Protestors will gather in downtown Providence Monday night to put a spotlight on violent police actions against people of color. A loose coalition of residents is organizing the march to express solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri and 43 students missing in Mexico.
Ferguson is where a white police officer shot and killed a black 18-year-old. In Mexico, 43 students disappeared. It’s alleged they were killed by a drug gang working with local police.
The march starts at 7:00 pm in Burnside Park in downtown Providence and will make its way up to the Statehouse.
In late August, the power was shut off at the River United Methodist Church. The church, in the heart of downtown Woonsocket, was about a thousand bucks in arrears on its electric bill. The guy from National Grid apologized for doing what he had to do.
Church members, who specialize in doing a whole lot with very little, scrambled to do what they always do. They took food from freezers and refrigerators and headed to a nearby park to feed hungry people.
There’s reaction from across the nation to president Obama’s executive action making sweeping changes to the immigration system. Here in Rhode Island the leader of House republicans, Brian Newberry said the president’s actions show disrespect for the law.
There are an estimated 35,000 undocumented residents living in the state. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with immigration attorney Roberto Gonzalez to discuss how the president’s actions will change lives here.
National Grid is asking the state’s public utilities commission to clear the way for a nearly 24 percent rate hike. The utility estimates that will add nearly $21 to the average residential customer bill.
Way back in 1843 when Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol” was published in London one reviewer called it “. . . a dainty dish to put before a king.” Well, Bill Gale is not entering hyperbole land quite that much. But he does say that this year's on-stage version at Trinity Rep is a winner.