By Andrew Stewart on May 19, 2016
What do Democratic Party Chair Joe McNamara, Justin Katz, the burning of the HMS Gaspee, and a concentration camp have in common? Quite a good deal! There is a bit of a schoolyard tiff being had out in public today between Joe and Justin where they are trying to see who can be the most […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 18, 2016
“Free yourself completely and continue to fight for the freedom of the entire world,” said keynote speaker Jean-Claude Sanon, “Wherever there is injustice it is my obligation, as well as yours, to fight it.”
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Events, Featured, History, Holidays, Immigration, International News, People, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Bernard Georges, Haiti, Jean-Claude Sanon, Mark Lentz, New Bridges for Haitian Success, Romie Bois | 1 Response
By Conservation Law Foundation on May 17, 2016
“ExxonMobil knowingly and unlawfully misled regulators about whether its Everett facility can withstand rising seas, more intense precipitation, and other climate impacts without spewing oil and other toxic pollutants into adjoining neighborhoods, the Mystic River, and the Boston Harbor. Today’s lawsuit – the first of its kind – aims to hold ExxonMobil accountable…”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Economy, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, History, Infrastructure, Massachusetts, News | Tagged Allan Kanner, BP’s Deepwater Horizon, Brad Campbell, Chelsea Green Space, Clean Water Act, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, CWA, EkOngKar Singh (EK) Khalsa, esource Conservation and Recovery Act, ExxonMobil, Maura Healey, Mystic River Watershed Association, RCRA, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Roseann Bongiovanni | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 16, 2016
Organizers will be bringing together the Haitian community and allies into a community event serendipitously on the day of Haitian Independence. We want to recognize the courageous efforts of revolutionaries Toussaint L’Ouverture and Jean Jacques Dessaline in creating the country of Haiti as the first and only free nation in history to be liberated by slaves.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Featured, History, Holidays, News | Tagged Bernard Georges, Haitian Heritage Month, Happy RI, Jean Claude Sinon, Jean Jacques Dessaline, Juan Pichardo, Mark Lentz, New Bridges for Haitian Success, Toussaint L’Ouverture, Transform Credit | Leave a response
By Jerry Elmer on May 2, 2016
My friend Dan Berrigan – Jesuit priest, poet, and peace activist – died yesterday, April 30, at age 94. April 30 was, of course, the anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war, a fact that had been much on my mind yesterday.
By East Bay Citizens for Peace on April 1, 2016
On Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 7:30 PM, Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. will present a talk titled “The End of the American Empire: Foreign Policy without Diplomacy” at The Barrington Congregational Church, Fellowship Hall. 461 County Rd, Barrington, RI.
Posted in Activism, Defense, Events, History, International News, National News, News, Politics | Tagged AFSC-SENE, Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, American Friends Service Committee – South East New England, east bay citizens for peace, Jr., Mission and Justice Ministry of the Barrington Congregational Church UCC | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 20, 2016
The First Unitarian Church of Providence unveiled a Black Lives Matter banner Sunday to a crowd of over three hundred church members and invited community members.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, History, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged Black Lives Banner, Charles Blustein Ortman, First Unitarian Church of Providence, jim vincent, NAACP Providence Branch, Standing on the Side of Love | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on March 20, 2016
However, a new reading of Foucault has emerged that is not at all radical. Centered around French sociologist Daniel Zamora, it re-examines the writings of Foucault, particularly his key text The Birth of Biopolitics, and sees his comments regarding the early days of American neoliberalism as what they plainly are, laudatory
By Andrew Stewart on March 7, 2016
There are so many millions of people who did not get to have their voices heard and should be in regards to this woman and what she represented.
By Andrew Stewart on March 6, 2016
A historic conference at Temple University intended to guide and radicalize activists in #BlackLivesMatter was held from January 8-10, 2016 in Philadelphia. We are going to post videos from the panels that have just become available online.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, History, LGBT, Race & Racism | Tagged Che Gossett, Gabe Gonzalez, Hakim Pitts, Mani Martinez, MEEJIN RICHART, PAMELA WHITNEY WILLIAMS, RECLAIMING OUR FUTURE: THE BLACK RADICAL TRADITION IN OUR TIME, Tyrone Reed | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on February 24, 2016
Spence just recently published Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics, an expansion on a previous paper he published in the academic journal Souls.
