By Will Weatherly on June 5, 2018
Against tall odds—a slurry rain and a disruptive man shouting epithets not least among them—a crowd of around 20 activists rallying with the Rhode Island Poor People’s Campaign gathered resolutely in front of the Rhode Island State House on Monday afternoon to give voice to the grievances of Rhode Island’s poor and disenfranchised. Representing a […]
Posted in Activism, Climate, Featured, News, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion | Tagged activism, Camilo Viveiros, climate change, Ebony Grisom, Liz Theoharis, Peter Nightingale, Poverty, Rhode Island State House, William Barber | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on June 5, 2017
The federal government dropped charges against Peter Nightingale and three other activists, known collectively as the FERC4. They were arrested at a Washington DC Federal Energy Regulatory Commission meeting in May, 2016 as part of a Beyond Extreme Energy protest and charged with unlawful entry. “By dismissing the charges, the government steered clear of what […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 6, 2017
“So far you have already voted to deny the first motion without hearing any oral argument whatsoever,” said Burrillville’s attorney Michael McElroy, “And two of you have already indicated that you are prepared to deny my motion to dismiss, again without hearing any oral argument.”
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Johnston, News, Providence, Warwick | Tagged Adler Pollock and Sheehan, Alan Shoer, burrillville, Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, Dan Marcaccio, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Invenergy, janet coit, Jerry Elmer, Johnston, Margaret Curran, Max Greene, Michael McElroy, OER, Office of Energy Resources, Parag Agrawal, Paul Fogarty, Peter Nightingale, Providence Water Supply Board, PWSB, raging grannies, Richard Beretta, sierra club, We Shall Overcome, william conley | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 20, 2016
Invenergy was not on the official agenda but power plant opponents from Burrillville and Woonsocket used the public comment period, listed on the agenda as “Citizen’s Good and Welfare” to let their opinions be known.
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, News, Photos, Video, Woonsocket | Tagged Albert Brien, Bill Potvin, burrillville, Burrillville Land Trust, Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, Carole Pichette, Christopher Beauchamp, Cranston City Council, Daniel Gendron, Denise Potvin, Denise Sierra, FANG Collective, Gerry L'Heureux, Invenergy, James Cournoyer, Jilson Avenue water treatment plant, jon brien, Ken Putnam Jr, Linda Perrault, lisa baldelli hunt, Lorraine Corey, Lynn Clark, Margaux Morrisseau, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, Melissa Murray, Michael McElroy, Nick Katkevich, Ocean State Power, Paul Roselli, Peter Nightingale, Richard Fagnant, Stephanie Sloman, Woonsocket, Woonsocket City Council | 4 Responses
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on December 12, 2016
Four of seven activists who were arrested last May at a protest at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) headquarters had their trial date set for a status hearing at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, News | Tagged #RubberStampRebellion, Beyond Extreme Energy, BXE, Claude Guillemard, Donald Weightman, Ellen Taylor, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, FERC4, Fossil Free Rhode Island, Mark Goldstone, National Press Club, Peter Nightingale, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, We The People | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 4, 2016
“But with regard to your second question,” said Michael Marcello, “you received a briefing in closed session, and that’s where that information must lay right now. In closed session.”
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Video | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, Adler Pollock & Sheehan, Alan Shoer, BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Burrillville Town Council, Daniel Gendron, Denise Potvin, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, fossil free ri, Harrisville Fire District and Water Board, Invenergy, janet coit, lisa baldelli hunt, michael marcello, Peter Nightingale, Richard Sinapi, Woonsocket | 3 Responses
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on August 17, 2016
Four of the seven activists arrested for blocking the driveway at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) headquarters during Beyond Extreme Energy’s #RubberStampRebellion in May are taking their cases to trial. At the Superior Court of the District of Columbia yesterday, #Sidewalk7 members Claude Guillemard of Baltimore, MD, Ellen Taylor of Washington, D.C., and Donald Weightman of […]
By Fossil Free Rhode Island on June 9, 2016
The four women of the Sidewalk Seven who were arrested on May 16 in Washington, DC, for blocking the entrance to the underground garage of the building housing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be arraigned in Superior Court on Thursday, June 9. The four are Claude Guillemard, of Baltimore, MD, Ellen Taylor of Washington, […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 22, 2016
I think the biggest message here, though perhaps not the one Whitehouse intended to deliver, is that the residents of Burrillville can count on getting no help from their Senator on this issue.
They are on their own.
Posted in Activism, Climate, Energy, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island | Tagged fang, fossil free ri, Gina Raimondo, Lisa Petrie, Lorraine Savard, Peter Nightingale, Sheldon Whitehouse, university of rhode island | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 15, 2016
Recently protesters have been excluded from attending public events and come under increased scrutiny from various law enforcement agencies.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Energy, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Clear River Energy Center, David Cicilline, first amendment, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, James Langevin, Lorraine Savard, Marie Aberger, Peter Nightingale, Sheldon Whitehouse | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 18, 2016
Speaker Mattiello “…calls himself practical, [on energy and the environment] even as he ignores common sense economics and the laws of nature.”
