By C. Kelly Smith on November 2, 2017
I am a lifelong progressive. I am 55 years old, and was a progressive before it was an official branch of the Democratic Party. I have marched, demonstrated, and protested at more events than most. I have probably made more signs and banners than anyone in our state. I have escorted women into reproductive health […]
By Jonathan Gwynne on September 26, 2017
The owners of the PawSox want to give the people of Pawtucket a scaled-down copy of Fenway because they don’t seem to realize that locals already know and love McCoy.
By Bob Plain on September 10, 2017
Pawtucket is employing a two-part strategy to changing its approach to school lunch. The first part was to stop lunch shaming. In April, RI Future flagged the Pawtucket School District as one of several in Rhode Island that serves cold cheese sandwiches to students if their parents don’t pay their food bill on time – […]
By Jean Philippe Barros, Sandra Cano, Meghan Kallman on August 17, 2017
As duly elected officials in the city of Pawtucket and the state of Rhode Island, we condemn in the strongest possible terms the abhorrent display of hatred and white supremacy in Charlottesville over the weekend. The act of domestic terrorism that claimed a life should be severely punished. We recognize that the divisions in America […]
By Bob Plain on April 25, 2017
The suburbs aren’t the only place lunch shaming happens in Rhode Island. Some urban school districts have also experimented with the so-called cheese sandwich policy – when public school cafeterias serve students a cold cheese sandwich in lieu of a hot lunch because their parents are delinquent on the bill. Pawtucket: cheese or sunbutter sandwich […]
By Bob Plain on April 11, 2017
The annual Kids Count Factbook on child well-being in Rhode Island, now in its 23rd year, is a local rite of spring – but it’s nothing like the first tulips or tufted titmouse. Instead it’s an annual reminder of just how segregated – economically and otherwise – the Ocean State is. The massive 194-page report […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 9, 2017
In the end, only Pawtucket City Council President David Moran voted against the resolution, which passed 8-1.
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2017
It looks like the idea of Pawtucket being the back up water supplier to Invenergy’s proposed power plant in Burrillville may never get off the ground.
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By transportprovidence on January 17, 2017
Raimondo deserves a modest nod for choosing not to completely eliminate car taxes, a regressive plan that for some reason many progressives think would help economic justice.
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By David Norton on January 14, 2017
We chose City Hall to highlight the fact that Pawtucket pays one of the highest vehicle excise taxes in the state at 5.3 percent. Pawtucket residents have been paying this very high tax for many years without relief.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Featured, Inequality, Pawtucket, Providence, Taxes, Transportation | Tagged car tax, Donald Grebien, Fair Shot Agenda, Jamestown, Nicholas Mattiello, pawtucket, Pawtucket City Hall, Providence | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 12, 2017
“If the plant’s going to be built, and if they’re willing to pay the prevailing wholesale rate, and maybe some other incentives, I think it’s in our best interests for the Pawtucket Water Supply Board (PWSB) to at least research the possibility of being that back-up supply.”
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By Andrew Stewart on June 26, 2016
He’s a lifelong unionized worker, has gone to PawSox games for the last four decades, and knows cities intimately as a former telephone worker. Dan Murphy also went to every Listening Tour stop last summer when owner Larry Lucchino was trying to get a new stadium built by the taxpayers in Providence as one of […]
By Chip Young on April 14, 2016
In the iconic movie about minor league baseball, Bull Durham, the hotcha Susan Sarandon plays Annie Savoy, a diehard fan who worships at the “Church of Baseball,” the home park of a low minors team, the Durham Bulls. She is in essence a sophisticated baseball groupie. Every year Annie welcomes the new roster of the […]
By David Norton on February 29, 2016
The tolls issue is not a case of supporting infrastructure projects or tax policy, or even an attempt at solving our problem of crumbling bridges and roads. Everyone agrees that Rhode Island’s roads and bridges are in need of repair. The tolls issue is really a case of trust in our elected leaders and the way the State of Rhode Island operates.
By Andrew Stewart on February 18, 2016
I watched NBC 10’s sportscaster Joe Kayata interview Pawtucket Red Sox owner Larry Lucchino not once but twice on February 17. It was hard to tell if this was a late Valentine’s Day for the sports franchise owner or if Kayata was just trying to give the Tolman High School softball team a run for […]
By Bob Billington on February 17, 2016
While they never really left Pawtucket, to many of us it sure seemed like they did. Last year was a difficult year for the community. We learned about the Pawtucket Red Sox seeking another home only to abandon McCoy Stadium and Pawtucket. We were told there was no use discussing anything – the Pawtucket Red […]
By Andrew Stewart on February 14, 2016
A source within the Pawtucket business community has disclosed the other half of the equation that most failed to mention when reporting on Pawtucket Red Sox owner Larry Lucchino’s address to the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, his alleged efforts, apparently with full support of Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien, to gentrify the historic communities […]
By Andrew Stewart on February 6, 2016
In a touch of irony, two news stories came across my desk today that share a common trait, instances where the rich and well-to-do are trying to make the taxpayers fork out cash for what is not supposed to be a public problem. In fact, their issues are totally due to poor business decisions made […]
By Bob Plain on October 16, 2015
There were no arrests, no protests, no pepper spray and, most importantly, no violence at Tolman High School on Friday. But after a series of surreal events at the Pawtucket high school – that began with a fight between a police officer and students on Wednesday and culminated on Thursday with police pepper spraying a […]
By Andrew Stewart on August 6, 2015
There has been great talk of late centered around the protests against the stadium. I want to offer a few ideas here about the strategy being offered in Providence by those who are adamant that the parcel of land remain designated as an open space green park. First, it is important to begin with where […]