activism http://ripr.org en Students and Activists Shut Down Lecuture At Brown University http://ripr.org/post/students-and-activists-shut-down-lecuture-brown-university <p>More than 100 Student and community protestors shut down a lecture by New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly at Brown University yesterday afternoon.</p><p></p><p>Mario Vega, a Brown student, says he was there to protest the way NYC police have monitored Muslim residents since 9/11.</p><p>“I think Ray Kelly’s policies are completely racist and Islamiphobic, and I completely do not support how Brown is paying him to come here and unilaterally impose his doctrine on the people of the University.&nbsp; That gives the impression that we support it and we don’t," said Vega.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:34:35 +0000 John Bender 24000 at http://ripr.org Students and Activists Shut Down Lecuture At Brown University Ray Sullivan Joining Checkmate Consulting As a Partner http://ripr.org/post/ray-sullivan-joining-checkmate-consulting-partner <p></p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/RaySullivan">Ray Sullivan</a>, who led Rhode Island United's successful campaign this year to<a href="http://ripr.org/post/after-16-year-fight-rhode-island-legalizes-same-sex-marriage"> legalize same-sex marriage</a>, is joining <a href="http://checkmatecg.com/">Checkmate Consulting Group</a>, Brad Dufault's advertising, marketing and PR shop, as a partner.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:25:17 +0000 Ian Donnis 20770 at http://ripr.org Ray Sullivan Joining Checkmate Consulting As a Partner Political Roundtable: Paiva Weed Says the RI Senate Passed Same-Sex Marriage Due to Public Support http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-paiva-weed-says-ri-senate-passed-same-sex-marriage-due-public-support <p>State Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed joins the Political Roundtable this week to discuss legislative attempts to improve Rhode Island's economy; the search for a new state commissioner of higher education; and why the Senate voted in April to legalize same-sex marriage.</p><p></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 13:27:04 +0000 Ian Donnis 19364 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Paiva Weed Says the RI Senate Passed Same-Sex Marriage Due to Public Support Paiva Weed Says the RI Senate Passed Same-Sex Marriage Due to Growing Public Support http://ripr.org/post/paiva-weed-says-ri-senate-passed-same-sex-marriage-due-growing-public-support <p></p><p>When the Rhode Island Senate made history by approving same-sex marriage legislation in April, more than a few close observers (<a href="http://www.ripr.org/post/political-reality-how-ri-senate-lost-its-status-bermuda-triangle-same-sex-marriage">including me</a>) saw it as a matter -- in part -- of Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed preserving her leadership. The thinking was that if same-sex marriage was defeated again (in a battle that started in 1997), SSM supporters would aggressively target legislative opponents at the polls next year.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 19:06:33 +0000 Ian Donnis 19376 at http://ripr.org Paiva Weed Says the RI Senate Passed Same-Sex Marriage Due to Growing Public Support Young Volunteers Could Loom Large in the Expected Taveras-Raimondo Primary in 2014 http://ripr.org/post/young-volunteers-could-loom-large-expected-taveras-raimondo-primary-2014 <p>The sophisticated<a href="http://ripr.org/post/ris-grassroots-fight-and-against-same-sex-marriage"> grassroots campaign in support of same-sex marriage </a>offers a tangible reminder of the value of field work makes in Rhode Island politics. So as we move closer to an expected Democratic gubernatorial clash between Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo next year, keep an eye on their level of outreach to young political activists. Thu, 23 May 2013 20:31:44 +0000 Ian Donnis 15728 at http://ripr.org Driscoll heading to new gig, with Organizing for Action http://ripr.org/post/driscoll-heading-new-gig-organizing-action <p></p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/short_pants">Devin Driscoll</a>, communications head for Rhode Islanders United for Marriage -- which led<a href="http://ripr.org/post/ris-grassroots-fight-and-against-same-sex-marriage"> the grassroots campaign to legalize same-sex marriage</a> -- is heading to a new job, as the Chicago-based Northeast regional director for <a href="https://my.barackobama.com/page/s/organizing-for-action">Organizing for Action</a>, the Democratic effort formerly known as Obama for America.</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 13:48:09 +0000 Ian Donnis 14722 at http://ripr.org Driscoll heading to new gig, with Organizing for Action TGIF: 14 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-14-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-2 <p>May rolls in with history being made in Rhode Island. Welcome back to my weekly column. As always, your thoughts and tips are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's head in:</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 20:22:45 +0000 Ian Donnis 14636 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Sullivan on How the Battle for Same-Sex Marriage Was Won http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-sullivan-how-battle-same-sex-marriage-was-won <p>Ray Sullivan, the head of Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, joins the Roundtable this week to discuss the state Senate vote in favor of same-sex marriage; concerns about the impact on religious institutions; how the battle was won, and other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 14174 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Sullivan on How the Battle for Same-Sex Marriage Was Won Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Ramping Up Grassroots Campaign in Home Stretch http://ripr.org/post/same-sex-marriage-supporters-ramping-grassroots-campaign-home-stretch <p>With a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on same-sex marriage legislation expected as soon as next week, the group leading the campaign in favor of legalization says it plans to deploy more than 300 people this weekend to knock on doors and make phone calls.</p><p>Ray Sullivan, the head of <a href="http://www.riunitedformarriage.org/">Rhode Islanders United for Marriage</a>, says the stepped-up effort is meant to connect constituents in key Senate districts with their legislators "to carry the message and the banner that it's finally time to pass marriage equality."</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:07:46 +0000 Ian Donnis 13772 at http://ripr.org Bishop Tobin, Advocates Clash on SCOTUS + Same-Sex Marriage http://ripr.org/post/bishop-tobin-advocates-clash-scotus-same-sex-marriage <p>Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin issued a statement this morning, calling on the General Assembly to put the brakes on same-sex marriage legislation due to the US Supreme Court's consideration of related issues:</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:46:12 +0000 Ian Donnis 12639 at http://ripr.org