News and Events
Providence Hearing Report
- Thursday, December 15th
- A Public Hearing on H.R. 2631, the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill, took place on Monday, December 12, 2005 from 9:00 to 11:00am in the State Room of the Rhode Island State House in Providence, RI. More than 25 people participated in the hearing, held in a spacious and elegant room used by Rhode Island’s governor for state press conferences and receptions. At a podium bearing the Seal of the Governor of Rhode Island, and under a painting of George Washington, witnesses giving testimony in support of the Peace Tax Fund shared in a morning of hope and fervent petition.
Providence Passes Peace Tax Resolution
- Monday, November 7th
- On October 20, 2005, the Council of the City of Providence, Rhode Island, voted unanimously for a resolution supporting the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act, making it the first city in the U.S. to pass such a measure. All 15 members of the Council voted for the resolution, which cites the necessity of religious freedom and the high cost of war as reasons for supporting this legislation. The Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act, H.R. 2631, is a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. If passed, it would allow conscientious objectors to military taxation to pay their federal taxes into a non-military fund.
Click here to read the text of the Providence Resolution
Public Hearing on the Peace Tax Fund
- Monday, December 12
Rhode Island State House, State Room
Providence , RI 02903
The Hearing will highlight: international, national and local spending priorities, civil liberties, voices of conscientious objectors and war tax resisters, voices of the faith community including traditional Peace Churches and others, historical perspectives of Roger Williams and religious freedom, voices of the victims of war and military spending, and a diverse array of local peace and advocacy organizations.
Benefit Concert featuring Holly Near
- Saturday, November 12
First Baptist Church in America
75 North Main Street , Providence , RI 02903
Tickets available at www.ArtTixRI.com or by calling 401.621.6123
$18 General Admission, $10 Senior/Student, $50 Patron, Family Tickets: call 521.2187
Holly Near is a unique combination of entertainer, teacher and activist. An immense vocal talent, Near's career as a singer has been profoundly defined by an unwillingness to separate her passion for music from her passion for human dignity. She is a skilled performer and an outspoken ambassador for peace who brings to the stage an integration of world consciousness, spiritual discovery, and theatricality.
Peace Tax *ACTION* Potlucks
- Please plan on attending one of our upcoming Peace Tax *ACTION* Potlucks . Even if you have already joined us for a potluck in the past, this will be an opportunity to learn more about the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund, the Rhode Island Campaign for Conscience, and HR 2631, the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill.
Most importantly, it will be an opportunity for you to ACT on this information by joining in community with others while writing letters to our congressional delegates and media, and brainstorming ideas for further actions to affirm the religious freedoms of those morally opposed to paying for war.
All potlucks are from 6:30-8:30pm at the following dates and locations:
Monday, October 24: Smithfield Friends Meetinghouse
108 Smithfield Road , Woonsocket , RI 02895
Tuesday, October 25: Westerly Public Library
44 Broad Street , Westerly , RI 02891
Wednesday, October 26: Barrington Congregational UCC
461 County Road , Barrington , RI 02806
Friday, October 28: South Kingstown Neighborhood Guild
325 Columbia Street , Wakefield , RI 02879
Please bring a dish to share. Carpools are available from Providence , Newport and other parts of Rhode Island . Please call the office if you are interested. 401.521.2187
RI Campaign Educational Potluck
Rhode Island Site Launch
- Please plan on attending one of the educational events listed below to ask questions and find out more about the Rhode Island Campaign for Conscience:
Monday, July 25: Westerly Public Library 7pm-9pm
44 Broad Street, Westerly, RI 02891
Tuesday, July 26: Providence Beneficent Church 5:30-7:30pm **POTLUCK**
300 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI 02903
Wednesday, July 27: Smithfield Friends Meetinghouse 6pm-8pm **POTLUCK**
108 Smithfield Road, Woonsocket, RI 02895
Thursday, July 28: Newport Public Library 6pm-8pm **POTLUCK**
300 Spring Street, Newport, RI 02840
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