By Will Weatherly on June 27, 2018
As the deadline to run for elected office came and went Wednesday afternoon, there are more than a few political newcomers—many young, and many centered around social justice—that could constitute the makings of a progressive wave in Rhode Island. Governor Most notable might be the governor’s race, where Matt Brown promises to give incumbent Governor […]
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By Ann S Gooding on July 13, 2017
Nearly 100 women from East Bay and across the state gathered Tuesday to map out next steps for the growing Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus; nearly a third of those present were first-time attendees.
Posted in Featured, News, Politics, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Democratic National Committee, gayle goldin, grace diaz, Jakub Lis, Lauren Carson, Michelle Arias, Nellie Gorbea, Resistance Summer, Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus, Shelby Maldonado, T Kevin Olasanoye | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 14, 2017
“We’re talking about a piece of legislation that’s going to ensure that our fundamental right to our own bodies is protected,” said Kristina Fox, “If we don’t have this, and Roe v Wade gets overturned, we know that women are going to suffer. Women will die. It’s going to have a hugely negative impact on us… Our lives depend on it. I think that’s something that could be a little bit more acknowledged.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, Reproductive Rights, State House, Video | Tagged Camille Vella Wilkinson, Capri Catanzaro, donald trump, gayle goldin, grace diaz, Joseph Shekarchi, Kristina Fox, Lauren Carson, Reproductive Heath Care Act, RHCA, Rhode Island Democratic Party, Rhode Island Democratic Party Women's Caucus, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, Rhode Island’s Resistance Summer program, RIDP, Roe. v. Wade, Shelby Maldonado, Supreme Court, Tolulope Kevin Olasanoye, Tracy Ramos, Young Democrats of America | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 31, 2017
“I’m a single mother. For the last 16 months, doctors have been monitoring me for breast cancer. Twin River cuts our plan on January 1.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Labor, Lincoln, Photos, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, grace diaz, Jenna Karlin, Julie Procaccini, Mike Maini, Rhode Island State House, Scott Slater, Shelby Maldonado, Teamsters Local 251, Twin River Casino, Unite Here Local 26, Val Costa, William O'Brien | 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 March 18, 2017
RI State Rep David Coughlin had an 8am wake up call Saturday morning as 35 people marched to his home on 9 Armistice Blvd in Pawtucket demanding that he drop his support for the anti-immigrant bill H5093.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, Pawtucket, Photos, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged David Coughlin, Democrats, fuerza laboral, Heiny Maldonado, House Judiciary Committee, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Meghan Kallman, Pawtucket Police Department, Raul Figueroa, Sandra Cano, Shelby Maldonado, Trust Act | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 3, 2017
TCI provides up to four weeks of partial (about 60 percent) wage replacement for workers who need to take time from their jobs to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a newborn, adopted, or foster child.
Posted in California, Economics, Featured, Health Care, New York, Rhode Island, Social Services | Tagged Columbia Business School, Economic Progress Institute, gayle goldin, Rachel Flum, Shelby Maldonado, TCI, TDI, Temporary Caregiver Insurance Program, Temporary Disability Insurance, university of rhode island | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 1, 2017
Corvese’s bill, if passed, will force state and local law enforcement to work with Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agents in detaining and ultimately deporting undocumented persons
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration | Tagged Arthur Corvese, Claire Pimentel, donald trump, fuerza laboral, Georgia Hollister-Isman, ice, Immigration and Custom Enforcement, John Edwards, Raul Figueroa, Robert Phillips, Shelby Maldonado, Stephen Ucci, William O'Brien, Working Families Party | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 28, 2017
The bill, said Representative Arthur Corvese, “was broadly written- perhaps too broadly written.”
“Extreme,” suggested Justin Boyan.
“I agree,” said Corvese.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, Photos, State House, Video | Tagged Ann Assumpico, Arthur Corvese Jr, David Coughlin, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Homeland Security, ice, Justin Boyan, Nicholas Mattiello, Resist Hate RI, RI Working Families Party, Robert Nardolillo III, Shelby Maldonado, Steven Pare, The Trust Act | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 15, 2017
The legislation would clarify that no Rhode Island law enforcement officer may arrest or detain a person solely on the basis of an immigration detainer…
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Central Falls, grace diaz, House Judiciary Committee, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, immigration detainers, Jason Knight, Jean Philippe Barros, Legislative Black and Latino Caucus, Shelby Maldonado | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 25, 2017
The endorsements include State Representatives Edith Ajello, Anastasia Williams, Jeremiah O’Grady and Deborah Ruggiero and State Senators James Sheehan and Jim Seveney.
