By Aran Valente on October 23, 2017
On September 19, 2017 the Rhode Island General Assembly passed Senator Donna Nesslebush’s Senate Bill 0676 Sub A and Representative Shelby Maldonado’s House Bill H6155, “Corporations, Associations, and Partnerships.” The bill will be signed officially by Governor Raimondo on October 25, 2017 at Fuerza Laboral in Central Falls. The bill “creates a statutory vehicle for […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2017
Under Rhodycare, “all Rhode Islanders pay into the system through a paycheck deduction and when it comes time to pay for childcare or eldercare you access your pooled contribution.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Rhode Island, Social Services, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Ai-jen Poo, Caring Across Generations, jobs with justice, Mike Araujo, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rhodycare, Sarita Gupta | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 1, 2017
“We are also here to say that we are here to fully defend the immigrant community and that we will put our resources, our commitment, our time and our bodies in the way of the machine that would split up families. We are fully committed to this and we are going to stay doing this until we win.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, Johnston, Labor, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged Arthur Corvese, donald trump, fuerza laboral, Gina Raimondo, Heiney Maldonado, ice, Immigrants In Action, Immigration and Custom Enforcement, Jim Keller, Juan Garcia, Mike Araujo, Nicholas Mattiello, Omar Bah, Paolo Rivero, Public Safety and Protection Act, Refugee Dream Center, RI Jobs with Justice | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 18, 2017
“We stand in solidarity with Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, and all those on the front lines of the struggle for human rights,” said Benjamin Evans of the Rhode Island National Lawyer’s Guild.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Congress, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Disability Services, Education, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Homelessness, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, LGBTQ, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AFSC-SENE, American Friends Service Committee of Southeastern New England, Benjamin Evans, Betsy DeVos, Burnside Park, Community Safety Act, donald trump, Edward Benson, FANG Collective, fuerza laboral, George Wiley Center, Henry Shelton Act, John Dineen, Martha Yaeger, Mike Araujo, my Tabor, National Lawyers Guild, Nick Katkevich, providence student union, Raul Figueroa, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI ACLU, RISD, Sheida Soleimani, SNAP, US District Court in Providence, Zack Mezera | Leave a response
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 November 10, 2016
“What we saw was a white nationalist takeover of our government,” said Mike Aruajo, the executive director of Rhode Island Jobs With Justice.”The solidarity of skin color won the day and you need to be honest about that.”
By Steve Ahlquist on November 7, 2016
“You, who are so-called illegal aliens, must know that no human being is illegal. That is a contradiction in terms. Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal?”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, Race & Racism | Tagged Brown Student Labor Alliance, English for Action, fuerza laboral, Gina Raimondo, Jenn Steinfeld, Mike Araujo, Nicholas Mattiello, Progreso Latino, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Racial Justice Coalition, Raul Figueroa, RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, RI Jobs with Justice, Rodrigo Pimentel, Sarath Suong, Steven Frias, Toby Ayers | 5 Responses
By Racial Justice Coalition on October 24, 2016
“As organizations committed to racial justice, we feel the issue of race has been missing from the discussion about Kennedy Plaza. We all want to see vibrant community commons that support our economic and community development. But we recognize that strategies like increased policing will continue to disadvantage the poor, especially people of color, and siphon dollars away from social safety net programs that uplift those most marginalized.”
Posted in Featured, Homelessness, Inequality, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged direct action for rights and equality, Economic Progress Institute, Jenn Steinfeld, kennedy plaza, Mike Araujo, NAACP Providence Branch, Progreso Latino, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Racial Justice Coalition, Reclaiming Our Public Spaces, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 16, 2016
During a second protest, Civetti agreed by phone to meet with the workers at the Fuerza Laboral offices again. According to Fuerza organizer Raoul Figueroa and Mike Araujo of RI Jobs with Justice, Civetti agreed that he did owe the workers their unpaid wages at this meeting. He has agreed to pay the workers on Friday.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged David Civetti, Dependable and Affordable Cleaning Inc, fuerza laboral, Heiny Maldonado, Mike Araujo, providence college, RI Jobs with Justice | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 12, 2016
“In January [Nabisco] made the announcement. They said, ‘we’re laying off 600 people, we’re sending the production down to Mexico, you can basically deal with it,’” explained Nate Zeff, of the BCTGM International Union.
