East Bay Citizens for Peace (EBCP)

About Us

Please join us in our activities for peace.

The East Bay Citizens for Peace was formed in February 2003 by a group of Rhode Islanders from Bristol, Warren, Barrington and East Providence, concerned with the imminent war with Iraq and the Constitutional freedoms threatened under the Patriot Act. The group sponsors a variety of events that help provide an open forum on issues relating to peace and justice.

Since its formation, the group has sponsored the following events:

Ongoing Peace Vigils held on the second Saturday of every month in Bristol. Time: 11 a.m to noon. Where: In front of the Post Office. Please join us.
April 22, 2019, 7:00 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (Venezuela).
April 11, 2019, 7:00 PM, at Barrington Congregational Church UCC. A talk by Roger Williams University's director of media and public relations, Edward Fitzgerald, entitled The Freedoms of the First Amendment.
November 27, 2018, 7:00 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (Saudi Arabia).
November 15, 2018, 7:00 PM, at Barrington Congregational Church UCC. A talk by Holocaust survivor Andreas Algava about his book, 600 Days in Hiding: A Jewish Family in Nazi-Occupied Thessaloniki, Greece.
August 27, 2018, 7:00 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (Russia).
August 19, 2018, 7:00 PM, at Tigris Art Gallery, Bristol. Refugees: The Human Face of War.
June 19, 2018, 7:00 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (Israel & Palestine).
May 21, 2018, 7:00 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives.
April 17, 2018, 7:00 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (The US and Gun Control).
February 26, 2018, 7:00 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (#MeToo and Time's Up movements).
January 13, 2018, 12:00 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. A discussion of the book No is Not Enough - Resisting Trump's Shock Politics And Winning The World We Need.
December 19, 2017, 7:00 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (North Korea).
October 28, 2017, 7:00 PM, at the Barrington Congregational Church. Moral Injury, Now What? A talk by David Wood.
October 10, 2017, 7:00 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (Afganistan).
August 31, 2017, 7:00 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (National Security).
July 27, 2017, 6:30 PM, at the Tiverton Public Library. "I’ve Got A Song: A Living History of the McCarthy Era," performed by Nancy Hood and narrated and accompanied by Barry Brown.
July 17, 2017, 6:30 PM, at Weaver Library, East Providence. A presentation of Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change film, Before The Flood.
July 5, 2017, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (Terror & Tyranny).
July 4, 2017, 9 - 10 AM, Independence Day vigil at the bike path crossing in Warren.
May 24, 2017, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (U.S. Foreign Policy).
May 20, 2017, 10 AM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Talking Across the Divide, an interactive workshop led by Prof. Keith Morton and Barry Brown, MSW.
May 4, 2017, 7 PM, at Barrington Congregational Church Library, Barrington. A follow-up discussion for viewers of the film The Settlers.
April 29, 2017, 7 PM, at Providence Friends Meeting, Providence. I’ve Got A Song: A Living History of the McCarthy Era, performed by Nancy Hood and narrated and accompanied by Barry Brown.
April 24, 2017, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (The Resistance).
April 17, 2017, 7 PM, at Weaver Library, East Providence. A presentation of the film The Settlers. Sponsored by EBCP, Weaver Library, the Mission and Justice Ministry Team of BCC-UCC.
March 19, 2017, 12:30 PM, at Barrington Congregational Church UCC. We Are All In This Together, a potluck followed by three workshops and a sing along. Sponsored by EBCP, the Mission and Justice Ministry Team of BCC-UCC and AFSC-SENE.
February 13, 2017, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (Immigration in the U.S.).
January 9, 2017, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (Peace, Justice & the Presidency).
December 5, 2016, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. A program on the impending confrontation between Russia, led by Joe Clifford.
November 21, 2016, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (Dakota Access Pipeline).
November 17, 2016, 7 PM, at Barrington Congregational Church. Palestine and Israel Up Close: A Personal View, a talk by Jeff Klein.
November 14, 2016, 7 PM, at Weaver Library, East Providence. I’ve Got a Song: A Living History of the McCarthy Era, performed by Nancy Hood and narrated and accompanied by Barry Brown.
