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Two weeks ago, the state of Rhode Island agreed to eliminate witness/notary requirements for vote by mail throughout the 2020 elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in a consent decree resolving a lawsuit brought

 by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Rhode Island, Campaign Legal Center, and the law firm Fried Frank on behalf of Common Cause Rhode Island, the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island and three voters who face serious health risks if they contract the disease. Today, the Republican National Committee and the Rhode Island Republican Party sought a stay of that consent decree from the U.S. Supreme Court.   

Statements from the ACLU of Rhode Island, Common Cause RI, and the League of Women Voters of RI about this development appear below: 

Statement of Common Cause Rhode Island executive director John Marion: 

“Our government ‘of the people’ is stronger when more people are able to participate by voting. We are in a pandemic. Requiring voters to have their mail-in ballots validated by two witnesses or a notary adds a significant health risk to the act of casting a ballot. No one should have to choose between their health and their right to vote. This court case should have ended two weeks ago, when the state of Rhode Island agreed to eliminate witness/notary requirements for vote by mail throughout the 2020 elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the Republican National Committee and the Rhode Island GOP – who were never parties to our lawsuit – are seeking a stay of the consent decree, thus re-imposing the witnesses/notary requirement, and potentially throwing the primary election into chaos.”   

Statement of ACLU of Rhode Island executive director Steven Brown: 

“Rhode Island elections officials are unanimous in their view that the only safe way to conduct upcoming elections in our state is by eliminating the two-witness requirement for mail ballots, a requirement that only one other state in the country has. Two courts have confirmed the legitimacy of that concern and approved the common-sense solution of temporarily suspending the requirement. The unceasing attempt by the Republican Party to put the health and life of Rhode Islanders at risk is cruel to an extreme and demonstrates that their campaign of voter suppression apparently has no limits. The ACLU will continue to challenge their efforts to undermine Rhode Islanders’ right to vote.”

 Statement of League of Women Voters of RI executive director Jane W. Koster:

The court’s decision upholding our agreement to waive Rhode Island’s onerous two-witness and notary requirement for mail-in ballots for our upcoming elections was a victory for voters. These requirements do nothing to improve the security of our elections; instead, they effectively disenfranchise Black, Latinx, elderly, and disabled voters, who will rely heavily on mail-in ballots to vote safely this year. The League will continue to advocate for voter safety to be the number one priority as we continue to navigate this election-year pandemic.” 

Filings in the case are available here

 

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Tina Pedersen & Congressman Langevin, Michael Matracia & Alyssa Gleason on the ADA 30th Anniversary https://coalitionradionetwork.com/tina-pedersen-congressman-langevin-michael-matracia-alyssa-gleason-on-the-ada-30th-anniversary/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tina-pedersen-congressman-langevin-michael-matracia-alyssa-gleason-on-the-ada-30th-anniversary https://coalitionradionetwork.com/tina-pedersen-congressman-langevin-michael-matracia-alyssa-gleason-on-the-ada-30th-anniversary/#respond Sun, 09 Aug 2020 23:42:44 +0000 https://coalitionradionetwork.com/?p=6186   A Very Special Evening … As Tina G Pedersen, President of RAMP:Real Access Motivates Progress. Celebrates & Commemorates The 30th Anniversary of the ADA America With Disabilities Act. Joining Tina: Alyssa Gleason: Rhode Island Governor’s Commission On Planning … Michael Matracia: Providence Policeman & The Honorable James Langevin: United[Read More...]

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A Very Special Evening … As Tina G Pedersen, President of RAMP:Real Access Motivates Progress. Celebrates & Commemorates The 30th Anniversary of the ADA America With Disabilities Act. Joining Tina: Alyssa Gleason: Rhode Island Governor’s Commission On Planning … Michael Matracia: Providence Policeman & The Honorable James Langevin: United States Congressman 2nd District-Rhode Island

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Jessie Sage: Sex And Art Are The Same Thing https://coalitionradionetwork.com/jessie-sage-sex-and-art-are-the-same-thing/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jessie-sage-sex-and-art-are-the-same-thing https://coalitionradionetwork.com/jessie-sage-sex-and-art-are-the-same-thing/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 15:24:34 +0000 https://coalitionradionetwork.com/?p=6167   “Sex and art are the same thing.”– Pablo Picasso   Last week, I wrote a piece that required me to conjure up descriptions of previous sexual experiences with my partner. Though talking about sexuality is a normal for me as a sex writer and phone sex operator, this was more[Read More...]

