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Bad News For Women . . . And Everyone Else

In June of 2019 Rhode Island signed into law the Reproductive Privacy Act (RPA). Thanks to the forward thinking of a coalition of advocacy groups, including Planned Parenthood and the RI Democratic Women’s Caucus, we have codified the protections that 80% of Americans had assumed were protected under Roe v. Wade. At the time, Planned …

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The Lovecraft Statue Needs A Home

A thoughtful piece in today’s ProJo, “Nativist son: H.P. Lovecraft, race, and a statue,” revives the thorny problem of what to do with a life-size bronze statue of H.P. Lovecraft, the work of local sculptor Gage Prentiss. Author David J. Goodwin, who is working on a book about Lovecraft, does not suggest a solution, and …

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‘Beacon Of Hope’ Ends July 31

The WaterFire ‘Beacon of Hope’ installation will be closing Friday, July 31st. Big thanks to Barnaby Evans for this beautiful and moving tribute. Each evening when the RI Department of Health reports Rhode Islanders lost to COVID-19 that day, a ceremony takes place, lighting individual luminaria to honor those community members, starting at 8:30pm. The …

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Thank You West Side Sewing Studio

Global pandemic? Where are my scissors? These stories of how regular people are just rolling up their sleeves and pitching in are so heartening. This news comes from the Steel Yard. We can all breathe easier knowing The West Side Sewing Studio has got us covered! Over the past couple weeks, our neighbor, tenant, and …

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Placebo Buttons Have Been Turned Off

From the Providence Department of Planning and Development comes this announcement: As of today (4/6) all city-owned pedestrian signals across the City have permanently been converted to automatic recall. Updated signage coming soon. That’s all well and good, but how many of these buttons were ever connected to anything other than the reward centers of …

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Meehan Portraits Prompt Introspection And Conversation

Up here in Providence and in a small town called Newnan, Georgia. Providence photographer Mary Beth Meehan spent more than two years in Newnan taking pictures of its residents. The result was “Seeing Newnan,” an art installation aimed at getting Newnan residents to take a new look at themselves. In April, 2018, Newnan, Georgia was …

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Set Clocks Back One Hour — DST Ends

Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends at 2am Sunday, November 4. Fun fact: Daylight saving time and time zones are regulated by the Department of Transportation, not by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Daylight saving time, or DST, is the period of the year when clocks are moved one hour ahead. In the …

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Stop Praying And Contact Your State Legislators

So you can just program the “Thoughts and Prayers” format into your illuminated sign and fill in the name of the city or school when news breaks? Really saves time. Or maybe it’s time to do something more substantive. Rhode Island State Rep Aaron Regunberg (D-Providence) was already working on some common sense gun control …

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New Urbanism Summit

(4.29) The Congress for New Urbanism New England (CNU) will be hosting the 2016 New Urbanism Summit at various locations around town. Since its birth in 1993, the CNU has advocated for walkable cities, human-scale development, and diverse, vibrant neighborhoods. Today more than ever, people are voting with their feet for walkable, livable urban neighborhoods. …

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‘Asian Fury’ Colloquium At Brown

(2.25) Sydney Hutchinson, assistant professor of ethnomusicology at Syracuse University, will be hosting ‘Asian Fury: A tale of race, rock, and air guitar’ as part of Brown’s graduate program colloquium series. Attending to race has become essential in ethnomusicology at least since publication of Music and the Racial Imagination (2001). And what sort of musical …

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The Haffenreffer ‘Fun Size’ Museum

What could a tribal leader in Cameroon have in common with the chancellor of an Ivy League university? The two exhibitions at the Haffenreffer Museum help illustrate how leaders of all types around the world use symbols, images, and regalia to impart and bolster their power and prestige. Curated by the museum student group the …

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