November 10, 2016, 7 PM, A Post-election Reboot of U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: An Anti-war Perspective at Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) Headquarters, Providence. Co-sponsored by The RI Anti-War Committee, EBCP, Tuesday Interfaith Peace Group, and Pax Christi RI.
October 3, 2016, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War & Peace Report (Brazil).
August 23, 2016, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War & Peace Report (Nuclear Disarmament).
July 28, 2016, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War & Peace Report (Racism & Police Brutality).
July 4, 2016, 9 - 10 AM, Independence Day vigil at the bike path crossing in Warren.
June 2, 2016, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Forget Mainstream News: A Discussion of the Best Alternative News Sources, led by Joe Clifford and Kevin Faria.
May 13, 2016, 7 PM, at Barrington Congregational Church. A discussion group to follow up on Ambassador Freeman’s talk, The End of the American Empire: Foreign Policy without Diplomacy. Sponsored by EBCP, the Barrington Congregational Church Mission and Justice Ministry and the American Friends Service Committee – South East New England.
May 5, 2016, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War & Peace Report (Peace, Justice & the 2016 Elections).
April 2, 2016, 7:30 PM, at Barrington Congregational Church. The End of the American Empire: Foreign Policy without Diplomacy, a talk by Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. Sponsored by EBCP, the Mission and Justice Ministry of the Barrington Congregational Church UCC and American Friends Service Committee – South East New England.
February 25, 2016, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War & Peace Report (segments on Saudi Arabia).
December 15, 2015, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War & Peace Report (segments on Syria & ISIS).
November 16, 2015, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War & Peace Report (segments on campaign finance reform).
October 19, 2015, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War & Peace Report (segments on the refugee crisis).
September, 15, 2015, 7 PM, at Barrington Public Library. American Intervention: What is it good for?, a talk by Stephen Kinzer. Co-sponsored by Barrington Public Library and EBCP.
August 25, 2015, 6 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. A presentation of Citizen Four, the Oscar winning documentary about Edward Snowden.
July 21, 2015, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War & Peace Report (segments on Racism/Domestic Terrorism)
July 4, 2015, 9 - 10 AM, Independence Day vigil at the bike path crossing in Warren.
June 12, 2015, 6:30—8:30 PM, First United Methodist Church of Warren/Bristol, 25 Church St., Warren, RI. Peace Pot Luck Supper.
May 12, 2015, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (segments on Yemen).
March 23, 2015, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (Money & Politics).
November 13, 2014, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (Police Militarization).
October 28, 2014, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (segments on ISIS).
September 16, 2014, 7 PM, Barrington Public Library. SYRIA & IRAQ: HOLY WARS AGAIN? A talk about this conflict, its historic roots and on-going evolution by George Kassis. Sponsored by EBCP and the Barrington Public Library.
August 28, 2014, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. A presentation by Rebecca Gordon entitled “Mainstreaming Torture”.
August 25, 2014, 7 PM, at Barrington Public Library. A Forum on the Israel/Gaza Crisis.
July 4, 2014, 9 - 10 AM, Independence Day vigil at the bike path crossing in Warren.
July 30, 2014, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (segments on Bowe Bergdahl).
June 26, 2014, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (segments on Israel and Palestine).
May 22, 2014, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (segments on Ukraine).
April 24, 2014, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. A presentation of Legalize Democracy, a documentary about “Move to Amend”, the national movement to amend the Constitution and end corporate personhood.
April 12, 2014, 11 AM, at Bristol Post Office. A special peace vigil on the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS).
March 24, 2014, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (segments on Iran).
March 16, 2014, 3 PM - 5 PM at The Coffee Depot, Warren. Sing Out: A concert to remember the music and spirit of Pete Seeger, featuring Barry Brown, Keith Daniel and Nancy Hood.
March 13, 2014, 6:30 PM at Weaver Library, East Providence. An encore presentation of Dirty Wars, the Academy Award nominated documentary from investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill.
February 13, 2014, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (segments on Iraq).
December 4, 2013, 6:30 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. A presentation of Dirty Wars, the critically acclaimed documentary from investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill.
