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 | 5 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
By Steve Ahlquist on December 23, 2016
“We light these lights for the spirit of resilience that remains after our strength has ebbed away, with the steadfast knowledge that even as the bullets echo repeatedly on bodies lying in the street, that the impunity of the powerful cannot last forever.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, History, Holidays, Immigration, Inequality, International News, News, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged Burnside Park, donald trump, Jean Riesman, Jewish Voice for Peace Rhode Island, JVP, Kathy Lessuck, Living Menorah, Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 18, 2016
“I am aware the weather may not be favorable, but please do not let rain stop you!” wrote Eva, on of the organizers, “It is all the more reason to stand in prayer for those that are freezing with only the clothes on their backs and no shelter in winter weather. (Yes, it is winter in Syria.)”
Posted in Events, Featured, Immigration, International News, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, State House, Video | Tagged Bashar al-Assad, donald trump, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, RICMA, Russia, syria, Syrian refugees, Vladimir Putin | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 15, 2016
“Not enough people have Muslim friends,” said Heather, “We need to have our humanity recognized first. Look at us! We’re adorable!”
By Steve Ahlquist on December 12, 2016
Members of the Rhode Island Muslim community held a “Know Your Rights” event at Masjid Al-Kareem in South Providence on Sunday. Nearly 200 people turned out to hear about their civil and Constitutional rights from a panel of legal experts.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, Ann Claire Assumpico, Benjamin Evans, CAIR, Council on American-Islamic Relations, DACA, donald trump, Jennifer Magaw, Joan Mathieu, Jordan van Leesten, jorge elorza, Kazi Salahuddin, Mansoor Ahmed, Masjid Al-Kareem, Muslim-American Advisory Board, National Lawyers Guild NLG, Noreen Shaffi, Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, Rhode Island State Police, Roger Williams | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 7, 2016
Providence has a new hate crime hotline, 1-877-3HCRIME (1-877-342-7163), a place to “report hate crimes citywide and gain access to valuable resources and support networks.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, LGBTQ, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged 1-877-3HCRIME, Barry Dolinger, Congregation Beth Sholom, donald trump, Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence, Jordan Seaberry, jorge elorza, Kai LoMuscio, Oscar Perez, Providence Human Relations Commission, Providence Police Department, Southern Poverty Law Center | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 2, 2016
This is Rhode Island. Feel proud.
Posted in Activism, Events, Featured, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged aaron regurnberg, alan flam, Faissal Elansari, Lex Rofes, Marty Cooper, Masjid Al-Kareem, Michelle Dardashti, Wendy Manchester Ibrahim | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 1, 2016
“We are living in frightening times and it is important to us that you know that we all stand with the Muslim community. Freedom to worship is a fundamental American principle guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Religious pluralism is a strength and a source of pride for our state and our nation. Our state is stronger because of your presence here.”
Posted in Events, Featured, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Bill of Rights, Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island, Donald Anderson, Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, Marty Cooper, Masjid al Kareem Mosque, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Sarah Mack | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 1, 2016
In keeping with their historical and hard won commitment to social justice, Jews gathered in the rain and cold to call the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island “into this work… to resist the hate that we’re seeing around this country.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, National News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, AIPAC, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Anti-Defamation League, donald trump, ewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, J-Street, Lex Rofes, Naomi Chasek-Macfoy, Sam Eilertsen, Sam Rubenstein, Steve Bannon | 5 Responses
By Randall Rose on December 1, 2016
A Providence mosque has received a hate-filled letter saying that Trump is “going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews”. You can see the letter here. This letter of hate makes very little sense, and the author, a self-described “patriotic American”, seems to know basically nothing about American principles or about […]