By Bob Plain on December 19, 2017
Two assistant attorney generals from Rhode Island have been conferring with other states about suing the Federal Communications Commission for repealing net neutrality, the concept that every site and user on the internet are treated equally. “It is anticipated that Rhode Island will join a coalition of States signing-on to a net neutrality lawsuit once […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 20, 2017
Two gas pipeline companies manipulated schedules and gas flow to make an extra $3.6 billion from Southern New England ratepayers claims a report that has spurred investigations in Massachusetts, Connecticut and, to a lesser extent, Rhode Island.
Posted in Climate, Connecticut, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Massachusetts, Rhode Island | Tagged Algonquin Gas Transmission Pipeline, Avangrid, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, Division of Public Utilities and Carriers, DPUC, EDF, Environmental Defense Fund, Eversource, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Maura Healey, Meaghan McCabe, Peter Kilmartin, Public Utilities Commission, puc, PURA, Richard Blumenthal, Sheldon Whitehouse, Thomas Kogut, Todd Bianco | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 17, 2017
“We are concerned that these bills, if signed into law, may drive patients ‘underground’ and away from the care that they need and have the unintended effect of increasing the number of overdoses.”
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Cynthia Armour Coyne, frank lombardi, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, House Health Education and Welfare Committee, J Clement Cicilline, Jim McNulty, Joseph McNamara, Leonidas Raptakis, Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, Michael McCaffrey, Mike Rizzi, Opioid Treatment Association of Rhode Island, Patrick Quinlan, PDMP, Peter Kilmartin, prescription drug monitoring program, Rhode Island Democratic Party, Rhode Island Dental Association, Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Health Center Association, rhode island medical society, RIDOH, RIMS, Sarah J Fessler, Steven Brown, Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island, william conley | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 17, 2017
“An attack on immigrants is an attack on all working people,” said Kelley, a business manager with IUPAT. “Whether you live on the west coast, or the east coast, or in the center of our country, if you attack one working person, regardless of immigration status, you attack all of us.”
Posted in Activism, California, Featured, Immigration, National News, Photos, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Video | Tagged Gina Raimondo, Hugo Mejia, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, IUPAT, IUPAT Local 83, Justice Gaines, Justin Kelley, Peter Kilmartin, RI Jobs with Justice, Rodrigo Nunez, Travis Air Force, UBC Local 68 | Leave a response
By ACLU of RI on June 13, 2017
“We once again strongly urge both the state Attorney General [Peter Kilmartin] and RI Supreme Court’s Chief Justice [Paul Suttell] to call on ICE officials to refrain from conducting enforcement actions at or near courthouses. There will be no equal access to justice in Rhode Island if residents are afraid to make use of their judicial system.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, International News, Justice, National News, Providence | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Paul Suttell, Peter Kilmartin, Steven Brown | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 23, 2017
“I listen to the radio quite a bit,” said Robert Boehm, president of the Providence FOP, “and the CSA has become that negative word for a lot of people who look at the struggle that we’re going through with this.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Justice, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Youth | Tagged Bryan Principe, Community Safety Act, Courtney Hawkins, CSA, CSA Working Group, donald trump, gang database, Hugh Clements, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Justice Gaines, Kate Sabatini, Linda Heng, Martha Yager, Mary Kay Harris, Michael Correia, Nick Freeman, PERA, PERC, Peter Kilmartin, Providence City Council, Providence External Review Authority, Providence External Review Committee, Providence FOP, Providence Police Department, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Robert Boehm, Sabina Matos, Shannah Kurland, Steven Pare, Terrence Hassett | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 18, 2017
The third meeting of the Community Safety Act Working Group got into the more contentious elements of the ordinance. At issue is the so-called “gang database” used by the Providence Police Department to track gang members and affiliations.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Justice, Providence, Race & Racism, Youth | Tagged Bryan Principe, Community Safety Act, Courtney Hawkins, CSA, CSA Working Group, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, gang database, Hugh Clements, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Kate Sabatini, Martha Yager, Nick Freeman, PERA, Peter Kilmartin, PPD, Providence City Council, Providence External Review Authority, Providence Police Department, Providence Student Youth Movement, PrSYM, Robert Boehm, Shannah Kurland, Steven Pare, Terrance Hassett | 5 Responses
ACLU and 12 other organizations call on Governor Raimondo, AG Kilmartin and Chief Justice Suttell to protect the undocumented from Trump
By Steve Ahlquist on May 10, 2017
“We need change, protection and support,” said DACA student Javier Juarez, “So that one day we can contribute to the economy, and make the ocean state a more competitive and diverse state, that does not only follow but leads the progressive movement of undocumented people that call this country their own.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, Video | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, AFSC-SENE, American Friends Service Committee - Southeastern New England, DACA, Deborah DeBare, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DHS, Donald Anderson, donald trump, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, fuerza laboral, Gina Raimondo, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Javier Juarez, Muslim Civic and Community Engagement, NAACP Providence Branch, Omar Bar, Paul Suttell, Peru, Peter Kilmartin, providence student union, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, psu, Raul Figueroa, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island College, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island Supreme Court, RICADV, Sojourner House, Steven Brown, United States Department of Homeland Security | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 21, 2017
The Community Safety Act (CSA), a city ordinance that prohibits profiling not just by race but expands the list of protections to include gender identity, gender expression and housing status, passed the Providence City Council 12-0, with three city councilors absent.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, LGBTQ, New York, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Youth | Tagged AFSC-SENE, American Friends Service Committee – South East New England, Bryan Principe, Carmen Castillo, Change the NYPD, Community Safety Act, CSA, DARE, David Cicilline, David Salvatore, direct action for rights and equality, EFF, Electronic Frontiers Foundation, Jo-Ann Ryan, John Igliozzi, jorge elorza, Kevin Jackson, Luis Aponte, Mary Kay Harris, Michael Correia, Nicholas Narducci, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, ona, Peter Kilmartin, Providence City Council, Providence City Council Ordinance Committee, Providence Fraternal Order of Police, Providence Police Department, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Sabina Matos, Samuel Zurier, seth yurdin, Shahid Buttar, Sophia Wright, STEP-UP Network, Steven Pare, Terrence Hassett, wilbur jennings | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 18, 2017
The CSA now needs to be approved by the Providence City Council twice and get the signature of Mayor Jorge Elorza to become law. The first City Council vote is expected Thursday, April 20 at 7pm.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, LGBTQ, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Bryan Principe, Carmen Castillo, Community Safety Act, CSA, Jo-Ann Ryan, jorge elorza, Kevin Jackson, Mary Kay Harris, Nicholas Freeman, Peter Kilmartin, Providence City Council Ordinance Committee, Providence Police Department, Shannah Kurland, Step-Up Coalition, Steven Pare, Terrence Hassett, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | 3 Responses
By Michael J Simpson on March 1, 2017
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has been using taxpayer money to lobby local municipalities into accepting template legislation to prohibit cannabis use.
