This was the scene last night as the state Council on Elementary and Secondary Education listened to public testimony on a proposed expansion to […]