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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 …

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 …