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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; follow the updates on the donation "thermometer" below.

2014 Red Bandana Party:
June 8: Nick-a-Nees

Continuing Richard's tradition of holding an annual party for the community -
with music, camraderie, and food
and honoring the 2014 Award Recipients

Photos coming soon.

2014 Red Bandana Award Recipients
Henry Shelton
and
The Providence Student Union

Henry Shelton, long time Community Hero, is known throughout the region for his steadfast commitment to bettering the lives of all Rhode Islanders, especially the poor and disadvantaged. As a longtime director of the George Wiley Center, he has been a fixture on the streets and at the statehouse for decades, advocating for fairness in housing, public transportation, and medical care. As a close friend and cohort of Richard Walton, we know Richard would be smiling to see Henry receive the award.

The committee also recognized the groundbreaking work done by the Providence Student Union in addressing important issues of education in creative and powerful ways. The PSU is an important voice in the debate over the value of high-stakes testing, challenging the NECAP tests as a requirement for graduation, and has forced officials and politicians to address their concerns. We feel it’s important to honor a new generation of young people working to make a better world.

Find out more about Henry Shelton at
http://www.georgewileycenter.org/ and The Providence Student Union at http://www.providencestudentunion.org/

The FIrst Annual Red Bandana Concert
was held on
Sunday, June 2, 2013

All concert photos by Erin Smithers

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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.

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.

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