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“Sex and art are the same thing.– Pablo Picasso

 

Last week, I wrote a piece that required me to conjure up descriptions of previous sexual experiences with my partner. Though talking about sexuality is a normal for me as a sex writer and phone sex operator, this was more sexually explicit and more personal than what I typically write. It was also a bit unusual in being so directly about my personal love lifemoments special to me—as opposed to more abstract reflections on sexuality itself. But there was something more, something that it took me a little while to put my finger on.

As I wrote about skinny dipping with my lover under the stars, and having him caress my body when we made our way back inside, I started to feel an intense longing. It wasn’t exactly a longing to relive that particular night, but, rather, a longing for any sexual adventure. The act of writing about past experiences reminded me what sexual exploration and intense desire felt like, at a moment when I hadn’t even realized I missed it.

I began to realize that four months of COVID lockdown had dulled that desire. COVID hadn’t completely killed my sex life, but it did change it. The change happened gradually thoughso gradually that I hadn’t even noticed it.

While the whole world has changed dramatically since early March, there are also ways in which (particularly for those of us who are fortunate enough to safely work from home) this period has been marked by an intense sameness. Days run into weeks with no change in scenery, and our exposure to the energy of people outside of our family units is remarkably low. It is no wonder that maintaining sexual energy in the face of a dearth of external stimulation is difficult.

Then a funny thing happened. I gave an early draft of my essay to my partner so that he could help me edit it. I expected him to smooth over some of the clunkiness of my writing and give me ideas on how to better structure my ideas. And, of course, he did that. But, after reading it, he also told me, with a sly smile, that he wanted to help to inspire me, which was followed by the hottest sex that we have had since lockdown started.

Sitting down and creating a narrative about our previous sexual experiences infused the monotony of our present situation with new energy. While the content was sexually explicit (and nostalgic for us), I do not think that it was the content alone that did this. Instead, the very act of being creative generated its own arousal. It didn’t change anything about our circumstances: we still can’t see our friends, go out on dates, or even have stimulating interactions with the outside world. But what it did change was how it felt to be at home: it felt hot again.

I don’t expect everyone to experience writing as the same sort of aphrodisiac it turned out to be for us. I am, however, suggesting that the energy that comes from doing something artistic, whatever that looks like for you, may also stimulate your sex life (regardless of whether you are alone or partnered). Write, paint, dance, garden, redecorate, sing. Remind yourself what it feels like to create and to be alive, and it might just inspire you in other ways too.

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Jessie Sage – she/her  is the managing editor of Peepshow Media, an online magazine featuring news and stories from the sex industry, and co-host of the Peepshow Podcast. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, VICE, Men’s Health, Hustler, and more. She works in the sex industry as a phone sex operator and indy performer. You can find her on NiteflirtSextpantherManyvids, and Onlyfans or follow her on Twitter @sapiotextual.

 

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Worcester Bravehearts Will Play 2020 Season in Leominster Futures League Baseball Returns to Doyle Field July 11 https://coalitionradionetwork.com/worcester-bravehearts-will-play-2020-season-in-leominster-futures-league-baseball-returns-to-doyle-field-july-11/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=worcester-bravehearts-will-play-2020-season-in-leominster-futures-league-baseball-returns-to-doyle-field-july-11 https://coalitionradionetwork.com/worcester-bravehearts-will-play-2020-season-in-leominster-futures-league-baseball-returns-to-doyle-field-july-11/#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:04:37 +0000 https://coalitionradionetwork.com/?p=6158 Worcester, MA: The Worcester Bravehearts baseball team and the City of Leominster have reached an agreement for the team to host all 19 of its FCBL home games at historic Doyle Field during the 2020 season. The move is a temporary one for the Bravehearts, who were forced to find[Read More...]

