By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2017
“Police enforce criminal law, but immigration law is civil. Using police to enforce civil law is unconstitutional,” said Jim Cowan, speaking for the Standing on the Side of Love Committee at First Unitarian Church in Providence.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Immigration, LGBTQ, Religion, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU, CBP, Customs and Border Protection, donald trump, First Unitarian Church of Providence, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Immigration Protection Ordinance, Jim Cowan, Law Enforcement Agency, LEA, RI Pride, Standing on the Side of Love Committee | Leave a response
By Nicole Cordier on May 18, 2017
The Department of Human Services showed virtually no improvement in April in the timely processing of SNAP (food stamp) applications, including for people the Department acknowledges were entitled to emergency relief.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Disability Services, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Infrastructure, Poverty, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House | Tagged ACLU, ACLU of Rhode Island, Department of Human Services, DHS, Gina Raimondo, lynette labinger, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, NCLEJ, SNAP, UHIP | Leave a response
By Nicole Cordier on May 8, 2017
By the end of August, DHS must timely decide 96 percent of SNAP expedited and regular applications. The federal court will retain jurisdiction of the case for at least one year after the state first achieves the 96 percent compliance rate.
Posted in Featured, News, Poverty, Social Services | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, DHS, Eric Beane, lynette labinger, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, NCLEJ, RI Department of Human Services, SNAP, UHIP | 1 Response
By Sophia Wright on April 26, 2017
DARE’s Behind the Walls Committee has made enormous strides in winning changes to the Providence Housing Authority’s admissions policies toward the goal of eliminating the discrimination against community members with criminal records.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Housing, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged ACLU, Behind the Walls Committee, DARE, Direct Action for Rights and Equity, PHA, Providence Housing Authority, Shriver Center | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 25, 2017
The Rhode Island Coalition for Reproductive Justice gathered to voice their support for the Reproductive Health Care Act, a bill that would protect safe and legal abortion in Rhode Island.
Posted in Civil Rights, Domestic Violence, Featured, Health Care, News, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged ACLU, ACOG, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Catholics for Choice, Deborah DeBare, donald trump, Eugene Dyszlewski, General Assembly, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Healthy and the Safe Families and Workplaces Act, Humanists of Rhode Island, Jane Koster, League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, linda finn, NARAL, National Council of Jewish Women, Pew Research Center, Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island, Rebecca Kislak, Reproductive Health Care Act, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, Rhode Island Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Rhode Island National Organization for Women, Rhode Island Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Rhode Island Working Families, RI NOW, RICRJ, Roe. v. Wade, Steven Brown, US Supreme Court, Women's Fund of Rhode Island, Women’s Health and Education Fund of Rhode Island | 1 Response
ACLU crafts model ordinance on immigration for RI municipalities, urges leaving immigration enforcement to Feds
By ACLU of RI on March 24, 2017
The ACLU of Rhode Island today urged officials in all 39 of the state’s municipalities to adopt a comprehensive ordinance to protect their immigrant communities from constitutionally dubious federal immigration requests.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, National News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged 287(g), ACLU, ACLU of Rhode Island, donald trump, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, RI Department of Corrections, Steven Brown | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 23, 2017
Supporters of the bill angrily left the meeting room and before the night was over, Representative Arthur Corvese was backing away from the cruel, anti-immigrant bill he had introduced.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Domestic Violence, Featured, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged ACLU, Arthur Corvese, Blake Filippi, cale keable, carlos tobon, donald trump, east bay citizens for peace, Emily Jones, fair, Federation for American Immigration Reform, fuerza laboral, Georgia Hollister-Isman, House Judiciary, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, J Molina Flynn, james diossa, Jason Knight, Jim Kelly, John Wesley, Jonathan Jacobs, jorge elorza, Learning Community Charter School, Mary Pendergast, Michael Araujo, Randall Rose, Raul Figueroa, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, Rhode Island Public Defenders Office, riile, RIPDA, Robert Nardolillo, Rodrigo Pimentel, Roger Williams, Sanctuary cities, Sarah Friedman, Sheila Resseger, Shelby Maldonado, Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC, Stacia Huyler, Stephenie Gonzales, Steven Brown, Susan Walker, terry gorman, Working Families Party | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 24, 2017
“This settlement agreement is a major step in addressing the fallout from the UHIP fiasco,” said ACLU of RI executive director Steven Brown.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Inequality, News, Rhode Island, Social Services | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Department of Human Services, DHS, Greg Bass, Gretchen Bath, healthsource ri, lynette labinger, Medicaid, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, NCLEJ, Rhode Island Legal Services, RILS, SNAP, Steven Brown, UHIP, William Smith | Leave a response
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 | 3 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 | 1 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.