By Chris_Barnett on December 19, 2014
Nearly 160 teachers in five urban school districts are getting more resources for classroom innovation thanks to $148,000 in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation. Full-time third-grade teachers in any public or charter school in Central Falls, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence and Woonsocket were eligible to for Spark Grants of up to $1,000 to fund programs […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 17, 2014
Privatizing the bus monitors will mean the loss of nearly 200 good paying jobs in Providence. In the event of privatization, professional jobs currently being performed by experienced, trained personal will be instead executed by minimum wage employees.
By Bob Plain on December 11, 2014
The Rhode Island State Police are hosting in South Providence on Monday night what a press release called a ““New Beginnings Community Outreach Forum: A Follow-Up to the Ferguson Decision.” According to the press release, “The forum will address the recent issues surrounding the grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City and […]
By Douglas Buonanno on December 10, 2014
You will rarely find a Providence College student walking or jogging around streets of Providence alone after dark. It’s simply not safe outside the gates of campus. Just a few weeks ago, while students awaited a pizza to be delivered at the heart of Providence College’s campus, two young men drove down Huxley Avenue and […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 9, 2014
Just under thirty people marched and chanted Tuesday afternoon in the pouring rain outside the Renaissance Providence Hotel to protest the suspension, pending termination, of Marino Cruz and Veronica Arias, two employees who have helped to lead the campaign to improve working conditions at the hotel.
By Bob Plain on December 9, 2014
“Like many Rhode Islanders,” Congressman David Cicilline said in an email to RI Future, “I’m saddened by the recent loss of life in Ferguson and New York City, and understand the frustration felt by so many Americans. We know that effective policing requires the trust and respect of the community and these events have undermined […]
By Steven Brown on December 9, 2014
The recent protests in Providence and around the country should remind us all of the importance of our free speech rights and the power a community can have when it makes its collective voice heard. Taking to a public square to express one’s political opinion is a longstanding tradition in American society and is a […]
By transportprovidence on December 9, 2014
“With a baby and work, everything else is pretty hectic,” said Andrew Pierson, when the Oak Hill, Pawtucket resident was asked why he often drives to work instead of taking RIPTA. But when Pierson drives to work he never does so solo. He and his wife “carpool approximately three to four days a week.” Pierson […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 5, 2014
Years later, as Khari stood inside the Providence Public Safety Complex watching the Providence Ferguson Protests, activists chanting, “All Black Lives Matter” stirred thoughts of his brother. The activists had been burning an American Flag, but the fire was all but out when Khari noticed a sign, held by a protester that said, “Equality.” Almost unbidden, Khari’s arm rose in solidarity with the ideas of equality and the importance of black lives.
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By Bob Plain on December 4, 2014
The lack of police officer indictments in the deaths of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, and Eric Garner, in New York, continue to inspire protests in Rhode Island and across the country. In Providence, where a firefighter showed solidarity with the protesters, Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza emailed the below statement to RI Future: The events in Ferguson […]
By Alex Krogh-Grabbe on December 3, 2014
A lot of American cities have police departments that don’t proportionally represent the racial mix of residents. And Providence is one of the worst. According to data provided by the office of the Public Safety Commissioner, the 444-officer Providence Police Department is 76.3 percent White, 11.7 percent Hispanic, 9.0 percent Black, 2.7 percent Asian or Pacific […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 3, 2014
“I could have made up a thousand stories about the figure in the window, guessing at his or her reason for choosing to raise a fist in solidarity, but somehow, I never doubted the intentions of the act. Somehow the simple gesture of raising a fist in shadow communicated both solidarity and sincerity. “
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By Aaron Apps on December 3, 2014
I recently wrote a short op-ed for Providence Journal about the state of Gilbert Stuart Middle School demanding action be taken with regard to the physical state of our local schools. A recent RI Future article published pictures from inside of this school, which show – even if only in part – how poor the […]
By Bob Plain on December 2, 2014
A Providence firefighter is being investigated for seemingly indicating solidarity with Ferguson protesters marching outside of the Providence Public Safety Complex last week, video of which was captured by Steve Ahlquist. Walt Buteau, of WPRI 12, reports the firefighter, who has not been named “is the focus of an internal investigation into a gesture he […]
By Bob Plain on December 1, 2014
There are two political gatherings today in Rhode Island that may have more in common with each other than it seems on the surface. In Providence, there is a “march against police violence” in solidarity with the on-going Ferguson protests at Burnside Park, 7pm. In North Kingstown, there is an “informational meeting” about the ongoing […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 26, 2014
If the protesters in Tuesday night’s Ferguson March in Providence hadn’t marched out onto the highway and blocked traffic, the most confrontational and controversial action of the evening would have been the burning of an American Flag in front of the Providence Public Safety Complex.
By Bob Plain on November 26, 2014
Providence Public Safety Commissioner Stephen Pare said there were between 400 and 600 protesters in Providence last night, and “100 or so” who occupied and shut down Interstate 95 southbound for between 15 and 30 minutes. “When we started getting reports they were heading down the the highway,” he said, “we had some concerns about […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 26, 2014
Photos from Wednesday night’s Providence Ferguson March. The pictures speak for themselves.
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By Steve Ahlquist on November 26, 2014
“I want to take this moment to talk about the statement ‘Black Lives Matter.’ When I heard this list of names being read out earlier, it was all black, cisgender men… It is crucial that we honor not just the black men who have been killed, but also the black women and girls…”
By Bob Plain on November 25, 2014
Last night I presented this slideshow at Providence’s monthly Pecha Kucha (this time held at The Parlour on North Main Street). The topic was politics an the idea at Pecha Kucha is presenters speak for 20 seconds each about 20 different slides.