By Steve Ahlquist on April 29, 2017
“Donald Trump is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Indigenous Americans, Inequality, Infrastructure, LGBTQ, Massachusetts, National News, Newport, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Washington DC, Water | Tagged aaron regunberg, Adnan Adrian Wood-Smith, Brown University, citizens bank, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, donald trump, Elizabeth Hoover, General Assembly, islam, Kaylynn Polley, Lincoln School, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Michael Araujo, Mother Earth, People's Climate March, People’s Power and Light, Phoebe Roberts, Priscilla De La Cruz, Rhode Island State House, Rhode Island Student Climate Coalition, RI Jobs with Justice, Timmons Roberts, university of rhode island | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 27, 2017
RISE UP! Rhode Island held a rally on Saturday to honor and celebrate Women’s History Month and the work of multiple human rights organizations in RI.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Health Care, LGBTQ, Photos, Politics, Race & Racism, Religion, Sex Work, Social Services, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AHOPE, Becky Chace, Bella Robinson, Celia Contreras, COYOTE RI, Deb Perry, Diane Cocozza Martins, Dorcas International Institute, Emeline, gayle goldin, Georgia Hollister‐Isman, Gloria Crist, Karen Malcolm, Kate Montiero, Kathleen Cloutier, Kelly Nevins, Kim Baker, Laurie Bradburn, Loren Spears, McAuley House Don Rhodes, Michele Matot, Planned Parenthood, Protect Our Healthcare Coalition, Rebecca Kislak, Resist Hate RI, RI Chapter of Women's March Network, RI Council for Muslim Advancement, RI Democratic Party, RI NOW, RICMA, RIPTA Riders Alliance, RISE UP! Rhode Island, Roger Williams National Memorial, Sandra McEvoy, Solid Rock Women, Sterk Zaza, The Strattones, Tomaquag Museum, Wendy Manchester Ibrahim, Women's Fund of Rhode Island, Women's History Month, Working Families of Rhode Island, Yassah Flowers, YWCA | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 9, 2017
To be clear, wrote SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) when promoting their event, the new version of the Muslim Ban is no “upgrade.” It’s still a Muslim Ban and it’s still unjust.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, International News, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged Aisha Manzoor, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, RICMA, Showing Up for Racial Justice, Sterk Zaza, SURJ, syria | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 6, 2017
“If the Holocaust has taught us anything it is that when regular folks go silent in the face of tyranny, bad things happen and their silence favors the oppressor,” said the organizers of Never Again Means Never Again, a multi-faith, multi-denominational gathering that took place at the Holocaust Memorial on The River Walk in Providence […]
Posted in Activism, Barrington, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Immigration, LGBTQ, National News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged Abraham's Tent, AHOPE, Aisha Manzoor, Americans Helping Others Prosper, Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island, David Cicilline, donald trump, Ehsun Mirza, Gina Raimondo, Holocaust, Holocaust Memorial, Interbelief Club of Wheeler, Islamic School of Rhode Island, ISRI, jack reed, James Langevin, Jewish Community Center, MAE organization for the Homeless, More Than My Religion, Never Again Means Never Again, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, Rhode Island Council of Churches, Rhode Island School of Design, RICMA, Sarah Mack, Sisterhood of Salam Shalom, SOSS | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 1, 2017
“We are also here to say that we are here to fully defend the immigrant community and that we will put our resources, our commitment, our time and our bodies in the way of the machine that would split up families. We are fully committed to this and we are going to stay doing this until we win.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, Johnston, Labor, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged Arthur Corvese, donald trump, fuerza laboral, Gina Raimondo, Heiney Maldonado, ice, Immigrants In Action, Immigration and Custom Enforcement, Jim Keller, Juan Garcia, Mike Araujo, Nicholas Mattiello, Omar Bah, Paolo Rivero, Public Safety and Protection Act, Refugee Dream Center, RI Jobs with Justice | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 22, 2017
The extreme, misleading histrionics of the anti-choice right are attempts to obfuscate the issue, and if they truly want to conduct “a respectful public debate” then perhaps they should start by being respectful.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, Religion, Reproductive Rights, State House, Women | Tagged Bernard Healey, david bennett, Dinesh D'Souza, donald trump, Evan Shanley, Joseph McNamara, justin katz, Kermit Gosnell, Medicaid, mike stenhouse, Milo Yiannopoulos, Planned Parenthood, ri center for freedom and prosperity, RI Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, Supreme Court, The RI Catholic, Warwick Beacon | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 19, 2017