November 18, 2013, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (segments on The Arms Trade).
October 24, 2013, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (segments on Drones).
September 23, 2013, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (segments on Syria).
September 17, 2013, 7 PM, at Barrington Public Library. A talk by Roger Williams University Law Professor Carl T. Bogus entitled Guns: Public Policy, Politics & Law.
September 7, 2013, 11 AM, outside the Bristol Post Office. Emergency Vigil in Opposition to US Military Intervention in Syria.
August 22, 2013, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. Democracy Now!: The War and Peace Report (segments on Whistleblowers).
July 4, 2013, 9 - 10 AM, Independence Day vigil at the bike path crossing in Warren.
June 13, 2013, 7 PM, at Rogers Free Library, Bristol. “The US and Torture”, the first in a series of EBCP showings and discussions of segments of Democracy Now!: The War & Peace Report.
March 10, 2013, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, at St. Michael’s Parish Hall. Members and friends of East Bay Citizens for Peace marked its 10 year anniversary with a pot luck supper, discussion, and a sing-a-long.
September 21, 2012, at 7 PM, Bristol Statehouse. “Why World Peace Is Possible”, a talk by West Point Graduate, Iraq War Veteran, Author and Peace Activist, Paul K. Chappell.
September 10, 2012, at 7 PM, Barrington Public Library. THE COSTS OF WAR: HUMAN, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, AND POLITICAL, a discussion of the Costs of War report about the past decade of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan led by Catherine Lutz.
July 4, 2012, EBCP sponsored a “Cultivate Peace And Harmony” float at Bristol’s Independence Day parade.
July 4, 2012, at 9 AM, bike path junction with Rt. 114 in Warren. A special peace vigil action on cutting military spending and funding our communities.
April, 2012, at 11 AM, Bristol Post Office. Global Day of Action on Military Spending.
January, 15, 2012 at 7 PM, St. Michael’s Parish Hall, corner of Hope and Church Streets, Bristol, RI. "Rights without Remedy: Representing Afghanis Detained at Guantanamo Bay”. Patricia Sullivan, Esq., who has done pro bono work with Afghani detainees in Guantanamo spoke about her experience and the legal challenges.
November 30, 2011 at 7 PM, First United Methodist Church of Warren & Bristol, Warren, RI. PRO-ISRAEL, PRO-PEACE: J STREET TODAY, a talk with Rabbi James Rosenberg.
November 13, 2011 at 3 PM. A study group based on "Killing the Cranes" by Edward Giradet met to discuss the book.
November 9, 2011 at 7 PM, Coffee Depot, Warren, RI. Lift Up Your Voice Letter Writing Party and sing along with musicians Barry Brown and Nancy Hood.
July 4, 2011. EBCP sponsored a “Peace is Patriotic” float at Bristol’s Independence Day parade.
April 14, 2011 at 6:30 PM, Rogers Free Library, Bristol, RI. Keith Morton, Professor of Public and Community Service at Providence College, facilitated an interactive workshop entitled War, the Economy and the Health of Our Communities.
April 4, 2011, Providence, RI. MLK Unity Day rally at the State House for jobs and human needs, equality, freedom and peace. Human rights, civil rights, worker rights, economic justice and civil liberties. An EBCP-endorsed event.
March 19, 2011, Providence, RI. A day of poetry, music, workshops, and protest to mark the 8th anniversary of the illegal invasion of Iraq and demand an end to all U.S. military occupations and air strikes in the Middle East and around the world. An EBCP-endorsed event.
January 21, 2011 at 7:30 PM, Bristol State House. Whose Army? A talk by Andrew J. Bacevich, author and Boston University Professor of History and International Relations.
October 15, 2010, 7 PM, St. Michael's Parish Hall, Bristol, RI. Planning the New Economy: What is Real Recovery? An interactive workshop with Martha Yager, Program Coordinator of the AFSC-South East New England Office.
October 2, 2010, Washington DC. One Nation Working Together rally for jobs, peace and justice now! An EBCP-endorsed event.
June 18, 2010 at 7 PM, St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Bristol, RI. Capitalism: A Love Story - A screening of Michael Moore’s magnum opus.
