Rhode Island State House
By Steve Ahlquist on September 9, 2017
“I’m here because I’m standing up for human dignity, for migrant dignity and undocumented immigrant dignity…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, LGBTQ, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, BIRC, Brown Immigrant Rights Coalition, Burnside Park, Carmen Castillo, CASO, Coalition of Advocates for Student Opportunities, DACA, David Cicilline, Deborah Gonzalez, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, gayle goldin, Gina Raimondo, grace diaz, james diossa, Javier Juarez, jorge elorza, Marta V Martínez, Nirva LaFortune, PIRC, Providence Immigrant Rights Coalition, providence student union, Rhode Island State House, Roger Williams University, Sabina Matos, Tatiana Hall | 1 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 July 21, 2017
The delay in passing a budget has “real and mounting human costs”…
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Economics, Featured, Justice, Minimum Wage, National News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island, Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Dominick Ruggerio, Economic Progress Institute, fuerza laboral, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Mental Health Association of RI, Ministers Alliance of Rhode Island, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Progreso Latino, Rachel Flum, Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free Rhode Island, Rhode Island Chapter, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island General Assembly, Rhode Island Public Radio, Rhode Island State House, RI Community Action Association, RI Council of Churches, RI Jobs with Justice, RI NOW, RI Racial Justice Coalition, RI Regional Adult Learning, RI Working Families, RIRAL, sierra club, Step Up Center International, UNAP, United Nurses and Allied Professionals | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 29, 2017
“Healthcare is not essentially a political issue. It is a moral issue. Let’s name it for what it is. The legislation before the Senate right now is evil and sinful,” said the Reverend Donald Anderson.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Congress, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, AHCA, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Health Care Act, BCRA, Better Care Reconciliation Act, Charles Feldman, Christine Brousseau, Donald Anderson, Joshua Miller, Karen Malcolm, Medicaid, obamacare, Planned Parenthood, Protect Our Healthcare Coalition, Rhode Island Council of Churches, Rhode Island Market Stability and Consumer Protection Act, Rhode Island State House, TrumpCare | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 26, 2017
The officer said it was vandalism and if the group did not stop, the state police were arriving to arrest.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 12, 2017
Providence kicked off Pride on Sunday with a rally at the Rhode Island State House followed by a march to Providence City Hall for a Pride Flag raising event featuring Mayor Jorge Elorza and Governor Gina Raimondo. Across the country Pride events are being challenged to be more inclusive and diverse. In Boston yesterday the […]
Posted in Activism, Boston MA, Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, LGBTQ, National News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged After Orlando, Ashley Delgado, Beth Alianiello, Christian Fairlove, Dave Rabinow, George Evans Marley, Gina Raimondo, Jeff Hodge, Joe Wilson Jr, jorge elorza, Kate Monteiro, Kelly Henry, Lynne Collinson, Melody Lucas, Milly Massey, Naomi Chomsky, Nika Lomazzo, Orlando FL, pride, Pride Flag, Providence City Hall, Pulse, Rhode Island Pride, Rhode Island State House, Tim Rondeau, Wilbury Theater Group | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 31, 2017
Though lacking in sci-fi pretense and cutting edge special effect visuals, there’s evidence that US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse had an idea planted in his head some weeks ago, an idea with important healthcare policy implications.
Posted in Congress, Featured, Health Care, Movies, National News, State House, Video | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Dominick Ruggerio, Inception, James Cowan, Joshua Miller, Medicare, public option, Rhode Island State House, Senate Committee on Health & Human Services, Senate Democratic Policy Caucus, Sheldon Whitehouse, single payer | Leave a response
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 May 11, 2017
“I want to go to college, but low-income students like me have to rely on student loans that don’t even cover the full price,” said Jayleen Salcedo, a senior at Classical High School and a member of the Providence Student Union (PSU).
