Rhode Island Jobs with Justice
By Steve Ahlquist on September 22, 2017
The tour is building support for a national day of action on October 5th with protests and actions outside Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shops across the United States.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Immigration, Justice, Labor, National News, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Vermont, Video | Tagged Abel Luna, bell street chapel, Ben & Jerry’s, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Fair Food Program, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Migrant Justice, Milk with Dignity Program, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Will Lambek | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2017
Under Rhodycare, “all Rhode Islanders pay into the system through a paycheck deduction and when it comes time to pay for childcare or eldercare you access your pooled contribution.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Rhode Island, Social Services, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Ai-jen Poo, Caring Across Generations, jobs with justice, Mike Araujo, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rhodycare, Sarita Gupta | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 5, 2017
With the events of Charlottesville and the death of Heather Hyer still smoldering in our memories, hundreds of Rhode Islanders representing dozens of labor, political and advocacy groups came together to celebrate the accomplishments of organized labor and to condemn racism, white supremacy and the rise of fascism.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, AFL-CIO, black lives matter, Brown University, Burnside Park, Charles Jones, Charlottesville, Coalition of Labor Union Women, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Democratic Socialists of America, donald trump, DSA, Free Hugo, fuerza laboral, Heather Hyer, Hugo Mejia, IBT Local 251, IUPAT, Javier Juarez, John Brown Gun Club, Justin Kelley, labor day, Latino Policy Institute, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Matthew Taibi, Maureen Martin, Michael Araujo, Paul MacDonald, Paul Roselli, Providence Career & Technical Academy, Providence Central Labor Council, providence student union, Raul Figueroa, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rhode Island State House, Right to Work, Sabina Matos, Scott Malloy, seth magaziner, university of rhode island, What Cheer? Band | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 31, 2017
We are here to let [RIH] know that they have to use the bond for what it was originally sanctioned for, and that is to help low and lower income folks have an apartment, stay in their apartment, and help them have some stability in their life.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, Inequality, Infrastructure, Labor, National News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged DARE, direct action for rights and equality, First Source, Malchus Mills, Mary Kay Harris, Michael Araujo, Property Acquisition and Revitalization Program, Rhode Island Housing, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RIH, Tenant and Homeowner Association, THA | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2017
“We need fair trade that works for citizens and the environment! We are fighting to make NAFTA the trade deal it should be: one where workers are treated fairly, the environment is treated with respect, and corporations play by our rules, not their own.”
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Congress, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, Inequality, National News, Photos, Providence, Video, Virginia | Tagged Affordable Care Act, Bernie Sanders, Citizen Trade Watch, Communications Workers of America, donald trump, Karen Malcolm, Larry Cohen, lauren niedel, Liz King, NAFTA, National Governor Association, North American Free Trade Agreement, Our Revolution, Preserve Our Healthcare Coalition, Rand Wilson, republican, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rose Espinola, Terry McAuliffe, United States Congress, Virginia | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 2, 2017
“For five hours today, we actually did create a new world where food was free,” said Michael Araujo at the end of the day, “We shared each others company equally, safely and beautifully. Children were able to play without any fear. And everyone lifted each other up throughout this entire process.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, Holidays, Justice, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged afsc, BASE, Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion, Community Safety Act, CSA, DARE, Diocese of Providence, Direct Action or Rights and Equality, Environmental Justice League of RI, FANG Collective, green party, May Day March and Rally, Michael Araujo, No LNG in PVD Coalition, Our Revolution-RI, Providence City Council, Providence City Council Ordinance Committee, Providence City Hall, Providence Public School Department, RAGE, Resistance and Action for Gender Equity, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI Department of Education, Socialist Alternative, Standing Up for Racial Justice, SURJ, Textron, Thomas Tobin, US District Court of RI | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 14, 2017
“This is not an opportunity wage,” said Amy Joy Glidden, “It’s an exploitation wage, and we should not give anyone the opportunity to exploit teenage workers.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Economics, Featured, Labor, Maine, Minimum Wage, News, Photos, Portsmouth, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, Amy Joy Glidden, carlos tobon, Elizabeth Suever, Gina Raimondo, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Gregory Costantino, Hall of Presidents, Heritage Foundation, House Labor Committee, Jared Nunes, Jean Philippe Barros, john mcdaid, Kenneth Marshall, Kenneth Mendonca, Michael Araujo, National Employment Law Project, NELP, patricia morgan, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RIHA, Sarah Bratko, Stephen Moore, Taco Bell, University of California | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 23, 2017
Supporters of the bill angrily left the meeting room and before the night was over, Representative Arthur Corvese was backing away from the cruel, anti-immigrant bill he had introduced.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence, Featured, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged ACLU, Arthur Corvese, Blake Filippi, cale keable, carlos tobon, donald trump, east bay citizens for peace, Emily Jones, fair, Federation for American Immigration Reform, fuerza laboral, Georgia Hollister-Isman, House Judiciary, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, J Molina Flynn, james diossa, Jason Knight, Jim Kelly, John Wesley, Jonathan Jacobs, jorge elorza, Learning Community Charter School, Mary Pendergast, Michael Araujo, Randall Rose, Raul Figueroa, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, Rhode Island Public Defenders Office, riile, RIPDA, Robert Nardolillo, Rodrigo Pimentel, Roger Williams, Sanctuary cities, Sarah Friedman, Sheila Resseger, Shelby Maldonado, Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC, Stacia Huyler, Stephenie Gonzales, Steven Brown, Susan Walker, terry gorman, Working Families Party | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 18, 2017
“We stand in solidarity with Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, and all those on the front lines of the struggle for human rights,” said Benjamin Evans of the Rhode Island National Lawyer’s Guild.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Congress, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Disability Services, Education, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Homelessness, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, LGBTQ, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AFSC-SENE, American Friends Service Committee of Southeastern New England, Benjamin Evans, Betsy DeVos, Burnside Park, Community Safety Act, donald trump, Edward Benson, FANG Collective, fuerza laboral, George Wiley Center, Henry Shelton Act, John Dineen, Martha Yaeger, Mike Araujo, my Tabor, National Lawyers Guild, Nick Katkevich, providence student union, Raul Figueroa, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI ACLU, RISD, Sheida Soleimani, SNAP, US District Court in Providence, Zack Mezera | Leave a response
By Racial Justice Coalition on October 24, 2016
“As organizations committed to racial justice, we feel the issue of race has been missing from the discussion about Kennedy Plaza. We all want to see vibrant community commons that support our economic and community development. But we recognize that strategies like increased policing will continue to disadvantage the poor, especially people of color, and siphon dollars away from social safety net programs that uplift those most marginalized.”
