By Steve Ahlquist on December 24, 2014
The message the State of Rhode Island is sending is clear: Christians are #1, Jews are #2 (perhaps by virtue of the history, monotheism and holy texts they share with Christians) and all other view points are relegated to the second floor, where visitors must search them out.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Holidays, National News, News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged atheism, christianity, christmas tree, Gina Raimondo, Hanukkah menorah, Holiday Tree, Humanism, Humanists of Rhode Island, Judaism, Lincoln Chafee, War on Christmas, War on Secularism | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 23, 2014
With affected dispassion the board revealed that they do not have the power to tell National Grid “no,” confirming the crowd’s suspicions that the board is little more than a rubber stamp for whatever rates National Grid seeks to impose.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Environment, Events, Featured, Holidays, News, People, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Herbert F DeSimone Jr, Margaret Curran, national grid, Paul J Roberti, puc | 9 Responses
By Peet Nourjian on December 13, 2014
Marijuana holiday bush Angels carved from calamari Candles stuck in ‘Gansett bottles Santa in a red Ferrari Christmas in the Ocean State Big Blue Bug blinks big red nose Off-key carols by Cardi brothers River burns and saxophone blows As snow-flakes fill Rhode Island skies Forgiveness swells inside of us Except for all those politicians […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 8, 2014
Mail Call often happens in public spaces in the prison. When someone hears their name called by a prison guard during mail call, it is a reminder that people on the outside care about that person. It is also a message to the guards and other prisoners that this person has support and is not forgotten. This can be a vital harm reduction strategy for people who are locked up, especially queer and transgender folks.
By Steve Ahlquist on November 28, 2014
The idea is simple: give away donated coats to people who need them, while at the same time challenging the consumerism that marks Black Friday, an annual sales frenzy fomented by big box and mall retailers the day after Thanksgiving. The Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange, set up on the lawn of the State House, acts as a conscience and counterpoint to the sales driven capitalism inside the Providence Place Mall.
By Steve Ahlquist on November 25, 2014
Non-theistic people are your family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers. We may not believe in a deity or the supernatural, but we are compassionate, ethical members of this community.
By Greg Matos on November 11, 2014
One thing all veterans have in common is their commitment to defend our democracy, namely the right to vote and self-govern. The right to vote defines our nation and the values we project internationally. It is the American brand, our trademark as the shining city on a hill. The importance of these values has been […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 12, 2014
Columbus was a monster, and he doesn’t deserve to have a day of celebration in his honor. Really, this day off should celebrate any of the many great and positive things we enjoy about this world… but not historical monsters. We can certainly do better.
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 […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 1, 2014
The National Day of Reason, which Governor Chafee was kind enough to officially recognize on behalf of the Humanists of Rhode Island (HRI) and the Secular Coalition of Rhode Island has been the subject of no small amount of misinformation. Here are some facts: The Day of Reason was created in 2003 by the American […]
By Marco McWilliams on January 20, 2014
Toward the end of his life Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. grew increasingly disenchanted with the project of racial integration as a means of securing social, political, and economic justice for African Americans. Echoing the sentiments of Ella Baker and Malcolm X, both of whom radically called into question prevailing ideas about what America was […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 20, 2014
On this day that we set aside to remember the extraordinary achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., please enjoy Joe Wilson Jr.’s stirring performance of MLK’s “The Drum Major Instinct” at the Central Falls City Hall on January 15, Dr. King;’s 84th birthday.
By Thom Cahir on December 25, 2013
By now I’m sure everyone has torn open their gifts and are watching television before preparing today’s Christmas meal. And that includes many of my non-Christian friends who now celebrate the holiday. That’s quite a change from when I was a kid and it was a religious holiday, celebrated by Christians in a solemn and […]
RIF Radio: A working class Christmas: lefty-themed holiday songs to call attention to the reason for the season
By Bob Plain on December 23, 2013
Happy Holidays Ocean State and fellow futurists … This is Bob Plain and as always I am podcasting to you from The Hideaway on the banks of the Mattatuxet River behind the Shady Lea Mill in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. But this is a special edition of the RI Future podcast celebrating that solstice time of year – or, as we call it here in America, Christmas.
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By Steve Ahlquist on December 3, 2013
Governor Chafee’s recent decision to let the giant evergreen dominating the State House rotunda be officially called a “Christmas Tree” rather than a “Holiday Tree” as has been the tradition since at least the Carcieri administration, is unfortunate. Chafee has been a very good advocate of church-state separation, fighting the good fight even when there […]
By Bob Plain on December 2, 2013
In an attempt to avoid the annual holiday season skirmish over what to call the dead tree in the State House veranda, Governor Lincoln Chafee said in a statement today he’s willing to acquiesce and call it a Christmas tree. Here’s his statement: In 2011, my first year celebrating December in the State House I […]
By Len Katzman on December 13, 2012
I’m a field operative in the War on Christmas. I’m in a Spoken Word unit of the 649th Infantry Division of the 53rd Lexical Corps. Our primary tactical weapon: words. This is a diary of some of my time on the battlefront. I start this day as always, heading out to pick up coffee and […]