By Steve Ahlquist on November 3, 2015
A table set up in Kennedy Plaza to distribute needed supplies to the homeless sat empty for over five hours Tuesday morning because the police claimed that not having a permit, or being affiliated with a religious group, made such charity illegal.
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Occupy, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Artemis, Bikers United Disaster Relief Teams, kennedy plaza, Occupy Providence, Steven Pare | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2015
Organizer and Occupier Susan Walker pointed out that in the winter of 2012, Occupy Providence broke their occupation of Burnside Park after negotiating with City Hall for a Day Center for the homeless. “Where is the Day Center today?” she asked. Occupy Providence has long concerned itself with homelessness, so this event marked a return to the group’s roots.
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By Steve Ahlquist on July 9, 2015
Last year Providence City Councillor John Igliozzi proposed that future tax breaks for large corporations should include $15 minimum wage guarantees, but this year, as Chair of the Finance Committee, Igliozzi has failed to deliver on this proposal.
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By Steve Ahlquist on July 3, 2015
In this video Liandra Medeiros of Occupy Providence and I talk to Dave, June and Rob, who live in tents in the woods, and may end up losing even that.
Everyone is deserving of and has a right to safety and decent shelter.
Let’s be the state that doesn’t let anyone fall through the cracks.
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.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on April 18, 2015
Protesters describe the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as “a corporate power grab disguised as a trade deal.”
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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.”
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By Bob Plain on May 29, 2014
Occupy Providence is organizing a protest at the State House today to rally support against paying on the bonds used to finance the 38 Studios loan. The group has been organizing against what it calls “the 38 Studios bailout” since 2012, and today it will be joined by reps Karen MacBeth, a Democrat, and Mike […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 29, 2013
Members of Occupy Providence, supported by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, along with representatives from a wide range of progressive groups such as DARE, the Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island and others, gathered at the entrance to the Walmart on 51 Silver Spring St in Providence to demand living wages for workers […]
By Bob Plain on July 23, 2013
More than 1,000 environmental activists from all over New England are planning a direct action at Brayton Point power station near Fall River on Sunday. Civil disobedience will be utilized in hopes of shutting down the largest coal plant in New England that is a major source of air and water pollution. There is a […]
By Bob Plain on June 25, 2013
Perhaps the most telling tale of the 2013 budget process is not about what we do or don’t invest in, but rather the uncommon affiliations one such spending decision has brought to light. Many on the left (progressives) and the right (Republicans) seem to disagree with the majority of moderate Democrats that Rhode Island should […]
By Bob Plain on June 6, 2013
As legislative leaders draw criticism for only inviting one perspective to speak today about defaulting on the 38 Studios loan, Occupy Providence, an activist collective, and the Stephen Hopkins Center, a libertarian group, have joined forces to sponsor an event that offers a pretty good diversity of opinion. WJAR’s Bill Rappleye will moderate a panel […]
By Bob Plain on April 9, 2013
Calling it the “latest example of corporate welfare,” Occupy Providence is advocating that the state not pay the bondholders who helped finance 38 Studios failed relocation to Rhode Island. The group will hold a protest today at the State House to drive this message home as the House Finance Committee debates a bill that would […]
By Samuel G. Howard on April 5, 2013
The Sociological Quarterly has an entire section devoted to the Occupy Movement in its Spring 2013 volume. You can read it for free at the Wiley Online Library. While the whole section includes articles from the likes of former president of the American Sociological Association Frances Fox Piven and independent journalist Sarah Jaffe, and all […]
By Samuel G. Howard on December 15, 2012
If you’re busy, don’t read much further. Wait until you have a lunch break or are home or something. Because Quinn Norton’s “A Eulogy for #Occupy” is that good. Contained within is all the hope, the pain, and the ultimate end of the Occupy Movement as we knew it. You find things like this about […]
By Bob Plain on October 14, 2012
It was a year ago today that well more than 1,000 people closed downtown streets with a huge march through the Providence and some of them capped the event by setting up a tent city. And with the band of income inequality activists known as Occupy Providence began its over 100-day stay in Burnside Park. […]
By Bob Plain on September 17, 2012
A dispatch from Jim Daly, one of the Occupy Providence activists who spent the the night protesting in front of the State House.
Progress Report: Anti-Choice Agenda Fares Well in Primary; Happy Birthday Occupy Movement; Chicago Still on Strike
By Bob Plain on September 17, 2012
Anti-choice crusaders Rhode Island Right to Life was one of the most successful PACs on primary night, reports the ProJo. How DINO is that! On the other hand, Political Scene also gives some love to Planned Parenthood and the public sector unions for having a successful primary. 38 Studios will be the issue local candidates […]
By Bob Plain on September 16, 2012
To mark the both the one-year anniversary of the start of the Occupy Wall Street movement and the continued economic morass here in Rhode Island, Occupy Providence is holding a “round the clock occupation at the State House” starting today. The Providence Journal covers the action, the one year anniversary and the evolution of Occupy […]
By Bob Plain on August 31, 2012
Occupy Providence is back in Burnside Park. But there are a couple of things different about this incarnation of the local 99 Percent movement. One difference is they aren’t camping this time around. Not yet, anyways. But they have been meeting daily in what activists call the People’s Park for a little over a week […]