By Steve Ahlquist on August 24, 2015
On Saturday Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence lead his followers in the “National Day of Protest” against Planned Parenthood here in Providence. I was on hand to observe and take pictures. Inspired by Tobin’s recent column, five thoughts came to mind…
Posted in Health Care, National News, Photos, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged Gina Raimondo, hate group, Justin price, Planned Parenthood, Raymond Hull, Robert Lancia, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Thomas Tobin | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 27, 2015
Sister Ann Keefe “was not a saint, she was better than that. She was human,” said her sister Kathy Keefe to an impressive crowd of 200 people at the newly christened Sister Ann Keefe Post Office at 820 Elmwood in Providence.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Education, Events, Featured, International News, Labor, Music, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Elijah Matthews, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, James Langevin, Kathy Keefe, Mary Blanchet, Pamela Matthews, Sister Ann, Sister Ann Keefe Post Office, Victoria Matthews, ¡City Arts!, ¡City Arts! Bucket Drummers | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on July 26, 2015
This week there has been a flood of commentary about the Iran deal. The liberal side of the aisle sees this as a major achievement for the Obama administration, a feat that will stand alongside his rapprochement with Cuba as part of his lasting legacy. On the conservative side of the aisle, this is the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 23, 2015
The suit Dr. Jason Heap filed states that Heap’s “qualifications and experience far exceed the standards articulated by the Navy for accepting applicants [for military chaplaincies]… The Navy denied his application because of his Humanist beliefs.” According to the lawsuit, the Navy “does not consider Humanism to be a religion.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Defense, Featured, International News, National News, News, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Department of Defense, Humanists of Rhode Island, Jason Heap, pope francis, Rhode Island Coalition of Reason, RICoR, Roger Williams, The Bloudy Tenet of Persecution, Touro Synagogue, US Navy | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 17, 2015
One black pinwheel was created for all of the 521 Palestinian children and the one Israeli child. Each pinwheel was then labeled with the name of the child and planted in the grass near the corner of the park by Martha Yager of the American Friends Service Committee.
By Steve Ahlquist on July 16, 2015
Since Pope Francis isn’t coming to Rhode Island, RI Future is going to the Pope. To do that, we’re running a GoFundMe campaign to secure the $1000 I’ll need to cover train travel, food, lodging and other expenses. Over the course of five days, from September 23-27, I’ll be in Washington DC, New York City and Philadelphia, covering the Pope’s visit in my unique way.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
When Governor Gina Raimondo, who sailed to victory with the endorsement of Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood, signed the budget on Tuesday, she officially signed into law language that stands as the most extreme anti-abortion language passed in Rhode Island in two decades.
How did this happen?
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Politics, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Alliance Defending Freedom, Arthur Corvese, barth bracy, Common Cause RI, Doe v. Burwell, Edie Ajello, Gina Raimondo, hobby lobby, Howe v Burwell, James Rhodes, John DeSimone, john marion, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, RI ACLU, steve brown, transactional politics | 14 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 29, 2015
Jim Vincent, President of the NAACP-Providence Branch, connected the racism of the alleged shooter with the rash of church burnings throughout the south and with the racist leaflets recently dropped in East Greenwich.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Gun Control, National News, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Carol Thomas-Davis, Charleston, Gabe Amo, gene Dyszlewski, Grace Episcopal Church, Gwendolyn Howard, jim vincent, Jonathan Huyck, jorge elorza, NAACP, One Voice, Reginald E Mitchell, Shavon Starling-Louis, Wayne Franklin | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 27, 2015
“Can you imagine if we could go in time and bring Roger Williams here today?” asked Rodney Davis to laughs, “but when you boil it down and get to its purest sense, Freedom, Liberty and Justice was the reason why he came here…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, History, LGBT, National News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged C. Kelly Smith, Edie Ajello, elizabeth roberts, frank ferri, Jenn Steinfeld, jorge elorza, Kate Monteiro, M Charles Bakst, Marriage Equality, Marti Rosenberg, Rodney Davis, Roger Williams, SCOTUS, seth magaziner, tony caparco | Leave a response
By Gene Dyszlewski on June 26, 2015
As leaders of faith communities that uphold same-sex marriage, we are delighted that the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in favor of inclusion of all American Couples. Now, all couples will enjoy the same rights and benefits.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 22, 2015
“We are queering living wages, access to health care and transgender justice. Queering total immigration reform and ending incarceration. We are queering feminism, queering the way we talk about race, queering HIV activism, queering heteronormative ideas of marriage and couplehood, queerly engaging in radical protest, getting old queerly. We need to create a movement that says not only, ‘We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it’ but one that says ‘Join us, dream with us, dare with us, go for broke, and change the world.'”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, LGBT, Photos, Politics, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Anthony Maselli, Josh Kilby, lgbtq, R Lewis, reproductive justice, RI Pride, transgender, women’s rights | 1 Response
