First Amendment

1st Amendment & Free Press — Olneyville Library

(11.6) The New England First Amendment Coalition will present its ongoing community conversation, “First Amendment and the Free Press,” Wednesday at the Olneyville Library. Speakers include: Steven Brown, Steph Machado, and Tom Mooney. The ProJo’s G. Wayne Miller is the moderator. (Facebook event.) NEFAC offers discussions on journalism and the First Amendment as part of …

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NYT Publisher At Brown

(9.23) A.G. Sulzberger, a Brown alumnus and the current publisher of The New York Times, will deliver a lecture this Monday: “Free Press in Peril: The Growing Threats to Journalism Around the World.” With more than 1,450 journalists reporting from more than 160 countries every year, The Times has won more Pulitzer prizes than any …

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First Amendment — Olneyville Library

(6.26) This Wednesday the New England First Amendment Coalition (NEFAC) will present another installment of “First Amendment and the Free Press,” this time at the Providence Community Library in Olneyville. Speakers include: LINDA BORG | Borg has been a reporter at The Providence Journal for 35 years, the last 15 covering public education and, more …

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1st Amendment & The Free Press At Wanskuck Library

(6.6) The New England First Amendment Coalition will present its ongoing community conversation, “The First Amendment and the Free Press.” The Providence Community Library speakers will include: Edward Fitzpatrick (moderator) | As the Providence Journal’s political columnist, Edward Fitzpatrick championed First Amendment freedoms, pressing for access to public records. He is now the director of …

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First Amendment & Free Press At Rochambeau

(4.29) Seen here is the keyboard of the 1954 Linotype Linecaster currently owned and operated by DWRI Letterpress in Providence. Until 1978 this machine was owned by The New York Times and used for editorial composition. Think of the opinions typed out right here on this keyboard: editorials about the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, impeachment, the …

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When Is The News Not The News? When You ‘Turn To 10’

This erosion of the independent press is terrifying. Never has it been more important to have energetic news gatherers, with journalistic standards and integrity, keeping an eye on our elected officials. Sadly, one of our local news outlets has been compromised on all those counts, and has been presenting biased segments as if they were …

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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 which was not previously understood. With my help, he started …

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Jessica Ahlquist Explains The First Amendment

Attention Cranston Mayor Fung: Watch this show, you might learn something. Then apologize to Jessica Ahlquist. PBS is running a 4-part series, Tuesdays at 9pm, Constitution USA with Peter Sagal — “Traveling across the country by motorcycle, Sagal is in search of where the Online levitra U.S. Constitution lives, how it works and how it …

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I Know Plumbing When I See It

So the Maccabees were card-carrying members of Pipefitters International. Who knew? By the time this menorah showed up in the state house rotunda everybody was so sick and tired of the endless tree discussion that we all just sighed and let it go. However, my complaint now is based on aesthetic grounds. This stupendously gorgeous …

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How Do You Say ‘Christmas Tree’ In Aramaic?

So we are back to the tree-lighting discussion (ProJo 11.28.12). Governor Chafee had hoped to avoid the whole mishegas by not having an official lighting ceremony, but nooooo, out came the usual suspects. For one, we have roused that cynical demagogue and “Devout Catholic” Bill O’Reilly, who once again aims to inspire the low-information Christians …

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Another Pleasant Valley Sunday

Yeah, this has gotta go. I’m inclined to condemn this installation solely on its egregious aesthetic shortcomings, but there are larger issues at stake. This right here is a perfect example of why we shouldn’t be privatizing the municipal function of maintaining public median strips and roadsides. Where most people are motivated by civic pride …

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“Forced Worship Stinks In God’s Nostrils”

So wrote Roger Williams on June 22, 1670 in a letter to Connecticut Governor Thomas Prence. Sophisticated theologians get this totally . . . then there’s Doreen Costa. Kudos to Steve Ahlquist for his well-reasoned assessment of the current “holiday tree” nonsense  in yesterday’s ProJo. His column “Chafee right to ignore loud majority” (B-6 of …

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NOM Defector Speaks Out

“I remember verbally asking myself, why am I here?” Thus began NOM member Louis Marinelli’s gradual but inexorable shift, from working against marriage equality through the nation’s highest-profile activist group, National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to abandoning that group to instead work for democratic equality. Specifically, it was during NOM’s “Summer for Marriage” summer tour …

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Coolest Kid At Cranston West

And smarter and more articulate than many of the adults connected to this story. According to the Providence Journal, the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of sophomore Jessica Alquist seeking the removal of a prayer banner from the wall of the school auditorium.  A Baptist minister, himself …

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Open Studios: Pawtucket

On Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26 from 11 am and 5 pm, over 80 artists will be welcoming the public into their studios during open studios : pawtucket. Their studios are located in five historic mill buildings in Pawtucket — Blackstone Studios, Riverfront Lofts, Lorraine Mill, Hope Artiste Village, and the Mill at 545 Pawtucket Avenue. …

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