Annually, for the past three-plus decades, between 4,000 and 5,000 Rhode Islanders have spent at least one night on the street, in a shelter, in a car or on a park bench. Some have spent years living in a rotation of shelters and being fed by a host of soup kitchens, often taking the bus to get from one to the other.
PROVIDENCE — Direct Action for Rights And Equality (DARE) is a local organization made up of dedicated individuals fighting for basic equity. Their campaigns, led by community organizers and DARE members, dismantle systemic racism, sexism and economic injustice.
PROVIDENCE — In February the Fair Workweek Coalition attempted to challenge unfair scheduling practices by filing a bill that would have required employers to provide employees with their work schedule two weeks in advance and to compensate workers for changing shifts.
PROVIDENCE— More than 70 local residents, indigenous leaders and activists gathered July 20 to demonstrate against National Grid’s proposed $180 million liquefied natural gas facility at Fields Point. They were joined by presumptive Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein.
PROVIDENCE — The Port of Providence could become home to another fracked-gas facility this year, if all goes according to National Grid’s plan. The proposed liquefied natural gas compressor station is budgeted at $180 million and poses significant threats to the health and safety of residents in the area, according to a report by the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island.
After centuries of marginalization by the Rhode Island and U.S. governments, one Native American group has decided to look outside of state courts for legal reparations. On June 20, leaders of the Mashapaug Nahaganset tribe filed tort claims against the state of Rhode Island, the city of Providence and the city of Cranston in international court.
PROVIDENCE — Refugees resettled in Rhode Island often arrive with nothing but the cloths on their backs. Some, having feared for their and their family’s immediate safety, may have fled their homes hastily; others may have had time to pack some personal belongings. Few, if any, arrive here with the means to begin a new life in a new country.
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — It’s hard to imagine the inspired vision it took to get the McKenna Center for Teaching, Learning and Research to this point. To most people, the run-down Victorian just across the street from Central Falls High School was nothing but a dangerous eyesore.
WARWICK, R.I. — The state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) took less than a minute on April 12 to approve an extension of the winter moratorium on electric and gas shutoffs to low-income customers.
PROVIDENCE — The City Council is expected to take a hard look at a liquefied natural gas facility proposed for the waterfront. Council member Seth Yurdin said the project poses a threat to public health and safety, and is an environmental-justice concern, particularly for residents of low-income neighborhoods in South Providence and Washington Park.
NEWPORT, R.I. — A panel of four experts on social justice recently spoke to a small audience at Salve Regina University about the U.S. criminal justice system. The March 9 event was part of the university’s continued effort to celebrate this Jubilee Year of Mercy.
PROVIDENCE — The initiative was born in 2011, when the West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation completed an extensive survey of West End residents that determined their primary concerns centered around health and food. In a predominately low-income neighborhood, the survey determined that for many the West End is a food-insecure neighborhood.