By Lauren Niedel on December 30, 2016
These are the times that try the souls of men, women, minorities, LGBTQ, environmentalists, Jewish, Atheist, Muslim and Native American souls. Thomas Paine, if you hear me, on behalf of all of the sane Americans out here, I apologize! I know you are turning in your grave right now.
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 December 23, 2016
It doesn’t show signs of stopping
The rents they are not dropping
Rent control is one way to go
Give us homes! Give us homes! Give us homes!
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Disability Services, Domestic Violence, Education, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Health Care, Holidays, Immigration, Inequality, News, Photos, Social Services, State House, Video | Tagged Camilo Viveiros, Chloe Chassaing, George Wiley Center, Nicholas Mattiello, social safety net, State House | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on November 25, 2016
Activists and protesters gathered outside TD Bank at Dorance and Westminster St in downtown Providence, chanting and holding signs. Shortly after protesters arrived, the Providence Police Department responded with a half dozen officers to protect the bank. The pictures show the kind of people TD Bank needs to be protected from.
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By Steve Ahlquist on June 26, 2016
Rhode Island’s founder, Roger Williams, was a refugee from Massachusetts seeking freedom and safety in our state. Bah said that welcoming refugees is a Rhode island tradition that must be protected.
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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.”
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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 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, Featured, History, Holidays, National News, News, Politics, Religion | Tagged FOIA, Freedom of Information Act, Jason Heap, Roger Williams, The Bloudy Tenet of Persecution | 1 Response
“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 New Leaders Council RI on December 28, 2015
Here at RI New Leaders Council, we train the next generation of trailblazing political entrepreneurs – civically engaged, socially conscious change makers.
At the top of our wish list is that you come celebrate our 5th year anniversary with us!
By Steve Ahlquist on December 11, 2015
Hate and fear are not working, “let us see what love can do.”
By Hillary Davis on September 15, 2015
Constitution Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787, and the ACLU of Rhode Island is excited to announce our plans to celebrate Constitution Day this week by hosting a family-friendly scavenger hunt highlighting Providence’s civil liberties history.
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By Steve Ahlquist on July 5, 2015
There is nothing more American than a parade, and parades are paeans to socialism. They run on publicly funded streets, feature military equipment and fire apparatus paid for with taxes to protect the public good, and are supported by local governments.
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, Holidays, National News, News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged atheism, christianity, christmas tree, Gina Raimondo, Holiday Tree, Humanism, Humanists of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee | 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.
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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.