The Red Bandana Fund, which honors the legacy of social activist and journalist Richard Walton, has chosen to bestow the annual Red Bandana awards to Providence College Professor Eric Hirsch and workers at the Renaissance Hotel in Providence.
Hirsch, a sociology prosessor, is that rare academic who translates his research into action. A tireless advocate for the poor and homeless, Hirsch has worked with the RI Coalition for the Homeless, in the classroom and at the Rhode Island Statehouse, helping the less fortunate in our community.
Rhode Island state government has asked a state Superior Court judge to open to the public records related to the state’s civil suit against several financial companies and law firms in the long-running case to recover damages from those involved in the ill-fated 38 Studios bond deal.
A push to legalize marijuana – once again – has returned to the Statehouse. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses what has become a perennial issue.
Except for speeding on Rhode Island’s roads, is there a law more frequently scoffed at by citizens than the ban on recreational use of marijuana? As the General Assembly again tackles the prickly issue of legalizing marijuana, it is well beyond the time for rigorous study of a policy that too often devolves into cliché and anecdotal opinion.
Love, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and star in the Academy-Award winning documentary, 20 feet from stardom, will deliver the commencement address at Providence College’s 79th graduation exercises on Sunday, May 17. The event will be held at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
Love’s musical career began at age 10, when she sang in a gospel choir at a church where her father was a preacher. She has credited her gospel beginnings as having a big influence on her carer. In the 1950s, Love joined a group called the Blossoms and quickly became the lead singer.