Pax Christi Members at Sen. Whitehouse’s office, March 18, 2021

PCRI is calling on U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Sen. Reed and other members of the Senate to back the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, or TPNW. The agreement, which has been signed by more than 80 nations, took effect on January 22, 2021.

Pax Christi RI Members at Sen. Reed’s Office, Chapel View, Cranston, RI January 22, 2021

On Jan. 22, 2021 members of Pax Christi RI held an 18-foot banner in front of U.S. Sen. Jack Reed’s office at Chapel View in Cranston.  PCRI is calling on Sen. Reed, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and other members of the Senate to back the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, or TPNW. The agreement, which has been signed by more than 80 nations, took effect on January 22, 2021.

The Defense Industry and Nuclear Weapons – What Every Citizen Should Know

The Defense Industry and Nuclear Weapons – What Every Citizen Should Know
Organizer: Pax Christi – Rhode Island

Monday, June 18

5:30pm – 7:30pm
Description:Westerly Area Peace and Justice Group will collaborate with Pax Christi RI to take a closer look at military spending. Alex Nunes, an independent journalist based in Rhode Island, will present “The Defense Industry and Nuclear Weapons in Rhode Island and Connecticut – what Every Citizen Should Know” on Monday, June 18, 2018, at the Westerly Library Auditorium, 44 Broad St. Westerly RI from 5:30-7:30 pm. Both Westerly Peace and Justice and Pax Christi are concerned about the vast amounts of money that are spent on nuclear weapons and the defense industry in general. Madeline Labriola, a member of both groups said, “It’s important that we become informed and take a closer look to see how we might be complicit in this use of our tax dollars. So often the information about the role that large corporations play in the reelection of our government officials goes unnoticed by the public. The only way a democratic society will continue to exist is to have an informed and politically active citizenry.” According to Nunes, Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy announced an $83-million subsidy package to U.S. Navy contractor General Dynamics-Electric Boat. A few days later, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, also a Democrat, announced another subsidy—worth up to $34-million—to Electric Boat, which operates a second shipyard in her state. Both of these incentives were slated for training and education of employees. The Connecticut Association of Smaller Manufacturers wrote, “The Federal government pays submarine manufacturers billions of dollars to deliver and service their products, and these manufacturers can well afford their own capital spending. During a time of fiscal distress, this is an insult to the tax payer.” Nunes writes in his blog “But fiscal conservatives are outraged that their state taxes are going to a company already bankrolled by federal taxpayers. And peace activists don’t like that more of their money is now going toward underwriting the building of weapons of mass destruction; Electric Boat has been named the Navy’s prime contractor to build a new fleet of nuclear-armed submarines.” Alex Nunes holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a bachelor’s in sociology from Rhode Island College. Nunes’ most recent work can be found at his website, Light refreshments will be served Free will offering will be taken “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

Organizer: Pax Christi Rhode Island

Pax Christi Rhode Island

Letter to RI Catholic

Dear Editor,


For many years Pax Christi, the international catholic peace organization, has campaigned against the common practice of purchasing toys and video games that glamorize violence and war as gifts for children during the Christmas season.


This year we urge you to think about the toys you are buying for the young people in your life.  While we wish each other holiday joy; we sing about peace on earth; and we call Jesus the “Prince of Peace” millions of us think nothing of buying toys that encourage violence.


Many video games glamorize violence, encourage discrimination and make killing seem exciting and fun. Be careful to avoid such videos for the young people on your list. Look for gifts that encourage group play, cooperation and old-fashioned fun.   Dolls, trains, blocks, music and musical instruments are still great values and favorites for the younger set. How about tickets to a theatre, concert or sporting event for the others?  Spending quality time together is a simple gift that will bring many hours of enjoyment.


For something different and truly meaningful take part of your allotment for each child and donate it to a worthy cause.  Tell them what you did and why.  Organizations such as Heifer International will send a card depicting the animal you chose to send to a family in a developing country, or give to the Arbor Day Foundation and have a tree planted in their name.


Make a contribution to organizations that promote peace like Pax Christi International ( or other non profits working for justice.  Your generosity would help them continue their work in the development of a culture of peace. There are also many groups who need your donation of even $10.  Catholic Relief Services help families suffering from natural disasters and war. In this way  Christmas will become a true celebration of peace.


Remember, don’t buy any toys or games that encourage war and violence, choose gifts of peace and give presents from your heart. Never forget, the children are watching.


