By Steve Ahlquist on February 14, 2017
Representative Teresa Tanzi has introduced legislation that seeks to protect the victims of domestic abuse by taking firearms out of the hands of abusers.
Posted in Domestic Violence, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Rhode Island | Tagged Deborah DeBare, domestic violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, Jennifer Smith Boylan, Jerry Belair, Protect Rhode Island Families Act, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICADV, RICAGV, Teresa Tanzi | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 13, 2017
The RI congressional delegation, including Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline in the ‘hot seat’ for about 90 minutes of questions from sometimes angry and confrontational constituents.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Climate, Congress, Corporate Greed, East Providence, Events, Featured, Housing, Immigration, Inequality, Infrastructure, International News, Minimum Wage, National News, Photos, Politics, Video | Tagged 1996 Congressional Review Act, aca, Affordable Care Act, Ben Carson, burrillville, Chris Murphy, Citizens United, Dan Coats, David Cicilline, Deborah Lennon, Democratic Socialists of America, Dick Blumenthal, donald trump, East Providence High School, Georgia Hollister-Isman, HUD, Indivisible RI, jack reed, James Kennedy, James Langevin, Jamestown Sanctuary, Jametown Town Council, Jane Tucker, Jeff Sessions, Linda McMahon, Merrick Garland, Neil Gorsuch, obamacare, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Town Hall, Roland Gauvin, Samuel Bell, Sheldon Whitehouse, Small Business Administration, Steven Fischbach, Transport Providence, Unity Government, Working Families Party of RI | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 12, 2017
There was no anti-choice rally in Rhode Island that I am aware of, but that didn’t stop over 100 supporters of Planned Parenthood from rallying to DEFEND the nearly 100 year old organization.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, News, Reproductive Rights, Women | Tagged Anti-Defamation League, Craig O’Connor, knights of columbus, Mother of Life Center, Pepe the Frog, Planned Parenthood, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Vida Mia Ruiz | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 5, 2017
Everything you need to know to effectively testify in favor of increasing the minimum wage at the State House this week.
Posted in Connecticut, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Massachusetts, Minimum Wage, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Connecticut, Gina Raimondo, house finance, House Labor, massachusetts, Michael Araujo, minimum wage, Rhode Island, RI Jobs with Justice, Robert Craven, State House | 1 Response
By Michael Kennedy on January 23, 2017
On January 21, 2017 many of us followed the Extraordinary Rendition Band and their spirited version of “When the Saints Go Marching In” onto the Rhode Island State Capitol grounds. Friendships were evident in groups arriving, or in spontaneous meetings. I met Justine Brown and 2 year old Felicity on arrival, and saw later on […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 22, 2016
Rhode Island has plenty of infrastructure to offer corporations looking to privatize. One school is not of interest but a bunch of schools, say, a $100 million worth, would be a target. Or perhaps a collection of waste water treatment plants could be bundled into an appropriate project.
Posted in Business, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged AIAI, Alternative Technical Concepts, Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure, ATCs, Burns and Levinson, Chris Guthkelch, CIRI, Commerce RI, Construction Industries of Rhode Island, Gary Ezovski, Invenergy, John Parkinson, john simmons, John Smolen, Joseph Aiello, Meridiam, Michael McNally, National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, NCPPP, New England Coalition for Affordable Energy, P3s, Paul Pedini, public-private partnerships, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, RI Small Business Economic Summit, Richard Bernardo, ridot, Sean O Coffey, Skanska, State House, The Proccacianti Group, Tim Scanlon | 2 Responses
By transportprovidence on November 30, 2016
Since the election of 2016, a fiercer battle over the legitimacy of the Electoral College has ensued. A lot of the arguments for getting rid of the Electoral College have ignored an important constituency: conservative rural voters. I’m for abolishing the Electoral College, so that the presidential vote is truly democratic. But if democracy advocates […]
By Lauren Niedel on November 11, 2016
It was a foregone conclusion that Clinton would be the nominee. No other candidate was given a chance. The insurgency of the Bernie Sanders campaign and the nationwide movement he inspired were an unwelcome distraction in the election process leading up to the inauguration of the first female President.
