By Steve Ahlquist on October 8, 2017
Rhode Island Muslims and recent refugees came gathered in Cathedral Square in Providence to feed the homeless.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Featured, Homelessness, Immigration, Music, Photos, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AHOPE, Americans Helping Others Prosper, Cathedral Square, Christina Roberts, islam, MAE organization for the Homeless, nderloin Opera Company, Sterk Zaza, Umer Akbar | Leave a response
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 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 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 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 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 August 22, 2016
Abdirahman Hassan is very much an American youth. We bonded over our mutual appreciation for Star Trek, yet his eyes were most alive when we talked about nomadic Somali culture. As part of the Somali diaspora he could not read or write the Somali language until he began to learn it at university.
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, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, LGBTQ, National News, Politics, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged fox news, islam, Roger Williams | 4 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 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 Harry Rix on December 13, 2015
We must overcome our country’s fears and purge our national prejudices, especially with regard to Muslims. Today, Jesus would teach the parable of The Good Muslim and, regarding our Middle East wars, teach us to become peacemakers.
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 Bob Plain on November 19, 2015
There were two events at the State House today about the Syrian refugee crisis. A group of Democratic lawmakers, faith leaders and former refugees rallied to support the United State’s role in helping refugees of war in the Middle East while a smaller group of Republican legislators and anti-immigration activists spoke against helping the refugees. […]
Posted in Immigration, International News, National News, State House | Tagged Democrats, islam, middle east, muslim, refugee, Republicans, Rhode Island State House, RI, syrian refugee crisis | 12 Responses
By Bob Plain on November 19, 2015
Catherine Cool Rumsey, a former District 34 state senator who was defeated by embattled Sen Elaine Morgan in 2014, was “horrified” by Morgan’s infamous email besmirching Islam was “horrified” and said it solidified her intention to run against Morgan in 2016. “It does not represent the district,” she told me. “We need to represent our […]
Posted in Featured, National News, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged elaine morgan, islam, muslim, refugee, refugee crisis, Rhode Island State House, senate, terrorism | 4 Responses
By Bob Plain on November 19, 2015
Representative Bobby Nardolillo said fellow Republican Senator Elaine Morgan should consider apologizing to the Muslim community for her now-famous offensive email that besmirched Islam and said Muslim refugees should be relegated to camps if allowed into the United States. “I would definitely say it was offensive and she should consider apologizing,” Nardolillo told me after […]
By Bob Plain on February 18, 2015
West Warwick Town Councilor Angelo Padula made incendiary comments about Muslims at a public meeting in May of 2013. The city emergency manager director was informing the Town Council about a seminar on how explosives work, said town councilors, to which Padula said, “We’re not going to invite any Muslims?” Some in the crowd laughed […]
By Bob Plain on February 17, 2015
Security camera footage from the Islamic School of Rhode Island taken the night hate-filled anti-Islam graffiti was spray painted on the school shows at least one adult man, said West Warwick Police Major John Mageira. “It doesn’t appear to be juveniles,” Mageira said after a press conference at the school on Tuesday. FBI agent Elizabeth […]
By Bob Plain on February 16, 2015
Spray-painted hate speech on the Islamic School of Rhode Island has raised concern among the FBI, the Humanists of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats and also Governor Gina Raimondo. “Rhode Island was founded on the tolerance of all beliefs,” Raimondo said in a statement. “This hateful act at the Islamic School of Rhode […]
By Lauren Niedel on February 16, 2015
The RI Chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America (RI PDA) strongly condemns the vandalism of the Islamic School of Rhode Island. This hateful act does not represent the people of our great state, founded by Roger Williams on principles of religious tolerance. We wish to express solidarity with our fellow Rhode Islanders who stand […]