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 Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, 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, Lisa Badelli-Hunt, Sheldon Whitehouse, Timmons Roberts, Woonsocket, Woonsocket Town Council | 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.
Posted in Activism, Defense, Events, Featured, History, International News, National News, News | Tagged America’s War for the Greater Middle East- A Military History, American Friends Service Committee, Andrew Bacevich, Andrew Bacevich Jr, Pax Christi Rhode Island, Rhode Island Anti-War Committee, Social Responsibility Committee of Westminster Unitarian Church, Tuesday Interfaith Peace Group, Washington Rules- America’s Path to Permanent War, Westminster Unitarian Church | Leave a response
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 / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Events, Featured, History, Homelessness, Inequality, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Sex workers, Video | Tagged 13th Amendment, ACI, Adult Correctional Institute, Attica Uprising, Free Alabama Movement, Free Mississippi Movement, Free Ohio Movement, Free Texas Movement, Free Virginia Movement, IWOC, IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, kennedy plaza, National Prison Strike, Oscar Perez, 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 Change, corporate greed, Democrats, Energy, Environment, Featured, History, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged avid R Carlin Jr, Conservation Law Foundation, DEM, Department of Environmental Management, Donald R Hickey, Edward F Burke, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, J Joseph Garahy, Jerry Elmer, Narragansett Electric, national grid, Ocean State Power Plant, Office of Energy Assistance, Providence Journal, Public Utilities Commission, puc, Robert L Bendick Jr, Victoria Lederberg, Ward Pimley, William C O'Neill | 3 Responses
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.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, History, Immigration, LGBT, National News, Opinion, Politics, Race & Racism, Religion, Republicans | Tagged Islamophobia, love, Muslims, Radical Muslim Extremists, terror attacks, terrorism, truth | Leave a response
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 | 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.
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