Civil Liberties

Stockton University Drops Five Charges For Student’s Political Facebook Status-Disruption Charge Remains

Stockton University drops five charges for student’s political Facebook status, disruption charge remains Amid public backlash, Stockton now claims student’s Facebook status, not his Zoom background of Trump, is the “substantial disruption” warranting the charge Student still faces probation, community service, a decision-making workshop, and a fine for expressing his[Read More…]

by August 12, 2020

Tina Pedersen & Congressman Langevin, Michael Matracia & Alyssa Gleason on the ADA 30th Anniversary

  A Very Special Evening … As Tina G Pedersen, President of RAMP:Real Access Motivates Progress. Celebrates & Commemorates The 30th Anniversary of the ADA America With Disabilities Act. Joining Tina: Alyssa Gleason: Rhode Island Governor’s Commission On Planning … Michael Matracia: Providence Policeman & The Honorable James Langevin: United[Read More…]

by August 9, 2020

Court Challenge Filed to Brown University’s Abandonment of Gender Equity in Athletics Program

More than twenty years after a precedent-setting court victory finding that Brown University violated federal Title IX law by engaging in gender-based discrimination in the school’s athletics program, legal representatives who secured an agreement requiring gender equity for those programs have returned to court, alleging the school is breaking that[Read More…]

by July 1, 2020

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

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