Posted in Bristol, Chariho, Featured, Johnston, Middletown, Narragansett, News, Portsmouth, South Kingstown, Tiverton, West Greenwich | Tagged apra, ccess to Public Records Act, Joee Lindbeck, Middletown Planning Board, Peter Kilmartin, politifact, Providence Journal, Regulate Middletown, Regulate Rhode Island | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 8, 2017
Attorney General Kilmartin would not only not meet with Indivisible RI, he wouldn’t let them into his office.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Amy Kempe, Andy Acciaioli, Bob Plain, Deborah Lennon, Department of Homeland Security, Donald Lally Jr, donald trump, E-Verify, General Assembly, ice, Indivisible RI, jack reed, Jane Tucker, Mathew D. Lenz, Peter Kilmartin, Secure Communities, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 21, 2016
Despite the NRA paying a record fine for making illegal campaign donations to Rhode Island politicians, to date, not one current office holder in the state has seen fit to return the money. The National Rifle Association (NRA) was fined by the RI Board of Elections for funneling illegal donations to RI politicians, including House […]
Posted in Elections, Featured, Gun Control, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged General Assembly, jan malik, Jason Knight, Joseph McNamara, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Michael McCaffrey, National Rifle Association, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, Peter Kilmartin, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RI Board of Elections, RI Democratic Party, Sam Bell | 1 Response
By Health Insurance Small Employer Taskforce on February 25, 2016
Remember last summer when the Attorney General took the Health Insurance Commissioner to court over her decision on Blue Cross rates for individuals? Well, there are now some encouraging signs that these two government agencies are ready to patch things up.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Attorney General, Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI, Mary Duffy Messier, Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, OHIC, Peter Kilmartin | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 25, 2016
During the past ten years, from 2006 to 2015, 54 people lost their lives to domestic violence homicides in Rhode Island over the course of 48 incidents, says a new report from the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). Domestic Violence Homicides in Rhode Island, 2006-2015 is a first-of-its-kind report. The report contains key […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Domestic Violence, Education, Featured, Gun Control, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Women, Youth | Tagged Deborah DeBare, Peter Kilmartin, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence | 2 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on July 8, 2015
Governor Gina Raimondo launched an initiative to reinvent Rhode Island’s justice system, with hopes of reducing recidivism rates, analyzing racial disparities within prisons, and properly treating addiction and mental illness.
Raimondo compared the group’s creation to her Reinventing Medicaid task force that was brought together last year.
By Elisha Aldrich on July 1, 2015
Rebecca Nieves McGoldrick, the Executive Director of Protect Families First, put the blame on Attorney General Peter Kilmartin for the act’s expiration.
“To have families suffer through the loss of a loved one so that the Attorney General could add another notch to his belt of drug arrests is frankly unconscionable,” she said.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Drugs, Elisha Aldrich, Gina Raimondo, Gina Raimondo, good samaritan, Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act, Holly Cekala, John Prince, opiate overdose epidemic, overdose, Peter Kilmartin, Rebecca Nieves McGoldrick | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 7, 2015
Special Assistant Attorney General Joee Lindbeck testified that the AG’s office opposes the bill because it would require police officers to ask permission to search juveniles. She also said that the Attorney General’s office was not privy to the meetings between law enforcement and community group’s where the bill was put together.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Economics, National News, News, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged Edie Ajello, jim vincent, Joee Lindbeck, Jordan Seaberry, Kilmartin, michael evora, Mike Araujo, NAACP, Peter Kilmartin, police, Ray Watson, Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, steve pare, Stop and Frisk, Univocal Legislative Minority Advisory Commission | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 12, 2015
Rhode Island has a historical claim to judicial sentencing temperance, having eradicated the death penalty in 1852. Yet on the issue of life sentences for juvenile defendants, our state is lagging behind. Al Jazeera reports that, “Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have banned life sentences without parole for juveniles.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, State House, Youth | Tagged ACLU, amnesty international, Chris Blazejewski, Death Penalty, House Judiciary Committee, Joee Lindbeck, Peter Kilmartin, RI ACLU, steve brown, united nations | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on June 9, 2014
What a difference a word can make. Or, in the case of Senate Bill 2602, three words. The proposal, said co-sponsor Sen. Gayle Goldin, was originally worded to target sex traffickers. But by changing the phrase “in order to commit” to “or” the legislation would also target sex workers, too. Goldin was the only member […]