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Worcester, MA: The Worcester Bravehearts baseball team and the City of Leominster have reached an agreement for the team to host all 19 of its FCBL home games at historic Doyle Field during the 2020 season. The move is a temporary one for the Bravehearts, who were forced to find a new home after Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross was closed for the summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Doyle Field — located just south of Route 2 at 100 Priest St. — is a 21-acre parcel of land that was gifted to the City of Leominster in 1931 by former Mayor Bernard W. Doyle. The field went through a series of upgrades in 2014 with new fencing, additional seating, and a new scoreboard in left field.


“The Bravehearts are eager to bring Futures League baseball back to Leominster,” said team owner John Creedon, Jr. “We look forward to combining the Bravehearts’ brand of hospitality including things like hot dogs and cold beer with outstanding baseball to bring smiles — under masks, of course — to the families of the Leominster area this summer.”

The first home game is slated for Saturday, July 11 at 6:00 PM against the newest franchise in the Futures League — the New Britain Bees. Eleven of the nineteen home games on the 2020 schedule will occur on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. All tickets will be free for the entire season.

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“We are excited to welcome the Worcester Bravehearts to the city of Leominster,” said Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella. “They drafted an impressive COVID Readiness Plan for the summer that will ensure the safety of all participants on the field and all fans in the stands. Play Ball!”

The ballpark is set up with four sets of aluminum bleachers that can hold up to 424 fans, but with social distancing parameters in place, the Bravehearts expect to only fill a quarter of those seats. The majority of the fixed seats will be reserved for season ticket holders with a limited quantity open to the general public. The team will keep viewing areas open through the outfield fence in both left- and right-field for general admission.

“There is going to be a charming Cape Cod League feel to the ballpark this summer at Doyle Field,” said General Manager Dave Peterson. “We’ll be cautious with our social distancing by spreading fans out along the perimeter of the field, and fans can also bring their own camping chairs or blankets to enjoy the game with their family.”

The revamped seating plan means that the Bravehearts will offer all tickets to their home games for free. Season ticket and mini plan customers who have already paid for their packages will receive free tickets in 2021 when the team returns to Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field. Free parking will be available for fans in 2020 across from the baseball field on Priest Street next to the Doyle Field Tennis Court.

The Bravehearts will be the third summer collegiate team to call Doyle Field its home. The Wachusett Dirt Dawgs previously played in the Futures League from 2012 – 2017, and the Central Mass Collegians also moved from Worcester to Leominster and played two seasons as members of the New England Collegiate Baseball League in 1998 and 1999.

Local businessman Peter E. Bovenzi, whose son Peter Jr. played for the Bravehearts in 2016 and 2017, has been an integral part of the relocation efforts of the franchise this summer.

Fans with questions about the seating layout should call the Bravehearts office at 508-438-3773. The team’s full COVID Readiness Plan is also available on their website at worcesterbravehearts.com.

Photo caption [L to R: Bravehearts President John W.S. Creedon Jr., Doyle Field Co-Commissioner Mark Bodanza, Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella, Doyle Field Commission Chairman Gil Donatelli, Doyle Field Coordinator Pat LaPointe, Bravehearts General Manager Dave Peterson, Liberty Rental Property Manager Matt Weagle, local developer Peter M. Bovenzi, Bravehearts Owner John W.S. Creedon, Bravehearts Director of Sales Nate Gonelli]

