By Capri Catanzaro on July 12, 2017
RIPDA [Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America] knows that Speaker Mattiello will never resign, but we repeat our call for him to do so nonetheless.
Posted in Featured, Opinion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Dominick Ruggerio, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Constitution, Rhode Island General Laws, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA | 1 Response
By Capri Catanzaro on July 1, 2017
“We call upon the House to choose a new Speaker when they meet later this summer to finish their work, so that the budget negotiations can be handled by someone whose priority is to do that work, rather than to play power games.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, National News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged Capri Catanzaro, Dominick Ruggerio, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island General Assembly, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RI Democratic Party, RI House of Representatives, RI Senate, RIPDA | 2 Responses
By Capri Catanzaro on June 21, 2017
We were surprised and disappointed by Mr. Lynch’s op-ed attacking progressives who support our national Democratic Party’s values and platform. His attack on Democrats who want a budget for the 99% instead of the 1% is inexcusable and incoherent with the values of Rhode Island Democrats. In a state that decisively sided with Bernie Sanders […]
By William J Lynch on June 19, 2017
I appreciate the opportunity to respond to the opinion piece offered by the Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, an organization which opposes the state budget. This small group certainly does not speak for the vast majority of the Democratic Party, and not even for many of the progressives in the General Assembly. All 15 Democrats […]
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 January 25, 2017
The groups says that Pompeo’s “openness to torture” is only the beginning.
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured | Tagged Bill Deware, Central Intelligence Agency, cia, donald trump, jack reed, lauren niedel, Mike Pompeo, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, Sheldon Whitehouse | 6 Responses
By Michael Beauregard on December 14, 2016
Ellison has been a champion of working families his whole life. He worked as a civil rights lawyer after graduating college. He has been one of the strongest supporters of the fight for $15. He pushed for debt free college tuition well before almost anyone else did. Most importantly though he is an experienced organizer with a proven record.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Elections, Featured, National News, Opinion | Tagged Democractic Party, donald trump, gerrymandering, Keith Ellison, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, The Parlour, Working Families Party, YDRI, Young Democrats of Rhode Island | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on November 3, 2016
Set up to take corporate money without disclosure the Gaspee Business Network brags about its ability to evade campaign finance disclosure laws.
Posted in Activism, Elections, Featured, News | Tagged Citizens United, Gaspee Project, Koch Brothers, Nate Carpenter, Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, Sam Bell, state policy network, Supreme Court | Leave a response
By Samuel Bell on September 18, 2016
There are those who want to give credit for what we accomplished in the September primary to some vague anti-incumbent sentiment, or even tolls. I’m writing this piece to dispel that notion. Progressives won big on Tuesday for two reasons: hard work and Rhode Islanders’ commitment to progressive change. This victory truly belongs to the […]
By Lauren Niedel on September 13, 2016
Hello Fellow Progressives. Today, September 13, is our first major test of how our RI post Bernie efforts will play out. RI Progressives had an amazing victory in April with the Presidential primary going to Senator Bernie Sanders by a staggering 12% and we need that energy to carry through today. We encourage everyone to vote for our […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 9, 2016
Two races of special importance to Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello are being influenced through mailers sent out by a not-so-mysterious group calling themselves “Progress RI” which is funded by the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers (RIBCO).
Posted in Activism, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Media, News, Politics, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged David Coughlin, David Norton, jan malik, Jason Knight, Nicholas Mattiello, Richard Ferruccio, RIPDA | 5 Responses
By Bob Plain on August 18, 2016
Moira Walsh and Susan Donovan were endorsed by all three. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Lisa Scorpio, Teresa Tanzi and Jeanine Calkin won the endorsement of two of the three. While the vast majority – 22 of the 36 endorsed candidates – were only endorsed by one of the three, so far. Such are some of the similarities […]
By Bob Plain on August 9, 2016
House Majority Leader John DeSimone is the latest Democrat to be hampered by allegations of improper conduct as the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats have filed a complaint with the Rhode Island Ethics Commission alleging the longtime Providence lawmaker was paid by an organization that benefited from legislative largess and that he failed to disclose back […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 2, 2016
The Providence City Council has called a special meeting for Tuesday night and among the agenda items is tax stabilization agreements (TSAs) for 60 Valley Street, LLC and 166 Valley Street, LLC on behalf of the Rising Sun Mills Project.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged Luis Aponte, Providence City Council, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, Rising Sun Mills Project, Sabina Matos, STEP, Stop Tax Evasion in Providence, Tax Stabilization Agreement, TSA | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on July 13, 2016
The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats have endorsed 12 legislative candidates, so far. “We will be continuing to announce more endorsements throughout the campaign cycle,” said the group in a news release. The 12 candidates, in alphabetical order, are: Jeanine Calkin, Nick Delmenico, Doris De Los Santos, Bill Deware, Susan Donovan, David Norton, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Jim […]
Posted in Elections, Featured | Tagged Bill Deware, David Norton, Doris De los Santos, Jeanine Calkin, Jennifer Siciliano, jim seveney, Lisa Scorpio, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Moira Walsh, RIPDA, Susan Donovan, Teresa Tanzi | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 23, 2016
The RI State Investment Commission voted to invest $20 million with GEM Realty Capital, despite the company’s claim that the health and safety of employees at the Sofitel Los Angeles Hotel in Los Angeles, one of the many properties owned by the company, is not something they can have any affect on.
By RI Progressive Democrats of America on June 23, 2016
“…continuing our strong stance against corporate welfare, we call on our political leaders to reject any subsidies for the Superman Building.”
By Jeremy Rix on June 20, 2016
Wage theft in Rhode Island may be a much bigger problem than robbery. And, as Steve Ahlquist previously reported, even high profile violators may be getting away with a slap on the wrist with workers left with little recourse.
Posted in Business, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Labor, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Donna Nesselbush, Joseph Shekarchi, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, RI Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, wage theft | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 7, 2016
Bell alleges that when O’Brien ran for office in 2009 and 2011, he failed to file his first two required financial disclosure statements. Candidates are required to file financial disclosure statement for the preceding year.
Posted in Activism, Elections, Featured, Labor, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Voting Rights | Tagged Bill Deware, Raymond Gallison, RI Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, Sam Bell, William O'Brien | 1 Response
By Lauren Niedel on June 7, 2016
Tuesday June 7th will be a very busy day in RI. There will be a vote with the entire House on Rep. Cale Keable’s bill on the Clear River Energy Center. Then right after join RI Progressive Democrats at the Wild Colonial on 250 South Water Street at 6:00pm for a fundraiser and viewing party of […]