By Harry Rix on June 15, 2016
After 400 years of terror, isn’t it time for all Christians to speak out against ‘Radical Christian Extremism?’ Slavery was terrorism: Plantations were concentration camps. The Native American genocide was terrorism: The Trail of Tears was a death march. Hangings by slave patrols and the Ku Klux Klan were terrorism: These murders—often perpetrated or approved by white ‘Christians’—were intended to grieve, horrify and intimidate blacks.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, History, Immigration, LGBT, National News, Opinion, Politics, Race & Racism, Religion, Republicans | Tagged Islamophobia, love, Muslims, Radical Muslim Extremists, terror attacks, terrorism, truth | Leave a response
By Harry Rix on June 10, 2016
“But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” St. Paul This 2003 Quoflection is still pertinent for reflecting on our politics and values: Can we set aside our national, cultural and intraspecies biases? Let us imagine we are Glipsloks from the planet Urduz […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 21, 2016
“Despite its imperfections,” says CLF Senior Attorney Jerry Elmer, “the Keable Bill is an excellent bill that ought to be supported by enviros, because… it makes it much less likely that the Invenergy plant will be built.”
Posted in cities and towns, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Opinion, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, Capacity Supply Obligation, CLF, commerce corporation, Conservation Law Foundation, CSO, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, FCA, Forward Capacity Auction, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, ISO, Jerry Elmer | 4 Responses
By Harry Rix on May 16, 2016
“It is criminal to have people working at a full-time job and getting part-time income.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Are you poor? Have you ever been poor? In 1981, I faced significant financial troubles. My bride and I moved to Louisville so I could attend seminary. Our checking account, often near zero, required much […]
By Susan Donovan on May 12, 2016
I promise you I’ll never betray your trust because I’m not running to make my life better. I’m not running to further my own interests. I’m running for the same reasons I became a teacher, for the same reason I helped build those homes and keep our bay clean: To make lives better and our community stronger.
By Steve Ahlquist on May 12, 2016
Ward 3 could vote for a candidate that both looks after our interests and doesn’t play fast and loose with his campaign cash. We could vote for a candidate that has not been accused of embezzlement. We could vote for a candidate that does not embarrass us but instead represents us.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Elections, Featured, Opinion, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged buddy cianci, Kevin Jackson, Marcus Mitchell, Rick Santorum, tax stabilization agreements, TSAs | 2 Responses
By Grant Metts on May 10, 2016
Just so you know, the overarching theme of the podcast is that we’re going to give you insights into the nature of existence that will depress you. As it happens, we seem to spend a lot of time talking about RI politics, because it’s such an insightful and depressing topic. Set your expectations accordingly…
By Gus Uht on April 6, 2016
A funny thing occurred to me on the way to the State House. Okay, it wasn’t that funny, at all. It was about abortion. I was preparing to give testimony at the annual RI House abortion / choice exercise (hearing) last week when two facts or arguments occurred to me that happen to support my […]
By RI Future on February 29, 2016
“I’m not OK with clergy, students and those of different opinions lying and expressing hateful speech in the name of love, but again it is their constitutional right,” says Pete Hoekstra, “I’m not OK with their conduct, but in America we tolerate it, as obnoxious and spiteful as it may be.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Immigration, Opinion, Race & Racism, Religion, Republicans, Rhode Island, State House, syndicated, Syria, Youth | Tagged aaron regurnberg, Americans for Peace and Tolerance, APT, CAIR-MA, Charles Jacobs, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Howard Voss-Altman, josh miller, Mike Chippendale, Omar Bah, Pete Hoekstra, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Russell Taub, Sterk Zaza, Youssef Bahralom | 7 Responses
By Aaron Regunberg on February 25, 2016
On February 10th, after 7 hours of debate on the House Floor, I voted for legislation to invest in our state’s crumbling infrastructure and establish a sustainable source of revenue to maintain and repair our roads and bridges. As a proud progressive, I am happy to stand by that vote.
By Harry Rix on February 20, 2016
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive.” Sir Walter Scott The fix is in. The President is not elected by 105 million American voters. No, the President is selected by five Supreme Court justices. Justice Antonin Scalia writes that recounting Florida votes will “cast a cloud” over the election. […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Defense, Elections, Featured, History, National News, News, Opinion, Politics, Republicans | Tagged Bush, Gore, political chicanery, Scalia, Scandal | Leave a response
By Harry Rix on February 15, 2016
“Churches can be a place where judgment, shame and contempt [for families with felons] are felt most acutely.” Michelle Alexander Time for a pop quiz question. Ready? In what year did the U.S. end slavery? Most agree it’s 1865. Some historians disagree. Their answer: 1942. True, the Triangle Trade’s enrichment of slave shippers ended with […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, History, Homelessness, Housing, Labor, marijuana reform, Opinion, Politics, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion, Unemployment | Tagged convict leasing, mass incarceration, Slavery, war on drugs | Leave a response
By Harry Rix on January 22, 2016
Under Jim Crow, separate but “equal” treatment was legal. This systemic racism supposedly ended in 1954 with the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision. A new Jim Crow has arisen, however, with discriminatory effects even more powerful than the blatant racism of an earlier era.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, marijuana reform, Opinion, Politics, Poverty, Prison Op/Ed Project, Race & Racism | Tagged mass incarceration, systemic racism, war on drugs | Leave a 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 Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2016
Sure, some billionaire may move a few jobs towards Rhode Island if Raimondo can catch the right ear, but this does nothing to address the systemic issues mentioned above.
Posted in Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Events, Featured, International News, Opinion, Poverty, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Brookings Institute, Davos, Gina Raimondo, Marie Aberger, Switzerland, WEF, World Economic Forum | 19 Responses
By Bernard Georges on January 12, 2016
The pain of losing family members and friends shall never be forgotten. I remember that I had just finished talking to my own cousin, Lukencia Desptre, only to later receive the devastating news that she had died in the earthquake.
By RI Future on January 9, 2016
Bob Plain talks presidential politics on Wingmen.
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By Anthony Maselli on December 30, 2015
A few months ago, Governor Gina Raimondo hosted a meeting for members of the “LGBTQ community” at which no People of Color were present, because no People of Color were invited.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, LGBT, Opinion, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged Aaron Talley, Gina Raimondo, Jenn Steinfeld, lgbtq, POC, Rhode Island Pride, Rodney Davis, Ruth Frankenberg | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 28, 2015
There are many world views, philosophies, life stances or ways of life that are not religious in nature, yet are considered fully equal to religion in terms of conscience and liberty, under the law… non-religious belief systems, such as atheism and Humanism, are protected under the First Amendment as surely as Christianity or Judaism.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, History, Opinion, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Adam J. Sholes, Devon Letourneau, first amendment, Five-Percent Nation, freedom of conscience, Providence Journal, Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, Robert Vangel | 1 Response
By Harry Rix on December 28, 2015
A living wage is a win/win/win: Employees receive a just wage; employers overcome high turnover and reduced productivity; and taxpayers avoid paying ‘corporate welfare’ for low-wage workers.
The primary problem is greed.
The wealthy counter with the myth: “The rich are makers, the poor are takers.” The reverse is true.
Posted in Activism, Business & Tech, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Economy, Featured, Labor, Opinion, Politics, Poverty, Religion, Taxes, Unemployment | Tagged greed, just wage, living wage, the makers, the takers, wage slavery | 7 Responses