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  • April 14, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    As the price of gas hits a local high, a coalition of groups plans to make a point tomorrow -- April 15, of course -- about the high cost of the war in Iraq. We at the Phoenix have previously written about that subject here.

    Activists from American Friends Service Committee, the Campaign for Rhode Island's Priorities, Declaration of Peace Campaign RI, and Ocean State Action will speak out on the high cost of war to Rhode Island taxpayers.

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  • April 12, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    As critics and advocates continue to debate the economic effect of illegal immigration, Matt points to this data:

    Now, the Immigration Policy Center - in light of the upcoming Tax Day - are issuing a forthcoming reportby Stephen Moore, Senior Economics Writer at the Wall Street Journal and former director of Fiscal Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, and Richard Vedder, Distinguished Professor of Economics at Ohio University using data from the U.

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  • April 11, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Is "illegal immigrant" or "undocumented immigrant" the best way to describe the folks getting so much attention these days in Rhode Island?

    Representative Peter Palumbo (D-Cranston) and Fred Ordonez of Progreso Latino, not surprisingly, offered different views on that and other facets of the immigration debate during a taping this morning of WPRI/WNAC-TV's Newsmakers.

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  • March 28, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    This is tonight:

    We invite you to join with Ocean State Action Fund as we celebrate 20 years of coalition building, organizing and leading for change!

    6:00 - 8:00 pm at Local 121

    Washington Street Providence

    Keynote by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

    and honoring

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  • March 28, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Governor Carcieri entered a long-running debate about the value of the early-education program Head Start this week. Here's what he said in a story yesterday by the ProJo's Steve Peoples:

    “Show me empirical evidence that Head Start has done anything,” he said. “I think it’s been the biggest waste of money, frankly.

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  • March 27, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Matt takes a look at the front of today's ProJo's State House tax-issue coverage and sees a not-so-subtle division:

    Anyone notice the stark contrast on the front page of today's BeloJo?

    Providence Journal Front Page March 27, 2008

    In one corner we have MEN IN SUITS who are longtime advocates for lowering taxes on the richest millionaires and corporate tycoons at the expense of health care and child care!

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  • March 26, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The street workers associated with the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence in Providence have been doing important work in reducing violence since they emerged on the scene in 2003, so it was good to hear about their receipt earlier this week of $352,000 in federal money. As those in the field know, making the case for prevention-based programs is always difficult, because it's hard to document those shootings and murders that don't happen.

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  • March 14, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Music Friday
    5:30-8:30pm
    Join us for the hip-shaking sounds of Santa Mamba, a mix of salsa, merengue, and funk. Attendees must be 21 years or older. Members: $5, nonmembers: $8. Music Fridays are supported by the Providence Tourism Council. Media sponsor: The Providence Phoenix

  • March 13, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless this afternoon, at 3, plans to mark the one-year anniversary of the closing of the Welcome Arnold shelter.

    At the time of the closing of Welcome Arnold, Governor Carcieri made a pledge to accommodate everyone using Welcome Arnold. He also stated that a plan would be developed to ensure all the facility’s residents were housed.

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  • March 12, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Kim has the details on an upcoming conference on this subject:

    While other states in the country are passing Constitutional Amendments to ban same sex marriages, civil unions and even as far as contracts between same sex couples - New England has turned into a bastion of equality and rights. From Massachusetts’s landmark decision in Goodridge to Connecticut currently taking up the case if there is a legal difference between civil unions and marriage - why has New England (with the notable exception of Rhode Island) been such a unique place for LGBT equality?

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  • March 11, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From City Hall:

    PROVIDENCE – In an ongoing effort to protect Providence neighborhoods from the national foreclosure crisis, Mayor David N. Cicilline will announce an aggressive proposal that will bring millions of federal dollars to Providence to address the issue. Nationwide, home foreclosures rose 79% in 2007 having a significant negative impact on residential neighborhoods across America

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  • February 29, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    On February 8, N4N reported on how the Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island Action Network had launched a suprisingly sharp attack on progressive Representative David Segal, who has been a strong supporter of women's rights.

    The organization has since backtracked, as this statement makes clear:

    A statement from Miriam Inocencio, CEO, and Barbara Dickinson, Board Chair, of Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island:

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  • February 28, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Brown's Center for Environmental Studies is presenting a program tonight on Fair Trade coffee and the power of consumers:

    Thursday, February 28

    7:00 pm in MacMillan Hall 117

    Dean Cycon of Dean's Beans will present Justice in the Coffeelands: The Social, Economic & Environmental Impact of Fair/Unfair Trade in the Coffee Communities of Africa, Asia and Latin America

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  • February 14, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Just your routine Valentine's Day roundup:

    -- Writing in this week's Phoenix, Amy Littlefield describes the making of a sexpert.

    -- Daily Dose plays both ends against the middle, sponsoring an anti-Valentine's bash tonight while also reporting on the deleterious impact of the flower industry:

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  • February 12, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Although the governor's approval rating is hardly rosy, RI GOP chairman Giovanni Cicione is citing the results of the latest Brown poll as evidence of support for the Carcieri program:

    The poll found more than half of the respondents would seem to agree with the Governor’s policies on three important themes: reducing the number of state workers and reforming some of their pay and benefit provisions; reducing the amount of time welfare recipients can remain on the rolls; and third, holding the line on any new income or sales taxes.

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