By Steve Ahlquist on November 1, 2016
After the videos were over, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said that the behavior of police he saw was “inconsistent with the directive I have given the police commissioner. I will see to it that everyone is following my directions.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, Homelessness, Poverty, Providence | Tagged DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Joe Buchanan, jorge elorza, kennedy plaza, Malchus Mills, Megan Smith, Occupy Providence, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 16, 2016
“We oppose the damaging idea of moving the state’s bus hub to a worse location far from downtown, and pushing people without homes into other parts of Providence without adequate services.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Poverty, Providence, Transportation | Tagged Burnside Park, kennedy plaza, Occupy Providence, Randall Rose, RIPTA Riders Alliance | Leave a response
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, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, News | Tagged clean power plan, Clean Water Act, Clear River Energy Center, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, DEM, Department of Environmental Management, Department of Health, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, janet coit, Margaret Curran, Occupy Providence, Office of Energy Resources, Paul Roselli, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, RI Administration for Planning, RI Public Utilities Commission, ridot, RIPDA, RIPUC | 6 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, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, 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, Occupy Providence, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, Save The Bay, Sheldon Whitehouse, Ted Nesi, Topher Hamblett | 1 Response
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, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, 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, 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, Class Warfare, Climate, Economics, 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, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Burrillville Land Trust, Clear River Energy Center, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, CREC, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free ri, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Josh Block, Kathy Sherman, Mary Pendergast, Michael Wood, national grid, Occupy Providence, pope francis, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, RIPDA | 8 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.
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, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, Occupy, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged 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, Economics, Featured, Labor, Providence, Taxes | Tagged activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Democrats, Economic Development, Economy, Environmental Justice League of RI, 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, news, Occupy, Occupy Providence, Politics, Poverty, Prosperity for RI, Providence, Providence City Council, Rhode Island, Rhode Island State House, RI Progressive Democrats of America, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, tax stabilization agreements, Taxes, Teamsters Local 251, Unite Here Local 217 | 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, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Events, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Politics, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island, Sports, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged capital good fund, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Fred Ordonez, Gina Raimondo, green party, greg gerritt, James Skeffington, Larry Girouard, lauren niedel, Medicaid, Occupy Providence, Pat Ford, PawSox, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, Randall Rose, Republican Party, Rhode Island Sierra Club, RI Taxpayers, ri tea party, 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, Corporate Greed, Featured, International News, National News | Tagged David Cicilline, Occupy Providence, Pat Fontes, Randall Rose, 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, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Camilo Viveiros, DARE, fossil free ri, George Wiley Cener, Joe Buchanan, lauren niedel, Malcus Mills, Mary Kay Harris, NAACP, Occupy Providence, Peter Nightingale, 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 […]