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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

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My Trip To Charlotte (Or A Rant About The State Of The Democratic Party)

Get ready for a rant.  I managed to engage in far less blogging than I’d hoped to over the course of my four days in Charlotte.  Here’s what I was left with: The convention had its moments, for sure:  What I heard of Elizabeth Warren

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And I’m Off To Charlotte

I’m en route to the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, where I’ll be doing a combination of work for Demand Progress, taking part in assorted progressive rabble-rousing, and hopefully blogging for RIFuture and the Daily Dose. Demand Progress’s efforts to secure Internet freedom language in the

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WaterFire Shows Solidarity For Pussy Riot

At the recent WaterFire lighting on August 18th WaterFire fire-tenders sported multi-colored balaclavas and stoked the fires while Pussy Riot’s latest single  Putin Lights Up the Fires played for the crowd. While WaterFire’s soundtrack traditionally features classical music, and opera this punk rock song was

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Local Hero Vanquishes Weeds

I was biking down Canal Street earlier today when I noticed something strange. The six foot tall monster weeds that have been an unwanted fixture near the Roger Williams National Park were under attack. Dan D’Alessio, photographed here with his weapon of choice, has chosen

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Rock The Boat

(7.13) Ocean State Action, Rhode Island’s leading progressive activist organization, is hosting it’s annual Rock The Boat fundraiser this Friday evening at the East Providence Yacht Club. Please support their work and help them gear up for this fall’s elections.  .  (Student and low-income rates

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Thank You Netroots Nation

By all accounts Netroots Nation 2012 was a big success. The conference wrapped up Saturday with a roster of progressive speakers, concluding with ‘Rebuild the Dream’ cofounder and former aide to President Obama, Van Jones, delivering the keynote speech. Brooklyn-based comedian, writer, and creator of

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Two Public Netroots Events (Weds) Evening

(6.6) Two Netroots kick-off events which are free and open to the public Wednesday night, June 6: From 6-8pm Working Rhode Island will be hosting a happy hour at the Convention Center.  Facebook invite is here. The Providence chapter of Drinking Liberally will be hosting a

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On The Right To Protest On City Sidewalks

I’m really psyched that Netroots Nation will be in town next week — it’ll make for an exciting time for Providence, and will yield a welcome economic boost — the estimates are on the order of 4 million dollars in economic activity for Rhode Island,

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Phoenix Out With Netroots Nation Preview Issue

Netroots Nation takes over downtown Providence next week, with scores of panels and dozens of parties.  The Phoenix previews the event in this week’s issue, with articles on the impact of online activism, the fight against SOPA, and what to expect from the conference. So

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Eisenstein’s “Strike”

(5.1) Just in time for May Day, the Providence Community Library is presenting a free screening of Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 classic “Strike” projected with 16mm film. This was Eisenstein’s first full-length feature; he would go on to make “The Battleship Potemkin” later that year. “Strike”

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Photos from RI United Against the War on Women

some random candids of attendees, speakers and performers at today’s rally at the State House

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Drinking Liberally (Weds)

(2.22) From Drinking Liberally: Just wanted to put out a tickler to join us for drinks, conversation and an all around good time tomorrow at Wild Colonial. And our apologies for the duplicate messages last week, we were obviously working out some technical kinks! See you