Refugee Dream Center
By Steve Ahlquist on September 8, 2017
The Democratic Party has railed against Trump’s decision to end DACA in six months but actual action, in the form of legislation that could help undocumented immigrants in RI, has not passed in the Democrat controlled General Assembly.
Posted in Cities and Towns, Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, Justice, National News, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education, Blackstone Valley Economic Progress Institute, Cambodian Society of Rhode Island, DACA, DARE, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Direct Action or Rights and Equality, donald trump, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, driver's licenses, fuerza laboral, General Assembly, ice, Latino Policy Institute, NAACP Providence Branch, providence student union, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Democratic Party, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Sojourner House, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on August 10, 2017
“Simply put, Municipal ID cards affirm your residency in out city, regardless of immigration status, regardless of housing status or criminal history,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza
Posted in Civil Rights, Domestic Violence, Featured, Homelessness, Immigration, Infrastructure, LGBTQ, National News, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged A Sweet Creation, ACLU of Rhode Island, Crossroads Rhode Island, Dean Isabella, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Higher Ground International, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, jorge elorza, Lucas Hawthorne, Mary Kay Harris, Muslim-American Advisory Board, NAACP Providence Branch, New Bridges for Haitian Success, OpenDoors, Providence Human Relations Commission, Providence Municipal ID Cards, Providence Police Department, Refugee Dream Center, Rodrigo Pimental, Southside Cultural Center, Steven Brown, TGI Network, Theresa Agonia, Year Up, Youth Pride Inc | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 19, 2017
“My family arrived in Gambia this past Saturday. If anything happens to them, I will hold this government responsible,” said Bah, “I will join them in few weeks. Nobody can prevent me from visiting my native country, the Gambia.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, International News | Tagged Adama Barrow, Banjul, Dembo Badjie, Facebook, Freedom Newspaper, Freedom Radio Gambia, Gambia, Gambian Embassy, Isatou Badjie, Ma Nderry, Momodou Tangara, Omar Bah, Ramadan, Red Bandana Award, Refugee Dream Center, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, united nations, Yahya Jammeh | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 20, 2017
“This report pulls together data that have been highlighted by different sources and community members over the years to provide a full picture of how Black Rhode Islanders are faring in the Ocean State,” said Rachel Flum, Executive Director of the Economic Progress Institute (EPI).
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Justice, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged DARE, direct action for rights and equality, DOC, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Great Recession, jobs with justice, Justice Gaines, NAACP Providence, NAEP, National Assessment of Educational Progress, Opportunities Industrialization Center, Progreso Latino, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rachel Flum, Racial Justice Coalition of Rhode Island, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Department of Corrections, The State of Black Families in Rhode Island 2015, The State of Working Rhode Island Workers of Color | Leave a response
ACLU and 12 other organizations call on Governor Raimondo, AG Kilmartin and Chief Justice Suttell to protect the undocumented from Trump
By Steve Ahlquist on May 10, 2017
“We need change, protection and support,” said DACA student Javier Juarez, “So that one day we can contribute to the economy, and make the ocean state a more competitive and diverse state, that does not only follow but leads the progressive movement of undocumented people that call this country their own.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, Video | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, AFSC-SENE, American Friends Service Committee - Southeastern New England, DACA, Deborah DeBare, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DHS, Donald Anderson, donald trump, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, fuerza laboral, Gina Raimondo, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Javier Juarez, Muslim Civic and Community Engagement, NAACP Providence Branch, Omar Bar, Paul Suttell, Peru, Peter Kilmartin, providence student union, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, psu, Raul Figueroa, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island College, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island Supreme Court, RICADV, Sojourner House, Steven Brown, United States Department of Homeland Security | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 6, 2017