Posted in Featured, Homelessness, Inequality, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged direct action for rights and equality, Economic Progress Institute, Jenn Steinfeld, kennedy plaza, Mike Araujo, NAACP Providence Branch, Progreso Latino, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Racial Justice Coalition, Reclaiming Our Public Spaces, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice | Leave a response
By Mike Araujo on June 23, 2016
“While more work needs to be done to address the growing problem of wage theft, this bill provides an important tool for Rhode Island workers,” says Robert McCreanor, executive director of the Rhode Island Center for Justice.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Labor, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Economic Progress Institute, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, General Assembly, Jeremy Rix, Rhode Island Center for Justice, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI Department of Labor and Training, Robert McCreanor, Scott Jensen, wage theft | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 29, 2016
The STEP-UP Network, a coalition of community groups, asks, “”Why is there a fundraiser for a mayor who is not serving the whole city?”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Elections, Events, Featured, Labor, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Youth | Tagged American Friends Service Committee, Community Safety Act, CSA, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, jorge elorza, Malchus Mills, Mike Araujo, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, STEP-UP Network, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | Leave a response
By Mike Araujo on February 24, 2016
WHERE: RHODE ISLAND STATEHOUSE ROOM 201 LABOR COMMITTEE
WHEN: THURSDAY FEBRUARY 25, AT 3:30PM.
WHY: We need your SOLIDARITY, your PRESENCE, and YOUR VOICE in support of these two extremely worthy bills.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, Labor, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged John Carnevale, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Thomas Palangio | Leave a response
By Moira Walsh on February 15, 2016
Moira Walsh announced her candidacy for State Representative in House District 3, including the Smith Hill, Charles and Wanskuck neighborhoods in Providence.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 22, 2016
Workers declared victory today after Teriyaki House management finally gave into the pressure of direct action and paid their employees the money the US Department of Labor stipulated.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Fidel de Leon, fuerza laboral, Heiny Maldonado, Keally Cieslik, Michael Araujo, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Teriyaki House, Vicente Lobos | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 20, 2015
Workers say owners of the restaurant failed to pay minimum wage or overtime for over 70 hours of work a week. In addition, say organizers, “workers have been verbally harassed and physically abused. They’ve been called lazy and have been repeatedly intimidated by management.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Featured, Labor, Photos, Video | Tagged Food Chain Workers RIsing, Fuerza Laboral / Power of Workers, Phoebe Gardner, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Teriyaki House | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 10, 2015
Fast food employees, restaurant workers and labor allies rallied outside the Wendy’s restaurant at 771 Warwick Ave in Warwick around noon as part of a national effort to kick off a year-long $15 minimum wage campaign ahead of next year’s presidential elections. Nearly 100 people gathered in the parking lot of Wendy’s, where the management […]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Elections, Featured, Labor, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged 1199 SEIU Rhode Island, Brown Student Labor Alliance, Cafe Atlantic, fight for 15, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, jesse strecker, jo-ann gesterling, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Teriyaki House, wage theft, wendys | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 31, 2015
The rally was also just two miles from the Massachusetts border, where home care workers recently won a minimum wage of $15 to be phased in over the next few years. Rhode Island does not pay nearly as much.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Health Care, Labor, National News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged david bennett, Mary Duffy Messier, Medicaid, Medicare, NEARI, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI AFL-CIO, Scott Slater, SEIU 1199 New England, Teamsters Local 251, UFCW, UNAP, Unite Here Local 217 | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 16, 2015
Cho has denied all charges, said the organizers of the press conference, despite being found guilty in Connecticut of 43 charges of employment law violations, and being ordered to pay roughly $150,000 in a settlement with workers at stores in New Haven, CT, now closed.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Labor, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Chung Cho, Donna Nesselbush, fuerza laboral, Gourmet Heaven, jesse strecker, Mike Araujo, Restaurant Opportunities Center of RI, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 14, 2015
The police, once they determined that this was a peaceful labor protest, did not interfere, much to the consternation of some of Cho’s neighbors. Since Cho decided against meeting with his former workers, the protesters took a walk through Cho’s neighborhood, chanting and distributing flyers.