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The Red Bandana Fund will be a legacy to help sustain Rhode Island’s community of individuals and organizations that embody the lifelong peace and justice ideals of activist Richard J. Walton.

Through the
Red Bandana Fund, an annual financial award will be made to an organization or individual whose work best represents the ideals of peace and social justice that exemplify Richard's life work. He was a dedicated advocate of worker rights and committed to the nurturing of young people as a college professor. He gave hundreds of hours of service every month to organizations including Amos House, the George Wiley Center, Providence Niquinhomo Sister City Project, the Green Party, and Stone Soup Folk Arts Foundation. These organizations, as well as the city of Pawtucket, along with a committee of his close friends led by Bill Harley and Stone Soup Folk Arts Foundation are working with Richard's family to help establish the Fund.

Your donations continue to support the
Red Bandana Fund and help "… honor Richard Walton and others like him who work to improve the human condition."
You can use the donation button below or send checks made out to "Stone Soup Folk Arts Foundation/Red Bandana Fund" and mailed to Red Bandana Fund, PO Box 41057, Providence, RI, 02904.

Thank you to those who have already donated.

2015 Red Bandana Party:
Sunday, May 31: 4:00 - 7:00PM

Continuing Richard's tradition of holding an annual party for the community -
with music, camaraderie, and food
and honoring the 2015 Award Recipients

The Extraordinary Rendition Band
The Gnomes

The Red Bandana Fund Award for 2015 will be presented to Prof. Eric Hirsch of the RI Coalition for the Homeless and the workers of the Renaissance Hotel who are organizing to start a union!
Eric Hirsch, a professor of sociology at Providence College, is the rare breed of academic who translates his knowledge and research into action in the real world. A tireless advocate for the poor and homeless, he has worked with the RI Coalition for the Homeless on the streets, in the classroom, and in the statehouse, striving to help the less fortunate in our area.
The workers at the Renaissance Hotel, many of them first generation immigrants, have bravely spoken out for their need for a union. Their union organizing has continued for a number of years, despite the resistance of the hotel management. The workers insistence on their right to decent working conditions and a living wage reminds us that all people are entitled to a decent, sustainable life.


The 2013 Red Bandana Fund Award was presented to Amos House in Providence which makes a difference in the lives of others by providing basic needs, education and businesses such as the Friendship Cafe, More than a Meal Catering, and Bristol Harbor Homemade Baking Mixes.
2014 Red Bandana Fund Award was presented to Harry Shelton and the Providence Student Union (PSU). Shelton, a longtime director of the George Wiley Center and a friend of Richard Walton’s, is known throughout the region for his steadfast commitment to bettering the lives of all Rhode Islanders, especially the poor and disadvantaged. The PSU has been addressing important issues of education in creative and powerful ways.

The Second Annual Red Bandana Concert
was held on
Sunday, June 8, 2014

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Richard was a father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He was a social and political activist, working against homelessness, poverty, and injustice. In addition to his affiliation with Stone Soup, Richard had a deep personal involvement with Amos House in Providence. For many years Richard was an adjunct instructor in the Department of English at Rhode Island College and was the founding president of its Adjunct Faculty Union.

Richard was the heart and soul of Stone Soup Coffeehouse, serving as President of the Board for most of the 32 years of Stone Soup’s existence. For many people he was also the face of Stone Soup as its long-term master of ceremonies.
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