By Andrew Stewart on February 7, 2016
David Harvey is a Marxist geographer and thinker whose scholarship has included the history of neoliberalism, the meaning of Marx’s Das Kapital, and building a participatory democratic system in urban centers. Here Harvey lays out the history of neoliberalism and the political system it entails. While many libertarian-capitalists embrace the ideas of neoliberalism under the […]
By Andrew Stewart on February 4, 2016
The late Tony Judt was a historian of undeniable talent, even if I personally find his political positions slightly problematic. His book Postwar, a history of Europe after the Second World War, is considered one of the finest volumes of the past decade. As he was dying of ALS, colloquially known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, […]
Posted in Economy, History | Tagged Tony Judt, What is Living and What is Dead in Social Democracy? | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on February 3, 2016
Dr. Gerald Horne of the University of Houston is arguably one of the finest historians in America. His prolific and impressive bibliography has profiled and narrated a wide range of topics in African American history, including the American revolution to the history of black Communist politicians who were elected to office. His book The Counter-Revolution […]
Posted in Featured, History, Race & Racism | Tagged Confronting Black Jacobins: The US the Haitian Revolution and the Origins of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Gerald Horne, paul robeson, The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America, W.E.B. Du Bois, William Patterson | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 28, 2016
Featuring amazing mental images such as: five priests drinking in a secret bar at City Hall, Ray Hull tucking Cianci into bed at night and a big, bad, handsome “psychopath” biting a man’s ear off, this was not a typical day at the State House.
Posted in Featured, History, National News, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Charlene Lima, John Francis "Jack" Cicilline, John Gary Robichaud, john harwood, Raymond A. Hull, Vincent 'Buddy' Cianci | 2 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on January 24, 2016
Back in 1979, Bernie Sanders, well before he was elected as Mayor of Burlington that launched his political career, produced with the Smithsonian Folkways label an audio documentary about Prisoner Number 9563 himself, Eugene V. Debs. Some folks have kindly uploaded the material to YouTube and so we are proud to feature it here, along […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 21, 2016
“Of our textbook’s 1,192 pages, fewer than 100 pages are dedicated to people of color. That’s less than 10% of our history curriculum, in a district where 91% of the students are people of color. That is unacceptable.”
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Education, Events, Featured, History, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged #OurHistoryMatters, Afaf Akid, Bayard Rustin, DARE, Dolores Huerta, EJLRI, Ella Baker, ethnic studies, Fred Hampton, grace lee boggs, Justin Hernandez, Licelit Caraballo, providence student union, PrYSM, psu | 2 Responses
“Free at last, free at last, Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
By Gus Uht on January 18, 2016
As I watched tears developed in my eyes. At the climactic end, one forlorn tear from each eye rolled down my cheeks. As I watched I remembered that what MLK had looked forward to had not yet come to pass in this great, yes great, nation of ours.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2016
When speaker Marco McWilliams, director of Black Studies at Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) spoke about prison abolition and the dismantling of capitalism (admittedly long term goals) some in the audience showed visible reservations.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, History, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged black lives matter, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, First Unitarian Church of Providence, jim vincent, Marco McWilliams, NAACP Providence Branch, Nathaniel Greene Middle School, Pilar McCloud, Providence Community Safety Act, Providence Place Mall, Starbucks, Susan Leslie, Unitarian Universalist Association, UUA | Leave a response
By Bernard Georges on January 12, 2016
The pain of losing family members and friends shall never be forgotten. I remember that I had just finished talking to my own cousin, Lukencia Desptre, only to later receive the devastating news that she had died in the earthquake.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 11, 2016
Workers at the Bannister House nursing home voted unanimously to reject Centers Health Care’s contract proposal and authorized a strike. on December 28. Workers say that the nursing home chain is trying to drive down compensation for existing jobs. Today workers and allies held an informational picket outside Bannister House.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, Health Care, History, Labor, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged 1199 SEIU RI, bannister house, Centers Health Care, Mike Araujo, RI Jobs with Justice | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 28, 2015
There are many world views, philosophies, life stances or ways of life that are not religious in nature, yet are considered fully equal to religion in terms of conscience and liberty, under the law… non-religious belief systems, such as atheism and Humanism, are protected under the First Amendment as surely as Christianity or Judaism.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, History, Opinion, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Adam J. Sholes, Devon Letourneau, first amendment, Five-Percent Nation, freedom of conscience, Providence Journal, Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, Robert Vangel | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on December 4, 2015
