By Nancy Green on May 1, 2017
My grandfather, Eddy Flynn, was a Providence cop. He died in 1962, of leukemia, but I still miss being able to grow up knowing him. Years later, as a nurse volunteer, I met Bob, a retired cop who drove and staffed the Travelers Aid Mobile Medical Van. Bob knew my grandfather. “Eddy,” he said, “was […]
By Stephen R. Graham on April 10, 2017
It’s Red Bandana nominations and award time again! It’s that time of year again. Time to recognize the unsung heroes among us for all the good work they do. The Red Bandana Fund is seeking nominations from the community to recognize both unsung organizations, and individuals, that embody the spirit and work of Richard Walton and […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, History, Homelessness, Housing, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, People, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Civil Rights / Liberties, henry shelton, Red Bandana Award, red bandana fund, richard walton | Leave a response
By Nick Inglis on January 21, 2017
When Barack Obama ran for the presidency, we embraced the promise of hope. It is this hope that will endure beyond the presidency of Barack Obama – not in his successor – but in our youth. In spite of, and in the face of the coming presidency of Donald Trump who will be inaugurated today […]
By Nancy Green on January 17, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, a former Jesuit school valedictorian who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie “The Exorcist,” has died. He was 89. He did have an illustrious career beyond your average pulp writer… […]
Posted in Arts & Culture, Featured, History, Movies, Opinion, People, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged exorcism, Holy Ghost Parish, Providence, The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty, Word of God community | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 14, 2017
The Secular Coalition for America (SCA) believes that Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse deserves kudos for his questioning of Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump‘s nominee for Attorney General. Whitehouse asked Sessions if a non-religious, secular person has as good a claim to the truth as a religious person, and defended the separation of church and […]
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, History, National News, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Aegean Stables, Attorney General, Department of Justice, donald trump, Eric Holder, Faith and Freedom Coalition, Federalist Society, Heritage Foundation, Jeff Sessions, Loretta Lynch, NASA, Republican Party, Right Wing Watch, Roger Williams, Samuel Alito, Sarah Levin, SCA, Secular Coalition for America, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court, Thomas Jefferson | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 23, 2016
“We light these lights for the spirit of resilience that remains after our strength has ebbed away, with the steadfast knowledge that even as the bullets echo repeatedly on bodies lying in the street, that the impunity of the powerful cannot last forever.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, History, Holidays, Immigration, Inequality, International News, News, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged Burnside Park, donald trump, Jean Riesman, Jewish Voice for Peace Rhode Island, JVP, Kathy Lessuck, Living Menorah, Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 20, 2016
We came together on the cold windy Sunday afternoon as “a peaceful gathering in solidarity with the people of Standing Rock, protectors of the water and the land, defenders against abusers of their human rights, as they seek to stop the pollution of the Missouri and Cannonball Rivers now under attack by the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline,” wrote organizer Crow DogWidow.
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Events, Featured, History, Infrastructure, National News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, jorge elorza | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 24, 2016
Today, in Burrillville, a group of Rhode Islanders is standing up to the fossil fuel oligarchy and when they win, it will mark a turning point in the climate change battle, and the effects could be as significant as those at Gaspee Point in 1772.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Events, Featured, History, Infrastructure, International News | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, Adler Pollock & Sheehan, Alan Shoer, apra, burrillville, Burrillville Town Council, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, Sheldon Whitehouse, Woonsocket | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 27, 2016
Andrew Bacevich, a noted scholar, author, and critic of U.S. imperialism, will be speaking on U.S. policy, or lack thereof, in the Middle East on October 6 from 7-9 pm at the Westminster Unitarian Church, 24 Kenyon Street in East Greenwich, RI.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 10, 2016
A march from Kennedy Plaza to the Providence Public Safety Complex, with a brief, tense stop in front of the Providence Place Mall was held in Providence Friday evening in solidarity with a National Prison Strike, on the 45th anniversary of the Attica Uprising. After gathering in Kennedy Plaza, across from Providence City Hall, the […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, History, Homelessness, Inequality, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Sex Work, Video | Tagged ACI, kennedy plaza, Providence Place Mall, Providence Public Safety Complex | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2016
On the day the RI Senate Finance committee passed the legislation that would establish the Energy Facilities Siting Board, Robert L Bendick Jr, director of the RI DEM asked, “I just wonder what’s going on here. What’s the driving force behind this?”
Posted in Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, History, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Conservation Law Foundation, DEM, Department of Environmental Management, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Jerry Elmer, national grid, Ocean State Power Plant, Providence Journal, Public Utilities Commission, puc, Victoria Lederberg | 1 Response
By Harry Rix on June 15, 2016
After 400 years of terror, isn’t it time for all Christians to speak out against ‘Radical Christian Extremism?’ Slavery was terrorism: Plantations were concentration camps. The Native American genocide was terrorism: The Trail of Tears was a death march. Hangings by slave patrols and the Ku Klux Klan were terrorism: These murders—often perpetrated or approved by white ‘Christians’—were intended to grieve, horrify and intimidate blacks.
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, Mark Lentz, New Bridges for Haitian Success | 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, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Economics, Energy, Events, Featured, History, Infrastructure, News | Tagged Allan Kanner, Clean Water Act, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, CWA, ExxonMobil, Maura Healey, RCRA, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act | 3 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.
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, American Friends Service Committee – South East New England, east bay citizens for peace, Jr. | 4 Responses