Civil Liberties


    Every race for a general officer position in Rhode Island will have some kind of debate this year—except one: the race for Attorney General. Some debates will be more robust than others, but at least the nominees will have the chance to challenge and respond to their opponents[Read More…]

by October 4, 2022

The Woonsocket City Council vs. Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt

  Embattled Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt survives another day. An appeal to The Rhode Island Supreme Court (We await the RI Supreme Court written decision) postponed a formal City Council meeting to hear charges, and hold a subsequent vote for her removal. The charges levied by the Woonsocket City Council[Read More…]

by September 16, 2022

Rhode Islanders? Your Electric Bill Is About To Explode. Here Is What You Can Do.

A hearing will take place at The Rhode Island Public Utility Commission this Friday. While in person attendance is encouraged, there is a zoom link listed in the formal notice below. Please watch the video below, from a Rally held last week at The George Wiley Center, for perspective, and[Read More…]

by September 14, 2022

Sex Worker Group Files Amicus Brief Urging Supreme Court to Overturn Harmful Sex Trafficking Law

  Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics Rhode Island (COYOTE RI) filed an Amicus brief with the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today, supporting the Appellants who argue that the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) violates the First Amendment. The case, Woodhull Freedom Foundation v. United States,[Read More…]

by September 14, 2022


  Today, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza called for the state Board of Elections to remove the ExpressVote ballot marking device from polling places for the September 13th statewide primary. Common Cause Rhode Island and the ACLU of Rhode Island call on him to retract his comments. Removing the ExpressVote would[Read More…]

by September 9, 2022

City of Providence Announces Driver’s License Restoration Program!

  Partnership with OpenDoors will help reinstate licenses suspended due to unpaid fines and fees, missed court dates From The Office Of Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza: Mayor Jorge O. Elorza was joined today by Providence City Councilor Rachel Miller (Ward 13), OpenDoors Community Organizer Brandon Robinson, Pawtucket Municipal Court Chief[Read More…]

by September 7, 2022

Two Providence men indicted for murder in 2021 shooting death of 24-year-old Warwick woman

    Attorney General Peter F. Neronha, Commissioner of Public Safety Steven M. Paré, and Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr. announced today that the Statewide Grand Jury has returned an indictment charging two Providence men with murder in the shooting death of 24-year-old Miya Brophy-Baermann in Providence in 2021. On[Read More…]

by August 26, 2022

Congressional Leaders Cicilline, Klobuchar, Kennedy, Buck, Durbin, & Nadler Release Updated Bipartisan Journalism Bill

  The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act would allow news organizations to jointly negotiate fair terms for access to their content by Google, Facebook, and other dominant platforms.   Representative David Cicilline (D-RI); Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); Senator John Kennedy (R-LA); Representative Ken Buck (R-CO); and Senate and House Judiciary[Read More…]

by August 23, 2022

Providence Municipal Reparations Commission Appointed by Mayor Elorza & Providence City Council Submits Report to City of Providence

Report follows four months of public meetings and community town halls to engage Providence residents in recommendations to advance reparations From The Office Of Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza: Mayor Jorge Elorza and the Providence City Council today received a detailed report from the Providence Municipal Reparations Commission outlining the Commission’s[Read More…]

by August 23, 2022

House Passes Cicilline’s Assault Weapons Ban In First Vote on Measure in Nearly 30 Years

  Today, in a bipartisan vote of 217-213, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1808, the Assault Weapons Ban. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) has introduced the measure since the 114th Congress. This is the first vote the full House has taken on an assault weapons ban since 1994. H.R.[Read More…]

by July 30, 2022