Rob Smith

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The Man Versus the Mythos: How do we deal with Lovecraft's bigotry?
August 14, 2019 No Commentby

The Man Versus the Mythos: How do we deal with Lovecraft’s bigotry?

We need to talk about Howard Phillips Lovecraft. He was enormously sexist and xenophobic, and his bigotry isn’t the subtext ...

Protecting Sex Workers: An update on recently introduced legislation
August 14, 2019 No Commentby

Protecting Sex Workers: An update on recently introduced legislation

It’s been more than eight months since the police led a raid to steamroll the Foxy Lady, and the Christmas ...

It's Just Business: We uncovered local companies doing work for CBP
July 17, 2019 No Commentby

It’s Just Business: We uncovered local companies doing work for CBP

The summer’s been broiling. ICE performed its long-promised mass raids in American cities over the weekend. Eighteen people were arrested ...

War Games: Local anti-war group fights military interventionism
July 3, 2019 No Commentby

War Games: Local anti-war group fights military interventionism

On June 20, Iran shot down a United States spy drone over the Sea of Hormuz. Iran claims it violated ...

A Roof Is the Best Medicine: New bill attempts to curb homelessness in RI
May 1, 2019 No Commentby

A Roof Is the Best Medicine: New bill attempts to curb homelessness in RI

Spring means different things to different Rhode Islanders. For some, it means flowers, food trucks and the reopening of Del’s ...

Creating Equity for the Harmed
April 17, 2019 No Commentby

Creating Equity for the Harmed

On March 1, Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (District 5, PVD) introduced a bill into the House Finance Committee: H5795, The Rhode ...

A Moment with Moffat
April 17, 2019 No Commentby

A Moment with Moffat

Readers of Motif might recognize the name Jared Moffat, a longtime leader of cannabis legalization efforts and Regulate RI before he ...

Abuse of Power: Bell says sex with a person in police custody should be considered sexual assault
March 20, 2019 No Commentby

Abuse of Power: Bell says sex with a person in police custody should be considered sexual assault

On February 13, State Senator Sam Bell (District 5) submitted a law (S-0317) into the Senate Judiciary committee that sets ...

Open and Closed
March 6, 2019 No Commentby

Open and Closed

Opened Friskie Fries: County Road, Barrington. friskiefries.com Hey, french fry lovers (that’s all but two of you, right?)! Friskie Fries now ...

Safety First: UNAP has challenged Fatima to provide patient and employee safety data, but they're not delivering
February 20, 2019 No Commentby

Safety First: UNAP has challenged Fatima to provide patient and employee safety data, but they’re not delivering

Last month, members of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals (UNAP) Local 5110 picketed informally outside Fatima Hospital in North ...