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ACLU Receives Reports of Voters Being Given Incorrect Information About Their Rights At The Polls

Posted: Sep 12, 2014 |Category: Voting Rights

Despite official reports that there were few voting problems during this week’s primary election, the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island related today that it had received reports of voters being given incorrect information about their right to vote during Tuesday’s primary election, raising nagging concerns about the implementation of the state’s new photo ID law.

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Significant Victory in Fight to End Prison Gerrymandering: Cranston Lawsuit Will Move Forward

Posted: Sep 08, 2014 |Category: Voting Rights

Cranston residents and the ACLU of Rhode Island won a significant victory today in their fight for equal voting power in City elections when Judge Lagueux of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island denied a motion to dismiss their one person, one vote lawsuit, allowing their case to move forward.

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A Day Before the Election, ACLU Receives First Voter ID Complaint

Posted: Sep 08, 2014 |Category: Voting Rights

The primary election is still a day away, but the ACLU has already received its first complaint about poll workers unlawfully preventing people from voting under the state’s Voter ID law.

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Board of Education To Consider Policy Change That Could Undermine Right To A Free Public Education

Posted: Sep 04, 2014 |Category: Students' Rights

As the result of a ruling issued earlier this year by Commissioner Deborah Gist, the R.I. Department of Education is on the verge next week of undermining 150 years of precedent that guarantee the availability of a free public education in the state. That is the essence of an alert that the ACLU of Rhode Island and Mental Health Association of Rhode Island sent out to groups that advocate for the rights of students and their families.

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Open Government Groups Blast Attorney General Opinion on Open Records Law

Posted: Aug 28, 2014 |Category: Open Government

Calling it “a new low” in the state’s enforcement of the Access to Public Records Act (APRA), five open government groups, including the ACLU of RI, blasted an opinion issued by the Attorney General’s office which held that public bodies can charge members of the public for the time it takes to compose a letter denying an open records request.

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Groups Urge Police Departments to Adopt Policies Supporting Public’s Right to Record Police Activity

Posted: Aug 19, 2014 |Category: Free Speech Police Practices

Nine local organizations have asked police departments across the state to formally adopt policies codifying the public’s right to record, without interference, the actions of police. The request, contained in a letter sent to all municipal police departments and the State Police, was made in the backdrop of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, where police have impeded individuals’ and credentialed journalists’ efforts to document the ongoing protests there.

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Groups Praise Impact of NECAP Moratorium After RI Board of Education Officials Question the Policy

Posted: Aug 06, 2014 |Category: Students' Rights

Six organizations that have fought to end the use of high stakes testing in Rhode Island today commended lawmakers on the significant impact of a new law imposing a three-year delay on the use of such testing as a graduation requirement. The organizations’ response was prompted by recent comments from some Rhode Island Board of Education officials who suggested the moratorium was unnecessary.

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