By Will Weatherly on July 18, 2018
After an extensive public hearing Wednesday night, the Providence Council Ordinance Committee voted three to one, with one member abstaining, to recommend the full council deny the zoning amendment necessary for the 600-foot Fane Tower proposed for Route 195 redevelopment land located in the Jewelry District. The proposal had been previously shot down by the […]
Posted in Featured, Housing, Inequality, News, Providence | Tagged Carmen Castillo, Council Ordinance Committee, Fane Tower, Jo-Ann Ryan, Mary Kay Harris, Michael Sabitoni, Nika Lomazzo, Nirva LaFortune, Providence, seth yurdin, Terrence Hasset, zoning | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 2, 2017
Well over 400 people converged on India Point Park for the March for Racial Justice (M4RJ). Sister marches were held across the country. In Providence, the “march” was actually more of a rally.
Posted in Activism, Arkansas, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Racism, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Indigenous Americans, Inequality, Justice, LGBTQ, National News, News, People, Photos, Poverty, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Sex Work, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AMOR, Arely Díaz, Behind the Walls, Black Studies Academy of Rhode Island, Blue Lives Matter, Cata Lorenzo, Celeste Terry-Lo, Community Defense Project, Community Safety Act, CSA, Daniel Chhum, DARE, David Veliz, direct action for rights and equality, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, India Point Park, John Prince, Justice Gaines, M4RJ, Malchus Mills, March for Racial Justice, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Marco McWilliams, Narragansett Tribe, Niko Merritt, Nirva LaFortune, No LNG in PVD, Project Weber/RENEW, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Randy Noka, rent control, Ron Lewis, Sankofa Community Connection, Seneca Pender, Stephen Dy, Tatiana Jones, Times Squared Academy, Vanessa Flores-Maldonaldo, Yojaida Heredia | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 18, 2017
“Every time I drove up this hill and saw that big gray wall I said, ‘This wall needs something. It needs a mural,'” said Hannah Resseger, “I wanted it to be something about the history.”
Posted in Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, History, Immigration, Installations, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged aaron regunberg, B Mor Seven, Billy Taylor Park, Blake Filippi, Brown University, Carl's Diggins House of Jazz & Soul, Celebrity Club, Dannie Ritchie, Danny Lopes, Elisa Perez, Gina Rodriguez, Hannah Resseger, Hard Scrabble Riot, Harold Metts, Jalia Godette, Mt Hope Learning Center, Mt Hope Neighborhood, Nirva LaFortune, Paul Filippi, Providence Department of Arts Culture and Tourism, Providence Police Department, Raffini, Snow Town Riot, Sylvia Ann Soares, Tiana Northup | 1 Response
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 Rackett on July 19, 2017
It was a fruitful seven days for progressive Democrats in Rhode Island, with two big wins in the last two Democrat primaries. Last week Nirva LaFortune won in Ward 3, Providence City Council and this week Dawn Euer emerged victorious in Senate District 13 (Newport & Jamestown). These were excellent results for two good candidates […]
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 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