By Bob Plain on April 12, 2018
When Caleb Chadsey died, in 1894, he left $10,000 and a parcel of property in the heart of Wickford to the town of North Kingstown for the purposes of creating a community library. And there, at 55 Brown St., is where the local library stood until 1975, when a bigger one was built a few […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 18, 2017
“Every time I drove up this hill and saw that big gray wall I said, ‘This wall needs something. It needs a mural,'” said Hannah Resseger, “I wanted it to be something about the history.”
Posted in Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, History, Immigration, Installations, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged aaron regunberg, B Mor Seven, Billy Taylor Park, Blake Filippi, Brown University, Carl's Diggins House of Jazz & Soul, Celebrity Club, Dannie Ritchie, Danny Lopes, Elisa Perez, Gina Rodriguez, Hannah Resseger, Hard Scrabble Riot, Harold Metts, Jalia Godette, Mt Hope Learning Center, Mt Hope Neighborhood, Nirva LaFortune, Paul Filippi, Providence Department of Arts Culture and Tourism, Providence Police Department, Raffini, Snow Town Riot, Sylvia Ann Soares, Tiana Northup | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 7, 2017
Brown contends that the Pokanoket encampment “is impeding the ability of museum employees and others to enter the property and conduct their work,” while the Pokanokets are beginning to question the idea that Brown is negotiating in good faith.
Posted in Activism, Bristol, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, History, Indigenous Americans, International News, Rhode Island | Tagged Aquina Tribe, Assonet Tribe, Brown University, Gay Head Tribe, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology’s Collections Research Center, Mashpee Tribe, Mt. Hope, Po Metacom encampment, Po Wauipi Neimpaug, Pokanoket Nation, Pokanoket Tribe, Potumtuk, Wampanoag | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 6, 2017
“I know that Brown will do the right thing,” said Sagamore Po Wauipi Neimpaug of the Pokanoket Nation.
Posted in Activism, Bristol, Featured, History, Indigenous Americans, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Brown St Park, Brown University, Hope High School, Mt. Hope, Po Wauipi Neimpaug, Pokanoket Nation, Pokanoket Tribe, Potumtuk, Providence Police | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 26, 2017
Po Metacom Camp issued three responses Friday evening to a Brown University letter that challenged the legitimacy of the Pokanoket Tribe.
Posted in Activism, Bristol, Civil Rights, Featured, History, Indigenous Americans, Justice, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged American Aborigine Tribal Trusts, Brown University, FANA, FANG Collective, Federation of Aboriginal Nations of America, Hague Trust Treaty, King Philip’s War, Mashpee, Mashpee Wampanoag, Metacom, NAIS, Narragansett Tribe, Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative, Neesu Wushuwunoag, Po Metacom Camp, Po Wauipi Neimpaug, Pokanoket Nation, Rhode Island Indian Council, Wampanoag, Yale University | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 15, 2017
“I know that every German in 1933 and 1934 was not a Nazi. Many of them thought it would go away. They thought that if they were just quiet and didn’t make waves that this would pass. And it didn’t pass…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, History, National News, Photos, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video, Virginia, Women | Tagged Bar Harbor, Charlottesville, Kerrigan Mahoney, Lilly Doman, Teresa Sullivan, University of Virginia | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 26, 2017
Though my pictures and video can provide a glimpse of the beauty and culture on display, I can’t give you a taste of the amazing food.
