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ACLU Issues Statement on Wyatt Detention Center Protest Incident

Posted: Aug 15, 2019 |Category: Immigration Police Practices

The ACLU of RI responds to last night's actions by correctional officers at the Wyatt Detention Center aimed at peaceful protesters.

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SK School Committee Approves Resolution; Will Not Cooperate with ICE without Judicial Warrant

Posted: Aug 14, 2019 |Category: Civil Rights Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Due Process Immigration Students' Rights

The South Kingstown School Committee has approved a resolution clarifying that they will not cooperate with ICE without a judicial warrant.

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ACLU Calls on PVD School Officials to Promptly Address “Alarming” Racial Disparities in Discipline

Posted: Aug 07, 2019 |Category: Civil Rights Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Fair Administration of Justice Students' Rights Youth Rights

Citing a “persistently disproportionate use of disciplinary action and suspensions against students of color,” the ACLU of RI has called upon Providence school officials to take immediate action to address this problem before the school session starts next month.

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ACLU Applauds Education Ruling Helping To Stem Unnecessary Out-Of-School Suspensions

Posted: Aug 02, 2019 |Category: Active Case Due Process Police Practices Students' Rights

In an important decision enforcing a law aimed at reducing harm caused by out-of-school suspensions, an appeals committee of the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education (CESE) has upheld an R.I. Department of Education (RIDE) hearing officer’s decision that the Barrington School District improperly issued an out-of-school suspension to a middle school student.

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ACLU Adds New Claims in 1st Amendment Suit over State’s Discrimination Against Authors

Posted: Jul 25, 2019 |Category: Active Case Due Process Free Speech

The ACLU today has added new constitutional claims to a lawsuit it filed in May against the State, challenging the state Division of Taxation’s position that a special sales tax exemption for Rhode Island authors applies only to works of fiction, and not to non-fiction, because non-fiction is not “creative and original.”

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ACLU Commends RI Officials for Urging US Supreme Court NOT to Roll Back LGBTQ Rights

Posted: Jul 24, 2019 |Category: Active Case Civil Rights Discrimination LGBT Rights Women's Rights

The ACLU today commended six current and former elected RI officials who signed onto court briefs to urge the U.S. Supreme Court not to roll back civil rights protections for LGBTQ people when it hears a trio of discrimination cases this fall. All of the cases  involve people who were fired for being LGBTQ.

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ACLU Mounts Two-Pronged Attack to Make Records of Police Misconduct Public

Posted: Jul 22, 2019 |Category: Active Case Criminal Justice Open Government Police Practices Right to Petition & Protest

Calling it “one of the most damaging decisions affecting the public’s right to know that has been issued” the ACLU has launched a two-pronged attack on a 2017 Attorney General ruling that allows police to keep some of its reports of police misconduct a secret.

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