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.”
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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 Steve Ahlquist on March 31, 2017
We need legislation to ensure access to reproductive rights, and those opposed to abortion for religious reasons know this. For those opposed to reproductive rights, this may be their best opportunity to strike.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, National News, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Arthur Corvese, Arthur Handy, barth bracy, Bernard Healey, Brown University, Camille Vella Wilkinson, Carol Hagan McEntee, Deborah Felella, donald trump, Edie Ajello, Gail Harvey, Gopika Krishna, gus uht, House Judiciary Committee, James McLaughlin, Jamie Budnick, Jason Knight, Jennifer Boylan, John Wesley, Joseph Cavenaugh, Kara Russo Young, League of Women Voters, Len Katzman, lynette labinger, Mary Chace, Michelle Cretella, providence college, Reproductive Health Care Act, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Right to Life, RI State Constitution, RICADV, Roe. v. Wade, Supreme Court, Tyler Rawley | 4 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 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.”
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By ACLU of RI on May 25, 2016
Today’s ruling concluded that Cranston artificially inflated the population count of Ward 6, where the ACI is located, by treating all incarcerated persons as “residents” of the prison for redistricting purposes. Doing so, said the court, violates the rights of persons residing in other wards to equal representation as required by the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, Voting Rights | Tagged ACI, ACLU of Rhode Island, Adult Correctional Institutions, American Civil Liberties Union, Census Bureau, Debbie Flitman, Demos, lynette labinger, prison gerrymandering, Prison policy initiative, Ronald Lagueux, Steven Brown | 1 Response
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By Bob Plain on January 14, 2014
Monday Jan 13, 2013 North Kingstown, RI – Good morning, Ocean State. This is Bob Plain, editor and publisher of the RI Future blog podcasting to you from The Hideaway on the banks of the Mattatuxet River behind the Shady Lea Mill in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Today is Tuesday, January 14 and our show […]