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Raimondo Announces Changes to the Long Term Care System; Investments to Create More Home-Based Care Options Amidst Spread of COVID-19 in Congregate Living Facilities https://coalitionradionetwork.com/raimondo-announces-changes-to-the-long-term-care-system-%ef%bb%bfinvestments-to-create-more-home-based-care-options-amidst-spread-of-covid-19-in-congregate-living-facilities/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=raimondo-announces-changes-to-the-long-term-care-system-%25ef%25bb%25bfinvestments-to-create-more-home-based-care-options-amidst-spread-of-covid-19-in-congregate-living-facilities https://coalitionradionetwork.com/raimondo-announces-changes-to-the-long-term-care-system-%ef%bb%bfinvestments-to-create-more-home-based-care-options-amidst-spread-of-covid-19-in-congregate-living-facilities/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 20:09:18 +0000 https://coalitionradionetwork.com/?p=6148 Governor Gina Raimondo announced a plan to expand home-based care options in Rhode Island as the state continues to grapple with the spread of COVID-19 in congregate living facilities. Before COVID-19, 61% of the state’s long-term care recipients lived in nursing facilities, which have struggled to contain the spread and[Read More...]

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Governor Gina Raimondo announced a plan to expand home-based care options in Rhode Island as the state continues to grapple with the spread of COVID-19 in congregate living facilities. Before COVID-19, 61% of the state’s long-term care recipients lived in nursing facilities, which have struggled to contain the spread and impact of COVID-19 on residents and staff.
“This is the right direction for Rhode Island,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “We have been in response mode, and our facilities and staff are doing their best, but as we continue to fight this virus, we need to reduce our reliance on nursing facilities and expand home-based care options. We also need to make sure that our direct care workforce is valued in institutions and in the community with training, support and good wages.”
Raimondo’s $25M plan includes investments in nursing facility supports to implement infection control, investments in capital and program changes to fundamentally re-orient the delivery of care in nursing facilities, and targeted investments to expand home-base care options, through home-based workforce incentives, training and supports. The state will also invest to assist families in better understanding long-term care options and accessing home-based care options when discharged from hospitals.
“The pandemic exposed structural and organizational weaknesses within the long-term care system — inadequate staffing, high turn-over, low pay and lack training” said Patrick Quinn, Executive Vice President of SEIU 1199 New England, “We need to build a more resilient long-term care system that gives consumers and their families more independence when choosing a long term care setting and creates a living wage for caregivers as we rebalance our long term care system and drive more investment to direct care of the elderly and individuals living with disabilities. The status quo in nursing homes and home care is failing Rhode Island residents and families which is unacceptable.”
“COVID-19’s impact on older adults and persons living with disabilities with long term care needs has been dramatic,” said Maureen Maigret, co-chair of the State’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council. “I am pleased the Governor has announced this long term supports and services resiliency plan. We need to reimagine how we deliver and finance long term care. To make home and community-based services – where persons overwhelmingly prefer to receive care — more accessible and to support our families in assisting their loved ones to remain at home. Our nursing homes provide essential services to those with a high care needs. This plan will address the resources and workforce needed to better provide high quality, resident-centered care and nursing home care.”
“Historically, we’ve discharged thousands of hospital patients to nursing facilities every year. Times have changed now. Our colleagues are talking about this across the country. We need to build a system of home-based workforce and care that can work with us as we discharge patients safely to their homes to recover with the supports they need.” said Tim Babineau, CEO of Lifespan.
Further information is available on the Executive Office of Health & Human Services’ website at www.eohhs.ri.gov.

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Court Challenge Filed to Brown University’s Abandonment of Gender Equity in Athletics Program https://coalitionradionetwork.com/court-challenge-filed-to-brown-universitys-abandonment-of-gender-equity-in-athletics-program/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=court-challenge-filed-to-brown-universitys-abandonment-of-gender-equity-in-athletics-program https://coalitionradionetwork.com/court-challenge-filed-to-brown-universitys-abandonment-of-gender-equity-in-athletics-program/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 09:36:15 +0000 https://coalitionradionetwork.com/?p=6143 More than twenty years after a precedent-setting court victory finding that Brown University violated federal Title IX law by engaging in gender-based discrimination in the school’s athletics program, legal representatives who secured an agreement requiring gender equity for those programs have returned to court, alleging the school is breaking that[Read More...]

