By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2017
Governor Raimondo’s gesture is meaningless and empty unless it is backed up with concrete action. Governor Raimondo cannot simultaneously support the Paris Agreement and support Invenergy’s plan to build a carbon-emitting, diesel oil, and fracked gas power plant in Burrillville.
Posted in Activism, Burrillville, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Events, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Infrastructure, International News, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Water, Women, Youth | Tagged Alexandra Duryea, Brown University, Burrillville Land Trust, CLF, Climate Action Rhode Island, Conservation Law Foundation, Environmental Council of Rhode Island, Fossil Free Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, Justin Boyan, Kat Burnham, Monica Huertas, National Governors Association, national grid, NGA, No LNG in PVD, Paris Climate Accord, Paul Roselli, providence college, Rhode Island Convention Center, Robert Malin, Timmons Roberts | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 31, 2017
We need legislation to ensure access to reproductive rights, and those opposed to abortion for religious reasons know this. For those opposed to reproductive rights, this may be their best opportunity to strike.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, National News, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Arthur Corvese, Arthur Handy, barth bracy, Bernard Healey, Brown University, Camille Vella Wilkinson, Carol Hagan McEntee, Deborah Felella, donald trump, Edie Ajello, Gail Harvey, Gopika Krishna, gus uht, House Judiciary Committee, James McLaughlin, Jamie Budnick, Jason Knight, Jennifer Boylan, John Wesley, Joseph Cavenaugh, Kara Russo Young, League of Women Voters, Len Katzman, lynette labinger, Mary Chace, Michelle Cretella, providence college, Reproductive Health Care Act, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Right to Life, RI State Constitution, RICADV, Roe. v. Wade, Supreme Court, Tyler Rawley | 4 Responses
By Bob Plain on March 6, 2017
Rhode Island hospitals made seven people millionaires in 2014. Only one of them was a practicing physician, the other six were executives. All told, 11 Rhode Islanders earned more than a $1 million a year working for non-profits in 2014, according to a new analysis by the Wall Street Journal. In addition to seven healthcare […]
Posted in Economics, Featured, Health Care | Tagged Butler, Care New England, Ed Cooley, Lifespan, nonprofit, providence college, rhode island hospital, wall street journal, Women and Infants | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 5, 2017
Video and pictures from Women Empowering Women: A Community Forum on Violence Prevention
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Minimum Wage, People, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Diana Garlington, domestic violence, Essence Christal, Everytown for Gun Safety, Gemelya Gem Barros, Giovanna Rodriguez, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, linda finn, Lisa Pina-Warren, Lucy McBath, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Myra Latimer-Nicholas, Protect Rhode Island Families Act, providence college, Shemeeka Barros, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships, SOAR, Steven Latimer, Teresa Tanzi | 7 Responses
By Spencer Grassie on October 26, 2016
Please join me in giving a round of applause to Mayor Elorza and the Providence Department of Planning and Development for their hard work and due diligence every step of the way during the 6/10 Connector’s community engagement process. The city has been extremely transparent and open, taking the public’s input into consideration while drafting […]
Posted in Economics, Featured, Infrastructure, Providence, Rhode Island, Transportation | Tagged 6/10 connector, City of Providence, Gina Raimondo, Mayor Elorza, olneyville, providence college, Providence Department of Planning and Development, ridot, Spencer Grassie | Leave a response
By Spencer Grassie on October 25, 2016
Please join me in giving a round of applause to Mayor Elorza and the Providence Department of Planning and Development for their hard work and due diligence every step of the way during the 6/10 Connector’s community engagement process. The City has been extremely transparent and open, taking the public’s input into consideration while drafting […]
Posted in Economics, Featured, Infrastructure, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged 6/10 connector, City of Providence, Gina Raimondo, Mayor Elorza, olneyville, providence college, Providence Department of Planning and Development, ridot, Spencer Grassie | Leave a response
By Spencer Grassie on September 29, 2016
Spencer Grassie writes, “We, as Rhode Islanders, have two options: 1) we can continue to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results or 2) we can facilitate strategic action among private, civic, and public sectors to reverse the dismal public policy decisions of the 1950s by replacing the limited-access highway with an intermodal boulevard.”
