Letters & Testimony

A lot of the work we do doesn't result in a lawsuit or other formal measure.

For example, we receive a complaint from a concerned parent of a public school student, and we are able to resolve the issue with a formal letter to the school district. Another example, the RI Board of Elections proposes a new rule or regulation that may violate the U.S. Constitution, then reconsiders upon hearing our testimony on their proposal. Our "behind the scenes" work may not make it on the evening news or into your twitter feed, but these efforts are absolutely critical to protecting the rights of all in the Ocean State.

Filter Publications

LETTER Re: Street Cop Training

This letter was sent to the chair of the R.I. Police Officers Commission on Standards and Training, urging he immediately investigate and respond to a very serious issue regarding a privately-run "Street Cop Training" that may have been approved by some RI police departments.

February 22, 2024 Criminal Justice

LETTER Re: Police Reform Legislation

This letter was sent to the Rhode Island Speaker of the House and President of the Senate, urging lawmakers to prioritize police reform legislation in the upcoming 2024 Legislative Session.

January 2, 2024 Criminal Justice

LETTER Re: Proposed Cannabis Ordinances

This letter, sent to the Cannabis Control Commission Chair, notifies the Commission of the proposed ordinance regarding alcohol and drug use in parks and public places, and specifically the "use" of cannabis.

December 14, 2023 Criminal Justice

LETTER Re: Weekapaug Fire District Subpoena Letters

The ACLU of RI received complaints about letters that have been sent by the Weekapaug Fire District to certain individuals regarding a pending matter before the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) addressing a right-of-way dispute over Spring Avenue access to the shore.

December 7, 2023 First Amendment