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Rhode Island Legal Services & ACLU Appeal Decision Undermining Rights of English Language Learners

Posted: Mar 27, 2020 |Category: Active Case Civil Rights Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Rights of the Poor Students' Rights

RILA and the ACLU of RI have filed a lawsuit in R.I. Superior Court challenging a decision issued this month by the Council of Elementary and Secondary Education (CESE) that upholds a method of providing services to English Language Learners (EL) that the two groups claim clearly violates federal and state law and significantly shortchanges the educational rights of EL students.

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ACLU Statement on Governor’s Plans to Give State Police Power to Stop Cars with NY Plates

Posted: Mar 26, 2020 |Category:

ACLU of Rhode Island executive director Steven Brown issued the following statement in response to comments from Governor Gina Raimondo at her news conference today that she plans to give State Police the power to stop any car with New York license plates.

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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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