By Grant Metts on August 16, 2016
Mike Araujo agreed to meet with me a second time for another podcast, so here it is! Topics include revolution, agency, and the labor movement (if there is such a thing–opinions differ). We also talked a little about the aspirational and inspirational Black Lives Matter platform, but we had some slight disagreements as to the […]
By Bob Plain on August 11, 2016
In an attempt to convince management to recognize their efforts to form a labor union, employees of J. Goodison held an early-morning rally outside of the Quonset ship repair business. “We need a union because of the respect that we need and the unity that we need and because of the good salary that we […]
Posted in Featured, Labor | Tagged International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, IUPAT, IUPAT Local 195 DC 11, J. Goodison, jobs with justice, Labor, Mike Araujo, north kingstown, Union | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on July 22, 2016
The chronicle of Cape Verdeans, who celebrated their Independence Day this month, in the Ocean State has proven to be one of the most impressive demographic stories, with local African American leaders like scholar Bela Teixeira, labor organizer Mike Araujo, and NAACP President Jim Vincent all tracing roots to the island nation. Now a documentary […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 29, 2016
The STEP-UP Network, a coalition of community groups, asks, “”Why is there a fundraiser for a mayor who is not serving the whole city?”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Elections, Events, Featured, Labor, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Youth | Tagged American Friends Service Committee, Community Safety Act, CSA, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, jorge elorza, Malchus Mills, Mike Araujo, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, STEP-UP Network, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 23, 2016
Providing licenses for undocumented immigrants in Rhode Island is an idea that is not going away. A coalition of groups is holding a series of actions at the State House to keep attention focused on the issue.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Events, Immigration, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged DMV, English for Action, fuerza laboral, Gina Raimondo, jobs with justice, Mike Araujo, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICAGV | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on February 12, 2016
Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with labor activist Mike Araujo to talk about his father. George Araujo was a child of the Great Depression who became a boxer. Coming out of the historical Cape Verdean community in Providence, he embraced anti-racism and unionism as the ethos that defined his activism.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 11, 2016
Workers at the Bannister House nursing home voted unanimously to reject Centers Health Care’s contract proposal and authorized a strike. on December 28. Workers say that the nursing home chain is trying to drive down compensation for existing jobs. Today workers and allies held an informational picket outside Bannister House.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, Health Care, History, Labor, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged 1199 SEIU RI, bannister house, Centers Health Care, Mike Araujo, RI Jobs with Justice | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 2, 2015
Even as Verizon demands cuts in job security, health care and retirement security, and even seeks to eliminate benefits for workers injured on the job or caring for a sick family member, the company “made over $18 billion in profits over the last 18 months–$1 billion per month–and paid its top executives $249 million over the last five years.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Labor, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged CWA, IBEW 2323, James Riley, Matt Taibi, Maureen Martin, Michael Sabitoni, Mike Araujo, RI Jobs with Justice, verizon | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 18, 2015
Mike Araujo of Restaurant Opportunities Center RI and the One Fair Wage Coalition was given the Progressive Hero award by the RI Progressive Democrats of America (RIPDA) last night at a fundraising event held at Ogie’s Trailer Park in the West End of Providence. RIPDA Coordinator Sam Bell presented the award, noting that the award is usually given to a politician.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 18, 2015
Hotel workers at the Providence Hilton and Renaissance hotels in downtown Providence are still working without a contract, and are still experiencing work-related injury and illness at rates 69% higher at the Hilton and 85% higher at the Renaissance Hotel than the national average. Last night workers rallied at the Providence City Hall entrance used by Providence City Council members to let them know that The Procaccianti Group (TPG), the company that runs both hotels, is literally grinding profits out of the long term health of their employees.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Photos, Rhode Island | Tagged Mike Araujo, Providence City Council, Providence City Hall, Providence Hilton Hotel, Providence Renaissance Hotel, Rhode Island General Assembly, The Procaccianti Group, TPG, Unite Here Local 217 | Leave a response