By Dan Lawlor on June 21, 2015
“Hope means struggle, and the struggle never truly leaves any of us.” – Rev. Cecil Williams, Glide Memorial Church Glide Memorial is a wild celebration of life in San Francisco, at the intersection between the working class Tenderloin neighborhood, and the Mid Market world of shops, street cars, and high-end hotels. Whatever you experience about […]
By Steve Ahlquist on June 17, 2015
What does the new language mean? At bottom, any non-religious employer, as defined by the IRS, that elects to not include abortion coverage in their employee health plan, must allow employees to opt out of the company plan, and select any other plan, paying any additional costs out of pocket.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Featured, Health Care, International News, National News, News, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Arthur Corvese, barth bracy, Bernard Healey, Doe v. Burwell, Edie Ajello, healthsource ri, hobby lobby, John DeSimone, Nicholas Mattiello, Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, Raymond Gallison, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2015
The 2016 RI State Budget, approved by House Finance late Tuesday evening, included language on abortion coverage in its section on HealthSource RI funding that goes far beyond what is required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This part of the budget, inserted at the request of Governor Gina Raimondo on May 29, mandates that every insurer operating on HealthSource RI offer multiple plans that do not cover abortion.
Posted in Democrats, Featured, Health Care, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Affordable Care Act, budget, Gina Raimondo, Planned Parenthood | 2 Responses
By Anthony Maselli on June 7, 2015
“There’s a transgender girl out there living in darkness and depression, who will commit suicide before she can graduate high school, because her parents and her church will tell her that that which she has no control over is an abomination, and her classmates and teachers will convince her that she is a freak and a mistake.”
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, LGBT, National News, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged lgbtq, RI Pride | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 4, 2015
The Providence College Coalition Against Racism held a press conference, followed by a march through the Providence College (PC) campus, “to protest the ongoing racial profiling on campus and the failure of the college administration to stop doing business with the Renaissance Hotel.” Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachary has been a professor at Providence College for seven […]
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Labor, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion | Tagged Bini Tsegaye, Cedric de Leon, Jonah Zinn, Julia Jordan-Zachary, pc, providence college, Providence Hilton Hotel, Providence Renaissance Hotel, Racial Profiling, santa brito, The Procaccianti Group, TPG | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 15, 2015
“Once I met a lady who was in terrible, terrible pain of cancer and I told her, ‘This is but the kiss of Jesus, a sign that you have come so close to Jesus on the cross that he can kiss you.’ And the lady, though she was in great pain, she joined her hands together and said, ‘Mother Teresa, please tell Jesus to stop kissing me.’”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Health Care, National News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Abortion, Arthur Corvese, Barth E. Bracy, catholic church, Christopher Mahar, Corvese Amendment, Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, RI Right to Life, Robert Lancia, William F. Buckley Jr. | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 7, 2015
“Maynard demonstrated that how we face death is a matter of personal ethics, informed by our beliefs and our conscience. No one should dictate the way we die any more than they should dictate the way we live, yet too often we see those dealing with difficult, end-of-life decisions being infantilized, as if terminal disease trumps our autonomy and humanity.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, National News, Religion, State House | Tagged Brittany Maynard, Compassion and Choices, Death with Dignity, Lila Manfield Sapinsley Cmpassionate Care Act, Right to Die | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 30, 2015
Rhode Island needs to repeal its version of the RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act). We need to do this because our state is the birthplace of religious liberty and freedom of conscience. We need to do this because it is integral to the very DNA of Rhode Island that we brook no persecution or privilege based on deeply held religious convictions.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Economy, Featured, LGBT, National News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Burwell v Hobby Lobby, civil unions, Corvese Amendment, Employment Division v. Smith, lgbtq, Mike Pence, Nicholas Mattiello, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, RI Supreme Court | 8 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 25, 2015
Intact Rhode Island doesn’t have a lot of political power. No legislators at the State House have publicly supported their efforts, no legislation is being introduced on their behalf. The issue is seen as too divisive and flies too close to issues of religious freedom for the comfort of politicians.