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More than twenty years after a precedent-setting court victory finding that Brown University violated federal Title IX law by engaging in gender-based discrimination in the school’s athletics program, legal representatives who secured an agreement requiring gender equity for those programs have returned to court, alleging the school is breaking that agreement.

In a motion filed with the federal district court of Rhode Island, the original legal representatives for Amy Cohen and the other women athletes who brought the original suit against Brown in 1992, say the University violated the terms of their agreement when it announced the elimination of five women’s varsity athletic teams, resulting in non-compliance with the court-ordered requirement that “intercollegiate level participation opportunities for male and female students are provided in numbers substantially proportionate to their respective enrollments.” The cuts announced by Brown, today’s filing says, “will eliminate participation opportunities for twice as many women as for men,” also observing that “Throughout the last 22 years of operation of the Joint Agreement, not once have women athletes at Brown ever reached their proportion within the undergraduate enrollment and at all times have remained the ‘underrepresented’ gender.”

Brown claims it will comply with the original agreement, in part, by adding co-ed and women’s varsity sailing teams to next year’s lineup. But, in today’s filing, cooperating attorneys from Public Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island noted that, under the agreement, Brown cannot achieve reliance based on teams that do not exist – and for which participation rates are not yet known.

“We are truly disappointed in the callous manner in which Brown University has treated its varsity athletes, both women and men, in abruptly, and without warning, informing them that their opportunity to continue their athletic career at the highest collegiate level is over,” said Lynette Labinger, lead class counsel in the original lawsuit and cooperating counsel for the ACLU of Rhode Island. “For the women athletes, Brown has once again displayed a lack of commitment—as opposed to lip service—to gender equity and to its obligations, not only to its students, but to the Court.”

Under Brown’s proposal, the University would eliminate women’s varsity fencing, golf, squash, skiing and equestrian teams, while cutting three men’s teams, resulting in a disproportionate impact on women’s representation in the Brown athletics that runs afoul of the maximum gender disparity allowed under the original agreement from 1998. The cuts would also, today’s filing alleges, result in “immediate and irreparable harm,” including “loss of coaching staff,” “cessation of recruiting activities,” and removal of the impacted teams “from intercollegiate conference and post-season schedules.”

“More than two decades after first being called out for blatant discrimination against its women athletes, Brown University is once again using fuzzy math, and counting non-existent athletes, in order to avoid equality and accountability in its athletics programs,” said Leslie Brueckner, Senior Attorney for Public Justice, an organization that was counsel in the original lawsuit. “Time has not diminished the intent of the law and, if anything, has only underscored both the importance and impact of ensuring gender equality in college athletics. Brown must take concrete steps, and count real rather than ‘potential’ athletic participants, to immediately live up to its end of our agreement. Anything short of that is public posturing and empty conjecture that accomplishes nothing for real students and athletes.”

Under the existing agreement, Brown is obligated to comply with Title IX’s “Three-Part Test” for measuring whether a school’s elimination of a women’s sports teams constitutes gender discrimination in violation of federal law. That test prohibits the elimination of any viable woman’s team unless “participation opportunities for male and female students are provided in numbers substantially proportionate to their respective enrollments,” a measure the legal team says cannot be met with Brown’s current proposal and its plan to count potential, rather than actual, female student athletes. Under the agreement, Brown is only allowed to count athletes “whose name appears on the roster for that sport,” which is impossible when those rosters do not currently exist. “We cannot afford to wait to see,” today’s filing notes, “if Brown’s projections are accurate enough without devastating consequences to real individuals who are being denied their chance to compete.”

“Long ago, Brown University made a commitment to future generations of students that it would provide an equal playing field for all student-athletes,” said Anna Susini, Captain of the Women’s Fencing Team at Brown. “That commitment, and the school’s outstanding Fencing program, were key reasons I chose to attend Brown. Now, its betrayal of that promise has left countless women athletes, including me, without the opportunities we believed we could count on finding here. As it did more than twenty years ago, the University once again has a chance to fix this imbalance. I hope the stand my fellow athletes and I are taking will convince it to do so.”

