Articles by: Pat Ford

CDC Issues Eviction Order in Areas of Substantial and High Transmission

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky today signed an order determining the evictions of tenants for failure to make rent or housing payments could be detrimental to public health control measures to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This order will expire on October 3, 2021 and[Read More…]

by August 4, 2021

Joint Statement from Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont

“We are appalled at the findings of the independent investigation by the New York Attorney General. Governor Cuomo should resign from office.”

by August 4, 2021


  Groups that sued the Trump administration over Title 42 expulsions of asylum seekers are heading back to court after hitting an impasse in negotiations with the Biden administration to end the policy. The American Civil Liberties Union, Texas Civil Rights Project, RAICES, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, Oxfam,[Read More…]

by August 3, 2021

CDC Extends Order at the Southern and Northern Land Borders

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an order under Sections 362 and 365 of the Public Health Service Act, and associated implementing regulations, that temporarily suspends the introduction of certain noncitizens based on the Director’s determination that introduction of such noncitizens, regardless of their country of[Read More…]

by August 3, 2021

Governor McKee Signs Two LGBTQ+ Bills into Law: Fair Housing Practices & Non Gender Specific Restrooms

Governor Dan McKee was joined by Representatives John G. Edwards and Edith H. Ajello; Senators Melissa A. Murray and Meghan E. Kallman; and advocates for the LGBTQ+ community today for the ceremonial signing of legislation that will continue to make Rhode Island a more equitable and inclusive state for its[Read More…]

by July 29, 2021

Governor McKee, RIDE, and RIDOH Release Updated School Guidance for Fall

Latest State guidance aligns with CDC’s recent update to recommend universal mask use within schools Governor Dan McKee, Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green, and Director of the Department of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH today released an updated PreK-12 Health and Safety Guidance for the 2021-2022 School Year, which aligns with[Read More…]

by July 28, 2021

The City of Pawtucket & The Elisha Project Form Official Partnership

The City of Pawtucket and the Elisha Project have announced their official partnership to make the Elisha Project the official food rescue and food insecurity partner of the city. The partnership was memorialized through the Mayor’s Executive Order 2021-0001. “The City is always looking for ways to partner with our[Read More…]

by July 28, 2021

Center For Disease Control: Guidance for Implementing COVID-19 Prevention Strategies in the Context of Varying Community Transmission Levels & Vaccination Coverage


by July 27, 2021

U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) Discusses Voting Rights With MSNBC’s Ali Velshi 

    “We are at a very critical moment in our democracy. There are efforts underway in 47 state legislatures to make it more difficult for people to vote, particularly communities of color and other marginalized communities. It’s the most sacred responsibility we have as citizens of this democracy is[Read More…]

by July 27, 2021

Rep. Langevin Hosts Grant Workshop with NEA and RISCA for Disability Led & Serving Organizations

Grant workshop focused on funding from the American Rescue Plan Act Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), the co-chair of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, hosted a virtual grant workshop with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) for organizations from across the[Read More…]

by July 26, 2021