By Bob Plain on July 19, 2018
Pat Fontes, a stalwart of the local antiwar movement, used to support Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. “I did not vote for Obama but I voted for Sheldon Whitehouse,” she told me in a recent interview. Now the 81-year-old peace activist is making her first-ever run for elected office by challenging Rhode Island’s junior senator in this […]
By Bob Plain on July 24, 2017
Most peace-aspiring people pause in early August to mourn the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Rhode Island, on the other hand, takes a dramatically different approach. We are the only state that still celebrates Victory Day, which marks the end of World War II in Japan. This year Rhode Islanders can do both. On […]
By Harry Rix on June 10, 2016
“But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” St. Paul This 2003 Quoflection is still pertinent for reflecting on our politics and values: Can we set aside our national, cultural and intraspecies biases? Let us imagine we are Glipsloks from the planet Urduz […]
By Andrew Stewart on February 25, 2016
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Eric Draitser. He is a geopolitical analyst and commentator whose work can be read in CounterPunch, RT television’s website, and a variety of other forums. He currently can be heard weekly delivering the podcast CounterPunch Radio.
By Andrew Stewart on December 6, 2015
Several activists gathered today in Providence and marched to the State House in protest against war. Beginning at the statue of Ambrose Burnside, they exited the eastern gate of the park, walked down Exchange Terrace, and walked up past the Providence Place Mall to the State House, where they ended with some speechifying. The event […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 17, 2015
One black pinwheel was created for all of the 521 Palestinian children and the one Israeli child. Each pinwheel was then labeled with the name of the child and planted in the grass near the corner of the park by Martha Yager of the American Friends Service Committee.
By Steve Ahlquist on January 12, 2015
“This is just as if a commando came onto the set of Saturday Night Live and killed Amy Poehler and people like that,” said Dominique Gregoire, president of the Alliance Française de Providence, RI.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 11, 2014
There is still time to join the Walk Across Rhode Island for Peace and Justice, which began this morning in Westerly.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 2, 2014
The Peace Flag Project coordinates and connects the community to events that celebrate peace during the month of September. Celebrating the Month of Peace is about working to create the Beloved Community and a Culture of Peace in our communities. A peaceful culture is one that we, as citizens, can create by how we live […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2014
From Gaza to Ferguson, we are witnessing the effects of the corporatization of the military and the militarization of the police. The alternative to the world on offer is one of courage and peace. The choice is ours.
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By Steve Ahlquist on August 26, 2014
The one thing that virtually everyone who attended last night’s forum, Understanding the Israel/Gaza Crisis, is that the subject is extremely difficult to talk about without extreme emotions hijacking the discourse. Many of us, said moderator Reverend Donald Anderson, executive minister for the RI Council of Churches, have family or friends living in harms way […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 24, 2014
The ongoing state of war between Israel and Palestine that periodically erupts into catastrophic death and destruction does not easily lend itself to rational, compassionate discourse. Those who venture into this subject do so at the risk of being labeled apologists for genocide, accomplices to terrorism or some other conversation stopping label. Who are the […]
By Steve Ahlquist on August 10, 2014
Even as the ceasefire in Gaza broke down and violence resumed, forty activists gathered in downtown Providence yesterday to make the case for peace. The event was organized by Afsc-Sene. Check the link for future events.
By Steve Ahlquist on August 2, 2014
On Friday afternoon Providence joined cities around the world holding a rallies calling for an end to hostilities in Gaza. The local event, outside the Federal building in Downtown, across from Kennedy Plaza, was hosted by the American Friends Service Committee and attended by activists from several local groups, including Occupy Providence and East Bay […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 24, 2014
The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island held an “Emergency Solidarity Rally” on Wednesday night at the JCC on Elmgrove Avenue in Providence in support of the State of Israel during the present military crisis in Gaza. The event was marked by prayers and songs from religious leaders as well as reports from Naomi Sommer, […]