Posted in Activism, Education, Featured, Inequality, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AFT, arole Marshall, blackstone academy, Classical High School, Community College of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, Jayleen Salcedo, providence public schools, providence student union, psu, Quenby Hughes, Rhode Island College, Rhode Island Promise, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Rhode Island State House, ric, RIC Adjuncts Union, RIC Professional Staff Association, RIC/AFT Faculty Union, university of rhode island, URI, Young Voices | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 9, 2017
“Today,” said organizer Nancy Rafi, “as legislators return to their home offices, they need to hear what we think about the House voting to legalize discrimination, and making us all pre-existing conditions.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, Health Care, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, AHCA, American Health Care Act, donald trump, jack reed, Medicare for All system, Nancy Rafi, obamacare, Planned Parenthood, Rhode Island State House, Sheldon Whitehouse, single payer, TrumpCare, Women’s March on Washington Rhode Island Chapter | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 29, 2017
“Donald Trump is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Indigenous Americans, Inequality, Infrastructure, LGBTQ, Massachusetts, National News, Newport, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Washington DC, Water | Tagged aaron regunberg, Adnan Adrian Wood-Smith, Brown University, citizens bank, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, donald trump, Elizabeth Hoover, General Assembly, islam, Kaylynn Polley, Lincoln School, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Michael Araujo, Mother Earth, People's Climate March, People’s Power and Light, Phoebe Roberts, Priscilla De La Cruz, Rhode Island State House, Rhode Island Student Climate Coalition, RI Jobs with Justice, Timmons Roberts, university of rhode island | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 23, 2017
About a thousand people braved the rain on Saturday, Earth Day, to gather at the Rhode Island State House to stand up for Science and against the anti-science of the Donald Trump administration. The March for Science in Rhode Island joined scientists and science enthusiasts around the globe in nearly 500 satellite marches, held in […]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Holidays, Infrastructure, National News, Photos, Science, State House, Technology, Video, Women | Tagged BluSource Energy Inc, Brown University, Casey Cabral, Christina Ergas, donald trump, Earth Day, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Institute at Brown University for Environment and Society, Jacoby Observatory, Janet Freedman, March for Science, Met School, national grid, Rhode Island State House, RI Coastal Resources Management Council, RI Department of Health, RIDOH, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sunshine Menezes, Timmons Roberts, Tom Derecktor, university of rhode island, Zoe Goris | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 26, 2017
Incoherent, racist and stupid: John DePetro’s MAGA Rally, a racist, nativist love letter to President Trump, was a spectacular failure.
Posted in Central Falls, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, National News, Newport, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Big Blue Bug, Brandon Bell, Capitol Police, climate change, Dan Bidondi, Daniel Ciora, donald trump, Gina Raimondo, ice, InfoWars, Jacob Silva, Jerry Zarella, john depetro, jorge elorza, Joseph Trillo, Lee Ann Sennick, MAGA Rally, Make America Great Again, Mario Hilario, mini-Trump, olneyville, Providence City Hall, Providence Police, Republican Party, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island State House, RI State Police, riile, sanctuary, Sean Spicer, Shoshana Feistein, terry gorman, WaterFire | 2 Responses
By Jessica Wainfor on February 23, 2017
We need some organizing for a peace rally. A counter to their rally, which they have every right to hold. We also have a right to say that we do not support or agree with our president’s new policies and the turn backwards this country has taken in the past 30 odd days.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 27, 2017
Rhode Island residents who make $54,000 a year or less may be entitled to an earned income tax credit as well as free tax preparation.
Posted in Economics, Featured, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Barbara Cottam, Ben Lessing, citizens bank, Community Care Alliance, Comprehensive Community Action, David Cicilline, earned income tax credit, Economic Progress Institute, EITC, Federal Hill House, gayle goldin, Gina Raimondo, Internal Revenue Service, IRS, James Langevin, Joanne McGunagle, jorge elorza, Providence VITA Coalition, Rachel Flum, Rhode Island Community Action Association, Rhode Island State House, RICAA, Sara Morales, Scotte Slater, seth magaziner, Sheldon Whitehouse, Tony Maione, United Way of Rhode Island, VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance | Leave a response
By Mariah Burns on January 22, 2017
Artist and activist Mariah Burns brings us photos from yesterday’s historic event at the Rhode Island State House event.
By Steve Ahlquist on November 26, 2016
The way is being paved for the massive expansion of public-private partnerships in Rhode Island, putting public goods and public spaces, such as water, schools, jails, courthouse and even public parks and broadband internet at risk of corporate ownership and control.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Rhode Island, Burns and Levinson, CIRI, Commerce RI, Commission to Study the Upgrade of Facilities by Encouraging Private Investment in Qualifying Projects, Construction Industries of Rhode Island, Daniel Egan, Gary Ezovski, john simmons, John Smolen, Joseph Shekarchi, Mandeep Tiwana, Michael McNally, National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, NCPPP, New England Coalition for Affordable Energy, Nossaman LLP, P3s, public-private partnerships, Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, Rhode Island State House, RI Small Business Economic Summit, Richard Bernardo, ridot, Sean O Coffey, Tim Scanlon | 2 Responses
By Mariah Burns on November 13, 2016
A photo essay of Saturday’s Rally Against Trump by activist Mariah Burns.
By Bob Plain on November 7, 2016
The Providence Board of Canvassers referred to Providence Police a voter’s complaint that her mail ballot was altered by supporters of Rep. John DeSimone. Joanne St. Lawrence, a house District 5 voter, filed a complaint with the board on October 24, that said her ballot was changed from voting for Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, who upset DeSimone […]
By Bob Plain on November 2, 2016
The RI Chapter of the Sierra Club is endorsing 19 legislative candidates in the general election, 15 candidates for the state House of Representatives and only four for the state Senate. The newly endorsed candidates are: Representative in General Assembly Edie Ajello District […]