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Speakers on the Voices of Faith panel wait to testify. From left to right, Peter Michaelson of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, James Keller of Providence Presbyterian Church, Father George Behan of Pax Christi Rhode Island, Richard Frechette of Smithfield Friends Meeting, and Jonathan Vogel-Borne of the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends.
Natalie Baker Merrill and Marian Franz stand with a statue of Elizabeth
Buffum Chace, “The Conscience of Rhode Island” just outside of the State Room. The Chace Granting Group, which largely funded the Rhode Island Campaign for Conscience, is named after Elizabeth and her sister, Anna. (There is no large version of this photograph.)
Keith Harvey, Executive Director of the New England Region of the American Friends Service Committee and the convener of the
hearing, stands with Peter Michaelson of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship.
Jeanne Whittaker testifies on her belief in taxes and her desire to know that her taxes were used to fund government projects –national and international- to mitigate and deter the use of violence, to take away occasions of war.
Hearing Convenor Keith Harvey calls for several moments of silent
meditation and worship at the close of the hearing, and asks participants to rededicate themselves to recognition of this crucial right of religious freedom and conscience.


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