By Steve Rackett on November 22, 2017
Marcela Betancur is director of the RI New Leaders Council, vice-president of the RI Latino Political Action Committee and a policy associate with the ACLU. She was raised in Colombia and moved to Rhode Island when she was 12. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a BA degree in political science and public administration […]
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Justice, Rhode Island, South Kingstown, State House | Tagged criminal justice, DACA, Marcela Betancur, New Leaders Council Rhode Island, RI ACLU, RILPAC, transgender students | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on November 13, 2017
“Many questions remain unanswered” after State and Providence police officers killed Joseph Santos and injured Christine Demers when they fired more than 40 bullets into a pickup truck Santos rammed into an occupied car to elude capture, said the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island in announcing a five-page “preliminary analysis” of the incident. […]
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured | Tagged ACLU, ACLU of RI, Christine Demers, deadly use of force, high speed chase, Joseph Santos, Providence Police, RI State Police, Steven Pare | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on November 12, 2017
In the wake of the death of Joseph Santos, who was shot at by Providence and State police officers more than 40 times for ramming his pickup truck into a car in an attempt to elude capture, Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare gave an exclusive interview, via email, to RI Future. How confident are […]
By Bob Plain on November 10, 2017
Providence Police and Rhode Island State Troopers fired more than 40 bullets into a pickup truck that was ramming cars to elude capture. The hail of gunfire killed Joseph Santos, 32, and injured Christine Demers, 37, both of whom were unarmed. At a press conference today, Providence Police played Rhode Island Department of Transportation highway […]
By Bob Plain on November 10, 2017
Rhode Island police officers shot and killed a man and wounded a woman in a pickup truck on Interstate 95 near downtown Providence Thursday. It remains unclear why officers shot at the pair in the pickup, or to what extent the incident was related to a stolen police car earlier that morning. State Police Col. […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 12, 2017
We hope they will engage productively in the implementation of the [Community Safety Act] and not waste time trying to undo an ordinance that has had several years of vetting by all parties involved.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Elections, Featured, Immigration, Justice, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Community Safety Act, CSA, Dan McGowan, Julianne Lima, Michael Imondi, PCPRA, Providence City Council, Providence Community-Police Relations Act, Providence Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, Robert Boehm, STEP-UP Network | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 2, 2017
Well over 400 people converged on India Point Park for the March for Racial Justice (M4RJ). Sister marches were held across the country. In Providence, the “march” was actually more of a rally.
Posted in Activism, Arkansas, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Racism, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, Immigration, Indigenous Americans, Inequality, Justice, LGBTQ, National News, News, People, Photos, Poverty, Prison Reform, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Sex Work, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AMOR, Arely Díaz, Behind the Walls, Black Studies Academy of Rhode Island, Blue Lives Matter, Cata Lorenzo, Celeste Terry-Lo, Community Defense Project, Community Safety Act, CSA, Daniel Chhum, DARE, David Veliz, direct action for rights and equality, Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, India Point Park, John Prince, Justice Gaines, M4RJ, Malchus Mills, March for Racial Justice, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Marco McWilliams, Narragansett Tribe, Niko Merritt, Nirva LaFortune, No LNG in PVD, Project Weber/RENEW, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Randy Noka, rent control, Ron Lewis, Sankofa Community Connection, Seneca Pender, Stephen Dy, Tatiana Jones, Times Squared Academy, Vanessa Flores-Maldonaldo, Yojaida Heredia | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 28, 2017
The bill “creates a potential threat to the safety of both the community at large and the RSOs who will be forced out of shelter.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Housing, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Amos House; Diana D Burdett, Andrew Horwitz, Barbara Freitas, Bella Robinson, COYOTE RI, Eileen Hayes, frank lombardi, Gina Raimondo, Hanna Gallo, House of Hope, Laura Jaworski, PICA, registered sex offenders, Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, Roger Williams University School of Law, RSOs, Steven Brown | Leave a response
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 Steve Ahlquist on August 30, 2017
“We don’t enforce immigration law, we’re not immigration agents, we don’t even go down that road… The most important thing here is that we want to investigate the crimes that people are bringing to us.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged ACLU, Ann Assumpico, Betsy Garland, Christine Santos, Christopher Dicomitis, DACA, Darnell Weaver, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, donald trump, Federal Civil Immigration Law, Federal Judicial Order, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Joseph Philbin, Kevin Barry, Paul Andrews, Rhode Island Council of Churches, Rhode Island State Police, Steven Brown | Leave a response
By Steve Rackett on August 2, 2017
Representative Teresa Tanzi, D-Narragansett, South Kingstown, was the lead sponsor of a domestic violence/gun control bill in this year’s General Assembly. She told me about domestic violence and her hopes of the bill becoming law now that Speaker Matiello has signaled an end to the current stand-off, with an indication that the House will meet […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 18, 2017
“It is unfortunate that Cranston has seen fit to enact another problematic anti-panhandling ordinance after acknowledging the unconstitutionality of its previous ordinance. The valuable tax dollars being spent to criminalize poverty could be put to much better use alleviating it.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Cranston, Criminal Justice, Featured, Homelessness, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Barbara Freitas, Cranston Action Network, Cranston City Council, criminalize poverty, Deborah Flitman, first amendment, Francis White Jr, House of Hope CDC, Karen Rosenberg, Labinger, Laura Jaworski, lynette labinger, panhandling, Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project, rihap, Steven Brown | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 17, 2017
“We are concerned that these bills, if signed into law, may drive patients ‘underground’ and away from the care that they need and have the unintended effect of increasing the number of overdoses.”
