By Steve Ahlquist on July 29, 2016
On her first night in our Providence, Malala Yousafzai ate at the restaurant India on the East Side. In her telling, she ate too much and decided to go for a walk in the park with her father. In the park, she says, “Nobody was even looking at me.” Everyone was too busy playing Pokémon Go.
By Bob Plain on July 7, 2016
The protests against Textron cluster bombs are spreading from Rhode Island to Massachusetts. On Wednesday, Massachusetts Peace Action held a protest at Textron Systems, a subsidiary of Providence-based Textron in Wilmington, Mass., that was attended by more than 40 people. “This was inspired by the Providence protests,” said Cole Harrison, executive director of Mass Peace […]
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 Bob Plain on June 20, 2016
Congress is coming under increasing pressure to stop supplying cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, but Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed doesn’t seem to be feeling it. He said the weapons, which are made by Rhode Island-based Textron and banned by 119 nations but not the US and Saudi Arabia, “should still be provided under strict […]
By Bob Plain on June 16, 2016
Congressmen David Cicilline and Jim Langevin both supported an amendment to the House military spending bill that would stopped the United States from transferring Textron-made cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to transfer or authorize the transfer of any cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia,” […]
By Jewish Voice for Peace Rhode Island on June 9, 2016
There is a growing movement of conscience to use boycotts as a peaceful strategy against the human rights violations imposed by Israel against the Palestinian people. This House Bill as proposed would itself discriminate against those have taken a principled stance for justice and international principles of human rights.
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By Bob Plain on June 2, 2016
Rhode Island-based Textron has come under scrutiny for making cluster bombs the US sells to Saudi Arabia. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have documented civilian casualties in Yemen from cluster bombs, which are banned by 119 nations but not by the United States and Saudi Arabia. Textron is the only North American manufacturer of cluster bombs.
By Bob Plain on May 31, 2016
Textron CEO Scott Donnelly wrote an op/ed in today’s Providence Journal taking issue with the tactics of activists who are targeting Textron for making cluster bombs. “It’s clear that we live in dangerous times,” Donnelly’s op/ed begins, citing concerns against “enemies such as ISIS, the Taliban, Al Qaeda and others.” Donnelly, the $12.2 million-a-year president […]
By Bob Plain on May 28, 2016
After months of sustained pressure from global humanitarian groups – as well as peace activists in Rhode Island – the United States seems poised to stop selling cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, according to an exclusive report in Foreign Policy. “Frustrated by a growing death toll, the White House has quietly placed a hold on […]
By Bob Plain on May 27, 2016
Textron CEO Scott Donnelly is the second highest paid corporate executive in Rhode Island on a list produced by the Associated Press this week. Donnelly is paid $12.2 million, according to the AP, in “salary, bonus, perks, stock awards, stock option awards, deferred compensation and other pay components that include benefits and perks.” Larry Merlo, […]
By Bob Plain on May 26, 2016
Pia Ward has personal reasons for protesting Textron’s cluster bombs. She grew up in Beirut, Lebanon and as a young girl collected the military ordnance strewn across the countryside. “My dad said ‘don’t pick up anything that’s live,’” she said, showing off what she described as an expired Israeli landmine found in Beirut during the […]
By Bob Plain on May 24, 2016
Amnesty International is the latest humanitarian organization to call out Textron for providing cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. A new report from AI says cluster bomb evidence found in Yemen was “manufactured by Textron Defense Systems,” a Massachusetts subsidiary of the Rhode Island-based conglomerate. “The presence of dud skeet submunitions in Yemen which have failed […]
By Bob Plain on May 19, 2016
Radicals, Quakers, a few hippies and at least one nun joined together today to protest Textron because the Rhode Island-based conglomerate makes cluster bombs that Saudi Arabia is using in civilian-populated areas of Yemen. Some 13 people held signs and informed passersby as they stood across the street from Textron’s world headquarters in downtown Providence. […]
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 Bob Plain on May 16, 2016
There were two public protests – one that led to three arrests – last month at 40 Westminster Street in downtown Providence, corporate headquarters for Textron. The Rhode Island-based conglomerate was identified as Saudi Arabia’s source for cluster bombs and Saudi-led forces were accused of using the highly controversial and indiscriminate weapon, that 119 nations […]
By Bob Plain on May 6, 2016
Focusing more sharply on Textron, a new Human Rights Watch report calls on the United States government and the Rhode Island-based conglomerate to stop selling cluster bombs. The report offers fresh evidence the Textron-made weapons – banned by 119 nations but not by the US – were used by Saudi Arabian forces in Yemen, injured […]
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 Steve Ahlquist on April 21, 2016
Photos from today’s Textron action.
By Bob Plain on April 21, 2016
Peace activists chained themselves to Textron’s world headquarters in downtown Providence this morning, protesting the RI-based conglomerate’s role in supplying cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. Police arrested three activists who chained themselves to Textron’s front doors. Pia Ward, Mark Baumer and Lee Stewart used bike locks to chain themselves to Textron’s front entrances. They were […]
By Bob Plain on April 19, 2016
Peace activists took to the sidewalks in front of Textron’s world headquarters in downtown Providence yesterday to protest the conglomerate for making and selling cluster bombs. “These weapons should never be used,” said Megan Burke, the director of the Cluster Munitions Coalition who traveled to Rhode Island for the event. “They are a relic of […]