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.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Disability Services, Events, Featured | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, American Sign Language, David Alves, R.I. Disability Law Center, Woonsocket | 1 Response
By Roberta Richman on April 22, 2016
From my firsthand experience within the corrections system, I strongly support legislation introduced by Representative Aaron Regunberg and Senator Harold Metts to guarantee commonsense protections against the inappropriate use of prolonged solitary confinement.
By Steve Ahlquist on April 19, 2016
“Panhandling is common in Kennedy Plaza,” said a reporter at a Jorge Elorza press conference yesterday, “is that going to be addressed in addition to the drug dealing?” Providence Commissioner of Public Safety Steven Paré was standing behind a podium, having just announced the results of a months long effort to arrest drug dealers in […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 11, 2016
“The ACLU is very disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Caleb Chafee case. We believe it fails to give sufficient weight to the important public interest in monitoring police investigations of high-profile cases.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, Media, News, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, Amanda Milkovits, caleb chafee, Lincoln Chafee, Providence Journal | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 4, 2016
What is solitary confinement, really? Can any of us who have not experienced it truly understand it? Four former RI inmates tell their stories as they plead for reforms.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, News, People, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged aaron regunberg, Black and Pink, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Harold Metts, Jessica Gonzalez, John Prince, JoseDavi Lamoso, Osiris | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 29, 2016
The STEP-UP Network, a coalition of community groups, asks, “”Why is there a fundraiser for a mayor who is not serving the whole city?”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Democrats, Elections, Events, Featured, Labor, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Youth | Tagged American Friends Service Committee, Community Safety Act, CSA, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, jorge elorza, Jorrell Kaykay, Malchus Mills, Mike Araujo, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, Providence Fire Fighters IAFF Local 799, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, STEP-UP Network, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | Leave a response
Millennial-based orgs praise RI Senate leaders for supporting proposal to regulate and tax marijuana
By Regulate RI on March 23, 2016
In a letter to Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio and his colleagues on Tuesday, the Young Democrats of Rhode Island and Students for Sensible Drug Policy thanked the senators for backing legislation that would ‘dramatically enhance Rhode Island’s ability to protect teens, retain graduates, attract young professionals, and create opportunities for a new generation of entrepreneurs’
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Economy, Featured, marijuana reform, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged and Taxation Ac, Control, Dominick Ruggerio, Marijuana, Michael Beauregard, Patrick Shea, regulation, Shmuel Barkan, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Young Democrats of Rhode Island | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 22, 2016
When Rhode Island takes the money, they should know that the money comes, in part, at the expense of the Greek people, who suffer because a vampire-like Wall St. bank has consigned the country to half a century of brutal, soul-destroying austerity.
Posted in cities and towns, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Economy, Events, Featured, International News, National News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged badelli-hunt, Donald Grebien, Garry Levine, Gary Cohn, Gina Raimondo, goldman sachs, greece, jack reed, james diossa, jorge elorza | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 21, 2016
The Providence Police Department is in the process of finalizing their implementation of a Body Worn Camera (BWC) Pilot Program and working to establish procedures and regulations pertaining to it.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, apra, Body Worn Camera, Body Worn Camera Pilot Program, BWC, Evan England, Hugh Clements, jorge elorza, NAACP Providence Branch, Providence Police Department, RI ACLU, Stephen Paré, Taser, Vievu | 4 Responses
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.
Democratic Party Chair Joe McNamara should be seriously interrogated for this: he is supporting the impoverishment of senior citizens while the Governor seemingly profits off the shady and not-so-blind trust that the pension is invested in.
By Peter Nightingale on March 2, 2016
Audry McClendon, ousted CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp, was indicted on Tuesday for conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in Oklahoma. The indictment is the result of a four-year antitrust investigation by the US Department of Justice.
Let’s revisit some of the prehistory.
