News from The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, ACLU of Rhode Island News, RIACLU News

Menu

Protecting Civil Liberties in Rhode Island for Over 50 Years

Latest News

Johnston Agrees to Halt Enforcement of Anti-Pandhandling Ordinance; Joins Providence and Cranston

Posted: May 25, 2016 |Category: Free Speech

Responding to the threat of a lawsuit by the ACLU of Rhode Island, the Town of Johnston has indicated that it will halt enforcement of an anti-panhandling ordinance banning “aggressive begging.”  In doing so, the town joins the cities of Providence and Cranston in backing down from enforcement of these unconstitutional ordinances.

Read the Full Article >

Federal Judge Orders End to “Prison Gerrymandering” in Cranston School and City Council Districts

Posted: May 24, 2016 |Category: Voting Rights

In a precedent-setting ruling, U.S. District Judge Ronald Lagueux issued a decision today holding that the City of Cranston violated the one person, one vote requirements of the U.S. Constitution when it allocated the entire incarcerated population of the Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI) as “residents” of one ward of the City when it drew district lines for the City Council and School Committee following the 2010 Census.  The ruling allows the City 30 days to present the Court with a new redistricting plan meeting constitutional requirements.

Read the Full Article >

ACLU Statement on Conference to Promote the Employment of Ex-Offenders

Posted: May 24, 2016 |Category: Rights of Ex-Offenders

The ACLU of Rhode Island issued the following statement today in advance of a major conference being held tomorrow designed to encourage the employment of ex-offenders. The conference, “Road Map to Reentry,” has been organized by U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha, with support from the Department of Corrections, the Governor’s office and many others:

Read the Full Article >

ACLU Issues Statement on City’s Attempt to Bar Church From Burnside Park

Posted: May 19, 2016 |Category:

Calling the City’s actions “blatantly unconstitutional,” Steven Brown, executive director of the ACLU of Rhode Island, issued the following statement today in response to a Providence Journal article describing attempts by some Providence city officials to bar a church from holding weekly services in Burnside Park.

Read the Full Article >

North Kingstown Town Council Agrees to Allow Public Comment at Council Meetings

Posted: May 10, 2016 |Category:

One week after the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island filed a lawsuit against the North Kingstown Town Council for violating a Town Charter provision that gives members of the public “a reasonable opportunity to be heard” at Council meetings, the Town has agreed to entry of a court order reversing its position. The successful lawsuit, filed in Washington County Superior Court by ACLU volunteer attorney H. Jefferson Melish, was on behalf of North Kingstown resident and past Town Council candidate Richard Welch.

Read the Full Article >

ACLU Sues North Kingstown Town Council Over Lack of Public Comment Period

Posted: May 02, 2016 |Category: Open Government

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today filed a lawsuit against the North Kingstown Town Council for violating a Town Charter provision that gives members of the public “a reasonable opportunity to be heard” at Council meetings. The lawsuit, filed in Washington County Superior Court by ACLU volunteer attorney H. Jefferson Melish, is on behalf of North Kingstown resident and past Town Council candidate Richard Welch.

Read the Full Article >

Woonsocket Police Sued for Unlawful Arrest and Detention of Deaf Person

Posted: Apr 27, 2016 |Category: Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Due Process

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island and the R.I. Disability Law Center have today filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a profoundly deaf person who was arrested and detained overnight in jail by Woonsocket police for allegedly making an obscene gesture, and who was never provided an interpreter to allow him to communicate with the police during his detention. The case raises important issues regarding municipal agency obligations to accommodate residents who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Read the Full Article >

Page 1 of 4 pages  1 2 3 >  Last ›

All 2016 News Releases