It takes more than a single candlelight vigil to reassure and comfort children who feel ostracized and under attack. It takes a community dedicated to fostering a safe, welcoming environment in which children and grow and prosper. As a society, we seem a long way from that.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 16, 2017
Dr. David Savitzky, MD said that conversion therapy is a “harmful treatment and Rhode Island should not be putting up with this practice against our youth.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, LGBTQ, News, Religion, State House, Youth | Tagged conversion therapy, Daniel Harrop, David Savitzky, edith ajello, House Health Education and Welfare Committee, Jared Goldstein, Joseph McNamara, Moira Walsh, outh Pride RI, riaclu, Roger Williams University, Wendy Becker | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 15, 2017
Immigration is complicated. Trump’s executive orders made it more complicated. Here’s what legal experts think, and where they don’t know what to think.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, International News, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged 9th District, Andrew Horwitz, Chinese Exclusion Act, Deborah Gonzalez, Department of Homeland Security, donald trump, Guantanamo Bay, Immigration Law Clinic, Immigration Nationality Act, INA, islam, Jared Goldstein, lawful permanent residents, LPR, Neil Gorsuch, Peter Margulies, refugees, Roger Williams University School of Law, Supreme Court, visa holders | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 7, 2017
“We’re in this fight because we are called by the faith that we have, whatever it might be, to fight for justice.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Arthur Corvese, Barack Obama, Betsy Garland, Charles Ortman, DACA, Donald Anderson, donald trump, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, executive order, First Unitarian Church in Providence, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Edwards, Katherine Ahlquist, Kathleen Cloutier, Keith Brown, Rhode Island Council of Churches, Robert Phillips, Roberto Gonzalez, sanctuary, Sanctuary Meeting, Sharon Key, Standing on the Side of Love, Stephen Ucci, Syrian refugees, William O'Brien | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 3, 2017
As Friday prayers ended, those leaving the mosque were greeted with smiles, coffee and home made cookies.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2017
I am scared to stand up for myself. I am afraid that some people that work for Trump are going to come to our house and arrest us for no reason like what they did in South Africa.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2017
Two thousand people arrived at the Rhode Island State House Saturday afternoon to protest President Donald Trump’s executive orders targeting Muslims and refugees.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, Photos, Politics, Religion, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Abdelnasser Hussein, David Cicilline, Donald Anderson, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Gina Raimondo, Jeanine Calkin, jorge elorza, Laufton Ascencao, Michele Dardashti, Mufti Ikram ul Haq, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Sarath Suong, seth magaziner, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sofia Wright, Sterk Zara, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | Leave a response
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 | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 5, 2017
As in the past two years, Governor Gina Raimondo, Senate President M Teresa Paiva Weed and Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello used the event to let the public know how deeply each was committed to social justice and the elimination of poverty in our state.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, Minimum Wage, News, Poverty, Religion, State House | Tagged Emily Jones, Fighting Poverty with Faith Vigil, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Ikram ul Haq, Jeff Goldwasser, John Kiley, Larry Berman, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Masjid al-Islam, Maxine Richman, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Temple Sinai | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 29, 2016
The Boy Scouts of America “has no formal policy on gender identity, but their national spokesperson is stating that the BSA bases its membership on the sex on one’s birth certificate.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, LGBTQ, National News, New Jersey, Religion, Youth | Tagged Boy Scouts of America, BSA, Cub Scouts Pack 87, don anderson, Eric Chamberlin, Ethan Huckel, Joe Maldonado, Justin Wilson, Kristie Maldonado, Narragansett Council of Boy Scouts, orthern New Jersey Council of Boy Scouts, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, RISCC, Scouts for Equality, TGI Network, Tim McCandless | 1 Response