THE COLLEGE HILL INDEPENDENT

Metro

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 …

The Road to Resilience

Raimondo's new plan to protect Providence

Metro, Sep 29 2017

by Harry August

Three days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Houston and two days before Hurricane Irma hit South Florida, Shell Oil Company …

A Community Blossoms in Fox Point

Providence garden offers members food and friendship

Metro, Sep 29 2017

by Cashen Conroy

At the entrance of the Fox Point Community Garden in Providence, a painted sign greets guests: “Welcome visitors! You can pick …

Keeping Time

Changes at the RI Historical Society

Metro, Sep 22 2017

by Kanika Gupta

Phoebe Bean walked past the library on 121 Hope Street in Providence every day while attending Brown University, yet never had …

No Apologies

Following Representative Moira Walsh's path to the Capitol

Metro, Sep 22 2017

by Caroline Sprague

The Rhode Island General Assembly’s youngest Representative—26 year-old Moira Jayne Walsh—thinks her colleagues have it all wrong when they avoid canvassing …

Defending DACA

Metro, Sep 15 2017

by Marianna McMurdock, Katrina Northrop & Saanya Jain

What you need to know: On September 5, 2017, President Trump announced his decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood …

The Right to Identify

An upcoming municipal ID program in Providence

Metro, Sep 15 2017

by Katrina Northrop

Entering a public library, opening a bank account, accessing government social services: to many, these processes seem simple. Carrying a card …

Shakespeare (In the City)

How theater is bringing Providence schools together

Metro, Apr 21 2017

by Kion You

In 2008, Martha Douglas-Osmundson and her 14-year-old daughter traveled to London, excited to immerse themselves in London’s theater scene. They watched …

When Will the Sentence End?

A call to end public housing discrimination in Rhode Island

Metro, Apr 14 2017

by Sophie Kupetz

Edwin Rivera is an active member of Behind the Walls, Providence grassroots organization Direct Action for Rights and Equality’s (DARE) prison …

Running out of Shore

The future of Providence's seaport

Metro, Apr 07 2017

by Patrick Orenstein

While the presidential election dominated media coverage on November 8, 2016, another item on the ballot in Rhode Island had potential …

In Pursuit of a Living Wage

When working hard isn't enough

Metro, Apr 07 2017

by Jack Brook

Marcia Ranglin-Vassell knows what it’s like to struggle to provide for herself and her family on a minimum wage salary. A …

The Indy Classifieds

Metro, Mar 24 2017

by Jane Argodale, Shane Potts & Jack Brook

PERSONALS—WOMEN SEEKING MEN Will You Be Mine, Lincoln Chafee? Me: An attractive and successful 31 year-old professional, recently moved to Providence. …

White Wall

A call to action

Metro, Mar 24 2017

by Vuthy Lay, Makoto Kumasaka & Cameron Kucera

On the corner of Benefit and College Streets, it would be easy to glance over the Radeke Façade, which looks like …

The Limits of Probation

Alternatives to jail time in an age of mass incarceration

Metro, Mar 17 2017

by Eve Zelickson

Rhode Island has 23,000 people on probation. That is 2,793 people per 100,000 residents, the second highest probation rate in the …

Dispatches From the DMV

Confronting bureacracy and emerging victorious

Metro, Mar 10 2017

by Jane Argodale

Distractions can be physical or mental in nature and are often a combination of both. A physical distraction is one that …

Beyond Dakota Access

FANG Collective brings the anti-pipeline fight home to Rhode Island

Metro, Mar 10 2017

by Zack Kligler

At 10AM last Thursday, three people affiliated with the FANG Collective, an activist group dedicated to environmental justice, locked themselves to …

Forging Home, Forging Intimacy

ProvSlam and the next generation of youth poetry

Metro, Mar 03 2017

by Chris Packs

“I’m so excited, and you should be too.” Cutting through the animated flow of chatter, Charlotte Abotsi, the master of ceremonies …

Raising Prices, Closing Doors

RIPTA fare hike impacts Rhode Island's most vulnerable

Metro, Mar 03 2017

by Zack Kligler

content warning: mental illness, isolation, state-violence Blossom Segaloff lives on the East Side, in a small apartment in an affordable housing …

Curb Alert

Metro, Feb 17 2017

by Lisa Borst

Something More Than Money

A community against Achievement First expansion

Metro, Feb 17 2017

by Marianna McMurdock

In the courtyard that joins Classical and Central High Schools off Westminster Street, Classical student and Providence Student Union activist Jayleen …

Aiming Higher

Undocumented students' access to higher education in Rhode Island

Metro, Feb 10 2017

by Katrina Northrop

Javier Juarez, a student at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), was walking to class when he came upon two …