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Déjà Vu en el Distrito Escolar de Providence

Dos décadas, dos informes

Metro, Oct 22 2020

by Alicia Mier

Nos complace anunciar que, con el objetivo de hacer nuestro trabajo más accesible para las comunidades hispanohablantes de Rhode Island, estaremos …

The Crux of the Coop

Examining elements of Rhode Island’s progressive coalition

Metro, Oct 22 2020

by Bilal Memon

Over the summer, every Friday afternoon like clockwork, I received a text from a friend asking me to go canvassing with …

Don't Throw Riders Under the Bus

RIDOT’s flawed “multi-hub” plan faces public opposition

Metro, Oct 16 2020

by Amelia Anthony

On any given day, Kennedy Plaza bustles with energy. Between the district court, Burnside Park, a skating rink, City Hall, the …

Budgets in Distress

Unpacking unexpected funding cuts to R.I.’s most at-risk communities

Metro, Oct 16 2020

by Leo Gordon

At the end of July, Rhode Island slashed funding for the Distressed Communities Relief Fund in half, reducing the ability of …

Against Austerity

A justice budget for Rhode Island

Metro, Oct 09 2020

by Leela Berman

September 22, at the foot of the Rhode Island State House, mother-of-three Sucely Murillo recounted the abuse she had faced from …

Shaking Up the State House

An interview with State Senate Candidate Tiara Mack

Metro, Oct 09 2020

by Sara Van Horn

On September 8, Tiara Mack won her Democratic primary race for Rhode Island State Senate, beating long-time incumbent Harold Metts with …

A Shut-and-Open Case

Rhode Island’s road back to trial by jury

Metro, Oct 02 2020

by Loughlin Neuert

Bail in Rhode Island for a misdemeanor starts at $100 in cash, and rises quickly from there. The lowest levels of …

The Crisis Within a Crisis

The Story of COVID-19 and Evictions in Providence

Metro, Oct 02 2020

by Amelia Anthony & Phoebe Ayres

We’ve just crossed the seven-month marker of the pandemic’s presence in the United States, which means that seven months of rent …

Progressive Percolation

A selection of profiles on the state’s most forward-thinking politicians

Metro, Sep 25 2020

by Morgan Awner, Uwa Ede-Osifo, Lucas Gelfond, Ricardo Gomez, Leo Gordon, Elana Hausknecht, Evie Hidysmith, Rose Houglet, Deborah Marini, Vicky Phan & Peder Schaefer

On September 8, progressive candidates across Rhode Island swept the local Democratic primaries, upsetting incumbent Democrats in a way that made …

When a Dorm is Not a Home

The institutional harms caused by Brown’s Office of Residential Life

Metro, Aug 07 2020

by Mira Ortegon

content warning: sexual assault Paint peeling down the walls, a broken heating system, and mice scampering under the bed. As many …

On Track?

Advanced academics and the pipeline to Classical

Metro, May 01 2020

by Mara Cavallaro

An increasingly broad body of social science research demonstrates that educational tracking—the separation of students by evaluated academic ability—disproportionately disadvantages low-income …

Consider the Lobster (Again)

Climate change puts RI lobsters in hot water

Metro, May 01 2020

by Peder Schaefer

Peter Brodeur was only a few miles away from his home on the Narrow River in Narragansett, a seaside community in …

Lost in Translation

Providence public schools, multilingual pedagogy, and the coronavirus crisis

Metro, Apr 24 2020

by Leela Berman

ENTERING: The language of achievement and deficit Two comprehensive reports researching the conditions in the Providence Public School District (PPSD) came …

A Socially-Distanced 2020 Census

How Rhode Island is attempting to count every single one of its residents

Metro, Apr 24 2020

by Kion You

The United States Census Bureau has historically declared April 1 as a national "Census Day," a time to unite the nation …

Shelter from the Storm

Gov. Raimondo needs to open up hotels, dorms to people experiencing homelessness

Metro, Apr 09 2020

by Peder Schaefer

The front-page headline of the Providence Journal on April 4 proclaimed, in bold type: Raimondo: Stay home, or ‘more people will …

Civic Duty Calls

Contested Civic Education in Providence

Metro, Mar 27 2020

by Marina Hunt

Standing in front of a poster board she had prepared for the Providence Community Day at Asa Messer Elementary, Chloe Feit, …

School District Déja Vu

Two Education Reports, Two Decades Apart

Metro, Mar 13 2020

by Alicia Mies

This is the first installment in the Chalked Up Metro series The year was 1993. The Providence River was still covered …

Chalked Up

Introducing an Indy series on public education in RI

Metro, Mar 13 2020

by Deborah Marini, Ricardo Gomez & Miles Guggenheim

In 1993, the Public Education Fund—a nonprofit organization composed of Providence business leaders, educators, and citizens concerned about local schools—sponsored a …

Healing Through Theater

How a Trinity Rep actor helped Sheila Bentley tell her version of PVD history

Metro, Mar 07 2020

by Clara Gutman Argemí

For Rebecca Gibel, the actor who played Sheila Bentley in Trinity Repertory's fall 2019 production of The Prince of Providence, the …

Muddy Matiello

A look at the RI Speaker of the House’s Abuses of Power

Metro, Mar 07 2020

by Osayuwamen "Uwa" Ede-Osifo

Speaker of the House Nicolas Mattiello, arguably one of the most powerful figures in Rhode Island politics, has been shrouded in …