Spring, 2010 at Kickemuit Middle School, Warren. Students and teachers worked on the Pages For Peace project to help make the biggest book in the world… and it’s about peace.
May 14, 2010 at 7 PM, St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Bristol, RI. Can war ever be just? - After 25 years in the military, retired U.S. Navy Captain Thomas R. Beall questions if war is ever necessary, inevitable, or just.
May 2, 2010, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Coffee Depot, 501 Main St., Warren, RI. Sing-Out Sunday Hootenanny to benefit the RI Food Bank. An EBCP-endorsed event.
April 14, 2010 at 7 PM, Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope St., Bristol, RI. Report from Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Palestine: A Jewish American Woman’s Eye-Opening Journey.
March 13, 2010, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM, Coffee Depot, 501 Main St., Warren, RI. Sing-Out Sunday Hootenanny. An EBCP-endorsed event.
January 30, 2010, 10:30 AM - 6 PM, MIT Bldg. 34-101, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA. New England Antiwar Conference. An EBCP-endorsed event.
November 7, 2009 at 8 PM, Bristol State House, 240 High St., Bristol, RI. The Stakes in Afghanistan: The Debate We Ought to Have - A talk by journalist Jonathan S. Landay, Senior National Security Correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers.
October 23, 2009 at 7 PM, St. Michael's Parish Hall, Bristol, RI. Rethink Afghanistan - A screening of Brave New Foundation's newly released documentary film.
October 17, 2009 at 1 PM, Copley Square, Boston. March and Rally to Oppose the U.S. War in Afghanistan. An EBCP-endorsed event.
April 26, 2009 at 7 PM St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Bristol, RI The Economic Crisis: War & Greed vs. People’s Needs Guest speaker - Mike Prokosch Mike Prokosch is a long-time peace activist and economics educator who works with Massachusetts Jobs with Justice; Boston Climate Action Network and Massachusetts Community Labor United on a "Green Jobs-Green Justice" campaign.
February 26, 2009 at 7 PM, Rogers Free Library Community Room, Bristol, RI Finding Our Voices: Stories of American Dissent Narrated by Martin Sheen , Dream Catcher Films’ 2008 award winning political documentary.
January 25, 2009 at 7 PM, St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Bristol Potluck Supper with entertainment from Raging Grannies and opportunity for citizen participation in new administration through letter writing to the President and to RI representatives in Congress.
November 16, 2008 at 7 PM, St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Bristol, RI. Guantanamo Bay: A Legal Perspective Speaker: Jared A. Goldstein, J.D., Associate Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law And Legal Council for Guantanamo Bay Detainees.
September 23, 2008 at 7 PM at St. Michael's Parish Hall, Bristol. "Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President" - A Conversation with Lincoln Chafee.
June 3, 2008 at 7 PM at St. Michael's Parish Hall, Bristol. "Winter Soldier". This documentary by two RI video journalists, Paul Hubbard and Robert Malin, captures the spirit of the March 2008 Winter Soldier, a four day event in which members of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) spoke publicly and candidly of their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Although this remarkable and moving testimony was typically ignored by the mainstream media, this DVD allows their voices to be heard. Sponsored by East Bay Citizens for Peace and MoveOn.Org East Bay.
March 9, 2008 at 7 PM at St. Michael’s Parish Hall. Charles Ferguson’s film “No End in Sight”, a sober, revelatory and absolutely vital film (NYT) about Iraq.
February 15, 2008 at 7 PM, St Michael’s Parish Hall. Stand Up. Reach Out. A Benefit for Iraqi Refugees and Displaced People. Featured Speaker: Noah Baker Merrill, Coordinator of Direct Aid Initiative and former Program Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee Providence office, spent five months in 2007 living and working among Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Syria. Direct Aid Initiative is a grassroots humanitarian effort providing medical care to displaced Iraqis through funds contributed by American families. Musicians: Barry Brown, Nancy Hood & Rick Keller, LeRoy White, Phil Edmonds, Cathy-Clasper Torch, Otis Read and Peter Breen of the Gnomes.
