ACLU of RI
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 Steve Ahlquist on October 5, 2017
The hearing is scheduled for 2 PM tomorrow in conference room 2B of the state Department of Administration Building, 1 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Infrastructure, Rhode Island, Transportation | Tagged ACLU of RI, Charles St Martin, Marcela Betancur, Rhode Island Department of Transportation, Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, ridot, RITBA | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 4, 2017
Education Commissioner Ken Wagner announced his commitment to require all school districts in the state to adopt comprehensive policies affirming the civil rights of transgender and gender non-conforming students.
Posted in Civil Rights, Education, Featured, LGBTQ, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged ACLU of RI, Council on Elementary and Secondary Education, donald trump, ken wagner, Marcela Betancur, Rhode Island Department of Education, ride, transgender students | Leave a response
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 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 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
ACLU of RI applauds new online voter registration law, first in country to specify accomodations for voters with disabilities
By ACLU of RI on April 7, 2016
The ACLU of Rhode Island today commended Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea for introducing, the General Assembly for passing, and Governor Gina Raimondo for signing legislation adopting online voter registration for the state’s residents, and particularly for addressing voters with disabilities.
By ACLU of RI on March 30, 2016
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today announced it has agreed to provide legal representation to the Warwick Post and the Warwick Beacon, both of which have been threatened with a defamation suit if they write stories about the contents of a public document.
Posted in Civil Rights, Education, Featured, Media, News, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU of RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, first amendment, General Assembly, Neal McNamara, Nixon Peabody, Steven Brown | Leave a response
By ACLU of RI on February 1, 2016
Public meeting agendas in Rhode Island are “often vague, lacking critical information, and at times entirely unhelpful” to residents attempting to participate in their government, a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has found. In reviewing just one week of public meeting agendas, the ACLU of RI discovered numerous violations […]
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, News, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged ACLU of RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, OMA, Open Meetings Act | Leave a response
By ACLU of RI on January 6, 2016
The City of Providence can no longer stop musician Manuel Pombo from performing or soliciting donations on city streets as part of a settlement reached today in a First Amendment lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island.
Posted in Activism, Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Homelessness, News, People, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU of RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, first amendment, Manuel Pombo, Shannah Kurland | 2 Responses