Articles by: Pat Ford

Rhode Island Progressive Democrats Weigh In On Financial Crisis

  As we head into a worsening economic crisis, Rhode Island is unprepared. Our state could be planning for downturns. The U.S. economy has fallen into recession at least once every decade since 1950, but instead of getting ready, Rhode Island falls back on pinching pennies and praying for a[Read More…]

by October 27, 2020

FIRE! University President Threatens Student Newspaper Editor For Asking Questions, Not Treating Administration With ‘Highest Respect’

Student journalist Jared Nally is defending his rights after the university president threatened him with disciplinary action if he continued to engage in basic acts of journalism.   Haskell Indian Nations University president issues student-editor a “directive” entirely incompatible with practice of actual journalism. Student-editor: “When our university challenges the[Read More…]

by October 27, 2020

RI ACLU & Community Object To Newport Canvassing Authority’s Decision To Close Park Holm Senior Center Polling Location

  The RI ACLU has decided to intervene on behalf of Newport citizens residing in precinct 2109 who feel that the consolidation, by the Newport Canvassing Authority, of a polling center located for years at the Park Holm Senior Center with the Pell Elementary School in Precinct 2102 would result[Read More…]

by October 17, 2020

Court Preliminarily Approves Settlement in Title IX Lawsuit Against Brown University Addressing Women’s Athletics

A federal court has today preliminarily approved a settlement agreement between Brown University and lawyers representing women student-athletes at the school who brought a class-action lawsuit in June following cuts to the varsity athletics program.  The suit, filed in June by counsel from the ACLU of Rhode Island, Public Justice and two private[Read More…]

by October 17, 2020

RAMP Real Access Motivates Progress! Host: Tina G. Pedersen Guests: 211/Point Programs of United Way

Cortney Nicolato, President & CEO of United Way of Rhode Island & Aura Medina, Manager of The POINT, a statewide network for seniors, adults with disabilities and their caregivers operated by UWRI and linked through 2-1-1 joined RAMP Host Tina G. Pedersen in a wide ranging conversation! Join RAMP, Real[Read More…]

by October 15, 2020

FIRE! Largest Free Speech Ever Survey Of College Students Ranks Top Campuses For Expression

  University of Chicago #1 for free speech, DePauw worst, Ivy League underperforms Survey reveals differences among political affiliation, gender, race, religion, and more Acceptance of violence to stop campus speakers higher among liberal students Nearly one-third don’t think Trump should be allowed to speak on campus, 22% for Biden[Read More…]

by October 13, 2020

RI Democratic Women’s Caucus Executive Committee Calls for More Women Legislators in Top Leadership Positions

  The Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus Executive Committee is calling for more women legislators in top leadership positions throughout the state legislature. Rhode Island is one of only nine states in the US where no female legislators serve in leadership positions. With the Rhode Island Senate poised to become[Read More…]

by September 24, 2020


  The ACLU of Rhode Island released a report today which highlights the alarming lack of privacy protections given to students who use school-loaned laptop computers. Though all schools in Rhode Island rapidly transitioned to virtual learning in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey by the ACLU of RI[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020

Who’s Telling The Truth? The Bristol Warren NEA Local? Or …. Gov Gina Raimondo’s Press Conference

The Coalition Talk Radio – Dateline September 16, 2020 Earlier today, the Bristol Warren Local of the Rhode Island NEA (National Education Association) tweeted a press release that stipulated in excess of 60 violations of the “Covid Code” necessary to promote safe, in person education. Governor Gina Raimondo & RIDE[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020

Brown University to Reinstate Women’s Equestrian and Fencing To Comply with Title IX and Provide Equal Opportunity for Women Athlete

    The legal team representing women student-athletes at Brown University who brought suit in June  following cuts to the varsity athletics program announced today that it and the University have reached  a proposed settlement agreement that will preserve gender equity for women athletes at Brown. The  settlement will ensure[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020