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 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 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 Steve Ahlquist on October 23, 2016
“These two Providence residents should not be forced to defend themselves in a court of law for exercising petition rights granted them by the City Charter. The ACLU urges Councilor Jackson to amend his complaint and remove these two private citizens as defendants.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Featured, News, Providence | Tagged first amendment, Kevin Jackson, Providence, Providence Board of Canvassers, Providence City Council, RI ACLU, steve brown | 1 Response
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 Steve Ahlquist on March 15, 2016
Recently protesters have been excluded from attending public events and come under increased scrutiny from various law enforcement agencies.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Energy, Events, Featured, Infrastructure, National News, News, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Clear River Energy Center, David Cicilline, first amendment, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, James Langevin, Lorraine Savard, Marie Aberger, Peter Nightingale, Sheldon Whitehouse | 6 Responses
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
By Steve Ahlquist on December 28, 2015
There are many world views, philosophies, life stances or ways of life that are not religious in nature, yet are considered fully equal to religion in terms of conscience and liberty, under the law… non-religious belief systems, such as atheism and Humanism, are protected under the First Amendment as surely as Christianity or Judaism.
By RI Future on November 5, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today announced the settlement of a federal lawsuit on behalf of Jason Cook, an ACI inmate who, the suit alleged, was the victim of retaliation by prison officials for publicly criticizing RI Department of Corrections’ (DOC) mail policies and seeking legal assistance from the ACLU.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged ACI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, first amendment, RI ACLU | 3 Responses
By Elisha Aldrich on July 15, 2015
The Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) this morning filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Providence street musician, saying that the city has infringed upon his First Amendment rights. 62-year-old Manuel Pombo has been harassed by Providence Police for playing in a public space on multiple occasions, even though he had a permit to perform.
Posted in Civil Rights, Defense, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU, Dunkin Donuts Center, first amendment, free speech, Manuel Pombo, Providence, Providence Police Department, Shannah Kurland, Steven Brown | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on December 2, 2014
A Providence firefighter is being investigated for seemingly indicating solidarity with Ferguson protesters marching outside of the Providence Public Safety Complex last week, video of which was captured by Steve Ahlquist. Walt Buteau, of WPRI 12, reports the firefighter, who has not been named “is the focus of an internal investigation into a gesture he […]
By Steven Brown on October 9, 2014
Rhode Islanders no longer need to worry about facing prison for exercising their free speech rights now that an outdated law that banned the distribution of anonymous political literature has been ruled unconstitutional. Ruling in an ACLU lawsuit, U.S. District Court Judge William Smith on Tuesday struck down a state law that makes it a crime to circulate […]
By Steve Ahlquist on March 15, 2014
The first thing I noticed as I approached the Hilton Providence on Friday evening was the rented U-Haul truck parked conspicuously between the sidewalk where unionizing workers were staging their protest and the main entrance to the hotel. The truck, placed so as to spare hotel management and guests the sight of underpaid and overworked […]
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Labor, Video | Tagged Adrienne Jones, first amendment, hilton, hilton providence, hotel, Procaccianti Group, Providence Renaissance, Rhode Island, Union, unite here, unite here 217 | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on February 13, 2014
Nick Barbieri, a senior at North Attleboro High School, was given detention for swearing in a tweet. His assistant principal, he said, also threatened to suspend him if he didn’t delete tweets explaining that he had been asked to delete the offending tweet. But Barbieri already had tens of thousands of followers on Twitter from […]
By Steven Brown on March 12, 2013
If a school administrator claimed the right to censor a teacher’s work plan on a regular basis, there would be an outcry over such a blatant attack on academic freedom. In fact, this scenario plays out in our public schools every day. The censorship occurs in the context of Internet access by students, and it […]