By Bob Plain on July 22, 2016
The Providence City Council is slated to consider on September 1 the Community Safety Act, a proposed bill that would make police officers more accountable to the people they detain and reduce racial and other forms of discrimination. A coalition of community groups called the Step Up Network have launched a campaign to promote the […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged afsc, Community Safety Act, DARE, ona, PrYSM, STEP-UP Network, White Noise Collective | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 9, 2016
No press conferences were planned for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. It took the death of police officers to do that. That alone signals our priorities as a culture.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Inequality, National News, News, Photos, Prison Reform, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Alton Sterling, Donald Anderson, Eugene Dyszlewski, Gina Raimondo, jack reed, jim vincent, kobi dennis, Moira Walsh, Philando Castile, Sheldon Whitehouse, Steven O'Donnell, Steven Pare | 4 Responses
By Bob Plain on July 7, 2016
Providence police are reviewing a video that shows an officer punching a woman in the face several times and dragging her down a flight of stairs by either her hair or the nape of her neck. The incident was first reported by NBC10. “We are reviewing it,” said Providence Police Commissioner Steven Pare. Police believe the […]
By Bob Plain on July 7, 2016
Providence police try to document every incident when an officer pulls their gun on a suspect, but Clements said some officers don’t. “It’s an area that we constantly struggle with making sure that we document,” he said, noting that it happened at least 500 times in 2015.
By Jessica Holden Sherwood on July 7, 2016
#AltonSterling and #PhilandoCastile are the latest trending hashtags, representing people of color killed by the police on video. If you’re like me, the outpouring of emotion on social media is both cathartic and frustrating. I clicked the “Sad” reaction on Facebook over and over, and then compiled this list for what else to do…
By Meghan Kallman on July 5, 2016
If our goal is to ultimately have safer, healthier communities that benefit everyone, then we would do well to celebrate, rather than shame, the success stories. Congratulations, Sal. Benny’s, I applaud your inclusivity. You have my business.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 14, 2016
“How am I, a queer person of color, a queer woman of color, supposed to feel safe?” Flores-Maldonado asked, “We need to remember that Stonewall happened because trans-women of color had enough of police riots.”
By Steve Ahlquist on June 14, 2016
Holding candles and signs, members of the LGBTQ community, with family friends and allies, sang songs and chatted. The mood was both somber and joyous in turn. As the sun set, the sight of hundreds of candles moving through the city streets was hauntingly beautiful.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 6, 2016
“We need help,” said Red Bandana Award winner Sarath Suong, “For those folks who live on the East Side of Providence or have friends and family or any influence in Providence, please contact Councilpeople [Samuel] Zurier and [Seth] Yurdin. And please urge them to really support the Community Safety Act.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Homelessness, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged All Students Count Act 2016, Artemis Moonhawk, Bill Harley, chris monti, Community Safety Act, ERB, Extraordinary Rendition Band, Nick-a-Nees, Providence Police Department, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Red Bandana Awards, Samuel Zurier, Sarath Suong, seth yurdin | Leave a response
By Chloe Chassaing on June 3, 2016
Camilo faced spending the rest of his life in prison, charged with felony assaults against the police commissioner of Philadelphia, John Timoney, and accused of using a bicycle as a deadly weapon on a different police officer.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 2, 2016
“[i]n all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy trial”
– Sixth Amendment
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 Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, Voting | Tagged ACI, ACLU of Rhode Island, ACLU's Voting Rights Project, Adam Lioz, Adult Correctional Institutions, Aleks Kajstura, American Civil Liberties Union, Census Bureau, Davidson et. al. v. City of Cranston, Debbie Flitman, Demos, Equal Protection Clause, Eugene Perry, Karen Davidson, lynette labinger, prison gerrymandering, Prison policy initiative, Ronald Lagueux, Sean Young, Steven Brown, Sylvia Weber | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 20, 2016
Representative Daniel Reilly, a Republican from District 72 serving portions of Middletown and Portsmouth has reportedly received money from his father, earned from tax evasion, for both his schooling and his political campaigns.
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