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A Life for a Life

Kristen’s Law and the pitfalls of criminalization

Metro, Oct 19 2018

by Katrina Northrop

On different days, in different Rhode Island towns, Sue Coutu and Anthony Hollins both picked up the phone to the news …

The Price of Freedom

One bill’s attempt to reform bail in the Rhode Island Judiciary

Metro, Oct 05 2018

by Ivy Scott

“No human being should be in jail because they don’t have $150,” said Michael DiLauro, Deputy Public Defender of the state …

Hotsauce, Honey, and Jam

Metro, Oct 05 2018

by Alina Kulman

It’s the Saturday night championship game for the Providence Roller Derby League, and excitement is running high. “Hips Don’t Lie” by …

S.T.D. Free?

An inquiry into safe sex among young Rhode Islanders and the state of sex ed in RI public schools

Metro, Sep 28 2018

by Ivy Scott

“If I drink Mountain Dew after having sex, will that prevent pregnancy or HIV?” a teenager earnestly asked in one of …

Escaping the Textile World

Nudity and community in northern Rhode Island

Metro, Sep 28 2018

by Kayli Wren

The campsite is quintessential New England. Cornfields in the distance, wooden cabins nestled between tall oaks and pines, a cluster of …

Can You Gentrify a Vacant Lot?

The Jewelry District and the myth of the American urban utopia

Metro, Sep 24 2018

by Colin Kent-Daggett

During a Providence Ordinance Committee hearing this July, opponents of the proposed 46-story Fane Tower framed the project as a referendum …

The Wizard Behind the Wall

Rhode Island Democrats' turbulent year

Metro, Sep 24 2018

by Joshua F. Waldman

Last week’s Democratic primaries in Rhode Island capped a year defined by party dysfunction and statehouse discord. The state party followed …

The House on Keene Steet

College Hill reads the zoning code

Metro, Sep 15 2018

by Harry August & Ella Comberg

Along College Hill’s Keene Street, identical teal blue signs placed in nearly every yard point to a street united. Unlike other …

Missing the Mark

The reality of the gun control debate in Rhode Island

Metro, Apr 20 2018

by Lucas Smolcic Larson

On April 10, hundreds of people packed the galleries of the RI State House. As the House Judiciary Committee voted to …

Home-Field Disadvantage

The PawSox take a swing at the State House

Metro, Apr 12 2018

by Ian Stevenson

Three years after plans for the construction of a new Minor League Baseball stadium in Providence fell through, the State House …

Priced Out

DARE's fight for rent stabilization

Metro, Apr 12 2018

by Mariela Pichardo

Federal Hill couple Butch and Madonna Trottier, aged 78 and 76 years old respectively, spent three months of the past year …

Leaving the Dungeon

Rhode Island sex workers and the prospect of a union

Metro, Apr 06 2018

by Katrina Northrop

The one-story wood framed building, located just a few blocks from the Rhode Island State House, used to be home to …

Who Counts?

The end-to-end census test in Providence County

Metro, Apr 06 2018

by Julia Rock

It is no small task to count the nearly 326 million people who live in the United States and its territories. …

To the Benefit of Few

The histories of the Providence Preservation Society

Metro, Mar 23 2018

by Kerrick Edwards & Ilan Desai-Geller

102 Benefit Street, the Gershom Jones-John Howland House, is built on land that was first developed by Abraham Whipple, a captain …

We & the Sea

Locals respond to an ocean coup

Metro, Mar 15 2018

by Kion You

Tim DeCristopher, a founder of the Climate Disobedience Center, stepped on a stool in the middle of the conference room. The …

Banking on Change

Ending pipeline financing through public pressure

Metro, Mar 15 2018

by Sara Van Horn

Last Thursday, the FANG Collective and the Shame on Citizens campaign celebrated a victory after learning that Citizens Bank had ended …

Breaking Time

An interview with novelist Max Winter

Metro, Mar 09 2018

by Liam Greenwell

Max Winter does not know why he was fired from the Brown Bookstore two weeks after Exes, his novel, was bought …

Selling Small

(Mis)Adventures in branding the Ocean State

Metro, Mar 09 2018

by Lucas Smolcic Larson

In March 2016, Rhode Island made an ill-fated foray into the wild world of state-branding. Lawmakers put $5 million into the …

Without Report

Tension following allegations in Rhode Island schools

Metro, Mar 02 2018

by Emma Gavlin

content warning: sexual and racial violence in schools. In July 2016 the Rhode Island General Assembly made a change to the …

Our Collective Resistance

AMOR's rapid response to state violence

Metro, Mar 02 2018

by Mariela Pichardo

Lincoln, Rhode Island resident Lilian Calderon never returned home on January 17. While attending a routine check-in meeting with Immigration and …

