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ACLU Blasts Agreement Between Police and Motel 6 To Share Motel Guest List

Posted: Apr 15, 2015 |Category: Privacy

When visitors go to a hotel for the night, they expect to be treated like guests, not potential criminals. Yet the blanket agreement between the Warwick police and the motel – sharing the guest list of all of its patrons on a daily basis – is hardly the sort of ‘hospitality’ one anticipates from such an establishment.

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ACLU Calls For In-Depth Investigation Of Pawtucket Police Department Traffic Stop Practices

Posted: Apr 08, 2015 |Category: Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Police Practices

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is urging the Pawtucket Police Department to conduct an in-depth examination of some of its policies and procedures in light of “disturbing” allegations of racism among its officers described in a recent news article.

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ACLU President To Visit RI To Discuss Urban Policing

Posted: Apr 06, 2015 |Category: Criminal Justice Police Practices

ACLU President Susan Herman will participate on the panel “Policing Urban America: Who, What, Where, Why, How?” hosted by the University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus this Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. URI sociology professor Leo Carroll, Roger Williams University professor of criminal justice Yolanda M. Leott, and Providence Commissioner of Public Safety Steven Paré will also participate in the discussion.

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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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