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In Light of PARCC Results, a Dozen Groups Call on RIDE to Prevent Any Punitive Use of Scores

Posted: Nov 20, 2015 |Category: Students' Rights

Responding to the release of PARCC test results on Tuesday, a dozen organizations today called on the state Department of Education to immediately reverse its policies that allow school districts to use PARCC scores in a punitive manner against students as early as next year. The organizations called the reversal “a necessary step to promote a meaningful discussion of alternative graduation standards in the months ahead.” 

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Religious Groups, ACLU Call on Governor to Denounce Xenophobia, Welcome Syrian Refugees

Posted: Nov 19, 2015 |Category: Discrimination Immigration

The Rhode Island State Council of Churches, the RI Council for Muslim Advancement, the Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island and the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today issued this open letter to Governor Gina Raimondo, following her comments yesterday that the controversy surrounding the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Rhode Island was “much ado about nothing.”

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Court Filings Show Immigration Officials Issue Detainers Against U.S. Citizens

Posted: Nov 17, 2015 |Category: Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Due Process Immigration

In the space of a dozen years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials issued to Rhode Island Department of Corrections’ (DOC) administrators 462 “immigration detainers” against individuals who are identified in the ACI’s computer system as U.S. citizens. That is one of the many facts disclosed in briefs filed on Friday by the ACLU in its lawsuit on behalf of Ada Morales, a North Providence resident who has twice been the target of baseless immigration detainers as a deportable “alien” even though she is a U.S. citizen.

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ACLU Statement On Calls To Deny Syrian Refugees Shelter In Rhode Island

Posted: Nov 16, 2015 |Category: Discrimination Immigration

The ACLU of Rhode Island is deeply concerned by calls from legislators and others to close Rhode Island's doors to any Syrian refugees fleeing from violence and oppression. Rather than ceding to this parochialism, Governor Raimondo should instead be reaffirming the position she espoused just two months ago in response to this humanitarian crisis, when she stated that “if Rhode Island is called upon … we’ll be ready to help

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ACLU: Over-Suspensions Continue; Students of Color, Students with Disabilities Still Most Affected

Posted: Nov 13, 2015 |Category: Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Students' Rights

Despite growing consensus that out-of-school suspensions should only be used as a discipline of last resort, Rhode Island school districts continued to overuse suspensions during the 2014-2015 school year. A report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has found that schools doled out 12,682 suspensions in the last school year, often for minor misconduct. As in previous years, students with disabilities and students of color served a disproportionate amount of these suspensions.

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ACLU Charges Harmony Fire District With Sex Discrimination

Posted: Nov 12, 2015 |Category: Discrimination Gender Discrimination Workplace Rights

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has filed a charge of sex discrimination against the Harmony Fire District on behalf of a female EMT/firefighter who was terminated from her job after she and several others raised concerns that male and female firefighters were being treated differently. The charge, filed with the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is on behalf of Kimberly Perreault, who served as an EMT/firefighter for the Harmony Fire District for 12 years before being terminated in January 2015 for purportedly being “unhappy” with the fire department.

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ACLU Settles Suit on Behalf of ACI Inmate Retaliated Against for Criticizing Prison Policies

Posted: Nov 05, 2015 |Category: Active Case Due Process Free Speech

The ACLU of RI filed the suit in 2009 after Cook experienced a pattern of harassment by prison officials after being quoted in the Providence Journal criticizing a new DOC policy limiting the written materials available to inmates. He was fired from his job in the kitchen, and after the ACLU of RI questioned the mail policy, the suit alleged that correctional officers conducted a search of Cook’s cell that damaged some of his personal property and subjected Cook to various investigations, bookings, discipline, and harassing strip searches.

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