Recently I had the opportunity to sit down for a conversation with Sally Hay, an LGBTQQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer, Questioning, Intersex) rights activist that has done a significant level of research and work regarding elder issues with Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). As the Baby Boomers continue to retire and age, […]
Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Courageous Black Domestic Workers Who Upheld the Montgomery Bus Boycott
By Marco McWilliams on December 2, 2015
Black women, like Parks, who labored outside of the home — particularly domestic workers — suffered the compounded indignities of white supremacy on their return trips home. Throughout the day black women often found themselves verbally accosted by their white women employers and sexually assaulted by their white male employers.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, History, Labor, Race & Racism, Women | Tagged Claudette Colvin, Epsie Worthy, Geneva Johnson, Jo Ann Gibson Robinson, Katie Wingfield, Mary Louise Smith, Montgomery bus boycott, Rosa Parks, Viola White | 3 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on November 28, 2015
TRUMBO (dir. Jay Roach, 2015) is a love letter to Left progressives, an intellectual and spiritual uplift that reaches out with tenderness to writers, activists, and film lovers for an exploration of one of the most awful moments of American domestic governance in the past century. Despite dealing with the McCarthy Red Scare era and […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 30, 2015
I watched as people came to the table, lured by the promise of free candy, only to be asked to write something and post it for everyone to see. It really seemed to capture people’s imaginations. One woman, Grefe told me, said that her mother had passed away ten years ago on this date. Another simply remembered a year the Patriots won the Superbowl. My mind immediately went back to the Blizzard of ’78, which I experienced as a child, and enjoyed immensely.
By Andrew Stewart on October 20, 2015
The inaugural exhibit of Stages of Freedom: Black Performing Arts in Rhode Island, a new nonprofit organization highlighting African American history in the arts opened on Monday. Sponsored by Providence Public Library, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and Opera Providence, the event featured contributions of many gifted individuals, including Ray Rickman and Robb Dimmick. After […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2015
“In this history of the United States, a moral critique has been always been at the center of any challenge to the structural sins of society—slavery, the denial of women’s rights, the denial of labor rights, the denial of equal protection under the law, the denial of voting rights, and the promulgation of unchecked militarism. We have never overcome any of these evils without a moral critique that challenged their grip on the heart and imagination of our society.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, Congress, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Economy, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, History, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Hip Hop Caucus, Moby, Moral Mondays, pope francis, Rally for Moral Action on Climate Change, Washington DC, William J. Barber II | Leave a response
By Daryle Lamont Jenkins on September 19, 2015
“Those that engage in such behavior however are not going to be content with just tagging a school, throwing around flyers or ranting at a presidential candidate. That doesn’t get results. They still have to organize and network with people who can advance their hatred to the point that they see things happen for them, and they are able to reclaim a position they once had over the people they hate just a few short years ago. When they do that, it takes even more vigilance to fight back because this is when they are at their most dangerous.”
Posted in Events, History, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged black lives matter, Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC, H.L. Mencken Club, Islamic School of Rhode Island, National Policy Institute, National Press Club, NPI, racism, Richard Spencer, Voice of the Renaissance, Westminster Unitarian Church | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2015
This year’s theme for AIDS Walk RI was “Keeping Hope Alive” and despite the reality of nearly 100 new cases of HIV being diagnosed in our state every year, there is hope that one day HIV will be eradicated.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Health Care, History, LGBT, Photos, Video | Tagged AIDS Care Ocean State, AIDS Project Rhode Island, David Cicilline, Guy Abelson, Hope Harris, Hope Harris Award, jorge elorza, Nicole Alexander-Scott, Paul Fitzgerald, Philip Chan, PrEP, Providence Gay Men's Chorus, RI Department of Health, Ronald Lewis, seth magaziner | Leave a response
By Erik Loomis on September 10, 2015
For the last several years, I have written in various forums about how the United States has entered a New Gilded Age. That is, through decimating workers’ rights and empowering corporations to dominate the political system, we are recreating the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. That period was noted by […]