Rhode Island State Council of Churches
By Steve Ahlquist on September 13, 2017
“You can’t force people to love and sometimes when you force you actually create the very issues that you say you are trying to prevent,” said Education Commissioner Ken Wagner.
Posted in Civil Rights, Education, Featured, LGBTQ, News, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Youth | Tagged Alexander Hoffman, Beth Capron, Council on Postsecondary Education, Donald Anderson, Family Services Rhode Island, Kayla David, ken wagner, Marcela Betancur, Marta V Martínez, Rhode Island Department of Education, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, ride | 1 Response
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 Nicole Cordier on September 7, 2017
A recent report from the ACLU of RI found that more than 25 percent of RI public schools have no comprehensive policy in place to protect transgender and gender non-conforming students.
Posted in Civil Rights, Education, Featured, LGBTQ, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, ACLU of RI, AIDS Project Rhode Island, Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, Council of Elementary and Secondary Education, donald trump, GLAD, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, Rhode Island Commission on Prejudice and Bias, Rhode Island Department of Education, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Rhode Island Working Families, ride, Steven Brown | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 11, 2017
“I want to go to college, but low-income students like me have to rely on student loans that don’t even cover the full price,” said Jayleen Salcedo, a senior at Classical High School and a member of the Providence Student Union (PSU).
Posted in Activism, Education, Featured, Inequality, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AFT, arole Marshall, blackstone academy, Classical High School, Community College of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, Jayleen Salcedo, providence public schools, providence student union, psu, Quenby Hughes, Rhode Island College, Rhode Island Promise, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Rhode Island State House, ric, RIC Adjuncts Union, RIC Professional Staff Association, RIC/AFT Faculty Union, university of rhode island, URI, Young Voices | 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 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 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 November 21, 2016
“We’re here because our state government needs to step up,” said State Representative Aaron Regunberg. “That means doing more than taking a wait-and-see approach to Donald Trump’s millionaire and KKK-endorsed agenda. It’s our job to make sure that this agenda does not become normal here in Rhode Island, and we commit to doing everything we possible can to starting right now to protect Rhode Island values and Rhode Island families.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Immigration, National News, People, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, Chris Blazejewski, Coalition for Safer Rhodes, Donald Anderson, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Jeanine Calkin, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Moira Walsh, Planned Parenthood, Resist Hate RI, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Rodrigo Pimentel, Shelby Maldonado, Susan Donovan, Teresa Tanzi, Victoria Ruiz | 1 Response
By RI State Council of Churches on May 24, 2016
“Signs on our front lawns is one positive way to demonstrate a caring spirit towards Muslim Rhode Islanders. We’re asking individuals, families and faith communities to place a ‘Blessed Ramadan’ sign near their front doors during the month of Ramadan as a gesture of witness and welcome.”
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 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 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