“Brown University already admitted it’s violating the agreement,” said co-counsel Arthur H. Bryant of Bailey & Glasser, LLP, who originally prosecuted the case as then-Executive Director of Public Justice. “On May 28, 2020, the school announced it was cutting 6 men’s teams and 5 women’s teams, eliminating more men’s opportunities than women’s to comply with the agreement and Title IX. On June 6, Brown President Christina Paxson wrote the entire Brown Community that she couldn’t reinstate three men’s teams – track, field, and cross-country – because, if she did so, ‘Brown would not be in compliance with our obligations under the settlement agreement.’ On June 10, Brown reinstated those men’s teams anyway. But President Paxson already told everyone the truth.”

Jill Zwagerman of Newkirk Zwagerman from Des Moines, Iowa who also serves as co-counsel in the suit along with Lori Bullock, added that, “It is really disturbing how after more than 20 years Brown continues to disregard its female athletes and dispose of them without a second thought. You would think that they would have learned their lesson by now, but their arrogance continues by denying women opportunities in sports that it so freely provides to males.”

ACLU of Rhode Island executive Steven Brown added: “Title IX was enacted 48 years ago, but today’s filing demonstrates how important and relevant it remains as a tool to ensure gender equity almost a half century later.”

More information on the case, Cohen v. Brown University, can be found here.

 

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Gov Raimondo Sets Limits To State Response To Heightening RI Municipal Pension Crisis https://coalitionradionetwork.com/gov-raimondo-sets-limits-to-state-response-to-heightening-ri-municipal-pension-crisis/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gov-raimondo-sets-limits-to-state-response-to-heightening-ri-municipal-pension-crisis https://coalitionradionetwork.com/gov-raimondo-sets-limits-to-state-response-to-heightening-ri-municipal-pension-crisis/#respond Sun, 28 Jun 2020 14:02:06 +0000 https://coalitionradionetwork.com/?p=6126 Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, responding to The Coalition Radio’s Pat Ford, discusses the implications of the recently released 2020 Report of the Advisory Council for Locally Administered Pension Plans. With Municipal Pension Plans, in one case, exceeding 1 Billion Dollars in unfunded liabilities, (Calculation Pre Covid Market Disruptions) in[Read More...]

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, responding to The Coalition Radio’s Pat Ford, discusses the implications of the recently released 2020 Report of the Advisory Council for Locally Administered Pension Plans. With Municipal Pension Plans, in one case, exceeding 1 Billion Dollars in unfunded liabilities, (Calculation Pre Covid Market Disruptions) in the midst of a near total collapse of Rhode Island’s Tax Base, can default be far away?

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Gov. Raimondo To Consider Real Estate Divestiture In Response To Covid 19 Crisis! https://coalitionradionetwork.com/gov-raimondo-to-consider-real-estate-divestiture-in-response-to-covid-19-crisis/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gov-raimondo-to-consider-real-estate-divestiture-in-response-to-covid-19-crisis https://coalitionradionetwork.com/gov-raimondo-to-consider-real-estate-divestiture-in-response-to-covid-19-crisis/#respond Sat, 27 Jun 2020 14:48:00 +0000 https://coalitionradionetwork.com/?p=6119     At the conclusion of Wednesday’s Press Conference, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo responding to Coalition Radio’s Pat Ford, disclosed that she has directed Department of Administration Head Brett Smiley to “conduct a full survey of all of the State’s real estate”. Watch / Listen to the link below[Read More...]

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At the conclusion of Wednesday’s Press Conference, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo responding to Coalition Radio’s Pat Ford, disclosed that she has directed Department of Administration Head Brett Smiley to “conduct a full survey of all of the State’s real estate”.

