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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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ACLU Commends Brown University President’s Response to Kelly Lecture Protests

Posted: Sep 25, 2014 |Category: Free Speech

ACLU of Rhode Island and the Brown University Chapter of the ACLU commended Brown University President Christina Paxson’s response to the reports on the incident surrounding former New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly’s planned lecture on the Brown Campus last year.


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Police Departments Still Fail To Post Compliant Forms and Procedures Online, In Violation of Law

Posted: Sep 24, 2014 |Category: Police Practices

Ten years after Rhode Island law began requiring police departments to post online their police complaint forms and procedures, some departments are still not in compliance with some of the law’s basic requirements, a report issued Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has found. The requirement, contained in the Racial Profiling Prevention Act of 2004, was designed to make it easier for victims of police misconduct to file complaints with departments. 

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Local Groups Urge Providence City Council To Reject Lobbying Proposal Chilling Community Advocacy

Posted: Sep 18, 2014 |Category:

A number of local non-profit organizations and community groups are urging the Providence City Council to reject amendments to the city’s lobbying ordinance that would require unpaid volunteers to register as lobbyists – and subject them to potentially severe penalties for violations – if they spend just ten hours a year engaged in broadly defined “lobbying” activities with the City. The proposal is scheduled to be introduced at the City Council’s meeting Thursday.

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Access Limited: An Audit of Compliance with the Rhode Island Public Records Law

Posted: Sep 17, 2014 |Category: Open Government

An audit of the 2012 amendments to the state’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA) shows that a number of state agencies and municipal departments, in particular the police, apparently are in violation of the changes to the law. In addition, enforcement of parts of the law appears to be weak or nonexistent.

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ACLU Receives Reports of Voters Being Given Incorrect Information About Their Rights At The Polls

Posted: Sep 12, 2014 |Category: Voting Rights

Despite official reports that there were few voting problems during this week’s primary election, the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island related today that it had received reports of voters being given incorrect information about their right to vote during Tuesday’s primary election, raising nagging concerns about the implementation of the state’s new photo ID law.

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Significant Victory in Fight to End Prison Gerrymandering: Cranston Lawsuit Will Move Forward

Posted: Sep 08, 2014 |Category: Voting Rights

Cranston residents and the ACLU of Rhode Island won a significant victory today in their fight for equal voting power in City elections when Judge Lagueux of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island denied a motion to dismiss their one person, one vote lawsuit, allowing their case to move forward.

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