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 […]
By Bob Plain on April 15, 2016
Multiple peace groups are targeting Textron because the Rhode Island-based conglomerate provided cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia that were used in the conflict in Yemen, injuring civilians and contributing to a growing human rights catastrophe in the severely impoverished Middle Eastern nation. CODEPINK, a female-organized anti-war group, the Cluster Munition Coalition, (ICBL-CMC) an international group […]
Posted in Defense, Featured, International News | Tagged AFSC-SENE, American Friends Service Committee, cluster bombs, Cluster Munitions Coalition, CodePink, Human Rights Watch, saudi arabia, Textron, yemen | 3 Responses
By Chad Nelson on April 11, 2016
Last week, former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden told MSNBC’s Morning Joe panel that Americans “are not tolerant enough of collateral damage.” Hayden feels the American War Machine is too constrained by the conscience of ordinary Americans. His disgusting statement apparently does not apply to the Providence, Rhode Island-based Textron Corporation, who continue to […]
By Bob Plain on April 8, 2016
General Dynamics, doing business as Electric Boat, announced last week it is building a $2.5 billion military submarine in Rhode Island. Good news for the state’s struggling economy, as defense contractors here are a major source of jobs, income and tax revenue. “I couldn’t be more proud to have Electric Boat in our backyard,” Governor […]
By Barry Schiller on April 5, 2016
Those writing about the Israel-Palestine conflict often demonize one side or the other, not that hard to do as both have done, and are doing, bad things. But neither Israelis nor Palestinians can make the other side surrender, go away, or disappear, so conflict continues and the demonization doesn’t get either side anywhere. Indeed, this […]
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 Bob Plain on March 30, 2016
As Saudi Arabian airstrikes threaten to cause a humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the American Friends Service Committee of Southeastern New England is planning to protest Textron outside the company’s headquarters in Providence. “We will gather at 4:30pm with the long budget banner and signs addressing the use of Textron-made cluster bombs by Saudi Arabia in […]
By Bob Plain on March 28, 2016
Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline tells RI Future about his trip to Cuba, the lack of a free press and other human rights abuses under the Castro regime, how the Cuban economy works, and how it doesn’t work – and whether or not Congress is serious about lifting the embargo.
By Steve Ahlquist on March 22, 2016
When Rhode Island takes the money, they should know that the money comes, in part, at the expense of the Greek people, who suffer because a vampire-like Wall St. bank has consigned the country to half a century of brutal, soul-destroying austerity.
Posted in cities and towns, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Economy, Events, Featured, International News, National News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged badelli-hunt, Donald Grebien, Garry Levine, Gary Cohn, Gina Raimondo, goldman sachs, greece, jack reed, james diossa, jorge elorza | 7 Responses
There is a profound irony, no doubt influenced by President Barack Obama’s neoliberal pedigree, that comes with watching the nation’s first black president touch down in a country whose revolution was successful in part because its leaders abolished American-imposed Jim Crow racism laws overnight as part of their ascent to power. I am personally one […]
By transportprovidence on March 18, 2016
The fact that Katz is addressing this is a sign that substantial success has been made in promoting the concept of a guaranteed minimum income among liberals and conservatives.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, International News, National News, Poverty, Unemployment | Tagged c andrew morse, earned income tax credit, EITC, GMI, guaranteed minimum income, justin katz, Ken Block, Ocean State Current-Anchor | 7 Responses
For the last several years, the Left in the West has been rent asunder by a debate over what to do in regards to the war in Syria. Here again to help us hash through these issues and develop a principled vision of solidarity with the people now under siege by empire is Eric Draitser.
A few days ago Eric Draitser and Dr. Tony Monteiro appeared on Community Public Radio with Don DeBar to offer an in-depth dissection of the debacle that has become the presidential campaign. I would highly encourage those who are looking for an alternative to the conventional media analysis to check this out, at about 35 minutes it is the best description I have heard of this circus in a while.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Economy, International News, National News, Republicans | Tagged Community Public Radio, CPRMetro, Don DeBar, Eric Draitser, Tony Monteiro | Leave a response
Members of the Haitian and Dominican communities in Rhode Island came together for an evening of community discussion and contemplation as they tried to come to grips with what has been a difficult history on the island both states share.
Posted in Featured, International News, News, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged Dominican Republic, Elvys Ruiz, Fritza Remy, Haiti, Silvio Torres-Saillant, World Affairs Council of Rhode Island | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 7, 2016
Baha pointed out that Syrian refugee Bdoor Ghazala, who is pregnant, will soon give birth to a United States citizen. “So your son could become a US president,” he said. As his words were translated there were smiles, wonderment and laughter throughout the room.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, International News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged Baha Sadr, Dorcas International Institute of RI, Noor J Memon, Omar Bah, Refugee Dream Center, Sterk Zaza | Leave a response
By Claire Pimentel on March 7, 2016
I am not a criminal, but my life has been criminalized. I have lived in Rhode Island for practically my entire life, having moved here from Europe when I was merely ten months of age. My visa expired when I was a young child and just like that, I became an undocumented immigrant.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, fair, Federation for American Immigration Reform, hate group, Robert Nardolillo | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 1, 2016
Waiting for Bernie Sanders in the press line outside Milton High School in Massachusetts ahead of Super Tuesday, I talked to Rita Colaco, a journalist from Portugal. She’s surprised that I know where Portugal is, because most Americans she talks to think her country is part of Spain, or Puerto Rico…
Posted in Campaign 2016, Class Warfare, Democrats, Elections, Events, Featured, Health Care, International News, National News, News, Photos, Video, Youth | Tagged Bernie Sanders, donald trump, hillary clinton, John May, Medicare for All, Milton High School, Rita Colaco, Super Tuesday, ted cruz | Leave a response