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Groups Question Barrington Schools’ Refusal To Grant A Diploma To High Stakes Testing Critic

Posted: Oct 23, 2014 |Category: Students' Rights

Saying that the situation created “a troubling impression of retaliatory motivation,” the ACLU of Rhode Island and the R.I. Disability Law Center have called on the Barrington School Committee to issue a high school diploma to Molly Coffey, the Barrington High School senior whose plight led to the General Assembly’s passage of a law establishing a moratorium on the state’s “high stakes testing” requirement for graduation.

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1986 Constitutional Convention delegates speak on the dangers of a Constitutional Convention

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 |Category: Civil Rights

Rhode Islanders who served as delegates to Rhode Island’s 1986 Constitutional Convention spoke outside the Garrahy Judicial Complex to speak about their personal experiences as delegates to a Constitutional Convention.

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Proposed Rules Limit Public Access To Court Documents, Open Government Groups Allege

Posted: Oct 20, 2014 |Category: Open Government

Five local organizations dedicated to open government have raised concerns that rules proposed by the Rhode Island Judiciary to implement a new electronic filing system for court documents could lead to increased secrecy and limited access to important court records by the public.

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ACLU Statement In Response To “Rhode Island Traffic Stop Statistics Data Collection Study”

Posted: Oct 15, 2014 |Category: Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Police Practices

ACLU of Rhode Island executive director Steven Brown released the following the statement on the Rhode Island Traffic Stop Statistics Data Collection Study. The report includes data for all local police departments and State Police. It is available here

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Judge Rules Unconstitutional State Ban On Anonymous Political Literature

Posted: Oct 07, 2014 |Category: Active Case Free Speech

Ruling in an ACLU lawsuit, U.S. District Court Judge William Smith in October struck down a state law that makes it a crime to circulate anonymous political literature, including unsigned newspaper editorials. The ACLU of Rhode Island sued over the legality of the statute earlier this year to halt the Town of Smithfield’s stated plans to enforce it. The statute, which carries a potential one-year prison sentence, bars the distribution of any anonymous political literature that relates to ballot questions or that criticizes a political candidate’s “personal character or political action.”

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“A Constitutional Convention: The General Assembly’s Kid Brother” by Steven Brown

Posted: Oct 03, 2014 |Category: Civil Rights

If you like how the General Assembly operates, you’ll love a constitutional convention. If you’re concerned about legislative shenanigans, though, you should reject Question 3 on November’s ballot.

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ACLU Calls On DMV To Stop Sharing Drivers’ Personal Information with Anti-Terrorism Database

Posted: Sep 29, 2014 |Category: Privacy

The state Division of Motor Vehicles is sharing personal information about innocent Rhode Islanders with a growing federal anti-terrorism database, the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island charged. The ACLU has called on the DMV to stop sharing the data and to publicly justify its decision to participate in the first place.

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