Basic Humanity

‘March For Our Lives’ — State House

(6.11) Join with students to demand action on gun safety reform bills at the March for Our Lives Rally, this Saturday at the State House. From the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV): Coinciding with the national march happening in Washington, DC, our rally will feature students and young folks who are frustrated, scared, …

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Mr. Mattiello — You Can Find Slaves Right Down Smith Street

One could fill a warehouse with the things House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello does not know. Of course everything he says and does is best understood through the lens of his Trumpian worldview (Mattiello is still a registered Democrat) but never underestimate his near total ignorance of the world around him. His latest gaffe occurred during …

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George Floyd Rally — Burnside Park

(5.30) This has got to stop. At the time of this writing, no arrests have been made in the unlawful killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police. Head down to Burnside Park tomorrow, Saturday, at noon to join Black Lives Matter Rhode Island to protest this senseless killing of an unarmed man. Spontaneous protests …

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‘Stop Family Separation’ Demonstration At State House

(6.30) I would love to be in Washington D.C. right now. The city has so many fun destinations and activities for the angry tourist — staking out fancy restaurants, yelling “traitor” with that guy outside the courthouse. But I’m saving that trip for . . . you know. So let’s head over to our state …

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Legislation To Ban Assault Weapons At State House

(2.27) In the shameful absence of federal leadership on this issue it appears that the states will have to act to ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons. This Tuesday the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence and legislators and advocates from across our state will be taking an important step introducing Rep. Jason Knight and …

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For the Kids — Holy Ghost School Clean-Up

(8.2) Wear your scrubbiest jeans and come out Thursday and Friday at 10am to join Federal Hill House volunteers in cleaning up the Holy Ghost School on Swiss Street in Federal Hill. When it’s looking a little less neglected, it’ll be a facility for expanded child care services for the neighborhood. Shoot an email over …

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Wilbury Group Announces ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’

The Wilbury Group presents Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson by Alex Timbers, Music & Lyrics by Michael Friedman, Directed by Josh Short & David Tessier, July 12-28. at the Butcher Block Mill Building, 25 Eagle Street, Providence, RI. Tickets are $15-$25, and are available online via BrownPaperTickets.com. More info e-mail Info@TheWilburyGroup.com or visit www.TheWilburyGroup.com.

Volunteer ESL Teachers Needed At PCL

Over the course of the past year, Providence Community Library (PCL)  began a program of volunteer-taught English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.  The program was wildly successful and was much appreciated by all who participated.  ESL classes are always in demand, and PCL was thrilled to be able to offer then to the community …

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Triple Blue & Double-Crossed

My hackles are rankled and BS sensors burning.  BueCross BlueShield RI laid off another forty-plus people last week, despite assurances it wouldn’t after last summers hundred-fold shearing.    And the way it did it was well beneath  even its own low standards.      Good and loyal employees were summoned one by one to “human resources” where they …

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Provision in May

Providence Provision, a bi-monthly mealtime gathering of community members hungry for both delicious food and new creative projects, is holding its third dinner/granting party on Sunday, May 22. To propose a project, read and complete the below proposal guidelines. Thoughtful, clear, and concise responses are encouraged. Proposals are due one week before dinner. Proposals are presented …

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WBNA Neighborhood Spring Cleaning

It’s as if all the trash and litter of the past four months had accumulated in a frozen mountain range along every Providence sidewalk, and with the recently, finally, melting snow, was released unto the world,  my driveway, and Narragansett Bay. Pretty gross! Elmhurst Clean & Green hit the ground last Saturday, and the West …

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Mayor Creates Task Force For Diversity In Contracting

Cross posted by our friends at RIFuture.org: Mayor Angel Taveras was joined today by leading members of civil rights and women’s rights organizations, as he signed an executive order establishing The Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise Procurement Task Force. The Mayor charged the Task Force with studying the city’s procurement practices and recommending improvements to …

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‘Girls To The Front’ Book Event With Lolita Black Live

Providence Community Library presents an evening with author Sara Marcus for a reading and discussion of “Girls to the Front” this Wednesday, April 13th at 7pm at the Knight Library — plus a live set from LOLITA BLACK! “Sara Marcus’s Girls to the Front is not only a historical rockument of the revolutionary 90s counterculture …

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Get Your Efficiency On

Providence residents are eligible for $9,500 in interest free loans, thanks to the Mayor’s new Residential Energy Efficiency Loan program. Loans up to $9,500 are available for single-family residences and up to $14,000 for two-unit residences. Loans of up to $6,500 per unit are available for multi-unit residences. Multi-unit applications must be submitted by the owner-occupant. …

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War On Drugs Reaches New Low — Children Now Being Executed

The reports of the murderous death toll in Mexico directly attributable to drug violence often focus on the cities and towns near our border, where the situation is indeed dire. But it is clear that the problem extends throughout Mexico and that the horror is escalating. The New York Times reports today, The police found …

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