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ACLU Calls For Repeal Of Gag Order In Pension Settlement Case

Posted: Mar 23, 2015 |Category: Free Speech Open Government

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has requested the “gag order” issued for the settlement discussions in the pension case be lifted now that plaintiffs are voting on a possible settlement agreement. In a letter delivered Friday to R.I. Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter, the ACLU said that since the “broadly written” gag order was issued to protect the confidentiality of the mediation process, it is “counter-productive and unduly intrusive on basic First Amendment values to allow it to remain in effect” now that that task is completed.

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ACLU Sues Drug Enforcement Agency For Public Records Local Journalist Requested 3 Years Ago

Posted: Mar 18, 2015 |Category: Open Government

The ACLU of Rhode Island filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit today on behalf of local journalist, Philip Eil, who has been stymied for more than three years in his effort to obtain access to thousands of pages of public evidence from a major prescription drug-dealing trial.

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ACLU Raises Concerns Over East Providence Hiring Practices

Posted: Mar 18, 2015 |Category: Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Workplace Rights

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has raised deep concerns about the hiring practices of the City of East Providence and the East Providence School Department’s failure to address allegations of discrimination against minority employees and applicants.

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Rhode Island Elementary Schools Promote Gender Stereotypes, ACLU Report Finds

Posted: Mar 10, 2015 |Category: Discrimination Gender Discrimination

Despite decades of progress toward gender equality, in Rhode Island today gender-exclusive student events that are specifically held for girls or boys with the active support of elementary schools help to perpetuate blatant gender stereotypes. Almost invariably, the girls’ events, organized by parent-teacher groups and publicized by the schools, are dances, with another gender-stereotyped event, like a pajama party, occasionally taking their place. By contrast, and just as invariably, the events arranged for boys involve almost anything but dancing, are wide-ranging, and focus on purportedly male-friendly activities like sports and arcade games.

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PARCC As High-Stakes Test Will Be A Repeat of NECAP Fiasco

Posted: Mar 03, 2015 |Category: Students' Rights

Before having any chance to meaningfully examine how this untried test is working, Commissioner Deborah Gist has already advised school districts they may use PARCC results as a component in determining students’ grades and has encouraged school districts to consider using the PARCC as a high stakes graduation requirement for the Class of 2017.

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ACLU Report Highlights Racial Disparities In School-To-Prison Pipeline

Posted: Feb 19, 2015 |Category: Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Police Practices Students' Rights The "War on Drugs"

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today issued a report calling on state and municipal leaders to examine policies, practices and procedures that lead to discriminatory treatment of black Rhode Islanders, from elementary school through adulthood. The ACLU report, titled “The School-to-Prison Pipeline in Black and White,” offers a brief but systematic examination of racial disparities in Rhode Island, and how those interconnected disparities can lead to a lifetime of unequal treatment. The report, presented in a series of twelve charts, comes as the nation celebrates Black History Month, and grapples with recent events that have pushed racial disparity issues back into the forefront.

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ACLU Successfully Settles Suit Requiring DMV Establish Regulations For Uninsured Motorist Database

Posted: Feb 06, 2015 |Category: Due Process Privacy

In response to a lawsuit filed this week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, the Division of Motor Vehicles agreed to the entry of a court order today that will require the agency to first adopt regulations through a public process before using a new database designed to identify and possibly take action against uninsured drivers.

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