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, Religion | Tagged Adele Bourne, David Dooley, don anderson, donald trump, Farid Ansari, hate speech, Howard Voss-Altman, muslim community center of kingston, Newt Gingrich, Peter Neronha | 3 Responses
By Andrew Stewart on June 5, 2016
The Champ is gone. On June 3, 2016, Muhammad Ali, considered by many to be the greatest boxer to ever step into the ring, died in Arizona at age 74 following a long battle with Parkinson’s contracted from head trauma sustained in his career. Since his retirement in the early 1980’s, Ali had shied away […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 15, 2015
“The backlash of these atrocious attacks have been felt deeply in the Muslim community nationwide. Inflammatory rhetoric as demonstrated by some politicians to isolate and marginalize American Muslims is reckless and undermines the safety and security of our great nation,” Ansari continued, before adding, on a positive note that, “the American Muslim community in Rhode Island has unprecedented support from public officials, law enforcement, faith community and fellow citizens and we deeply appreciate this support.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Elections, Featured, National News, News, People, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Donald Anderson, donald trump, Farid Ansari, jim vincent, NAACP, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, RICMA, Roger Williams, Sarah Mack, Toby Ayers | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 14, 2015
Our state is the cradle of religious liberty and freedom of conscience, and on this day we honored that legacy.
I can’t recall a time that I have felt more proud of my state.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, International News, National News, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged Farid Ansari, MAE organization for the Homeless, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, RICMA | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 11, 2015
Despite the steady, deadly drumbeat of mass shootings and the hysteria being generated by the Republican presidential front runner over refugees and Muslims, forces are beginning to coalesce around a series of reforms to our gun laws on both the sate and national level.
Posted in Gun Control, Photos, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Farid Ansari, gene Dyszlewski, guns, interfaith, islam, Jennifer Smith Boylan, linda finn, Rhode Island Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICAGV | 1 Response
By Andrew Stewart on December 9, 2015
On almost a daily basis now, our airwaves are absolutely inundated with nonsensical Orientalist prejudice. It is worthwhile note that, while the vitriol is aimed at Muslims and the Islamic faith, we sadly see the prejudice also impact non-Muslims. For example, in September 2001, within mere days of the attacks in New York and Washington, […]
By Andrew Stewart on December 7, 2015
Race and racism is the topic of discussion in the press. Yet it remains to be seen if this discussion will include the use of the dreaded c-word (class) or dare use the g-verb of what harms people of color daily (gentrification). Here at RIFuture, we want to spice it up a little and talk about those issues as […]
Posted in Featured, Opinion, Race & Racism | Tagged black lives matter, Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Farid Ansari, jim vincent, Labor, lgbtq, Providence, Ray Rickman, Rhode Island | 3 Responses
By RI Future on November 19, 2015
“Respectfully, when other public officials in the state are protesting efforts to welcome any Syrian refugees in Rhode Island by holding public rallies and calling for the internment of any refugees that do arrive here, this is anything but a non-issue.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, News, Politics, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, don anderson, Farid Ansari, Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, RI Council for Muslim Advancement, Sarah Mack, Steven Brown, Syrian refugees | 7 Responses