Articles by: Pat Ford

Navalny Death Reaction: United States Imposes Sanctions > 500 Russian Entities Worldwide

    From The Office of the Spokesperson-US Department of State Following Russia’s two years of unprovoked full-scale war, the death of opposition politician and anticorruption activist Aleksey Navalny, and a decade of aggression against Ukraine, the United States is sanctioning more than 500 individuals and entities in Russia and[Read More…]

by February 23, 2024

News From The RIPTER! RIPTA Raises Driver Starting Wage to $25.33 Per Hour-Board Approves Agreement with Driver Union!

From The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA): The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) Board of Directors voted today to approve a collective bargaining agreement with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Division 618 that would increase the starting driver wage from $21.71 per hour to $25.33 per hour. The[Read More…]

by February 22, 2024


Amicus Curiae Briefs Challenge Attorney General Position   From The Rhode Island Chapter of the ACLU: Joining ACLU of Rhode Island cooperating attorneys in a critical case involving the rights of young people, national juvenile justice groups have filed “friend of the court” briefs today in the R.I. Supreme Court,[Read More…]

by February 21, 2024

How You! Can Support The Coalition Radio Network

It’s certainly no secret that the Media Business is largely in a death spiral. And for Independent Media Operators? The oldest joke in business certainly applies: How do you make a small fortune in Media? Start out with a large one! (cue rim shot) Indy Media is forced to confront[Read More…]

by February 19, 2024

The US Department of State Today: February 16 – February 18, 2024

Under Secretary Zeya’s Travel to Jamaica and Belize 02/16/2024 Media Note Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Uzra Zeya will travel to Kingston, Jamaica, and Belmopan, Belize from February 19-23, 2024, to advance bilateral and regional cooperation on civilian security, migration, and human rights. In Kingston, Under Secretary[Read More…]

by February 18, 2024

The Ukraine: Two years on, The International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Warns of Increasing Debt Creating Unstable Futures for Millions

    From: The International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)   Two years since the Russia-Ukraine international armed conflict escalated, the human cost is insurmountable, with no end in sight. Not only have many lost their loved ones, homes, livelihoods, and savings, but millions of Ukrainians[Read More…]

by February 17, 2024

Rhode Island ACLU: ACLU Defends Westerly Resident Sued by Fire District for Defending Public Access to the Shore

      In its third skirmish with the Weekapaug Fire District in less than six months, the ACLU of Rhode Island has come to the defense of Westerly resident Caroline Contrata, who has been sued for monetary damages by the District in a high-profile shoreline access case solely because, the ACLU argues, she “had the[Read More…]

by February 17, 2024

Committee to Protect Jounalists (CPJ) Israel-Gaza War Propelled Journalist Killings to Near-Record High

  From The Committee to Protect Journalists: More than three quarters of the 99 journalists and media workers who perished worldwide in 2023 were killed in the Israel-Gaza war, according to a report published today by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). CPJ’s report documents the highest number of deaths recorded by the organization since 2015—a[Read More…]

by February 17, 2024

Human Rights Watch: Statement on the Death of Alexei Navalny

  Statement from Human Rights Watch:   The Kremlin bears responsibility for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s death in prison, Human Rights Watch said today. Russia’s state prison service said in a public statement on February 16, 2024 that Navalny had lost consciousness and could not be resuscitated.“For more than a decade the Kremlin[Read More…]

by February 16, 2024

Rep Seth Magaziner (RI-02) Calls the Question! Urges Speaker Mike Johnson to Vote on Ukraine Funding

    From The Office of Congressman Seth Magaziner (D RI):   Representative Seth Magaziner (RI-02) spoke on the House floor urging Speaker Mike Johnson to call a vote on Ukraine funding. The Senate passed an emergency defense spending bill on Tuesday which would provide military assistance for Ukraine and Israel, among[Read More…]

by February 15, 2024