Articles by: Pat Ford

Court Preliminarily Approves Settlement in Title IX Lawsuit Against Brown University Addressing Women’s Athletics

A federal court has today preliminarily approved a settlement agreement between Brown University and lawyers representing women student-athletes at the school who brought a class-action lawsuit in June following cuts to the varsity athletics program.  The suit, filed in June by counsel from the ACLU of Rhode Island, Public Justice and two private[Read More…]

by October 17, 2020

RAMP Real Access Motivates Progress! Host: Tina G. Pedersen Guests: 211/Point Programs of United Way

Cortney Nicolato, President & CEO of United Way of Rhode Island & Aura Medina, Manager of The POINT, a statewide network for seniors, adults with disabilities and their caregivers operated by UWRI and linked through 2-1-1 joined RAMP Host Tina G. Pedersen in a wide ranging conversation! Join RAMP, Real[Read More…]

by October 15, 2020

FIRE! Largest Free Speech Ever Survey Of College Students Ranks Top Campuses For Expression

  University of Chicago #1 for free speech, DePauw worst, Ivy League underperforms Survey reveals differences among political affiliation, gender, race, religion, and more Acceptance of violence to stop campus speakers higher among liberal students Nearly one-third don’t think Trump should be allowed to speak on campus, 22% for Biden[Read More…]

by October 13, 2020

RI Democratic Women’s Caucus Executive Committee Calls for More Women Legislators in Top Leadership Positions

  The Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus Executive Committee is calling for more women legislators in top leadership positions throughout the state legislature. Rhode Island is one of only nine states in the US where no female legislators serve in leadership positions. With the Rhode Island Senate poised to become[Read More…]

by September 24, 2020


  The ACLU of Rhode Island released a report today which highlights the alarming lack of privacy protections given to students who use school-loaned laptop computers. Though all schools in Rhode Island rapidly transitioned to virtual learning in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey by the ACLU of RI[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020

Who’s Telling The Truth? The Bristol Warren NEA Local? Or …. Gov Gina Raimondo’s Press Conference

The Coalition Talk Radio – Dateline September 16, 2020 Earlier today, the Bristol Warren Local of the Rhode Island NEA (National Education Association) tweeted a press release that stipulated in excess of 60 violations of the “Covid Code” necessary to promote safe, in person education. Governor Gina Raimondo & RIDE[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020

Brown University to Reinstate Women’s Equestrian and Fencing To Comply with Title IX and Provide Equal Opportunity for Women Athlete

    The legal team representing women student-athletes at Brown University who brought suit in June  following cuts to the varsity athletics program announced today that it and the University have reached  a proposed settlement agreement that will preserve gender equity for women athletes at Brown. The  settlement will ensure[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020

We Get Philosophical With Governor Raimondo! Weighing The Exigent Threat In Education vs. The World

As a Society, why are we willing to aggressively challenge the societal needs of children, while casting away similar concerns with adults .. our economy … Let me know what you think! Please take a moment to support independent media & subscribe to our YouTube Channel? The Coalition Talk[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020

ACLU Rhode Island & Public Justice Files Reply Brief In Lawsuit Challenging Brown University’s Violation of Title IX

“Plaintiffs filed their Motion to Enforce both because President Paxson admitted in advance that Brown would be in violation of the Joint Agreement if it took the actions it has taken and because the historical participation numbers at Brown prove that what President Paxson announced to the Brown community on[Read More…]

by September 12, 2020

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha Allows Police To Hide Records Of Misconduct

At a time when the Black Lives Matter movement has prompted demands for more police accountability in Rhode Island and across the country, the state Attorney General’s office has issued an Access to Public Records Act (APRA) opinion which makes it more difficult for the public to monitor allegations of misconduct by[Read More…]

by August 26, 2020