By Steve Ahlquist on October 15, 2016
About four dozen people managed to serve about 300 meals in two hours. During that time it was not our difference that mattered, it was our shared humanity.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Homelessness, Immigration, Inequality, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged AHOPE, Americans Helping Others ProspEr, Cathedral Square, Islamic School of Rhode Island, MAE organization for the Homeless, Masjid al-Islam, Rhode Island Belleza Latina, Rhode Island Miss Galaxy, Universalist Unitarian Church | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 6, 2016
46 percent of Catholic likely voters support Clinton, while 40 percent support Trump.
Posted in Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Race & Racism, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, White House, Women, Youth | Tagged Bishop Tobin, Catholics for Choice, donald trump, hillary clinton, Jon O’Brien, Mike Pence, tim kaine | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2016
Tobin doesn’t defend the church’s position of intolerance to homosexuality but instead seeks to demonstrate that Pope Francis can not be differentiated from the church’s anti-gay agenda.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 27, 2016
“The time, however, has come for me to speak out about the Catholic Church’s flawed view of gay marriage. The Church persists in placing ‘form over substance,” said Senator Donna Nesselbush, “I always say, we Christians should worry more about the quality of our love, rather than the gender of the person we love.”
Posted in Featured, LGBT, Religion | Tagged Bob Shines, Church of St. Mary, Diocese of Providence, Donna Nesselbush, Franciscan Friars, Jesus, Michael Templeton, New Ways Ministry, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, pope francis, Thomas Tobin | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 20, 2016
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Opinion, Poverty, Providence, Religion | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, catholic, Humanism, jorge elorza, Providence Journal, Thomas Tobin, United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 16, 2016
TD Bank in downtown Providence became the target of local environmental and indigenous American activists Thursday in response to calls for solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux as they continue to battle the $3.78 billion Dakota Access Pipeline.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Environment, Events, Featured, Inequality, Infrastructure, International News, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Bakken shale fields, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, democracy now!, FANG Collective, Lakota Treaty Territory, Standing Rock Sioux, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, TD Bank | Leave a response
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.
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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