November 18, 2007, 7 PM at the home of Sandy Chabot and Jerry Landay. An informal talk with Qussay Al-Attabi, Iraqi refugee (EBCP members only).
November 9, 2007 at 7 PM. Anna Baltzer, author of “Witness in Palestine: Journal of a Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territory” speaks on “Life in Occupied Palestine” at St. Michael’s Parish Hall. Cosponsored by East Bay Citizens for Peace and Novel Idea Book Store.
October 27, 2007, 12 – 3PM, Boston Common. Massive rally for peace!!!
September 19, 2007, 4:30 – 6PM. “Visible Vigils to End the War” across the state.
September 16, 2007. Impeachment: Is there a case for it? Showing and discussion of PBS Bill Moyer’s Journal, Impeachment of a President. Q/A with RWU Professor of Constitutional Law, Jared Goldstein.
May 10, 2007 at 7 PM, St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Hope St. Bristol. “My Country, My Country”, a documentary film by Laura Poitras. Nominated for an Academy Award, the film follows the story of an Iraqi physician, father of 6 and Sunni political candidate into the heart of war-ravaged Iraq.
April 4, 2007 at 7 PM. War and Health: The Casualty Toll in Iraq presented by Les Roberts, Ph.D. at Salomon 101, Main Green, Brown University sponsored by East Bay Citizens for Peace; Operation Iraqi Freedom, Brown University; Program in Public Health, Brown University;Respond/Design, RISD; Rhode Island Community Coalition for Peace; American Friends Service Committee.
March 11, 2007 at 7 PM. When the War Comes Home: panel discussion on the psychological trauma of War. Panelists: Michael Gold, MD, WWII & POW Veteran; Bettine Fitzgerald- Costa, MSW mental health & trauma expert; Keith Morton, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Public Service & American Studies, Providence College.
February 11, 2007 at 7 PM. “The Ground Truth: The Human Cost of War” Patricia Foulkrod Documentary, presented by Richard Tarlaian.
May 24, 2006 at 7 PM, at St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Hope St. Bristol. Living in Today’s Climate of Fear: a Conversation with Bob Kerr, Providence Journal Columnist.
March 27, 2006, at 7 PM, St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Hope St, Bristol. Iraq: Where Do We Go From Here? A Discussion of Options for Withdrawal Presenters: Mark Sawoski, Roger Williams University Professor of International Relations, Rober Ruggiero, Retired Foreign Service Officer with 20 Years of Service in the Middle East, Keith Morton, Providence College Professor in American Studies and Public Service; Moderator, June Speakman, Roger Williams University Professor and Chair of the Political and Social Science Department.
February 10, 2006 at 7 PM, St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Bristol. Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties – a groundbreaking documentary by acclaimed film maker, Robert Greenwald. Q & A led by Steve Brown, Director, RI Chapter, ACLU.
November, 2005. Held extensive discussion concerning the occupation of Iraq and exit strategies resulting in a position paper.
September, 2005. Helped Mobilize RI to attend a Peace rally in DC.
June, 2005. “Is War the Answer?: Let’s Talk” led by Keith Morton.
May/June, 2005. Organized Bristol Town Council Workshops on the Patriot Act which led to a Bristol Town Council passing a resolution on the Patriot Act.
April, 2005. Forum, “The Patriot Act: Watching What You Read” presented by M. Lesley Wilkins.
October, 2004. A fund raising concert for the Kerry Campaign.
October, 2003, at St. Michael’s Parish Hall. Peace Pot Luck featuring a presentation on the “State of the Union” by Eugene Mihaly.
September, 11, 2003, on Bristol Commons. Memorial Vigil for the 9/11 victims -- in concert with “The September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.”
“I’ve Got a Song – A Living History of the McCarthy Era” performed by Nancy Hood ( author) and Rick Keller.
A seminar on peaceful resistance, led by Keith Morton.
May 2003. “We the People” — A Celebration of the U.S. Constitution at the Bristol State House. Events ranged from a children’s theater piece to a panel discussion on the Patriot Act.
March 2003. A petition for peace, which was presented to the Bristol Town Council, for the successful passage of a peace resolution on the war with Iraq.