By Steve Ahlquist on January 29, 2017
One thing became very clear, very quickly: People wanted Whitehouse to actively push back against Trump, and they do not expect compromise or any more “Yes” votes on Trump’s cabinet picks.
Posted in Congress, Events, Featured, Gun Control, Health Care, National News, News, Video | Tagged ACLU, Barbara Mikulski, Bernie Sanders, Central Intelligence Agaency, cia, David Cicilline, Democratic Party, Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS, donald trump, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, hillary clinton, jack reed, James Langevin, James Mattis, Mike Pompeo, Ray Trinque, Republican Party, rex tillerson, Scott Pruitt, Steve Bannon, Supreme Court, Tom Price, Warwick Public Library | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on January 27, 2017
There’s a legitimate fear that Rhode Island could lose federal funding if President Donald Trump decides to take this draconian action in his broad battle against immigrants and illegal immigration. After all, the New York Times considers Rhode Island to be a sort of sanctuary state and Mayor Jorge Elorza has pledged to govern like […]
By Randall Rose on January 5, 2017
To say that TASER, the company providing the police body cameras is shady is an understatement, as its body-camera deals have been dogged with controversy around the country.
Posted in Civil Rights, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, Providence, Technology | Tagged ACLU, amnesty international, Providence, Providence City Council, Providence Police Department, TASER, TASER International | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 12, 2016
Members of the Rhode Island Muslim community held a “Know Your Rights” event at Masjid Al-Kareem in South Providence on Sunday. Nearly 200 people turned out to hear about their civil and Constitutional rights from a panel of legal experts.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Providence, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, Ann Claire Assumpico, Benjamin Evans, CAIR, Council on American-Islamic Relations, DACA, donald trump, Jennifer Magaw, Joan Mathieu, Jordan van Leesten, jorge elorza, Kazi Salahuddin, Mansoor Ahmed, Masjid Al-Kareem, Muslim-American Advisory Board, National Lawyers Guild NLG, Noreen Shaffi, Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, Rhode Island State Police, Roger Williams | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on December 9, 2016
“Food assistance for our most vulnerable citizens only has meaning if they have timely access to it,” said ACLU volunteer attorney Lynette Labinger, “It is no answer to those eligible for food assistance today that the State needs more time and fully intends to work things out over time.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Inequality, National News, Rhode Island, Social Services, Video | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, DHS, Gina Raimondo, Gretchen Bath, lynette labinger, Mea Martinez, Melba Depeña Affigne, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, NCLEJ, Rhode Island Department of Human Services, Rhode Island Legal Services, RILS, Steven Brown, UHIP | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on October 17, 2016
Black Rhode Islanders are almost three times as likely to be arrested for drug charges than white Rhode Islanders, according to a new analysis by the American Civil Liberties Association of Rhode Island. “The glaring racial disparities in enforcement of these laws have been going on for too long and must be addressed,” said Steven […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 20, 2016
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Opinion, Poverty, Providence, Religion | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, catholic, Humanism, jorge elorza, Providence Journal, Thomas Tobin | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 14, 2016
The behavior of the security guards and police officers at the Providence Convention Center, where the press conference was held, became a preview of what many fear might become the norm if the wrong policies are instituted in downtown Providence.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, Inequality, Media, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged ACLU, Bob Plain, Joseph Paolino, kennedy plaza, Providence Business News, Providence Journal, steve brown | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on May 25, 2016
Johnston is the second city in Rhode Island to stop enforcing its aggressive panhandling ordinance after the ACLU of Rhode Island sent the city a letter threatening a lawsuit. Providence did so in February.
