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 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 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 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 Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
When Governor Gina Raimondo, who sailed to victory with the endorsement of Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood, signed the budget on Tuesday, she officially signed into law language that stands as the most extreme anti-abortion language passed in Rhode Island in two decades.
How did this happen?
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Politics, Religion, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Alliance Defending Freedom, Arthur Corvese, barth bracy, Common Cause RI, Doe v. Burwell, Edie Ajello, Gina Raimondo, hobby lobby, James Rhodes, John DeSimone, john marion, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, RI ACLU, steve brown | 16 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 11, 2015
“Planned Parenthood was surprised to see these proposals in the Governor’s budget when it was unveiled last week, and we were not consulted about the new policies contained in this article. Additionally, since there was never a hearing on this language, we have not been able to get clear guidance on the intent of these policies.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Affordable Care Act, Emily's List, FY 2016 budget, Gina Raimondo, healthsourceRI, James Rhodes, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, RI ACLU, Sam Bell, steve brown | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 12, 2015
Rhode Island has a historical claim to judicial sentencing temperance, having eradicated the death penalty in 1852. Yet on the issue of life sentences for juvenile defendants, our state is lagging behind. Al Jazeera reports that, “Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have banned life sentences without parole for juveniles.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Featured, State House, Youth | Tagged ACLU, amnesty international, Chris Blazejewski, Death Penalty, House Judiciary Committee, Joee Lindbeck, Peter Kilmartin, RI ACLU, steve brown, united nations | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 27, 2014
Mike Stenhouse and Bishop Tobin pinky swear to avoid “thorny cultural issues” in the event of a Constitutional Convention. Can we take them at their word?
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, LGBTQ, News, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island | Tagged Bishop Tobin, Civil Rights / Liberties, concon, human rights, jim vincent, justin katz, mike stenhouse, Rhode Island Constitutional Convention, RIconcon, steve brown | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 20, 2014
At yesterday’s bi-partisan Preparatory Commission ahead of a report on “possible issues for consideration at a Constitutional Convention,” lawyer and Republican national committeeman Steven Frias, played the role of cross-examiner as he attempted to pin down the ACLU’s Steve Brown on the efficacy of the 1986 Constitutional Convention. Noting that he was asking a “subjective question” […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 3, 2014
Yesterday’s Supreme Court McCutcheon decision certainly means that the distorting power of money over what’s left of American democracy is not going to abate any time soon. Given this, perhaps we should think twice before opening the “Pandora’s Box” of a Constitutional Convention here in Rhode Island. At the forum held recently at Bryant University, […]
By Bob Plain on January 24, 2014
RI ACLU Executive Director Steven Brown has been a huge critic of the state’s high stake test high school graduation requirement and the exemptions to the policy prove it hasn’t been properly implemented. Brown said several school districts from around the state still don’t have policies in place, and others left important areas blank. Listen […]
By Bob Plain on January 24, 2014
Good morning, Ocean State Futurists. 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. Later on in the show, we’ll be checking in with we’ll be checking in with Steve Brown of the ACLU on Waivergate, the latest fiasco with the NECAP graduation requirement. We’ll also here from Rep. Dennis Canario, a legislator who represents Sakonnet and parts of Portsmouth, on why he is pushing a bill this session to label genetically modified foods.
By Bob Plain on January 23, 2014
Steve Brown, executive director of the RI ACLU, sent word to Patrick Guida, a member of the Board of Education and chairman of the ad hoc committee studying high stakes testing, that confusion over the waiver process proves it’s high time to reconsider the controversial NECAP graduation requirement policy. [READ THE LETTER HERE] “It is […]
By Bob Plain on April 24, 2012
Ada Morales, of North Providence, is a US citizen. But twice she has been detained by law enforcement officials who didn’t realize she she had become naturalized in 1995. In an effort to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to her a third time – or someone else for the first time – the RI […]