Detention, Incarceration, Deportation

The Wyatt Detention Center and the national prison-industrial complex

Metro, Mar 03 2020

by Leela Berman

PLACING THE WYATT IN CENTRAL FALLS The Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility is located across from a park. A wide expanse …

Sirens, Camera, Action

Policing entertainment in East Providence

Metro, Feb 15 2020

by Miles Guggenheim

The sun is officially down, but a morose blue still lingers in the sky behind Sergeant Michael Rapoza. He’s driving somewhere, …

Molehills Out of Mountains

A close look at Governor Raimondo's 2021 Budget Proposal

Metro, Feb 14 2020

by Deb Marini & Ricardo Gomez

Reading budgets is like eating broccoli stems: miserable! Gina Governor Raimondo’s annual budget proposal, released this past January, is a multivolume …

Taking 287g Agreements to Court

An interview with activist Sherrie Andre

Metro, Jan 04 2020

by Sara Van Horn

photograph by Steve Ahlquist content warning: police violence Late in the summer of 2018, activists from the FANG Collective, a nonviolent …

The Cold Shoulder

A flawed system is endangering RI’s homeless

Metro, Dec 06 2019

by Deborah Marini, Loughlin Neuert & Peder Schaefer

When Harry lost his home in October, he went to one of Rhode Island’s largest emergency shelters: Crossroads Rhode Island. He …

Archiving Activism

Creating a collective memory of radicalism in Providence

Metro, Nov 22 2019

by Kion You

On the afternoon of Saturday, October 26, a group of educators, students, activists, and community members gathered in a basement room …

What Brown Could Pay

Brown’s property tax exemption and the crisis of public school funding

Metro, Nov 22 2019

by Hal Triedman & Sara Van Horn

“How is it that a city—a small city—can continue to have public schools that fail repeatedly?” In an interview with the …

Making Ends Meet

Food Insecurity in Rhode Island

Metro, Nov 15 2019

by Kshitij Sachan, John Graves & Nell Salzman

Rows of shelves, stretching from the floor to the high ceiling, hold hundreds of pallets of everything from canned beans to …

A Jury of One's Peers

How low jury pay limits court justice in Rhode Island

Metro, Nov 15 2019

by Olivia George

This was not the first time Senator Elizabeth Crowley had served on a jury, and, for the most part, she felt …

Great Streets, Mobile City

Envisioning an equitable transportation system for the creative capital

Metro, Nov 01 2019

by Avi Shapiro & Ilan Upfal

Zooming down College Hill last weekend on our bikes, a friend and I criss-crossed our way downtown, barely avoiding cars and …

Dispatches From Pronk

Metro, Oct 25 2019

by Ricardo Gomez, Bilal Memon, Chris Packs, Eve O'Shea, Mayo Saji & Miranda Van-Boswell

Last Monday, hundreds of Providence residents—artists, activists, students, misfits, puppets—danced the night away to the upbeat cacophony of Providence’s own What …

Clean Energy, Muddy Waters

Offshore windmills pose changes and challenges for fishermen

Metro, Oct 25 2019

by Peder Schaefer

From a distance, the Block Island Wind Farm looks innocent. The blades spin in lazy circles, and at night, red lights …

Right & Wrong & Right on Red

A look at Frank Caprio’s courtroom reality show: Caught in Providence

Metro, Oct 11 2019

by Nick Roblee-Strauss

Judge Frank Caprio has a knack for extracting narratives for his courtroom reality show, Caught in Providence, where Providence’s traffic violations …

The Bully Buster

Monica Huertas: Democrat for Ward 10

Metro, Oct 11 2019

by Deborah Marini

She stood amid overturned toy castles and idle trucks and talked canvassing routes, missed calls from constituents, and the newest batch …

Plants and the City

A new vegan restaurant’s place on College Hill

Metro, Oct 04 2019

by Muskaan Garg

Approach the new pedestrian bridge on the Providence River on a weekend night and you might quickly be distracted by crowds, …

Rhode Island is Where the Wild Things Are

Coyote culture in New England sparks fear of infestation

Metro, Oct 04 2019

by Roxanne Barnes

Before announcing its plans to close all its US locations, Shiru Café severely limited its free options. This fact has nothing …

Treading Water

Can the ProJo stay afloat in the Ocean State?

Metro, Sep 27 2019

by Ricardo Gomez & Peder Schaefer

Before ad revenue dried up, and before the financial crisis, and Facebook, and the smartphone, and Craigslist, the Providence Journal was …

Catering Contract Concerns

An open letter on catering workers’ contract negotiations

Metro, Sep 21 2019

by Noa Machover & Nora Lawrence

Since September 2018, Brown University catering service employees have been negotiating their contract with the University in an attempt to unionize. …

From Decrim To Recrim

Ten years of recriminalized indoor sex work in Rhode Island

Metro, Sep 21 2019

by Victoria Caruso

Every Wednesday night, Bella Robinson parks her tangerine Nissan Rogue inside the faded lines of the lot by the McDonalds and …

Providence Bites

Metro, Sep 13 2019

by Ella Comberg & Miles Guggenheim

Providence Can't JUMP by Ella Comberg I risk hyperbole when I say that the first time I rode a JUMP bike, …