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Mark Baumer Remembered At Granoff

(2.4) Last month, writer, librarian, and environmental activist Mark Baumer was struck and killed by an S.U.V. as he walked along the shoulder of a highway in Florida. This was day 100 of his barefoot walk across America, a one-man campaign to raise awareness of

Emergency Meeting — Hope High School

(11.12) [Venue changed to Hope High School cafeteria.] So what to do? There’s no harm in updating your passport, but it turns out they don’t really want us in Canada. And as Stephen Colbert reminds us, this is no time to abandon our country. .

Downtown Boys — “America’s Most Exciting Punk Band”!

We already knew that, and now Rolling Stone Magazine has informed the rest of the world. It’s just possible that the Downtown Boys are about to blow up. Great for them, but it means more time away from Providence. This self-described “bi bilingual political dance

‘Spark Mag’ — New Platform For Progressive Artists, Campaigns

Grassroots activist group Demand Progress has partnered with Providence-based band Downtown Boys to launch a new national arts website called Spark Mag. The site features artists from all genres who are promoting a progressive message through their music or influence. Demand Progress hopes Spark Mag

RIPDA Fundraiser At Ogie’s

(9.17) Here’s an invitation from Sam Bell, state coordinator for the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America (RIPDA). Come join us for our 2015 fundraiser! It will be Thursday, September 17 at 5:30pm at Ogie’s Trailer Park (1155 Westminster St, Providence). This year, we’re honoring

Chambray Shirts — Blue Collars On The Red Carpet

An article in The New York Times illuminates the working class roots of the current fashion must-have, the chambray shirt. Turns out chambray in America has a local provenance. The early history of chambray ­stretches to the French town of Cambrai and a dense linen,

Loui’s Hosts Bernie Houseparty

Like I needed another reason to love Loui’s Family Restaurant. Tonight they played host to a Bernie Sanders Houseparty, even setting out food for the troops. And the place was packed. As to the local Bernie effort, there is a local Facebook page “Rhode Island

‘No New Stadium’ Celebration — It’s Yours!

(7.13) And it was never intended for anyone else! No New Stadium is inviting one and all to come and stake claim to the public open space — set aside by the 195 Commission as mandated by the federal government — that the PawSox multi-millionaires

Aaron Swartz

The Internet’s Own Boy

This just in from Dave Segal at Demand Progress: The Internet’s Own Boy will be available in theaters and On Demand Friday, June 27th. The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of

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Aaron Swartz Remembered/The Fight Against Mass Surveillance

The documentary “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz” makes its premiere tonight at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Appropriately enough, the IMDb entry was written by Anonymous. The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in

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‘Draw The Line’ Against Keystone Pipeline Protest

(9.21) On Saturday, September 21st, environmental and community groups — Rhode Island Student Climate Coalition, Sierra Club, Fossil Free Rhode Island, Brown Divest Coal Campaign, and concerned citizens — will march from City Hall to the Rhode Island State House to demand comprehensive climate change

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Segal Opinion Piece At Politico On Aaron Swartz Case

David Segal has written an excellent piece at Politico “What killed Aaron Swartz?” summarizing the circumstances surrounding Swartz’s suicide and bringing us up to date on the case. The news regarding the Justice Department is depressing as always. Dave highlights one detail, the importance of

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New Documentary About Councilwoman Carmen Castillo

Beth will not be so psyched that my first post in a couple of months violates our no-Kickstarter rule, but so it goes.  (Hi, Beth!) Did you know that the first hotel housekeeper to hold public office is on the Providence City Council?  A film

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Langevin To Be A Presence At State Of The Union Address

Congressman Jim Langevin will be using the President’s upcoming State of Union address to make a statement of his own. According to an article in today’s New York Times — “A Personal Quest To Make Guns’ Toll More Visible” — Langevin, in a wheelchair since

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Harry Belafonte Keynote Address — MLK Jr. Series

(1.29) The public is invited to hear Harry Belafonte discuss life as an “Artist as Activist” in his keynote lecture for RISD’s 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. series. We are excited to announce that Mr. Harry Belafonte will be delivering the keynote address for this

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Aaron Swartz Vs. The Justice Department

The Providence Journal has weighed in on the Aaron Swartz tragedy. In recent columns, both the editorial board and columnist Froma Harrop focused their attention on the “stealing is stealing” issue. Harrop (1.20.13) asks us to compare the outcry at the excessive prosecution of Aaron