Social Justice

“Loving v. Virginia” Documentary — Free Screening

(9.18) Which is more remarkable: that as recently as the 1960s interracial marriage was still illegal in parts of the United States, or that the married couple fighting to strike down these laws just happened to be named Loving? “The Loving Story” tells the story of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision […]

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General Assembly Decriminalizes Marijuana!

I don’t normally use exclamation points in the title line but . . . HOORAY! Rhode Island lawmakers have voted to decriminalize the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. The House passed the legislation 50-to-24 Tuesday; the Senate passed the bill 28-to-6. It’s already a headline at NORML. Members of the House and

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Marijuana Decrim Headed For A Vote — It is Time

Hooray! The House and Senate Judiciary Committees have voted to send the Marijuana Decrim bills to the House and Senate floors for a vote. (Last year these measures died in committee with House Majority leader Gordon Fox stating that it “wasn’t time.” There’s been some rejiggering with money received for the civil penalties no longer

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Rally To Stop Paying For Marijuana Prohibition

(5.22) And let’s stop destroying lives and breaking up families.  Join the good people of Open Doors Rhode Island for a rally in the State House rotunda in support of marijuana legislation now under consideration in the general assembly. Legislators at the RI State House are considering bills to decriminalize possession of small amounts of

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The New Jim Crow — The War On Drugs

Law professor Michelle Alexander is the author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, a book about the invidious effects of our decades-old war on drugs and our exploding (and disproportionately black) prison population. The paperback has been on The New York Times nonfiction* bestseller list for many weeks. In

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Good Tipper In The House

Big-hearted brainiac and friend of the Dose, state rep Chris Blazejewski, has teamed up with Joey DeFrancesco (Joey Quits!) to ensure that tips go to the people who worked for them. The so-called ‘Tip Theft’ bill (H-7566), which Blazejewski introduced on Monday, will ban any employer, manager, or supervisor from demanding, requesting, or accepting tips

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Cop’s Marijuana Legalization Question Top Vote-Getter In White House Video Contest

[youtube]J0IpiATxdR4[/youtube] A question advocating marijuana legalization from a retired LAPD deputy chief of police won twice as many votes as any other video question in the White House’s “Your Interview with the President” competition on YouTube this weekend. President Obama is slated to answer some of the top-voted questions on Monday. The marijuana question was

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I’ll Take Two Boxes Of The Fagalongs

After a 14-year-old girl’s YouTube video* asking people not to buy Girl Scout cookies because a Colorado troop admitted a 7-year-old transgender went viral, the Huffington Post’s coverage has more than 5,800 comments–most supporting GSUSA and vowing to buy cookies. I was a Girl Scout, not only as a little girl, but as a teenager

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Ocean State Action Fundraiser — Stepping Out

Shake your booty, open your wallet. Peter Asen of Ocean State Action invites extroverts, uninhibited dancers, and orthodox thinkers to the Fifth Annual Rock the Boat for Justice Dance Party. The party starts at 7pm at Rosinha’s Restaurant in the Hope Artiste Village with dancing until 11pm. Go here to purchase tickets in advance ($25,

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A Call To Action — Boycott Gucci

[youtube]tEuBGnAmZyM&NR=1[/youtube] Providence musician Kelley Polar (electronica/disco house) has never been properly compensated by the House of Gucci for their use of his song ‘Entropy Reigns ITCC’ in the 2009 spring runway show.  I need everyone within the sound of my voice to stop buying Gucci products until justice has been done. A Dose Nation boycott

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A Crucial Moment for Health Care

Here’s an important call to action today from Ocean State Action. We need your help sticking it to the insurance industry. There’s some real momentum for the public insurance option, but our Senators need to hear from YOU to make it happen. Please call Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse TODAY! Dial tollfree 1-877-264-4226 or

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It’s a Shakedown

And horrible public relations. An excellent article in today’s Providence Journal ‘Spas are regular contributors to police organizations’ details how professional fundraisers, identifying themselves with various police organizations, extort money from small business owners. The emphasis in the article is on the unsavory targeting of, and thus association with, massage parlors and spas, but this

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The Prostitution Quandary

State representatives David Segal and Edith Ajello have written a thoughtful piece in today’s Providence Journal laying out their reasons for voting against H5044, which would criminalize all prostitution (including that which occurs indoors). They lay out the realities that might actually cause this proposed legislation to weaken efforts to prosecute the traffickers while sending

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