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By Bob Plain on January 12, 2017
The agenda includes a $15 minimum wage, school building repairs, earned paid sick days and a more progressive car tax.
Posted in Economics, Education, Featured, Health Care, Labor, Minimum Wage, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Arthur Handy, car tax, Chris Blazejewski, david bennett, earned paid sick days, Edie Ajello, Evan Shanley, Fair Shot Agenda, fight for 15, grace diaz, Gregg Amore, Helder Cunha, Jason Knight, Jean Philippe Barros, Joseph Almeida, Katherine Kazarian, Kathy Fogarty, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Michael Morin, minimum wage, Moira Walsh, school building repairs, Scott Slater, Shelby Maldonado, State House, Susan Donovan, Teresa Tanzi | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 16, 2016
“We are now in the era of Trump,” said Representative Keith Ellison in his video message, “That means it is go-time for all of us. Anybody who believes in a fair economy and social justice, anyone who believes politics should serve people, and that people should be in control of their own lives and their own destinies, you got to step up, and we really need your help.”
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By William Deware on December 7, 2016
I think progressives need to resist Mattiello just like we need to resist Trump. We keep winning seats in primaries. We fight like holy hell to get in, and then once we get there we seem to waver. We can not waver.
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By Steve Ahlquist on November 21, 2016
“We’re here because our state government needs to step up,” said State Representative Aaron Regunberg. “That means doing more than taking a wait-and-see approach to Donald Trump’s millionaire and KKK-endorsed agenda. It’s our job to make sure that this agenda does not become normal here in Rhode Island, and we commit to doing everything we possible can to starting right now to protect Rhode Island values and Rhode Island families.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Immigration, National News, People, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, Chris Blazejewski, Coalition for Safer Rhodes, Donald Anderson, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Jeanine Calkin, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Moira Walsh, Planned Parenthood, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Rodrigo Pimentel, Shelby Maldonado, Susan Donovan, Teresa Tanzi, Victoria Ruiz | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 26, 2016
A march of over 50 people from Jenks Park in Central Falls to the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church near the Rhode Island Mall was held Sunday to demand driver’s licenses for all, regardless of immigration status.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Ana Quezada, Comité en Acción, Donna Nesselbush, frank ciccone, Gina Raimondo, james diossa, Nicholas Mattiello, Shelby Maldonado | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 1, 2016
These 34 lucky politicians won’t have to go through the tedious process of walking their district and meeting their constituents, spend any of their campaign cash or run any kind of campaign at all. They are all effectively re-elected, and they all get to take the year off.
Posted in Elections, State House | Tagged Antonio Giarrusso, Charlene Lima, Daniel DaPonte, Gayle L. Goldin, K Joseph Shekarchi, Kathleen Decker, Mary Duffy Messier, Paul Jabour, Raymond A. Hull, Shelby Maldonado | 4 Responses
By Bob Plain on April 12, 2015
RI Future, the Center for Freedom and Prosperity and now the Providence Journal’s Ed Fitzpatrick all agree on this one: Rhode Island’s library funding formula is way too regressive. This odd trio represents a fairly decent cross-section of the local punditry, and another great reason why the General Assembly should pass Rep. Shelby Maldonado’s and […]
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By Bob Plain on April 9, 2015
Two Central Falls lawmakers authored a bill that would direct more state funding to libraries in the seven distressed urban cities in Rhode Island. The legislation, which will be heard by a Senate committee today, follows an RI Future investigation last year that showed affluent suburban libraries receive more state library aid per resident than […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 31, 2014
The most poignant and politically instructive story I covered in 2014 was the shameful treatment of the Providence hotel workers who, having successfully petitioned the Providence City Council for the right to place a $15 minimum wage measure on the ballot, were frustrated in their effort by the General Assembly, under the leadership of newly elected Speaker of the House, Nicholas Mattiello.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Labor, Providence | Tagged Adrienne Jones, Angel Taveras, Lincoln Chafee, maria cimini, Marino Cruz, Michael Solomon, Mirjaam Parada, Nicholas Mattiello, Ray Gallison, santa brito, seth yurdin, Shelby Maldonado | 4 Responses