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Tina Pedersen CEO & Founder-RAMP (Real Access Motivates Progress) Joined The Coalition! https://coalitionradionetwork.com/tina-pedersen-ceo-founder-ramp-real-access-motivates-progress-joined-the-coalition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tina-pedersen-ceo-founder-ramp-real-access-motivates-progress-joined-the-coalition https://coalitionradionetwork.com/tina-pedersen-ceo-founder-ramp-real-access-motivates-progress-joined-the-coalition/#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2020 21:03:04 +0000 https://coalitionradionetwork.com/?p=6110 Tina G Pedersen CEO, President & Founder of RAMP (Real Access Motivates Progress) Joined The Coalition Talk Radio on 6/17/20! We talked Access … to, well, everything! Schools & Business Access … Educational Programs at the Primary & Secondary Education … Resources for the Community … the Ramp Red Bag[Read More...]

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Tina G Pedersen CEO, President & Founder of RAMP (Real Access Motivates Progress) Joined The Coalition Talk Radio on 6/17/20!

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FBI Agents Attempt to Question Providence Activist at Their Home! https://coalitionradionetwork.com/fbi-agents-attempt-to-question-providence-activist-at-their-home/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fbi-agents-attempt-to-question-providence-activist-at-their-home https://coalitionradionetwork.com/fbi-agents-attempt-to-question-providence-activist-at-their-home/#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 15:53:21 +0000 https://coalitionradionetwork.com/?p=6099 Providence, RI: On the evening of Thursday, June 11 at about 5 PM, two FBI agents attempted to question a member of the FANG Collective at their home. The person who was targeted by the  is choosing to remain anonymous. The FBI agents entered from a back stairway through an[Read More...]

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Providence, RI: On the evening of Thursday, June 11 at about 5 PM, two FBI agents attempted to question a member of the FANG Collective at their home. The person who was targeted by the  is choosing to remain anonymous.

The FBI agents entered from a back stairway through an unlocked door and then proceeded to knock on the door of the target. The person opened the door slightly, and the two agents identified themselves as members of the FBI (and one of them with the Providence Police Department), used the person’s name, and asked the person to speak to them for a few minutes. The person refused, exercising their right to not speak to federal agents. The agents persisted even after the person closed the door, knocking and speaking through the door for at least five minutes after the person clearly exercised their right of refusal. The agents tried to coerce the person out of their apartment by saying there was no reason to worry, that they did nothing wrong. After their persistence was met with silence, they left saying that they “would be back.” This incident comes after another member of the FANG Collective was  visited at their home by FBI agents who attempted to question them in January.

We believe that this recent person was targeted for their involvement in the FANG Bail Fund — an abolitionist community fund that is bailing out local residents from Massachusetts and Rhode Island jails. With recent uprisings across the country as part of the Movement for Black Lives, the work and power of the bail fund has exponentially increased. The FANG Collective stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and will continue to support Protesters.  This is a critical reminder to the community that one should never speak to, or cooperate with the FBI. They are trained to coerce people into giving them information. Yet, speaking to the FBI also brings the risk of being charged with lying to a federal agent if anything that is said can be interpreted as misinformation. There is no benefit to speaking with the FBI. If anything, you can tell FBI agents that you wish to speak to a lawyer and ask for the agent’s business card. Otherwise, people should exercise their right to remain silent and speak to a lawyer.

In Rhode Island, the National Lawyers Guild can be reached via their hotline: 401-753-3273. The National Lawyers Guild also has produced this important “Know Your Rights” guide: www.nlg.org/know-your-rights

Across the country the FBI, other federal agencies and local police departments are targeting activists amid the current Black Lives Matter uprising. These investigations in part have been in response to the Trump Administration’s directive for the Department of Justice to investigate “antifa” (or anti-fascist) organizations. In recent weeks the administration has even designated ‘antifa’ as a “terrorist” group. This follows in a long pattern of the FBI and federal authorities working to stop movements for racial and social justice.

The FANG Collective is a community organizing and direct action group based in Rhode Island. FANG has led several climate justice campaigns, and their current Shut Down ICE campaign is challenging contracts between ICE and law enforcement agencies in Massachusetts.

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