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ACLU Issues Statement in Response to Westerly Yacht Controversy

Posted: Jun 24, 2016 |Category: Discrimination Gender Discrimination

Steven Brown, executive director of the ACLU of Rhode Island, issued the following statement today in response to the controversy surrounding the Westerly Yacht Club barring women from being full members of the club:

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Free Speech and Media Groups Applaud Governor’s Veto of Overbroad “Revenge Porn” Bill

Posted: Jun 21, 2016 |Category: Fair Administration of Justice Free Speech

Below are brief statements from five media and free speech organizations, including the Rhode Island Press Association, expressing thanks to Governor Gina Raimondo for vetoing a so-called “revenge porn” bill that would have had a chilling effect on free speech rights.

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NEFAC, ACLU and RI Press Association Urge Gov. Raimondo to Veto Revenge Porn Bill

Posted: Jun 16, 2016 |Category: Free Speech

First Amendment and freedom of press advocates wrote to Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo this week urging her to veto recently passed “revenge porn” legislation that although well-intended could impede legitimate newsgathering and chill protected speech.

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ACLU Raises Concerns About Ethics Commission Consideration Of Moratorium On Filing Of Complaints

Posted: Jun 04, 2016 |Category: Open Government

In advance of a scheduled Ethics Commission meeting tomorrow which includes a discussion of a proposed rule to establish a moratorium on the filing of ethics complaints before elections, the ACLU of Rhode Island urged the Commission to give “more thorough consideration of the consequences of such an approach.”

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Judge Rules Unlawful Six-Year Seizure of Weapons by North Smithfield Police

Posted: Jun 02, 2016 |Category: Active Case Due Process

A federal judge has ruled that a North Smithfield man’s due process rights were violated when the North Smithfield Police Department refused for over six years to return lawfully possessed weapons that officers had seized from him, and instead demanded that he obtain a state court order if he wanted to get his guns back.

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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.

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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.

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