Steve Ahlquist is a writer, artist and current president of the Humanists of Rhode Island, a non-profit group dedicated to reason, compassion, optimism, courage and action. He also maintains the blog SteveAhlquist.com where almost all his writing can be found. The views expressed are his own and not necessarily those of any organization of which he is a member. His photos and video are usable under the Creative Commons license. Free to share with credit. Email: email@example.com Twitter: @SteveAhlquist
By Steve Ahlquist on September 16, 2014
What matters is character, and an assessment of the previous actions of the candidates as pertains to how they may perform in the future. By this measure, Cianci is the clear loser. Twice convicted of serious crimes performed while in office, Cianci has twice demonstrated his inability to lead this city. His candidacy for a third go at the job is an insult to the voters of Providence, and his robocall demonstrates the depths of his dishonesty.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2014
Progressives advocate for social reform. Working from the core value of compassion, progressives see the expansion of human and civil rights as important goals and work to advance the wellbeing of all human beings. Built into progressive ideals is an optimism about the necessity of human beings coming together to solve the larger issues confronting our world.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 12, 2014
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has an A rating with NARAL Pro-Choice America. But the group isn’t thrilled with Rhode Island’s most progressive member of Congress because he plans to support Georgia judicial nominee Michael Boggs. “There’s a judicial nominee who would be a huge threat to reproductive rights if he’s confirmed,” says an action email from [...]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 11, 2014
There is still time to join the Walk Across Rhode Island for Peace and Justice, which began this morning in Westerly.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 11, 2014
Help fight the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa this Saturday. Bring sanitary/protective supplies to Hope High School and enjoy an amazing picnic.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 5, 2014
“With that, the Fight for a $15 minimum wage officially entered it’s civil disobedience phase.”
By Steve Ahlquist on September 4, 2014
Jorge Elorza wrote a paper in 2010 claiming that “science has disconfirmed the claim that the theist God has the power to violate the laws of physics.” Is Elorza an atheist?
By Steve Ahlquist on September 3, 2014
The Humanists of Rhode Island are proud to host medical anthropologist Adia Benton, delivering a presentation, “Addressing the Ebola Crisis in West Africa” in the auditorium of the Knight Memorial Library on 275 Elmwood Av, Providence, RI 02907 at 6pm on Monday, September 8, 2014.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 2, 2014
The Peace Flag Project coordinates and connects the community to events that celebrate peace during the month of September. Celebrating the Month of Peace is about working to create the Beloved Community and a Culture of Peace in our communities. A peaceful culture is one that we, as citizens, can create by how we live [...]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2014
From Gaza to Ferguson, we are witnessing the effects of the corporatization of the military and the militarization of the police. The alternative to the world on offer is one of courage and peace. The choice is ours.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Defense, Featured, International News, Occupy, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Syria | Tagged Drones, Gaza, Obama, Peace, Protest | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 29, 2014
“I want to speak on respectability politics,” said one of the speakers at the #HowManyMore rally held in Burnside Park last night. “Which,” he continued, “is basically telling a black or brown poor kid to pull our pants up, turn our hats the right way, wear a suit and we’ll get ahead, Alright? Fuck that, [...]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 28, 2014
It took too long, but eventually, after the election of FDR, the United States got around to actually doing something about the Great Depression. The Works Progress (or Work Projects) Administration (W.P.A.) started putting Americans back to work, Keynesian style, in 1935. Economists may argue about the efficacy of stimulus programs, but one benefit cannot [...]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 27, 2014
Every Wednesday women hotel workers and their supporters gather outside the Providence Renaissance and Providence Hilton hotels to demand fair wages and decent working conditions. So far, hotel management has refused to deal fairly.
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By Steve Ahlquist on August 26, 2014
The one thing that virtually everyone who attended last night’s forum, Understanding the Israel/Gaza Crisis, is that the subject is extremely difficult to talk about without extreme emotions hijacking the discourse. Many of us, said moderator Reverend Donald Anderson, executive minister for the RI Council of Churches, have family or friends living in harms way [...]
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By Steve Ahlquist on August 24, 2014
The ongoing state of war between Israel and Palestine that periodically erupts into catastrophic death and destruction does not easily lend itself to rational, compassionate discourse. Those who venture into this subject do so at the risk of being labeled apologists for genocide, accomplices to terrorism or some other conversation stopping label. Who are the [...]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 21, 2014
Last night over 200 protesters (estimated by the ProJo for what it’s worth) marched from the field across from the Providence Place Mall to the Providence Public Safety Complex, with cries of “No Justice, No Peace!,” “Justice for Mike Brown” and “Whose city? Our city!” The event was held to stand in solidarity with and boost the [...]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged ferguson, march, police brutality, Providence, Providence Police, rally, Rhode Island | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 21, 2014
One of the few bright spots on the Rhode Island economic landscape is tourism, but should our economic successes be built on the backs of women scraping by on minimum wage? Some hotels downtown pay fair wages and are willing to negotiate with their employees about working conditions. The Providence Renaissance Hotel next to the [...]
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Labor, Photos, Providence | Tagged hilton providence, hotel workers, Providence Renaissance, Tourism, unite here 217, working women wednesdays | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 20, 2014
At yesterday’s bi-partisan Preparatory Commission ahead of a report on “possible issues for consideration at a Constitutional Convention,” lawyer and Republican national committeeman Steven Frias, played the role of cross-examiner as he attempted to pin down the ACLU’s Steve Brown on the efficacy of the 1986 Constitutional Convention. Noting that he was asking a “subjective question” [...]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 13, 2014
30,000 Yazidi Kurds face imminent starvation as they huddle on Shangal Mountain in Northern Iraq. The Yazidi refugees are escaping ISIS, an Islamist, terrorist army that has pledged to destroy them because of their religious differences. The New England Kurdish Association (NEKA) held a rally on Tuesday to highlight the plight of the Yazidis. The [...]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 11, 2014
Today is a state holiday in Rhode Island. It’s a day some of us have off and some of us don’t, depending on whether or not we work in Boston, or at some retail job, or for an instate union or government employer. We used to call it VJ Day, for Victory over Japan, but [...]