Posted in Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Featured, History, Holidays, International News, People, Photos, Providence, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Christopher Johnson, Higher Ground International, Liberia, Liberian Independence Day | Leave a response
By Nancy Green on May 1, 2017
My grandfather, Eddy Flynn, was a Providence cop. He died in 1962, of leukemia, but I still miss being able to grow up knowing him. Years later, as a nurse volunteer, I met Bob, a retired cop who drove and staffed the Travelers Aid Mobile Medical Van. Bob knew my grandfather. “Eddy,” he said, “was […]
By Stephen R. Graham on April 10, 2017
It’s Red Bandana nominations and award time again! It’s that time of year again. Time to recognize the unsung heroes among us for all the good work they do. The Red Bandana Fund is seeking nominations from the community to recognize both unsung organizations, and individuals, that embody the spirit and work of Richard Walton and […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, History, Homelessness, Housing, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, People, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Civil Rights / Liberties, henry shelton, Red Bandana Award, red bandana fund, richard walton | Leave a response
By Nick Inglis on January 21, 2017
When Barack Obama ran for the presidency, we embraced the promise of hope. It is this hope that will endure beyond the presidency of Barack Obama – not in his successor – but in our youth. In spite of, and in the face of the coming presidency of Donald Trump who will be inaugurated today […]
By Nancy Green on January 17, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, a former Jesuit school valedictorian who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives with the best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie “The Exorcist,” has died. He was 89. He did have an illustrious career beyond your average pulp writer… […]
Posted in Arts & Culture, Featured, History, Movies, Opinion, People, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged exorcism, Holy Ghost Parish, Providence, The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty, Word of God community | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 14, 2017
The Secular Coalition for America (SCA) believes that Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse deserves kudos for his questioning of Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump‘s nominee for Attorney General. Whitehouse asked Sessions if a non-religious, secular person has as good a claim to the truth as a religious person, and defended the separation of church and […]
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, History, National News, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Aegean Stables, Attorney General, Department of Justice, donald trump, Eric Holder, Faith and Freedom Coalition, Federalist Society, Heritage Foundation, Jeff Sessions, Loretta Lynch, NASA, Republican Party, Right Wing Watch, Roger Williams, Samuel Alito, Sarah Levin, SCA, Secular Coalition for America, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court, Thomas Jefferson | 4 Responses
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 November 20, 2016
We came together on the cold windy Sunday afternoon as “a peaceful gathering in solidarity with the people of Standing Rock, protectors of the water and the land, defenders against abusers of their human rights, as they seek to stop the pollution of the Missouri and Cannonball Rivers now under attack by the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline,” wrote organizer Crow DogWidow.
Posted in Activism, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Events, Featured, History, Infrastructure, National News, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, jorge elorza | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 24, 2016
Today, in Burrillville, a group of Rhode Islanders is standing up to the fossil fuel oligarchy and when they win, it will mark a turning point in the climate change battle, and the effects could be as significant as those at Gaspee Point in 1772.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Events, Featured, History, Infrastructure, International News | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, Adler Pollock & Sheehan, Alan Shoer, apra, burrillville, Burrillville Town Council, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, Sheldon Whitehouse, Woonsocket | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 27, 2016
Andrew Bacevich, a noted scholar, author, and critic of U.S. imperialism, will be speaking on U.S. policy, or lack thereof, in the Middle East on October 6 from 7-9 pm at the Westminster Unitarian Church, 24 Kenyon Street in East Greenwich, RI.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 10, 2016
A march from Kennedy Plaza to the Providence Public Safety Complex, with a brief, tense stop in front of the Providence Place Mall was held in Providence Friday evening in solidarity with a National Prison Strike, on the 45th anniversary of the Attica Uprising. After gathering in Kennedy Plaza, across from Providence City Hall, the […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, History, Homelessness, Inequality, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Sex Work, Video | Tagged ACI, kennedy plaza, Providence Place Mall, Providence Public Safety Complex | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2016
On the day the RI Senate Finance committee passed the legislation that would establish the Energy Facilities Siting Board, Robert L Bendick Jr, director of the RI DEM asked, “I just wonder what’s going on here. What’s the driving force behind this?”
Posted in Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, History, Infrastructure, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Conservation Law Foundation, DEM, Department of Environmental Management, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Gina Raimondo, Jerry Elmer, national grid, Ocean State Power Plant, Providence Journal, Public Utilities Commission, puc, Victoria Lederberg | 1 Response