Civil Liberties

RIPTA PROTEST! Why Does RIPTA Obstruct the Distribution of NARCAN at Kennedy Plaza?

  A raucous, but determined group of medical professionals, harm reductionists, activists & a Rhode Island State Legislator gathered in Providence’s Kennedy Plaza to protest the behavior of a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) Supervisor, as yet unidentified, who apparently takes the distribution of NARCAN (Generic Name: Naloxone) as[Read More…]

by January 1, 2023

Grebien To Pawtucket School Committee: Where’s That Can I Can Kick Down The Road?

The letter seems straight forward enough … The standard “get the stakeholders involved” “let’s document the process” … although involving the general public thing? Given the track record of the Grebien Administration, and his quislings in the Pawtucket City Council? Transparency is a pretty foreign concept in Pawtucket. See: APRA[Read More…]

by December 31, 2022

FLASH! CDC Press Release: CDC Announces Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement from Air Passengers Entering the United States from the People’s Republic of China

  From The United States Center For Disease Control: CDC is announcing today that it will implement a requirement for a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery for air passengers boarding flights to the United States originating from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Special Administrative Regions[Read More…]

by December 28, 2022

Home Childcare Providers and RIDHS Announce Key Components of Ground-Breaking New Contract Settlement (English/Spanish Translations)

  Today, Rhode Island home childcare providers who are members of SEIU 1199 New England, together with representatives from the RI Department of Human Services, announced they reached an important new contract settlement agreement on December 3, 2022, after nearly a year of bargaining. The new contract agreement represents important[Read More…]

by December 20, 2022

Disastrous Pawtucket Schools Star Report Issued By Rhode Island Department of Education

  It was another difficult day for the City of Pawtucket, Rhode Island School District. Hard on the heels that the influential New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) had issued a formal accreditation warning for apparently dangerous operating conditions at Shea High School, the Rhode Island Department of[Read More…]

by December 19, 2022

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Calls on @Twitter to Restore Accounts Of Suspended Journalists

  Twitter should immediately reinstate the journalists whose accounts it suspended without notice and explicitly commit to practices that defend a free and independent media, Jodie Ginsberg, president of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said in a statement Friday. Responding to news reports that Twitter had suspended the accounts of at least six[Read More…]

by December 18, 2022

Committee To Protect Journalists: Journalist imprisonments Reach 30-Year High

  Dramatic rise in arrests makes Iran world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2022 From CPJ-The Committee To Protect Journalists The number of journalists imprisoned worldwide is the highest ever recorded in the 30 years that the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has produced its prison census, the organization said[Read More…]

by December 14, 2022

ACLU OF RHODE ISLAND AND CENTER FOR JUSTICE SEEK COURT INJUNCTION AGAINST REMOVAL OF CAMPING PROTESTERS FROM STATE HOUSE GROUNDS

          Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island and the R.I. Center for Justice have today filed a complaint on behalf of two dozen homeless individuals to allow them to continue camping at the State House to protest the lack of adequate housing[Read More…]

by December 13, 2022

Providence Public Schools Respond To Providence Teachers Unions Social Media / Inaccurate Depicture Of School Closings/Teacher Layoffs

Providence Public School District Spokesperson Nicholas Domings spoke out this weekend about the growing controversy generated by Tweets from The Providence Public Teachers Union ….   From The Desk of Nicholas Domings, Spokesperson for Providence Public Schools: Maribeth Calabro and Jeremy Sencer have once again shown their true colors by running to[Read More…]

by December 13, 2022

Caught In Providence! The Providence Driver’s License Restoration Program At Chief Judge Frank Caprio’s Providence Municipal Court!

  Post Hearing Q&A   Mayor Jorge O. Elorza joined partners Jennifer L. Wood, Executive Director, R.I. Center for Justice, Nick Horton, Co-Executive Director, OpenDoors, Elsy Santana, Care Coordinator, OpenDoors & Bret Jacob, Providence Director of Recovery Programs and LGBTQIA+ Liaison from the Providence Driver’s License Restoration Program at a[Read More…]

by December 9, 2022