Articles by: Pat Ford

FBI Agents Attempt to Question Providence Activist at Their Home!

Providence, RI: On the evening of Thursday, June 11 at about 5 PM, two FBI agents attempted to question a member of the FANG Collective at their home. The person who was targeted by the  is choosing to remain anonymous. The FBI agents entered from a back stairway through an[Read More…]

by June 16, 2020

BREAKING! STATEMENT ON CURFEWS FROM RHODE ISLAND ACLU

Below is a statement from the ACLU of RI on the imposition of curfews this evening by the cities of Cranston, Providence and Warwick. We believe they are extraordinary, unnecessary, and, ironically, likely to lead to discriminatory enforcement by police.   “The imposition of blanket curfews within three cities in[Read More…]

by June 2, 2020

ACLU SUES PAWTUCKET SCHOOL OFFICIALS OVER UNLAWFUL ARREST OF 13-YEAR-OLD HONORS STUDENT

As conflict over race-based discriminatory police practices permeates the country, ACLU of RI cooperating attorneys Shannah Kurland and Lynette Labinger today filed suit in federal court over a Pawtucket School Resource Officer’s (SRO) gratuitous and unlawful handcuffing and arrest last year of Tre’sur Johnson, a 13-year-old African-American honors student at Goff Middle[Read More…]

by June 2, 2020

7 Organizations Call On Governor Raimondo To Repeal “Extremely Damaging” Executive Order Delaying Access To Public Records

Calling Governor Gina Raimondo’s two-and-a-half-month old executive order giving public bodies extra time to respond to open records requests “unwarranted and extremely damaging to the public interest,” seven media and open government organizations today called on her to immediately rescind the order.  The Access to Public Records Act gives public bodies[Read More…]

by May 28, 2020

Rhode Island ACLU Sues Over Frozen Unemployment Insurance Payments

ACLU of Rhode Island cooperating attorneys Ellen Saideman and Lynette Labinger today filed a class-action lawsuit challenging the state Department of Labor and Training’s (DLT) actions in summarily freezing weekly unemployment insurance benefit payments to hundreds of Rhode Islanders without any notice or explanation. The suit was filed three weeks after reports[Read More…]

by May 27, 2020

RiseUp‌ ‌to‌ ‌FreeThemAll A‌ ‌Car‌ ‌Rally‌ ‌in‌ ‌Solidarity‌ ‌with‌ ‌People‌ ‌Caged‌ ‌in‌ ‌Bristol‌ ‌County‌

#RiseUp‌ ‌to‌ ‌#FreeThemAll:‌ ‌A‌ ‌Car‌ ‌Rally‌ ‌in‌ ‌Solidarity‌ ‌with‌ ‌People‌ ‌Caged‌ ‌in‌ ‌Bristol‌ ‌County‌ ‌ Since‌ ‌the‌ ‌start‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌pandemic,‌ ‌over‌ ‌3,000‌ ‌people‌ ‌have‌ ‌died‌ ‌in‌ ‌US‌ ‌prisons‌ ‌and‌ ‌jails.‌ ‌Infection‌ ‌rates‌ ‌continue‌ ‌to‌ ‌soar.‌ ‌Yet,‌ ‌elected‌ ‌officials‌ ‌refuse‌ ‌to‌ ‌implement‌ ‌the‌ ‌only‌ ‌measure‌ ‌that‌ ‌will‌ ‌save‌ ‌lives‌ ‌—‌[Read More…]

by May 26, 2020

Jason Pye: Vice President of Legislative Affairs – FreedomWorks.Org Joined The Coalition!

  From www.FreedomWorks.org “The mission of FreedomWorks is to build, educate, and mobilize the largest network of activists advocating the principles of smaller government, lower taxes, free markets, personal liberty, and the rule of law.” Jason Pye Jason Pye is the vice president of legislative affairs for FreedomWorks. He provides[Read More…]

by May 26, 2020

Idaho Lt Governor Janice McGeachin joined The Coalition Talk Radio! #DefendThe Guard

Idaho Lt Governor Janice McGeachin joined The Coalition Talk Radio on May 21, 2020 to discuss the Defend The Guard Movement. From www.DefendTheGuard.us “The goal of the Defend the Guard Act, a project of www.BringOurTroopsHome.US is to have states reassert their 10th Amendment rights and to provide a Constitutionally necessary[Read More…]

by May 25, 2020

ACLU OF RI STATEMENT ON THE “CRUSH COVID RI” CONTACT TRACING APP

ACLU OF RI STATEMENT ON THE “CRUSH COVID RI” CONTACT TRACING APP The following statement was issued today by ACLU of Rhode Island executive director Steven Brown on the Governor’s announcement and release of the “Crush Covid RI” app: “As the Governor has acknowledged and most people recognize, potentially substantial[Read More…]

by May 20, 2020

ACLU Class-Action Lawsuit Seeks Release For ICE Detainees at Wyatt Detention Center

PROVIDENCE, RI — The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Rhode Island cooperating attorneys Deborah Gonzalez and Jared Goldstein, and lawyers from the firm Morgan Lewis filed a class-action lawsuit today against federal immigration officials and the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls. The suit, filed as a habeas corpus petition, seeks[Read More…]

by May 15, 2020