By Harry Rix on February 20, 2016
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive.” Sir Walter Scott The fix is in. The President is not elected by 105 million American voters. No, the President is selected by five Supreme Court justices. Justice Antonin Scalia writes that recounting Florida votes will “cast a cloud” over the election. […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Defense, Elections, Featured, History, National News, News, Opinion, Politics, Republicans | Tagged Bush, Gore, political chicanery, Scalia, Scandal | Leave a response
By Harry Rix on February 15, 2016
“Churches can be a place where judgment, shame and contempt [for families with felons] are felt most acutely.” Michelle Alexander Time for a pop quiz question. Ready? In what year did the U.S. end slavery? Most agree it’s 1865. Some historians disagree. Their answer: 1942. True, the Triangle Trade’s enrichment of slave shippers ended with […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, History, Homelessness, Housing, Labor, marijuana reform, Opinion, Politics, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion, Unemployment | Tagged convict leasing, mass incarceration, Slavery, war on drugs | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart | Support this author via his Patreon! (http://tinyurl.com/hascpatreon) on February 9, 2016
Since the publication of Ted Seidle’s letter to various federal agencies regarding the Raimondo pension policies, the operative question has been when will the feds come knocking on Smith Hill? It is clear that Raimondo is desperate to rebuild her reputation with unions, hence the push for the union-friendly RhodeWorks project. But why wait when […]
Posted in Business & Tech, cities and towns, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Economy, Featured, Pensions | Tagged Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island, ERSRI, FBI's White Collar and Complex Financial Crimes unit, Gina Raimondo, LeeAnn Ghazil Gaunt, pensions, Providence, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Rhode Island Retired Teachers Association, RIRTA, SEC's Municipal Securities and Public Pensions unit, U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Rhode Island's Criminal Division | 10 Responses
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, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Homelessness, National News, News, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, House of Hope CDC, Jeffrey Dana, Jim Ryczek, jorge elorza, Megan Smith, panhandling, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, RICH, Steven Brown | Leave a response
By RI Future on February 5, 2016
Rep. Aaron Regunberg and Sen. Harold M. Metts have introduced legislation to reform the controversial use of solitary or “segregated” confinement in the Rhode Island prison system, saying the practice causes psychological damage and often exacerbates the very problems it is intended to address.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, International News, National News, News, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged aaron regunberg, ACLU of Rhode Island, DARE, direct action for rights and equality, Harold Metts, John Prince, Michael Cerullo, solitary confinement, Steven Brown | 1 Response
By transportprovidence on February 1, 2016
“Whatever critiques there might be of Bloomberg, the fact is that he’s led on some issues. Bernie Sanders should work hard to undermine Bloomberg’s base of support on a key issue where the Bloomberg administration led: transportation.”
Posted in Criminal Justice, Defense, Featured, Health Care, Transportation | Tagged Bernie Sanders, donald trump, Janette Sadik-Kahn, Michael Bloomberg, single-payer healthcare, Stop and Frisk | 3 Responses
By Bella Robinson on January 27, 2016
“The main reason I want to see prostitution decriminalized is because it is the only harm reduction model proven to reduce violence and exploitation in the sex industry.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, Labor, National News, News, Sex workers, Women, Youth | Tagged amnesty international, Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics, COYOTERI | 9 Responses
By Andrew Stewart | Support this author via his Patreon! (http://tinyurl.com/hascpatreon) on January 25, 2016
For some weeks now, there has been a great deal of conversation around the idea that Providence is on the verge of bankruptcy. A new rule regarding budget statements is key t0 understanding why.
Posted in Business & Tech, cities and towns, corporate greed, Criminal Justice, Economy, Featured, Pensions, Providence | Tagged Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island, ERSRI, FBI's White Collar and Complex Financial Crimes unit, Gina Raimondo, LeeAnn Ghazil Gaunt, pensions, Providence, Rhode Island Retired Teachers Association, RIRTA, SEC's Municipal Securities and Public Pensions unit, U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Rhode Island's Criminal Division | 5 Responses