Wishing you a peace filled season,


Madeline Labriola and members of

Pax Christi RI,

54 Beach St.

Westerly, RI 02891




The RI Catholic: Two national speakers to headline Global Nuclear Arms forum

Two national speakers to headline Global Nuclear Arms forum
Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:00 am
By RICK SNIZEK, Editor,8383

PROVIDENCE — With the United States poised to spend $1 trillion over the next 30 years beefing up its nuclear arsenal, and tensions rising across the globe with each new crisis that crosses the horizon, there is an increased risk that such destructive weapons will be used once again.

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin will welcome experts from the Union of Concerned Scientists and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to offer an evening of education, discussion and reflection on nuclear deterrence and reducing the risks that such weapons pose.

“A New Global Nuclear Arms Race: Risks, Prevention and Moral Imperatives,” will be held in the diocese’s state-of-the-art McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, near the Cathedral of SS. Peter & Paul at 7 p.m., and will examine the real and urgent risks posed by nuclear weapons and the dangers of our current alert policy, which leaves open the possibility of an accidental nuclear launch.

All are invited and encouraged to attend the free admission event, which is being co-sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, its Office of Catholic Charities and Social Ministry and the Rhode Island State Council of Churches and organized by Pax Christi Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Anti-War Committee, Tuesday Interfaith Peace Group and American Friends Service Committee. Light refreshments will be provided.

The evening will offer strategies for getting involved and helping to influence critical policy decisions following the November elections.

Dr. Lisbeth Gronlund, co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), will speak about what President Obama — and the next president — should do to reduce the odds that nuclear weapons are used again.

She’ll discuss the administration’s plan to build a whole new generation of nuclear bombs, missiles and submarines, which will cost roughly $1 trillion in coming decades. She also will call on the president to remove land-based nuclear missiles from hair-trigger alert, which sets the stage for an accidental nuclear launch.

Dr. Gronlund said the topic is particularly germane to Rhode Island voters because the Ocean State serves not only as home to a facility that will help to manufacture the nuclear-armed submarines of the future, it also has powerful representation on military issues in the Congress.

“As a long-standing member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Jack Reed has an important role to play in ensuring that the U.S. spends its defense dollars wisely,” Dr. Gronlund said.

“Current plans to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to build a whole new generation of nuclear weapons are not just a waste of money but would undermine U.S. security.”

The Union of Concerned Scientists, based in Cambridge, Mass., uses rigorous, independent science to find solutions to the planet’s most pressing problems. They work with citizens across the nation, combining technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe and sustainable future.

Dr. Stephen Colecchi, the director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of International Justice and Peace, will share his perspectives on nuclear weapons from Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church, and how nuclear proliferation shifts resources from where they can do the most good.

“The Catholic Church at its highest levels has supported nuclear disarmament as a moral imperative for decades,” Dr. Colecchi said.

“Saint John XXII called for a worldwide ban on nuclear weapons in 1963. Pope Benedict reminded us that in a nuclear war there would be ‘no victors, only victims.’ And Pope Francis has asserted that ‘spending on nuclear weapons squanders the wealth of nations.’”

Pax Christi Rhode Island, part of the international global Catholic peace movement which works to establish peace, respect for human rights and promote justice and reconciliation, has taken a lead in organizing the event.

Madeline Labriola, a member of Pax Christi Rhode Island who also serves as a representative of Pax Christi International to the United Nations in New York, says that it is vitally important for people from all faiths to come together in this forum to become better informed about the nuclear issue, which she deems “a clear and present danger.”

“We can’t ever say that we are going to strike first,” Labriola said, noting that currently the U.S., Russia, China and six other nations possess more than 15,000 nuclear weapons, each more powerful than those the U.S. dropped on Japan to end World War II.

“Most people don’t realize the dangers of nuclear weapons. As Catholics who follow the peaceful Jesus we must never condone the use or the stockpiling of such weapons of mass destruction.”

There is also the secondary issue of diverting trillions of dollars of vital financial resources from where they could do the most good to paying for new nuclear weapons systems.

“The money is taken from the poor,” Labriola said.

Pat Fontes, a member of Pax Christi Rhode Island, said that those in attendance at the event will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with two of the preeminent speakers in the country on the impact of nuclear weapons.

“It’s a very impressive lineup,” she said.

For more information, contact Pat Fontes at 401-516-7678 or by email at