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ACLU Blasts Discriminatory Enforcement of Providence’s Emergency Curfew

Posted: Jun 04, 2020 |Category: Discrimination Fair Administration of Justice Free Speech Police Practices

The ACLU of RI called for immediate repeal of the City of Providence's curfew ordinance in light of its discriminatory enforcement.

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DLT Agrees to Take Interim Action to Address Lack of Notice over Frozen Unemployment Payments

Posted: Jun 04, 2020 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Poor Due Process Right to Petition & Protest Workplace Rights

The state Department of Labor and Training has agreed to take a series of interim steps to begin rectifying the situation faced by thousands of residents whose unemployment insurance benefit payments were frozen without notice or explanation as part of a fraud investigation.

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Bail Hearings on Release of ICE Detainees at Wyatt Detention Center Begin Today

Posted: Jun 03, 2020 |Category: Active Case COVID-19 Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Immigration

Bail hearings on release of ICE detainees at Wyatt Detention Center begin today.

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ACLU of RI Statement on Imposition of Curfews in Providence, Cranston and Warwick

Posted: Jun 02, 2020 |Category: Civil Rights Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Free Speech Police Practices

The imposition of broad-based curfews by cities in response to last night's activities in Providence is extraordinary, unnecessary, and, ironically, likely to lead to discriminatory enforcement by police.

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Judge Orders Immediate Bail Hearings for ICE Detainees at Wyatt Detention Center

Posted: Jun 01, 2020 |Category: Active Case COVID-19 Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Immigration

In response to a class-action lawsuit filed by ACLU attorneys two weeks ago seeking urgent relief for immigration detainees at the Wyatt Detention Center facing the increasing spread of Covid-19 at the facility, a federal judge today ordered expedited bail hearings for the detainees.

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ACLU Sues Pawtucket School Officials Over Unlawful Arrest of 13-Year-Old Honors Student

Posted: Jun 01, 2020 |Category: Active Case Civil Rights Criminal Justice Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Police Practices Students' Rights Youth Rights

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 School.

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Seven Organizations Call on Governor to Repeal “Extremely Damaging” Public Records Executive Order

Posted: May 28, 2020 |Category: COVID-19 Open Government

Calling Governor 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 sent a letter calling on her to immediately rescind the order.

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