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.
Posted in Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Holidays, Immigration, International News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, James Langevin, Nellie Gorbea, Omar Bah, Refugee Dream Center, Roger Williams, World Refugee Day | 1 Response
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 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 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
“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.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Events, Featured, Holidays, Providence, Youth | Tagged ACLU, Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Events, Providence, Rhode Island, students, Youth | Leave a response
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 / 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 | 10 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 […]