By Andrew Stewart on March 20, 2016
This month Rhode Island students will again be subjected to the PARCC testing regime. Here are some tools used by others to resist and refuse the testing regime. Out in Chicago, the Caucus of Rank and File Educators has created a treasure trove of anti-testing materials we want to share with parents and students who […]
By Hillary Davis on February 19, 2016
If you’ve ever wanted to make a difference in the fight to protect and promote civil liberties right here in Rhode Island, advocating at the State House is a great way to make your voice heard.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 11, 2016
“I will not only lose my patients, I will lose my purpose in life,” said Smith, who says the anxiety over this proposal has contributed to her suffering. One night, during a particularly bad breathing episode, she comforted herself that perhaps her death might be used to convince the Governor to change her mind.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, Health Care, Marijuana, News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Bobby Brady-Cataldo, Ellen Smith, Gina Raimondo, JoAnne Leppanen, Medical Marijuana, Peter Benson, RI Patient Advocacy Coalition, Steven Brown | 5 Responses
By ACLU of RI on February 2, 2016
Join the ACLU of Rhode Island and the Brown University Chapter of ACLU-RI on Thursday, February 4, for a free screening of Citizenfour and a discussion of surveillance and privacy in the digital age. Academy Award-winning documentary CITIZENFOUR follows whistleblower Edward Snowden as he shares for the first time the classified National Security Agency documents that would expose the U.S. government’s illegal […]
By RI Progressive Democrats of America on January 8, 2016
Raimondo made her support clear in an ACLU questionnaire that asked, “Do you support providing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants?” to which Raimondo responded, “YES. I was the first candidate in the gubernatorial race to explicitly call for driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. This is an issue of fairness and public safety.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, Labor, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged ACLU, Gina Raimondo, Licenses for All, Nicholas Mattiello, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, RIPDA | 2 Responses
By Hillary Davis on October 12, 2015
The ACLU of Rhode Island works tirelessly to defend fundamental rights here in the Ocean State. Now, it’s time to celebrate that work. Join us on Thursday, October 22, at the Providence Biltmore to take part in our Annual Meeting Celebration and raise a glass to another year of protecting civil liberties. This year, the ACLU of Rhode Island is […]
Posted in Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Homelessness, People, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Homelessness, Providence, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless | Leave a response
By Hillary Davis on September 29, 2015
The freedom to read is the freedom to learn, to imagine, to challenge your own beliefs, and to see the world from a new point of view. Too often, that freedom is challenged by individuals who would censor important and challenging books rather than embrace them. As part of our ongoing work to fight against […]
By Hillary Davis on September 15, 2015
Constitution Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787, and the ACLU of Rhode Island is excited to announce our plans to celebrate Constitution Day this week by hosting a family-friendly scavenger hunt highlighting Providence’s civil liberties history.
Posted in Civil Rights, Education, Events, Featured, Holidays, Providence, Youth | Tagged ACLU, Civil Rights / Liberties, Education, Events, Providence, Rhode Island, students, Youth | Leave a response
By transportprovidence on September 14, 2015
The ACLU has written the City Council of Providence and Mayor Jorge Elorza calling for the rejection of Jo-Ann Ryan’s exclusionary zoning provision. The zoning, as proposed, would limit students to three-to-a-house occupancy in Zones 1 and 1A of Providence’s zoning code. Affecting areas with large single-family homes, many of the buildings in question can house far […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 4, 2015
“Rhode Island rushed to pass a [Voter ID] law,” said Davis, “Unlike most laws this is based on a couple of anecdotal incidents… Stats show their is virtually no evidence of voter fraud. Mail ballots became easier to obtain, the only place where fraud was found…No one thought that a Democratic [Party majority] state would manage to do that.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Elections, Featured, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged ACLU, Hilary Davis, jim vincent, kate bowden, Lee Ann Byrne, NAACP, prison based gerrymandering, ri coalition for the homeless, RI Disability Law Center | Leave a response
By Elisha Aldrich on August 18, 2015
The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has come out in opposition to the behavioral testing conducted at T.F. Green Airport by the Department of Homeland Security. The field test is for a “behavior detection” program that is meant to determine whether or not passengers have “mal-intent.” Steven Brown, the executive director […]