By Steve Ahlquist on October 12, 2016
National Grid’s proposed pipeline tariff, now under an indefinite stay per the Public Utilities Commission here in Rhode Island, was rejected in New Hampshire last week.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, National News | Tagged Access Northeast pipeline, Algonquin, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EDC, Eversource Energy, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, national grid, New Hampshire, New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, Public Utilities Commission, puc, Rhode Island, RIPUC, spectra | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on August 21, 2016
Jeff Grybowski didn’t set out to save the world from climate change. The CEO of Deepwater Wind, which just completed construction of the nation’s first offshore wind farm, wasn’t trying to be the first in the United States to commercially harness the offshore breeze and, in the process, potentially create a new sustainable industry for […]
By Bob Plain on August 13, 2016
The federal government might be comfortable equating marijuana to heroin, crack and meth, but Rhode Island isn’t. At least it wasn’t when Linc Chafee was our governor. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s recent headline-grabbing decision to keep cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug was the result of a request from the Chafee administration in 2011. In […]
By Greg Gerritt on July 10, 2016
The perennial question in Rhode Island, and many similar places around the world, is how do we bring prosperity to our communities. Actually I wish it was phrased that way. What we actually get is a promise the percentage of year-on-year GDP growth will go up if we do as they say. The reality in […]
By Bob Plain on May 1, 2016
Father Daniel Berrigan, the legendary peace activist-priest who publicly burned draft cards in 1968 and subsequently eluded prison for the famous act of civil disobedience until his arrest on Block Island in 1970, died Saturday. He was 94 years old. “We have chosen to be branded peace criminals by war criminals,” Berrigan famously said while […]
By Bob Plain on April 27, 2016
It’s morning again in Rhode Island. At least that’s what it feels like to the progressive left the day after Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton in the Ocean State’s presidential primary poll. The socialist-leaning senator from Vermont all but conceded the nomination to the more conservative Clinton after losing four other states in the so-called […]
By Robert Malin on April 26, 2016
Bernie Sanders visit to Rhode Island was the largest political primary rally in RI, over 7000 people, since JFK. It is worth watching to see what all the excitement was about. If you have a liberal cause you believe in it is in there, but the difference is that it is not a campaign stunt. Look […]
By Stephen Shenfield on February 24, 2016
While it is widely recognized that “shared living is not for everyone,” states have different views regarding when this option is and is not appropriate. I argue that SLA-based care should be recognized as inappropriate for individuals whose ability to communicate is below the level of an average six-year-old child.
By Hillary Davis on February 19, 2016
If you’ve ever wanted to make a difference in the fight to protect and promote civil liberties right here in Rhode Island, advocating at the State House is a great way to make your voice heard.
By ACLU of RI on February 2, 2016
Join the ACLU of Rhode Island and the Brown University Chapter of ACLU-RI on Thursday, February 4, for a free screening of Citizenfour and a discussion of surveillance and privacy in the digital age. Academy Award-winning documentary CITIZENFOUR follows whistleblower Edward Snowden as he shares for the first time the classified National Security Agency documents that would expose the U.S. government’s illegal […]
By Jennifer Siciliano on December 9, 2015
If you want a say in what transportation projects will and won’t be completed in your community, then I’d like to tell you about RI’s new Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP. There have been some concerning changes in how the State advances its transportation program, and you may have less than a month to affect […]
By Vimala Phongsavanh on December 8, 2015
On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, the Woonsocket Call published an article titled “Freedom still rings for city’s Laotian refugees.” The article highlights an event held at Woonsocket city hall celebrating “Lao Heritage and Freedom Day” on the anniversary of the end of the Lao civil war. Usually, I don’t care much for articles that highlight […]