By Steve Ahlquist on August 20, 2016
Coincidentally, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump came to Minneapolis MN on the same day I made my first visit to the city. This turned a day that I had planned to spend sightseeing into a day of traveling to three different anti-Trump events.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Elections, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, National News, News, People, Photos, Politics, Poverty, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Religion, Republicans, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged CAIR-MN, Cosecha, Council of American-Islamic Relations- Minnesota, donald trump, Jaylani Hussein, Minneaolis, Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee, MIRAC, Yusuf Dayur | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 16, 2016
Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham, is coming to the south steps of the Rhode Island State House on August 31 at noon, to preach his message of anti-LGBTQ, anti-Islam, pro-theocracy intolerance.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, LGBT, National News, Politics, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Billy Graham, fox news, Franklin Graham, Girl Scouts, islam, Republican National Convention, Rob Boston, Roger Williams, STONEWALL, Todd Starnes, Vladimir Putin, William Alberts | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2016
The Nuns arrived at St. Michael’s Church in South Providence to the music of the Extraordinary Rendition Band and St. Michael’s own drummers.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Democratic National Convention, Democrats, Education, Elections, Environment, Events, Featured, Health Care, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Taxes, Video, Voter ID, Women | Tagged democratic national convention, Extraordinary Rendition Band, minimum wage, Nuns on the Bus, St. Michael's Church | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on July 17, 2016
During an interfaith vigil for peace on Saturday, Rhode Island religious leaders implicitly and explicitly blamed Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich and the Republican rhetoric opposing religious freedom on the national political stage for vandalism that happened at a mosque in Kingston, Rhode Island on Thursday night. “In one sense this incident is an isolated incident,” […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Religion | Tagged Adele Bourne, David Dooley, don anderson, donald trump, Farid Ansari, hate speech, Howard Voss-Altman, Masjid al Hoda, muslim community center of kingston, Newt Gingrich, Peter Neronha | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on July 15, 2016
Hate and intolerance left a visible stain on a mosque in the otherwise tranquil and enlightened village of Kingston, Rhode Island on Thursday night. Masjid al Hoda, also known as the Muslim Community Center of Kingston, was vandalized at around 11 pm, according to South Kingstown police. The mosque is near the University of Rhode […]
By Adam Miner on June 16, 2016
“The Catholic Church believes in social justice, racial justice & economic justice, as do I,” said Bill Deware, “Jesus healed the sick, helped the poor and didn’t judge. These are areas I would like to focus on in my career and in my life.”
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Health Care, Labor, News, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Bernie Sanders, Bill Deware, catholic church, knights of columbus, Lancellotta’s Banquet Restaurant, William O'Brien | 3 Responses
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 Jewish Voice for Peace Rhode Island on June 9, 2016
There is a growing movement of conscience to use boycotts as a peaceful strategy against the human rights violations imposed by Israel against the Palestinian people. This House Bill as proposed would itself discriminate against those have taken a principled stance for justice and international principles of human rights.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, International News, National News, Politics, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged BDS, israel, Jewish Voice for Peace Rhode Island, Mia Ackerman, palestine | 4 Responses
By RI State Council of Churches on May 24, 2016
“Signs on our front lawns is one positive way to demonstrate a caring spirit towards Muslim Rhode Islanders. We’re asking individuals, families and faith communities to place a ‘Blessed Ramadan’ sign near their front doors during the month of Ramadan as a gesture of witness and welcome.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, News, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Barbara Scott, Paul Alexander, Religions for Peace, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, RISCC | Leave a response
By Alexander Sharp on May 24, 2016
Rev. Alexander Sharp, of Clergy for a New Drug Policy, wrote this open letter to Bishop Thomas Tobin, the head of the Catholic Church in Rhode Island who recently asked state legislators in a blog post not to make marijuana legal. Dear Bishop Tobin, On May 10, you asserted in a public commentary that all […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 24, 2016
There is no area of our lives, no decision we can make, that RI Right to Life and the Catholic Church do not want to control for us.
Fortunately a group of fearless millennials and long time supporters of a woman’s right to choose let our representatives know that our rights are not up for discussion or debate.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged barth bracy, Gina Raimondo, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, RI Right to Life | 10 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 15, 2016
On Sunday, March 20, at 11:30 am, The First Unitarian Church of Providence will hang a banner affirming that “Black Lives Matter” over its Benevolent St. entrance (just above the intersection with Benefit St.). It is an act of public witness to which all are welcome.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged black lives matter, Charles Blustein Ortman, First Unitarian Church of Providence, Selma (movie), Standing on the Side of Love, Unitarian Universalist | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 9, 2016
“I wish to express my support for the proposal to provide special, limited licenses for undocumented individuals in Rhode Island. It seems to be a rather practical approach that will obtain information about individuals who are already driving in our State. Additionally it will, in the long run, promote public safety. It is common sense legislation that will do much more good than harm.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Anastasia Williams, driver's license, john depetro, Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Thomas Tobin, undocumented workers | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on March 6, 2016
YouthPride reached out to Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonoskcet “to offer information and professional development on best practices for supporting transgender students.”
By Steve Ahlquist on March 5, 2016
Organizers AJ Metthe and Anthony Maselli scheduled the event to coincide with MSCA’s entrance exam for prospective students. Parents and children considering the school would be made very aware of the exclusionary policy.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Events, Featured, LGBT, National News, Photos, Religion, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Mount Saint Charles Academy, transgender students | 5 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 4, 2016
The policy was put in place for the simple reason that Mount Saint Charles feels that its facilities do not presently provide the school with the ability to accommodate transgender students.
By Steve Ahlquist on March 4, 2016
If you’re reading about the policy at Mount Saint Charles Academy that’s banning trans students from attending their school and feeling angry or sad because there’s nothing you can do to combat this bigotry, well, feel better, because I’ve got some ideas.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Events, Health Care, LGBT, National News, Religion, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Herve Richer, Mount Saint Charles Academy, transgender students | 2 Responses
From the Great Eight Award to “unable to make accommodations” : A response to Mount St. Charles’ policy on transgender students
By Dante Tavolaro on March 4, 2016
Today, when I learned that Mount St. Charles no longer accepts Transgender students the foundation of who I am, the foundation built at Mount St. Charles, shattered.
It shattered because I am a Mountie, and I am Transgender.
By Steve Ahlquist on March 4, 2016
“We are deeply disappointed by the recent decision by the Mount Saint Charles Academy administration to include a provision in their 2015-16 Student Handbook that refuses admittance for transgender students based on a lack of undefined accommodations.”
Posted in Activism, Education, Featured, LGBT, Religion, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Alicia Bissonnette, Dante Tavolaro, Julie McBrien, Mount St. Charles Academy, Nick Martin, Ryan Glode, Samantha Ward | 6 Responses