By Harry Rix on February 20, 2016
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive.” Sir Walter Scott The fix is in. The President is not elected by 105 million American voters. No, the President is selected by five Supreme Court justices. Justice Antonin Scalia writes that recounting Florida votes will “cast a cloud” over the election. […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Defense, Elections, Featured, History, National News, News, Opinion, Politics, Republicans | Tagged Bush, Gore, political chicanery, Scalia, Scandal | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on February 20, 2016
As Black History Month comes upon us again, one of the things left out of this discourse, despite its importance, is the role of Joseph Stalin as a national liberation thinker. This is perhaps jarring for the uninitiated reader and might strike some as racist to put a white Georgian known for his human rights […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 19, 2016
Frances Fox Piven is a legend. Her work was instrumental in the creation of the welfare rights movement and the war on poverty. Last night, Piven gave a talk entitled “Strategic Voter Disenfranchisement: How Political Party Competition Shrinks the Electorate” at the RI Center for Justice
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Events, Featured, History, Occupy, Politics, Republicans, Video, Voter ID, Women | Tagged Bernie Sanders, black lives matter, fight for 15, Frances Fox Piven, Occupy, RI Center for Justice, seiu, Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 18, 2016
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is a bit of an enigma. A progressive on issues like taxation, LGBTQ rights, gun control, marijuana reform and labor, he nevertheless has disappointed his secular constituents over his refusal to issue a Day of Reason or Darwin Day proclamation despite repeated requests.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Connecticut, Featured, History, Holidays, National News, News, Politics, Religion | Tagged Chris Murphy, Dannel Malloy, Darwin Day, Elizabeth Esty, FOIA, Freedom of Information Act, Jason Heap, Jim Himes, National Day of Prayer, National Day of Reason, Richard Blumenthal, Roger Williams, The Bloudy Tenet of Persecution, United Coalition of Reason | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 17, 2016
A World Affairs Council of Rhode Island (WACRI) forum will explore the complex and often painful history between Haitians and Dominicans on the Island of Hispaniola and the plight of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic on Thursday evening at the Donovan Dining Faculty Center at Rhode Island College from 6-9pm.
Posted in Activism, Education, Events, Featured, History, Immigration, News, People, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Dominicans, Elvys Ruiz, Fritza Remy, Haitians, Hispaniola, Melida Anyi Espinal, Moise Bourdeau, Silvio Torres-Saillant, WACRI, Walter R. Stone, World Affairs Council of Rhode Island | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on February 16, 2016
As the final entry into our macro-historical overview of neoliberalism, I wanted to share with readers a very special interview. Michael Hudson’s new book Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy is a brilliant dissection of how neoliberal hegemony has come to dominate the economics discipline and what it […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economic Development, Economy, History | Tagged Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy, Michael Hudson, neoliberalism | Leave a response
By Harry Rix on February 15, 2016
“Churches can be a place where judgment, shame and contempt [for families with felons] are felt most acutely.” Michelle Alexander Time for a pop quiz question. Ready? In what year did the U.S. end slavery? Most agree it’s 1865. Some historians disagree. Their answer: 1942. True, the Triangle Trade’s enrichment of slave shippers ended with […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, History, Homelessness, Housing, Labor, marijuana reform, Opinion, Politics, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion, Unemployment | Tagged convict leasing, mass incarceration, Slavery, war on drugs | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on February 12, 2016
Over the past several weeks, we have carried a series of posts that articulate an explanation of the neoliberal epoch and how its coordinates have defined our modern discourse. Naomi Klein’s book The Shock Doctrine is the half of the conclusion to this introduction of the trend’s macro-history before focusing in on specific elements of […]