In the Meantime

Providence public school students circumvent a doomed architecture

Metro, Feb 16 2018

by Ella Comberg

When Alice Rayner was a senior in high school, they wrote a blog post for “the Purple Pages,” a Tumblr account …

A Future at Any Cost

An interview with Brenda Clement

Metro, Feb 16 2018

by Ivy Scott

Brenda Clement is the director of HousingWorks RI, a research organization and think tank at Roger Williams University that explores housing …

No LNG in PVD

Utility justice in South Providence and Washington Park

Metro, Feb 09 2018

by Cecelia Tamburro

Monica Huertas is a community activist and mother of four. She lives in Lower South Providence, and the health of her …

A Different Shade of Blue

Inside the ‘big tent’ of Rhode Island's Democratic Party

Metro, Feb 02 2018

by Harry August

In Rhode Island, the label of “Democrat” doesn’t mean all that much. Despite its reputation for being as blue as the …

Barefoot: How to Live Well in Hard Times

A tribute to Mark Baumer

Metro, Feb 02 2018

by Erin West

The following are excerpts from Mark’s various work, pulled largely from his blog, Barefoot Across America. 1. Believe in the future: …

La Lucha Sigue

Migrant protection after the TPS repeal

Metro, Dec 01 2017

by Paula Pacheco Soto

On November 6, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke scheduled the termination of the temporary protected status for Nicaraguan citizens, …

Civil Death

RI statute removes civil rights from incarcerated people with life sentences

Metro, Dec 01 2017

by Alicia Mies

In his cell at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Richard Paiva has slept without winter clothing and in unsanitary living …

A Winding Path

Metro, Nov 17 2017

by Harry August

Providence is a divided city. Physical barriers—both natural, such as the Providence River, and manmade, like the I-95 highway system—work to …

Losing Ocean in the Ocean State

A fishing industry in crisis

Metro, Nov 17 2017

by Kion You

After the rush of summer tourism at Point Judith, a small village home to Rhode Island’s largest fishing fleet, only those …

No Delusions

A conversation with Dr. Maung Zarni on the Rohingya genocide

Metro, Nov 17 2017

by Chris Packs & Isabel DeBre

content warning: state violence, sexual violence, genocide, Islamophobia, graphic bodily mutilation This fall, the persecution of Rohingya people overwhelmed global media …

Call Against Arms

A new RI law restricts gun ownership for domestic abusers

Metro, Nov 10 2017

by Jack Brook

content warning: suicide, murder, infanticide In 2013, a Providence woman, fearing for her life, applied for a final protective order against …

Criminal Treatment

Rhode Island’s efforts to treat opioid-use disorders in its prison population

Metro, Nov 10 2017

by Julia Rock

Michael is set to leave the prison in two days, ending an 80 day sentence for possession of a controlled substance. …

Bringing It Home

Rosa Parks’ house for public history and political action

Metro, Nov 03 2017

by Kerrick Edwards & Erin West

content warning: racism, police violence This coming March, Providence will become a home for a memorial to one of the most …

Edges and Borders

New luxury student housing on Canal Street

Metro, Nov 03 2017

by Ella Comberg

Rhode Island is building. New residential projects are popping up all over the state, but the bulk of development is concentrated …

Revolution Navigators

Empowerment and critical thought in the Rhode Island Urban Debate League

Metro, Oct 27 2017

by Jack Brook

Inside an auditorium in Brown University on Saturday afternoon, October 21st, the Joker, Darth Vader, and Rosie the Riveter listen to …

Free Lunch

Pawtucket schools provide food to all students

Metro, Oct 27 2017

by Katrina Northrop

At least 40 percent of children in Pawtucket schools do not have a lunch to bring to school everyday. More than …

Mt. Hope is Pokanoket

Metro, Oct 20 2017

by Students, Alumni for Po Metacom Camp & the Progressive Student Organization

TheIndependentreceived this joint statement by Students and Alumni for Po Metacom Camp (SAPMC) and the Providence chapter of the Progressive Student …

Unidos por Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican efforts in Rhode Island after Hurricane Maria

Metro, Oct 20 2017

by Mariela Pichardo

Belen Florez’s phone wouldn’t stop ringing last Tuesday. Nearly every five minutes, the screen of the cordless phone of JP Foley …

Hiding Places

Metro, Oct 06 2017

by Rudy Kai

Under a bush on Blackstone Boulevard. The harbor from up on the barrier. Waterplace Park. Under the bridge on Francis Street. …

Guarding Safety

The contentious implementation of the Providence Community Safety Act

Metro, Oct 06 2017

by Julia Rock

“The community of Providence won this campaign, not the politicians and not the police, but us. We worked on this ordinance …