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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

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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,

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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

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‘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

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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

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Demand Progress's Statement On The Passing Of Aaron Swartz

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Demand Progress’s Aaron Swartz. Friends and family have issued a statement and created a memorial page, here. Aaron was a dear friend, and an ideological brother in arms. buy viagra from india As others have spoken to

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Sad News For Demand Progress, And Everyone Else

Aaron Swartz, Reddit co-founder and internet activist, took his own life Friday at his Brooklyn apartment. Swartz also co-founded Demand Progress with former Rhode Island state representative — and co-creator of the Providence Daily Dose — David Segal. Together they were instrumental in getting the

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RI Jobs With Justice Award Dinner

(12.13) Apologies: This post originally stated that the dinner was tomorrow, Wednesday, while it’s actually on Thursday. Jobs With Justice is scrappy, but one of the most important and effective activist organizations in Rhode Island.  The campaign they helped lead in support of a living

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Nicholas Kristof At Brown

(10.11) Nicholas Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, op-ed columnist for the New York Times, and co-author of “Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” will lecture Thursday at Brown. From two of our most fiercely moral voices, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression