October 27, 2022

Uprise RI files Open Meetings complaint against PVD City Council Finance Committee

Uprise RI today contacted the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office alleging that the Providence City Council Finance...

August 20, 2022

Secretary of State candidate Stephanie Beauté seeks to bring innovation and forward thinking to the office

“We want someone who is young. We want new, fresh ideas. We’re always hearing about that. And...

January 11, 2022

Providence commits to redistricting transparency in rebuff of state’s back room deals

“The idea of eliminating, or at least avoiding one-on-one meetings with current elected officials or potential elected...

January 10, 2022

What you need to know about the Open Meetings Act during Covid

McKee’s new order allows public meetings by governmental bodies “to be held virtually for any purpose and...

December 6, 2021

Disappointment at the General Assembly: RI Rank Open Government Rankings Published

RI Rank’s annual study of where our legislators land on issues of open government – the important...

January 19, 2021

Derailed by the pandemic, a bill to improve the Open Meetings Act is re-introduced

House bill H5032 “would require that all meetings closed to the public be recorded by audio tape...

December 29, 2021

Democracy dies at PVD City Council committee meeting

“I just want to be clear that nobody’s trying to shut out the public from this committee,”...

August 12, 2020

Marshall Development and Keep Metacomet Green battle during East Providence City Council meeting

“Even if there’s no apparent wrongdoing of any sort, it just looks bad. And that makes people...

July 31, 2020

Providence School Board President Nicholas Hemond annoyed by public comments

“Go ahead and report me,” said Hemond, sipping from his bottled water. “I want to start by...

July 22, 2020

RIDE quashes public participation during Zoom meeting

Public participation is a feature, not a bug of our Democracy The Rhode Island Department of Education‘s...

June 25, 2020

Pawtucket City Council approves police budget over community objections

“This is a moment of reckoning, nationally, with policing issues and how they intersect with racism. To...

June 11, 2020

Providence City Council Finance Committee meeting besieged by racist trolls

But lost in the discussion is the Providence City Council’s rush to pass a budget that doesn’t...

April 20, 2020

Woonsocket City Councilor James Cournoyer responds to Kithes interview

“The solicitor was not unsure about anything. Quite the contrary, he was absolutely sure, as, apparently unlike...

April 19, 2020

An interview with Woonsocket City Councilmember Alex Kithes: What is ‘essential’ business?

The Attorney General’s office wasn’t “thinking that the political situation in some cities and towns is such...

April 8, 2020

ACLU urges public bodies to abide by new standards of government transparency

“…the public’s right to oversee the work of its government officials and municipal bodies remains more critical...