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Conservation Law Foundation, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free ri, greg gerritt, Invenergy, Josh Block, Nicholas Mattiello, Nick Katkevich, Peter Nightingale, spectra | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 4, 2016
The Governor touts the health benefits of our natural resources even as she supports fossil fuel infrastructure expansion in Burrillville.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Events, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged BASE, burrillville, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, fossil free ri, Gina Raimondo, Kathy Martley, Mary Pendergast, Nick Katkevich, Peter Nightingale, Rhode Island Department of Health, Sally Mendzela, Scott Avedisian | 2 Responses
By Rodrigo Pimentel on October 9, 2015
“If you follow the economic discussion in Rhode Island,” continued Nightingale, “all you hear people say is ‘all we need is more jobs, more jobs’ – but when you scrape away the rhetoric, a lot of people of color and poor minorities are being divided among themselves… the elites never mention that it’s all about their profits, about busting unions, about exploiting people – and this is one of the problems we have to deal with.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Education, Energy, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Environmental Protection Agency, fang, Fossil Free Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, national grid, Peter Nightingale, pope francis, Sheldon Whitehouse, university of rhode island | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 9, 2015
No one spoke in favor of the project, but more than 100 people packed the room and 33 people spoke against National Grid‘s plan to build a $100 million methane gas liquefaction facility in Fields Point in South Providence before representatives of FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission), the agency tasked with the job of approving […]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Featured, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Ana Quezada, Beth Milham, Claudia Gorman, EJLRI, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, fang, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, ferc, Fields Point LNG Plant, Fighting Against Natural Gas, Fossil Free Rhode Island, Gina Rodríguez-Drix, Green Party of RI, greg gerritt, Jan Luby, Jesus Holguin, josh miller, Juan Pichardo, Julian Rodríguez-Drix, Karen Palmer, Lisa Petrie, lng, Marti Rosenberg, national grid, Nick Katkevich, Peter Nightingale, Prosperity for RI, Sheldon Whitehouse, Stephen Dahl, Steve Roberts, Susan Walker, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado, Will Lambek | 7 Responses
By RI Future on August 26, 2015
Associate Judge William C. Clifton of Rhode Island’s District Court handed down his verdict in the case Curt Nordgaard, and Peter Nightingale, who were arrested after locking themselves to the front gate at the site of Spectra Energy’s compressor station in Burrillville, Rhode Island in a direct action organized by Fighting Against Natural Gas (FANG).
Charges of disorderly conduct were dismissed; charges of willful trespass resulted in a one-year “filing,” which means that these cases will be dismissed if the defendants come into no further conflict with the law.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Economics, Elections, Energy, Featured, International News, National News, News, People, Rhode Island | Tagged burrillville, Curtis Nordgaard, fang, Fighting Against Natural Gas, Fossil Free Rhode Island, fracking, Peter Nightingale, Spectra Energy Compressor Station | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 21, 2015
As Rhode Island considers moving forward with several large scale natural gas projects, including an expanded pipeline in Burrillville, a new energy plant in Burrillville, and a liquefaction facility in South Providence, it seemed appropriate to ask representatives from business, labor, government and environmental groups for their comments on this report.
Posted in Climate, Economics, Energy, Featured, Rhode Island | Tagged David Graves, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, fossil free ri, fracked gas, fracking, Gina Raimondo, methane, Michael Sabitoni, national grid, natural gas, Peter Nightingale | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 14, 2015
A video conversation with Peter Nightingale, a physics professor from the University of Rhode Island and Dr. Curtis Nordgaard, a pediatrician from Massachusetts about their civil disobedience at the Spectra Pipeline Expansion project in Burrillville.
By Bob Plain on August 13, 2015
Police arrested two environmental activists arrested this morning who were protesting a methane gas pipeline project in Burrillville, Rhode Island, by chaining themselves to a gate at the project site. Peter Nightingale, a University of Rhode Island physics professor and occasional RI Future contributor, and Curt Nordgaard, a pediatrician from Massachusetts, were both arrested according […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 18, 2015
“We have been in contract negations for almost three years now,” said Donnelly, ” and we have not had contact negotiations since last December.” Donnelly need that these meetings are known for their repeated delays and stalling tactics on the part of URI negotiators.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 19, 2015
Peter Nightingale, the University of Rhode Island physics professor arrested during a civil disobedience sit-in at Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s Providence office last December, left court today after settling all charges by agreeing to pay a $300 fine. Shortly after the court decision, at a press conference held outside the Garrahy Court Complex, Nightingale reiterated the […]