ACLU of RI
ACLU crafts model ordinance on immigration for RI municipalities, urges leaving immigration enforcement to Feds
By ACLU of RI on March 24, 2017
The ACLU of Rhode Island today urged officials in all 39 of the state’s municipalities to adopt a comprehensive ordinance to protect their immigrant communities from constitutionally dubious federal immigration requests.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged 287(g), ACLU, ACLU of Rhode Island, donald trump, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, RI Department of Corrections, Steven Brown | 1 Response
By ACLU of RI on January 26, 2017
The ACLU said it was preparing a comprehensive package of immigrant-protective measures that municipalities in Rhode Island, and the state itself, could adopt to mitigate the harm to immigrant communities that the executive orders would cause.
By ACLU of RI on October 27, 2016
The ACLU of Rhode Island has long called on the R.I. Vehicle Value Commission to stop using this unrealistic vehicle valuation to determine car taxes and to also adopt a meaningful appeals process for Rhode Island car owners, and this year’s testimony does the same.
By ACLU of RI on October 24, 2016
Speaker Mattiello and challenger Frias actually have 1,230 fewer constituents they have to reach out to and represent. Although they are treated as residents of District 15 for purposes of carving up that district, these incarcerated persons are not considered residents there for any other meaningful purpose, including for purposes of voting.
By ACLU of RI on June 21, 2016
The groups had requested the Governor to veto the legislation, stating that the bill was so broadly worded that it could make criminals of people involved in neither revenge nor porn, and would have a direct impact on the First Amendment rights of the media.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, News, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, Justin Silverman, New England First Amendment Coalition, Rhode Island Press Association, Steven Brown | 1 Response
By ACLU of RI on May 25, 2016
Today’s ruling concluded that Cranston artificially inflated the population count of Ward 6, where the ACI is located, by treating all incarcerated persons as “residents” of the prison for redistricting purposes. Doing so, said the court, violates the rights of persons residing in other wards to equal representation as required by the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, Voting Rights | Tagged ACI, ACLU of Rhode Island, Adult Correctional Institutions, American Civil Liberties Union, Census Bureau, Debbie Flitman, Demos, lynette labinger, prison gerrymandering, Prison policy initiative, Ronald Lagueux, Steven Brown | 1 Response
By ACLU of RI on May 10, 2016
Under the consent order filed in court today, the Town has acknowledged that Welch was “not given a reasonable opportunity to be heard” at the December meeting, and that the Town “will hereinafter permit ‘Public Comment’ at all future public meetings.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, News, Rhode Island | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, H. Jefferson Melish, Kerry McKay, North Kingstown Town Council, Richard Welch, Steven Brown | 1 Response
By ACLU of RI on May 2, 2016
“The right of the public to be heard by our government is very basic to our form of government and it should not be allowed to be abridged by anyone,” said plaintiff Richard Welch, “This is not the first time that this has happened in North Kingstown, but it must be the last.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, News | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, H. Jefferson Melish, Kerry McKay, North Kingstown Town Council, Richard Welch | Leave a response
By ACLU of RI on April 28, 2016
After a verbal altercation between the bouncer and members of the group, police were called. On his way out of the bar, Alves gestured toward the bouncer with the American Sign Language sign for “b*llsh*t,” which police who had arrived at the scene interpreted as giving them the middle finger.
ACLU of RI applauds new online voter registration law, first in country to specify accomodations for voters with disabilities
By ACLU of RI on April 7, 2016
The ACLU of Rhode Island today commended Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea for introducing, the General Assembly for passing, and Governor Gina Raimondo for signing legislation adopting online voter registration for the state’s residents, and particularly for addressing voters with disabilities.
By ACLU of RI on March 31, 2016
The ACLU of RI and RI Legal Services today applauded a Superior Court decision holding that the Cumberland school district could not charge a student a $700 fee in order to attend summer school to avoid repeating ninth grade.
By ACLU of RI on March 30, 2016
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today announced it has agreed to provide legal representation to the Warwick Post and the Warwick Beacon, both of which have been threatened with a defamation suit if they write stories about the contents of a public document.
Posted in Civil Rights, Education, Featured, Media, News, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU of RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, first amendment, General Assembly, Neal McNamara, Nixon Peabody, Steven Brown | Leave a response
During Sunshine Week, ACLU seeks court order for the release of documents a local journalist has sought for years
By ACLU of RI on March 15, 2016
In its motion for summary judgment filed yesterday, the ACLU called for the release of “the wrongfully withheld documents post haste.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Health Care, Media, National News | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Department of Justice, DOJ, FOIA, Freedom of Information Act, Jr., Neal McNamara, Nixon Peabody, Peter Neronha, Steven Brown | Leave a response
By ACLU of RI on March 14, 2016
Conflating prostitution with trafficking does nothing to help the trafficking victims who remain ensnared while consenting adults are pursued and arrested.
By ACLU of RI on March 4, 2016
In February 2014, Judge McConnell held… that Ms. Morales “has set forth plausible allegations that she was unconstitutionally detained solely based on her national origin and Hispanic last name.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged ada morales, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, ice, Jr. | Leave a response
By ACLU of RI on February 24, 2016
Citing widespread confusion about the potential use of PARCC exam results in a punitive manner against students in the near future, a coalition of organizations has filed an open records request with every school district in the state to obtain information about any plans they have to use the test for grading or graduation purposes before 2021…
Posted in Education | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Coalition to Defend Public Education, Debbie Flitman, Department of Education, PARCC, providence student union, RI Disability Law Center, Steven Brown, Young Voices, Youth Pride Inc | 2 Responses
By ACLU of RI on February 23, 2016
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has filed suit against the City of Providence to challenge a recently enacted city ordinance that prohibits more than three “college students” from living together in certain areas of the city.
By ACLU of RI on February 17, 2016
Rhode Island now joins all other New England states and many others across the country that provide specific accommodations for women who are breastfeeding at the time of their Bar exam.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, News, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Jane W. Koster, Jenn Steinfeld, League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Rhode Island Supreme Court, Women's Fund of Rhode Island | Leave a response
By ACLU of RI on February 10, 2016
“It appears these devices will record information from not just trucks subject to tolls, but every vehicle passing through. The technology, the ACLU says, seems similar to automated license plate readers, which capture and record the license plate information, date, time and GPS location of every vehicle on the road.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Infrastructure, Rhode Island, Transportation | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Hillary Davis, Peter Alviti, RhodeWorks, Truck tolls | 1 Response
By ACLU of RI on February 9, 2016
In a major step towards reducing the criminalization of the poor in Rhode Island, the City of Providence has advised the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island that it would halt enforcement of an anti-panhandling ordinance that has led to the harassment and arrest of homeless individuals.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Homelessness, National News, News, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, House of Hope CDC, Jim Ryczek, jorge elorza, Megan Smith, panhandling, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, RICH, Steven Brown | 1 Response