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Voting Rights Groups Urge Steps to Protect Right to Vote During Mail Ballot Primary

Posted: Mar 26, 2020 |Category: Active Case COVID-19 Voting Rights

As RI elections officials move for the first time to conduct a predominantly mail ballot election for the Presidential primary on June 2nd, three voting rights groups have called on the state Board of Elections and Secretary of State to adopt policies to ensure that the specially-conducted election becomes “a successful experience in preserving the critical constitutional right” to vote “during such trying times.”

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Appeals Court Bars Feds from Requiring Cities to Collaborate with ICE

Posted: Mar 24, 2020 |Category: Immigration

In an important victory for immigrants' rights fought by the cities of Providence and Central Falls, an appellate court has struck down federal policies conditioning municipality receipt of law enforcement funds on collaboration with ICE.

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ACLU and Common Cause Raise Concerns About Suspension of Open Government Laws

Posted: Mar 20, 2020 |Category: Open Government


Citing the importance of the public's right to know, the ACLU of RI and Common Cause RI have urged Governor Gina Raimondo to revise an executive order that suspends certain provisions of the state's open meetings and public records laws.

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ACLU Takes Legal Action on Behalf of African-American Recruit Drummed Out of PVD Police Academy

Posted: Mar 19, 2020 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Due Process Free Speech

The ACLU of RI has filed a charge of race discrimination against the Providence Police Department on behalf of an African-American recruit who was involuntarily dismissed last year from the Police Academy just a few weeks before graduation and after enduring months of harassment from trainers at the Academy.

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ACLU Sues DMV Over Ability to Censor “Offensive” Vanity Plates

Posted: Mar 12, 2020 |Category: Active Case Free Speech Right to Petition & Protest

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law that gives the DMV Administrator carte blanche authority to deny vanity license plates based on whether he thinks they “might carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency.”

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ACLU Files Complaint Against Narragansett for Hiding Records of Police Misconduct

Posted: Mar 05, 2020 |Category: Active Case Open Government Police Practices

Calling it a “flagrant breach” of the state’s Access to Public Records Act, the ACLU of Rhode Island has filed a complaint against the Narragansett Police Department for refusing to release any copies of its final investigations of complaints of police misconduct.

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ACLU Responds to Decision in 38 Studios Grand Jury Records Case

Posted: Feb 19, 2020 |Category: Fair Administration of Justice Open Government

The ACLU responds to the R.I. Supreme Court's disappointing decision barring access to grand jury records in the 38 Studios investigation.

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