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Health Care, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Cynthia Armour Coyne, frank lombardi, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, House Health Education and Welfare Committee, J Clement Cicilline, Jim McNulty, Joseph McNamara, Leonidas Raptakis, Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, Michael McCaffrey, Mike Rizzi, Opioid Treatment Association of Rhode Island, Patrick Quinlan, PDMP, Peter Kilmartin, prescription drug monitoring program, Rhode Island Democratic Party, Rhode Island Dental Association, Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Health Center Association, rhode island medical society, RIDOH, RIMS, Sarah J Fessler, Steven Brown, Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island, william conley | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on July 15, 2017
The NRA’s “attacks on the First Amendment, while touting a literal and absolutist misinterpretation of the Second is at best hypocrisy and at worst a threat to our democracy and its defenders.”
Posted in Activism, Central Falls, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Featured, Gun Control, Justice, Minnesota, National News, New Hampshire, News, Photos, Politics, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Virginia, Washington, Women | Tagged black lives matter, Dana Loesch, Darrell Moore, Defend Movement, Dignity and Power Now, first amendment, Gail Crompton McHugh, james diossa, Jennifer Boylan, Jeronimo Yanez, Lisa Peterson, moms demand action, National Rifle Association, NRA, Philando Castile, RISIST, Roger Williams National Memorial, second amendment, Tamika Mallory, The Reverence Project, United States Department of Justice, Women's March | 3 Responses
By Sarah J. Fessler on July 7, 2017
In allowing some law enforcement agencies access to PMP data without a warrant, this legislation provides virtually limitless access to the prescription information of any Rhode Islander if done as part of a drug “investigation.”
By Nikola Nable-Juris on June 26, 2017
Currently Rhode Island law permits youth under 18 to receive life and other lengthy sentences with no opportunity for parole, meaning they have to spend decades in prison without any chance at review.
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 Steve Ahlquist on June 16, 2017
Deep divisions of race and class among the Ward 3 neighborhoods were noted. It was obvious that Ward 3 is more a collection of neighborhoods than a unified Ward.
Posted in Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Economics, Elections, Featured, Inequality, Photos, Politics, Providence, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Angie Ankoma, Christopher Reynolds, Daniel Chaika, David Lallier, John Lombardi, Kevin Jackson, Mark Santow, Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School, Mike Ritz, Mt Hope Neighborhood Association, Nirva LaFortune, Observatory Neighborhood Association, Providence Ward 3, seth magaziner, the Summit Neighborhood Association, un-debate | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 8, 2017
Elorza signed the Community Safety Act (CSA) without fanfare. There was no photo opp, just a press release announcing the deed done. The way the ordinance was signed into law frustrated and disappointed the coalition of community groups who have worked so many years to get the CSA passed.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Inequality, LGBTQ, Providence, Race & Racism, Youth | Tagged CSA Working Group, jorge elorza, Linda Heng, PCPRA, PERA, Providence Community-Police Relations Act, Providence External Review Authority, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 2, 2017
National Gun Violence Prevention Day was inspired the friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a teen who marched in President Barrack Obama’s second inaugural parade and was shot and killed a week later near her home in Chicago. Hadiya Pendleton would have turned 18 today.
Posted in Chicago, Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence, Featured, Gun Control, National News, News, Providence | Tagged Barrack Obama, Hadiya Pendleton, Jennifer Smith Boylan, jorge elorza, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Rhode Island Moms Demand Action | Leave a response