By Bob Plain on April 4, 2016
Lately I’ve been listening to ‘Hamilton,’ the hip-hop soundtrack to the breakout Broadway musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton, a rags-to-riches hero who led a revolution and helped form – for better or worse – a more perfect union. Then I listened to Providence native Jared Paul’s new album ‘Get My Ghost’ and realized his […]
By Andrew Stewart on February 1, 2016
“This followed continued resistance from the administrators of Burnside Park, original intended site of the feeding, who have been rolling out a series of policies that encourage harassment of the homeless, including a tobacco ban.”
By Steve Ahlquist on January 29, 2016
EFSB Chair Margaret Curran said that because of the “tight time schedule” it’s critical that the board get advisory opinions “as soon as possible,” raising the question as to why the board feels the need to rush Invenergy’s application process.
The EFSB also denied all but two motions that were brought before it today.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, News | Tagged Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion BASE, clean power plan, Clean Water Act, Clear River Energy Center, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, DEM, Dennis and Kathryn Sherman, Department of Environmental Management, Department of Health, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Fighting Against Natural Gas FANG, Fossil Free Rhode Island FFRI, janet coit, Margaret Curran, Occupy Providence, Office of Energy Resources, Paul and Mary Bolduc, Paul Roselli, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, RI Administration for Planning, RI Public Utilities Commission, ridot, RIPDA, RIPUC, Sally J. Mendzela, Sister Mary Pendergast | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 25, 2016
In his interview with Nesi, Whitehouse cavalierly dismissed the concerns of local environmental groups, and could name no environmental groups that support his position.
Posted in Climate Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Featured, Narragansett Bay, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Burrillville Land Trust, Clear River Energy Center, Conservation Law Foundation, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free ri, Green Party of RI, Invenergy, Jonathan Stone, LCV, League of Conservation Voters, Occupy Providence, Rhode Island Chapter of the Sierra Club, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, Save The Bay, Seth Stein, Sheldon Whitehouse, Ted Nesi, Topher Hamblett | 6 Responses
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on January 13, 2016
“We’re calling on Governor Raimondo to wake up and recognize that building more gas-fired power plants threatens the future of our state and of humanity as a whole.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, Labor, News, Rhode Island | Tagged Burrillville Land Trust, Clear River Energy Center, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, DEM, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, fossil free rhode island, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, janet coit, Lisa Petrie, Mary Pendergast, Narragansett Bay, Occupy Providence, Pat Fontes, Resilient Rhode Island Act, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Roderick Brembly, sierra club | 3 Responses
By Peter Nightingale on January 7, 2016
“During the last two days activists filed rebuttals with the Energy Facility Siting Board as they contest Invenergy’s attempt to suppress public input on its proposal to build a fracked-gas power plant proposal.”
Posted in Activism, Business & Tech, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Featured, Occupy, Religion | Tagged Clean Air Act, Clear River Energy Center, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, fossil free rhode island, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Mary Pendergast, Occupy Providence, pope francis | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 29, 2015
Hilariously, one of the Parties that Invenergy claims will represent the interests of Occupy Providence, Fossil Free RI and RIPDA is National Grid, a company with a history of disregarding the concerns of Rhode Islanders and the environment in its endless craving for corporate profits.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Featured, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Burrillville Land Trust, Clear River Energy Center, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, CREC, Dennis Sherman, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free ri, Gina Raimondo, Governor’s Office of Energy Resources, Invenergy, Josh Block, Kathy Sherman, Mary Boldue, Mary Pendergast, Michael Wood, national grid, Occupy Providence, Paul Boldue, pope francis, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Energy Facilities Siting Board, RI EFSB, RIPDA, State of RI Office of Energy Resources, Town of Burrillville | 7 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on December 6, 2015
Several activists gathered today in Providence and marched to the State House in protest against war. Beginning at the statue of Ambrose Burnside, they exited the eastern gate of the park, walked down Exchange Terrace, and walked up past the Providence Place Mall to the State House, where they ended with some speechifying. The event […]
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 | 6 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.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, Occupy, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged John Freitas, Kate Miechkowski, Occupy Providence, Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, rihap, Susan Walker | Leave a response
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.
Posted in Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, Providence, Taxes | Tagged activism, Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School Prison Health Interest Group, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE), District 1199 SEIU New England, Economic Development, Economy, Environmental Justice League of RI, Featured, fossil free ri, Fred Ordonez, Fuerza Laboral / Power of Workers, greg gerritt, I-195 Commission, IUPAT Local 195 DC 11, jesse strecker, jorge elorza, Labor, Le Meridien, life-science park, Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, National News, news, Occupy, Occupy Providence, Olneyville Neighborhood Association (ONA), Politics, Poverty, Prosperity for RI, Providence, Providence City Council, Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), Restaurant Opportunities Center RI (ROC United), Rhode Island, RI Building and Construction Trades Council, RI Carpenters Local 94, RI Progressive Democrats of America, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, state house, tax stabilization agreements, Taxes, Teamsters Local 251, Unite Here Local 217, Video | Tagged American Friends Service Committee | Leave a response
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.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, Events, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State Budget, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Andrew Posner, Asher Schofield, capital good fund, Cathy Orloff, Coalition Radio, DARE, David Fisher, direct action for rights and equality, Fred Ordonez, Gina Catalano, Gina Raimondo, green party, greg gerritt, James Skeffington, Larry Girouard, lauren niedel, Medicaid, Mike Puyana, Mike Rollins, Occupy Providence, Pat Ford, PawSox, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, Randall Rose, Republican Party, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, Rhode Island Libertarian Party, Rhode Island Sierra Club, RI Taxpayers, ri tea party, RICC, Roland Gauvin, Steven Frias | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 18, 2015
Protesters describe the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as “a corporate power grab disguised as a trade deal.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Congress, corporate greed, Featured, International News, National News, White House | Tagged Chris Curry, David Cicilline, EFF, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Everette Aubin, Occupy Providence, Pat Fontes, Randall Rose, RI Coalition to Defend Human & Civil Rights, RI MoveOn, RI Progressive Democrats of America, RI Sierra Club, Robert Malin, Susan Walker, tpp, Trans Pacific Partnership | 1 Response
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 / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Camilo Viveiros, DARE, Deborah Wray, fossil free ri, George Wiley Cener, jim v, Joe Buchanan, lauren niedel, Malcus Mills, Mary Kay Harris, NAACP, Occupy Providence, Peter Nightingale, Ray Two Hawks Watson, ri progressive democrats, Rosa Parks, Sheila Wilhelm | 9 Responses
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 […]