By Steve Rackett on November 22, 2017
Marcela Betancur is director of the RI New Leaders Council, vice-president of the RI Latino Political Action Committee and a policy associate with the ACLU. She was raised in Colombia and moved to Rhode Island when she was 12. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a BA degree in political science and public administration […]
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured, Justice, Rhode Island, South Kingstown, State House | Tagged criminal justice, DACA, Marcela Betancur, New Leaders Council Rhode Island, RI ACLU, RILPAC, transgender students | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 26, 2017
“This is not an open meeting,” said Lucarelli.
“Why is that?” I asked.
“Because only attorneys were invited.”
Posted in Burrillville, Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Media, News | Tagged Adler Pollock and Sheehan, Alan Shoer, Attorney General, CLF, Conservation Law Foundation, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer, Max Greene, Nicole Verdi, Patricia Lucarelli, Public Utilities Commission, puc, RI ACLU, Steven Brown, Todd Bianco | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 5, 2017
“The truth is that when we say ‘sanctuary city’ we mean very different thing,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, “As a city, I will resist and we will object to any measure that takes our scarce law enforcement resources and causes us to de-prioritize focusing on violent criminals.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, International News, Labor, National News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Ana Quezada, Anastasia Williams, Andrew Kagan, Christopher Vargas, David Coughlin, frank ciccone, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Homeland Security, House Judiciary, House Judiciary Committee, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Kelly, Justin price, Michael Araujo, Nicholas Mattiello, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Ramon Perez, Rhode Island State Police, RI ACLU, RI Jobs with Justice, riile, sanctuary city, Stacia Huyler, Steven Brown, terry gorman | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 28, 2017
“US Attorney General Jeff Session’s threat to cut off federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities is nothing but unseemly saber-rattling,” says Steve Brown of the ACLU.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, Immigration, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged ada morales, Fourth Amendment, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Jeff Session, RI ACLU, sanctuary city, Steven Brown, US Attorney General | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 28, 2017
Advocates handed out flyers to passing motorists for about an hour and even collected $2 and a Granola Bar before Cranston Police swarmed the area, issuing tickets and disrupting traffic.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Cranston, Criminal Justice, Featured, Homelessness, Inequality, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, Andrew Horwitz, Cranston Police, Garden City, homeless bill of rights, Homeless Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Housing Not Handcuffs, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, New London Avenue, RI ACLU, Roger Williams Law School, Sockanosset Cross Road | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 18, 2017
“We stand in solidarity with Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, and all those on the front lines of the struggle for human rights,” said Benjamin Evans of the Rhode Island National Lawyer’s Guild.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Congress, Corporate Greed, Criminal Justice, Disability Services, Education, Energy, Environmental Racism, Featured, Homelessness, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, LGBTQ, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged AFSC-SENE, American Friends Service Committee of Southeastern New England, Benjamin Evans, Betsy DeVos, Burnside Park, Community Safety Act, donald trump, Edward Benson, FANG Collective, fuerza laboral, George Wiley Center, Henry Shelton Act, John Dineen, Martha Yaeger, Mike Araujo, my Tabor, National Lawyers Guild, Nick Katkevich, providence student union, Raul Figueroa, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI ACLU, RISD, Sheida Soleimani, SNAP, US District Court in Providence, Zack Mezera | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2017
The ACLU has sent a letter to Cranston City Council President Michael Farina asking that he, “clarify to the public that non-disruptive recordings of municipal meetings are allowed under the law.”
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 Bob Plain on October 21, 2016
Question 2 on Rhode Island’s ballot this election asks voters if the state Ethics Commission should have restored authority over state legislators that a 2009 lawsuit stripped away. While on its face it may seem like any increased oversight of the often ethically-challenged General Assembly would be a step in the right direction, there are […]
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 March 21, 2016
The Providence Police Department is in the process of finalizing their implementation of a Body Worn Camera (BWC) Pilot Program and working to establish procedures and regulations pertaining to it.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, News, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Access to Public Records Act, apra, Hugh Clements, jorge elorza, NAACP Providence Branch, Providence Police Department, RI ACLU | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on December 16, 2015
On June 30 a Cranston police officer wrote Monteiro a court summons for soliciting money. The charge was ultimately dismissed, but the judge ordered Monteiro to stay away from the area or face arrest. This was Monteiro’s second run in with this law in Cranston, after having been arrested twice for the offense in Providence, where he lives.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Homelessness, News, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Homelessness, House of Hope, Megan Smith, panhandling, Poverty, RI ACLU, Steven Brown | Leave a response
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 Steve Ahlquist on October 29, 2015
Jim Ryczek, who heads up the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless (RICH), is in full support of the lawsuit. “We are proud to have helped keep communities safe,” said Ryczek, adding that the three factors that keep people from re-offending are stable housing, employment and treatment. The law, if it is allowed to stand, threatens all three of these factors.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, harrington hall, House of Hope CDC, Jim Ryczek, Nicholas Mattiello, OpenDoors, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, RI ACLU, RICH, steve brown | 2 Responses
By RI Future on October 22, 2015
“When a student’s immature behavior is addressed by a law enforcement official trained in criminality and arrest, not in getting to the root of a behavioral issue, neither the child nor the school is well served. In short, the presence of SROs redefines as criminal justice problems behavior issues that may be rooted in social, psychological or academic problems, for which involvement in the juvenile justice system is hardly the solution,” said Steven Brown of the RI ACLU.
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Featured, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Patti DiCenso, RI ACLU, school resource officers, Steven Brown, Tolman High School | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 16, 2015
Another student who has “really bad asthma” was suffering an asthma attack after being hit with pepper spray. The student was told by police officers that she could “go to the hospital and get arrested, or you can stay here,” according to witnesses. Telling someone that they can only receive medical treatment if they are willing to be arrested may be a human rights violation.
By Elisha Aldrich on August 12, 2015
Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Richard Licht refused to dismiss a case in which a University of Rhode Island graduate student alleged that she was denied employment due to her status as a medical marijuana user. The case, which was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in November of 2014, concerns URI grad student […]
By RI Future on July 23, 2015
Danilo Saccoccio, an Italian national who received his green card in November, is married to an American citizen and has two children who are also American citizens. When he sought to turn in his Italian driver’s license for a Rhode Island one, he was advised he was entitled to no language accommodations to take the test even though it is offered in two languages other than English.