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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.

2016 Red Bandana Party:
Sunday, June 5: 4:00 - 7:00PM

Continuing Richard's tradition of holding an annual party for the community -
with music, camaraderie, and food
and honoring the 2016 Award Recipients

Nominations for the 2016 Red Bandana Award Recipients are now being accepted!
Deadline is April 15, 2016
For more information, contact

RBF Nomination PRESS RELEASE 2016 - complete

“I like life to be a hodge-podge of people of all sorts, all ages, all cultures, all colors, all everything. Life can be terribly sad, life can anger you but life is, well, life, and it is to be lived.”

The Red Bandana Awards for 2015 were presented to …

Prof. Eric Hirsch of the RI Coalition for the Homeless
“for his life-long commitment to bettering the lives of the poor and homeless in Rhode Island. Eric’s life and work is a reminder to all of us of the importance of both thought and action - in the streets, in the classroom, and in the halls of power. We are grateful to Eric for his years of dedication to giving all of us, no matter our station, a voice in making a just world.”

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the workers of the Renaissance Hotel, many of them first generation immigrants,
“for their courage and persistence in demanding their right to a union and fair and equitable treatment and pay for their work. Their perseverance is an example and reminder to us all that justice requires we stand up and be counted. In speaking for themselves, they speak for all of us.”

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Entertainment on May 31, 2015:
The Gnomes
The Extraordinary Rendition Band

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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.

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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