By Bob Plain on September 26, 2016
Some 500 Rhode Island janitors – who work at TF Green Airport, CVS, Fidelity and other places in the Ocean State – could go on strike if their labor union can’t come to an agreement with their employer this week on a new contract.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 16, 2016
During a second protest, Civetti agreed by phone to meet with the workers at the Fuerza Laboral offices again. According to Fuerza organizer Raoul Figueroa and Mike Araujo of RI Jobs with Justice, Civetti agreed that he did owe the workers their unpaid wages at this meeting. He has agreed to pay the workers on Friday.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged David Civetti, Dependable and Affordable Cleaning Inc, fuerza laboral, Heiny Maldonado, Mike Araujo, providence college, RI Jobs with Justice | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 15, 2016
“Criminalization is not a solution to homelessness,” added Roger Williams University School of Law Professor and Assistant Dean Andrew Horwitz. “It is incredibly cruel to those experiencing homelessness, dehumanizing the individuals and making it harder to connect to advocates and services.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Inequality, Infrastructure, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Transportation, Video | Tagged Andrew Horwitz, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Downtown Improvement District, eric hirsch, Joseph Paolino, kennedy plaza, providence college, Reclaiming Our Public Spaces, Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, rihap | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 4, 2016
David Civetti, CEO of Dependable and Affordable Cleaning Inc, got a wake up call early Thursday morning about the importance of paying employees for work done.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Labor, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged David Civetti, Dependable and Affordable Cleaning Inc, fuerza laboral, Heiny Maldonado, Justin Kelley, Marissa Janton, providence college, Raul Figueroa | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 16, 2016
Updated: A statement from the students on their successful occupation of President Shanley’s office has been added.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 16, 2016
Beginning at about 8:30 this morning a group of Providence College students began to occupy the office of PC President Brian Shanley. The following is from their press release:
By Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2016
In the rotunda of City Hall advocates for the homeless gathered to release a new study validating the harassment and discrimination being felt on the streets and to demand that Mayor Elorza immediately instruct the Providence Police to stop their practice of criminalizing homelessness and harassing homeless individuals.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Homelessness, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Burnside Park, eric hirsch, homeless bill of rights, House of Hope CDC, Jim Crow, jorge elorza, Kate Miechkowski, kennedy plaza, Mary Kay Harris, Megan Smith, opening doors rhode island, PERA, Providence City Hall, providence college, Providence External Review Authority, Providence Police Department, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, RICH, rihap, U.S. Department of Justice | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 1, 2015
The Gnomes, a global folk-fusion band, opened the event with about a half an hour of live music before being joined on stage by emcee Bill Harley. Harley gave a short talk about Richard Walton, and read one of his emails to give a flavor of the man, quoting Walton as saying, “I’d like life to be a hot hodge-podge of people of all sorts. All ages, all cultures, all colors, all everything.”
Posted in Activism, Events, Featured, Homelessness, Labor, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged eric hirsch, Extraordinary Rendition Band, Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence, Mirjaam Parada, providence college, Providence Renaissance Hotel, Red Bandana Awards, richard walton, Sister Ann, The Procaccianti Group, Zero: 2016 | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 4, 2015
The Providence College Coalition Against Racism held a press conference, followed by a march through the Providence College (PC) campus, “to protest the ongoing racial profiling on campus and the failure of the college administration to stop doing business with the Renaissance Hotel.” Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachary has been a professor at Providence College for seven […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Labor, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion | Tagged Cedric de Leon, pc, providence college, Providence Hilton Hotel, Providence Renaissance Hotel, Racial Profiling, santa brito, The Procaccianti Group, TPG | 1 Response
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 February 18, 2014
The recent cancellation of anti-LGBTQ activist Michelle Cretella’s talk at Providence College by Dr. Matthew Cuddeback has taken a new turn. Cuddeback initially invited Cretella, a founding member of NOM-RI (dedicated to preventing marriage equality in our state), a board member of NARTH (dedicated to “curing” homosexuality) and vice president of the American College of […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 13, 2014
From an outsider’s perspective, Providence College seems caught between wanting to be two very different things. On the one side, PC wishes to be an academic institution dedicated to free and open inquiry, pursuing the truth where ever the search may lead. On the other hand, it sometimes seems that there are those who wish […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 7, 2013
Under the leadership of Dr. Fred K Drogula the Providence College’s Faculty Senate has passed a resolution by “an overwhelming majority” that takes to task Provost Hugh Lena’s recent cancellation of LGBTQ advocate and philosopher John Corvino’s scheduled talk at the college. The resolution is a stirring defense of academic freedom, free inquiry, and LGBTQ […]