PROVIDENCE — A federally unrecognized local Native American tribe is seeking reparations from Rhode Island and the U.S. government.
WARWICK, R.I. — Two recent votes by the Rhode Island utilities board didn't satisfy those wanting to help customers who can't afford to keep the power and heat on.
The solution to homelessness is rather simple. The only thing complicated about solving it is the fact we haven’t. Putting an antiquated shelter system out of business and providing everyone with a place to live wouldn’t cost taxpayers a dime more. In fact, both money and lives would be saved, and all of society would benefit.
Tens of millions of working Americans, from adjunct professors to elderly-care providers to fast-food employees, aren’t paid a living wage. In fact, 26 percent of the U.S. workforce earns less than $10.55 an hour, according to The State of Working America, an ongoing analysis published since 1988 by the Economic Policy Institute.
PROVIDENCE — Before leaving the Irish Famine Memorial to walk to Kennedy Plaza, Will Lawlor told the two Brown University students to use the code word “glasses” if they found themselves in a difficult situation. He said the group would walk away together.
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. — Tara D’Ambra showed up at the front door of Lucy’s Hearth's old facility on West Main Road in 2007, homeless with a 3-year-old by her side. She returned nearly a decade later, with her now-teenage daughter, as the featured speaker at the recent ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the organization’s new home on Valley Road.
PROVIDENCE — When the city embarked on its massive Capital Center redevelopment project in the early 1980s, then-mayor Buddy Cianci said: “Times have changed, but there is no reason why we should have to give up our birthright, which is access to the water.”
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The city needs to take “aggressive action” to deal with “rampant contamination in low-income neighborhoods,” according to the Conservation Law Foundation.
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.
EXETER, R.I. — The Tomaquag Museum, Rhode Island’s only Native American-run museum, sits in a remote corner of a town that is 96 percent white.
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.