“If the Holocaust has taught us anything it is that when regular folks go silent in the face of tyranny, bad things happen and their silence favors the oppressor,” said the organizers of Never Again Means Never Again, a multi-faith, multi-denominational gathering that took place at the Holocaust Memorial on The River Walk in Providence […]
Posted in Activism, Barrington, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Immigration, LGBTQ, National News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged Abraham's Tent, AHOPE, Aisha Manzoor, Americans Helping Others Prosper, Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island, David Cicilline, donald trump, Ehsun Mirza, Gina Raimondo, Holocaust, Holocaust Memorial, Interbelief Club of Wheeler, Islamic School of Rhode Island, ISRI, jack reed, James Langevin, Jewish Community Center, MAE organization for the Homeless, More Than My Religion, Never Again Means Never Again, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, Rhode Island Council of Churches, Rhode Island School of Design, RICMA, Sarah Mack, Sisterhood of Salam Shalom, SOSS | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 1, 2017
“We are also here to say that we are here to fully defend the immigrant community and that we will put our resources, our commitment, our time and our bodies in the way of the machine that would split up families. We are fully committed to this and we are going to stay doing this until we win.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, Johnston, Labor, Photos, Race & Racism, Religion, Video | Tagged Arthur Corvese, donald trump, fuerza laboral, Gina Raimondo, Heiney Maldonado, ice, Immigrants In Action, Immigration and Custom Enforcement, Jim Keller, Juan Garcia, Mike Araujo, Nicholas Mattiello, Omar Bah, Paolo Rivero, Public Safety and Protection Act, Refugee Dream Center, RI Jobs with Justice | Leave a response
By Racial Justice Coalition on October 24, 2016
“As organizations committed to racial justice, we feel the issue of race has been missing from the discussion about Kennedy Plaza. We all want to see vibrant community commons that support our economic and community development. But we recognize that strategies like increased policing will continue to disadvantage the poor, especially people of color, and siphon dollars away from social safety net programs that uplift those most marginalized.”
Posted in Featured, Homelessness, Inequality, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged direct action for rights and equality, Economic Progress Institute, Jenn Steinfeld, kennedy plaza, Mike Araujo, NAACP Providence Branch, Progreso Latino, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Racial Justice Coalition, Reclaiming Our Public Spaces, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 26, 2016
Rhode Island’s founder, Roger Williams, was a refugee from Massachusetts seeking freedom and safety in our state. Bah said that welcoming refugees is a Rhode island tradition that must be protected.
Posted in Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Holidays, Immigration, International News, News, People, Photos, Providence, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, James Langevin, Nellie Gorbea, Omar Bah, Refugee Dream Center, Roger Williams | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 7, 2016
Baha pointed out that Syrian refugee Bdoor Ghazala, who is pregnant, will soon give birth to a United States citizen. “So your son could become a US president,” he said. As his words were translated there were smiles, wonderment and laughter throughout the room.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Events, Featured, Immigration, International News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Women, Youth | Tagged Omar Bah, Refugee Dream Center, Sterk Zaza | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 23, 2016
After his speech, former Congressman Pete Hoekstra said, “I’ve been in politics for 18 years, and I have never been met with a group as hostile and uncivil as what you are. Congratulations.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Immigration, National News, News, Photos, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regurnberg, Americans for Peace and Tolerance, APT, CAIR-MA, Charles Jacobs, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Howard Voss-Altman, josh miller, Mike Chippendale, Omar Bah, Pete Hoekstra, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Russell Taub, Sterk Zaza, Youssef Bahralom | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 11, 2016
A family of five Syrian refugees, a mother, father and three children ages 6, 7 and 8 arrived in Rhode Island early Thursday evening.
Posted in Events, Featured, History, Immigration, International News, National News, News, Photos, Rhode Island | Tagged Donald Anderson, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Refugee Dream Center, Syrian refugees | 1 Response
By New Leaders Council RI on December 28, 2015
Here at RI New Leaders Council, we train the next generation of trailblazing political entrepreneurs – civically engaged, socially conscious change makers.
At the top of our wish list is that you come celebrate our 5th year anniversary with us!