By Bob Plain on January 3, 2018
Rhode Island put low-income residents “at risk of losing their homes and their utilities and deprives them of funds needed for their daily living expenses, including food,” by removing them from a popular Medicaid program without proper notice, according to a new class action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island. It […]
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 1, 2017
Either cooperate with the Rhode Island State Police or lose your job. That’s the choice Marissa Lacoste, a 25-year-old former cocktail waitress at Twin River Casino, had to make after she was found with less than an ounce of cannabis and subsequently asked to help State Police with an ongoing investigation at the casino in […]
By Bob Plain on October 24, 2017
Rebuking the Trump Administration’s increase in immigration enforcement, the South Kingstown Town Council passed last night what it calls the Immigrant Protection Ordinance. The new law, approved on a 3 to 2 vote, prevents local police officers from enforcing federal immigration rules, unless so ordered by a federal judge. “My family,” Council Vice President Abel Collins […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 13, 2017
“The findings reveal disturbing patterns of mistreatment and discrimination and startling disparities between transgender people in the survey and the US population…”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Housing, Inequality, Labor, LGBTQ, Providence, Tennesse | Tagged 2015 US Transgender Survey, ACLU, Ethan Huckel, GLAD, National Center for Transgender Equality, Rhode Island Commission on Human Rights, Rhode Island Department of Education, ride, TGI Network | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on September 27, 2017
Smithfield can’t restrict the rights of state-licensed medical cannabis growers through its zoning ordinance, said Superior Court Judge Richard Licht in putting a temporary injunction on the town’s new zoning ordinance that restricted caregivers from 12 to 2 plants, among other reductions in their rights. “This decision confirms the legitimacy of Rhode Island’s medical marijuana […]
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 Bob Plain on August 15, 2017
Many states don’t use their attorney general to enforce state public records laws, according to a spreadsheet created by the New England First Amendment Coalition. While 20 states, including Rhode Island, rely on the attorney general, the majority do not. The spreadsheet is a starting point as AccessRI seeks to move enforcement of the state […]
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, State House | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, AccessRI, ACLU, apra, common cause, john marion, League of Women Voters, Linda Levin, New England First Amendment Coalition, OMA, public records, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Press Association, Steven Brown | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on August 9, 2017
Among civil libertarians and transparency activists, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has a particularly poor reputation with regard to enforcing the public records law.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Rhode Island | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, ACLU, apra, Attorney General, Kilmartin, Linda Lotridge Levin, Lyssikatos v Pawtucket, public records | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on August 3, 2017
Feel free to panhandle or leaflet on a public roadway in Cranston as the city’s ban has been halted by a federal judge. In granting a temporary restraining order sought by the plaintiffs, Judge William Smith wrote in a decision released today, “Defendants are hereby enjoined from enforcing the Ordinance until further order of the […]
By Bob Plain on August 2, 2017
Cranston’s panhandling and leafleting ban on public roadways could be sidelined as early as this week, depending on how US District Court Judge William Smith rules on a request for a temporary restraining order in Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project v. Cranston. ‘There are some close calls here so I’m going to take it under […]
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 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