Nicole Cordier is the Development & Communications Associate for the ACLU of Rhode Island.
By Nicole Cordier on September 9, 2017
The state’s “civil death” law, enacted more than a century ago, declares people sentenced to life in prison to be “dead” for virtually all legal purposes, even though most of them are eligible for parole after 20 years.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Justice, National News, Prison Reform, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged ACI, ACLU of Rhode Island, civil death statute, DOC, first amendment, Gina Raimondo, joe arpaio, Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Richard Paiva, Steven Brown, Superior Court, Supremacy Clause | 2 Responses
By Nicole Cordier on September 7, 2017
A recent report from the ACLU of RI found that more than 25 percent of RI public schools have no comprehensive policy in place to protect transgender and gender non-conforming students.
Posted in Civil Rights, Education, Featured, LGBTQ, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, ACLU of RI, AIDS Project Rhode Island, Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, Council of Elementary and Secondary Education, donald trump, GLAD, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, Rhode Island Commission on Prejudice and Bias, Rhode Island Department of Education, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Rhode Island Working Families, ride, Steven Brown | 4 Responses
In light of Minneapolis shooting, ACLU urges revised police body cam policies in Providence and Newport
By Nicole Cordier on July 26, 2017
“…were a similar tragedy to occur here, police officers’ cameras likely would not have been activated either under the department’s current policies.”
ACLU and RI Legal Services file civil rights complaint against RIDLT over lack of language accommodations
By Nicole Cordier on July 6, 2017
The complaint, on behalf of Gracianne Noel, a Haitian Creole speaker, argues that RIDLT is in violation of a federal law known as Title VI, which requires agencies receiving federal funding to provide meaningful access to programs and services for individuals with limited English proficiency.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, Infrastructure, Labor, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Social Services, Unemployment | Tagged ACLU of RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Conciliation Agreement, Gracianne Noel, Jennifer Doucleff, LEP, limited English proficiency, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Rhode Island Legal Services, RIDLT, RIDLT TeleServe, RILS, Steven Brown, Title VI, ui, unemployment insurance, United States Department of Labor, USDOL, Veronika Kot | Leave a response
By Nicole Cordier on June 22, 2017
“It is as if Smithfield has declared war on some of its most vulnerable residents by enacting this ordinance.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, Marijuana, News, Rhode Island, Smithfield | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Barton Gilman LLP, C Alexander Chiulli, JoAnne Leppanen, John Meara, Matthew Plain, Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, RI Superior Court, RIPAC, Steven Brown | Leave a response
By Nicole Cordier on June 20, 2017
The seizure, detention and interrogation of the young child were based solely on unsubstantiated claims from another child that the girl was carrying “chemicals” in her backpack, and occurred even after the police found nothing in the backpack.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Featured, Justice, Rhode Island, Tiverton, Youth | Tagged ACLU of RI, Amato DeLuca, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Miriam Weizenbaum, Steven Brown | 1 Response
By Nicole Cordier on June 13, 2017
The report highlights the multitude of issues facing transgender and gender non-conforming students, including privacy and confidentiality, the use of students’ preferred pronouns and participation in gender-segregated activities.
Posted in Featured, LGBTQ, Women | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, ACLU of RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, apra, arcela Betancur, Marcela Betancur, RI Department of Education, ride, Steven Brown | Leave a response
By Nicole Cordier on June 13, 2017
“We once again strongly urge both the state Attorney General [Peter Kilmartin] and RI Supreme Court’s Chief Justice [Paul Suttell] to call on ICE officials to refrain from conducting enforcement actions at or near courthouses. There will be no equal access to justice in Rhode Island if residents are afraid to make use of their judicial system.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, International News, Justice, National News, Providence | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Paul Suttell, Peter Kilmartin, Steven Brown | 2 Responses
By Nicole Cordier on May 30, 2017
“This ordinance will only serve to punish the City’s already vulnerable poor, and divert police attention away from meaningful law enforcement activities,” said Barbara Freitas, director of RIHAP.
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Providence | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Barbara Freitas, DARE, Direct Action for Rights an Equality, homeless bill of rights, Homeless Bill of Rights Committee, House of Hope CDC, jorge elorza, kennedy plaza, Providence City Council, RI Homeless Advocacy Project, rihap, SouthCoast Fair Housing, Steven Pare | Leave a response
By Nicole Cordier on May 18, 2017
The Department of Human Services showed virtually no improvement in April in the timely processing of SNAP (food stamp) applications, including for people the Department acknowledges were entitled to emergency relief.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Disability Services, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Infrastructure, Poverty, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House | Tagged ACLU, ACLU of Rhode Island, Department of Human Services, DHS, Gina Raimondo, lynette labinger, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, NCLEJ, SNAP, UHIP | Leave a response
By Nicole Cordier on May 12, 2017
“I am speaking out for women who have been shamed, degraded, harassed, or otherwise prevented from nurturing their children by breastfeeding,” said Elizabeth Gooding. “I encourage women who face breastfeeding discrimination not to be silenced but to raise your voice.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Hopkinton, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Westerly, Women, Youth | Tagged ACLU of RI, Elizabeth Gooding, H. Jefferson Melish, Maureen Fitzgerald, Ocean Community YMCA, Rhode Island Superior Court | 1 Response
By Nicole Cordier on May 8, 2017
By the end of August, DHS must timely decide 96 percent of SNAP expedited and regular applications. The federal court will retain jurisdiction of the case for at least one year after the state first achieves the 96 percent compliance rate.
Posted in Featured, News, Poverty, Social Services | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, DHS, Eric Beane, lynette labinger, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, NCLEJ, RI Department of Human Services, SNAP, UHIP | 1 Response