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ACLU urges Providence schools to address racial disparities in discipline

PROVIDENCE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is calling upon Providence school officials to take steps before classes start next month...

Providence councilman introduces new ordinance on panhandling

PROVIDENCE – A city councilman has proposed a variation on the city’s panhandling ordinance, which would define anyone speaking to another person or following...

ACLU of Rhode Island settles suit against state on behalf of...

PROVIDENCE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has ended its class-action lawsuit against the state claiming its Medicare Premium Payment Program kicked people...

Living restrictions for sex offenders getting pushback

The release of a high-profile, convicted sex offender and his subsequent move from Massachusetts to Rhode ­Island has created a storm in a Providence...
TRAINING NEEDED: UMass Dartmouth professors Tim Shea, left, associate professor ­marketing/business information systems, and Steve White, professor of marketing and international business, oversaw a cybersecurity survey that found employee training lacking.
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‘Human firewall’ firms’ biggest hacking vulnerability

The underlying agenda was subtle: A Boston firm that sells cybersecurity training wanted a survey done that would quantify the need for companies to...

ACLU: Federal officials conspired to arrest, detain undocumented immigrants seeking legalization

PROVIDENCE – Documents released Aug. 13 reveal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials collaborated to “trap” undocumented immigrants...
IN TUNE: More and more, institutions are reconfiguring bathrooms to be more inclusive of transgender people. Shauna Duffy, managing director of Providence’s AS220, is overseeing a renovation project that will include adding a gender-neutral restroom on its first floor.
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Transgender bathroom issue moves to the fore

Before starting a $4 million remodeling of its Empire Street complex in downtown Providence, leaders of the nonprofit community arts organization AS220 thought carefully...
THE ACLU OF RHODE ISLAND hafiled a sex and age discrimination lawsuit against the Newport Grand Casino in U.S. District Court. / PBN FILE PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

ACLU of R.I. files sex and age discrimination suit against Newport...

PROVIDENCE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has filed a sex and age discrimination lawsuit against Newport Grand Casino, the organization...

Five Questions With: Steven Brown

Legislation that would have required home sellers to disclose to potential buyers that they grew marijuana at a property was vetoed this week by...
IMMIGRATION ACTIVIST: H. Jefferson Melish is a lawyer, as well as a member and activist on the South Kingstown Immigration Task Force and the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. South Kingstown is the only municipality in the state to adopt a version of an ACLU ordinance that rejects local police cooperation with a federal program that deputizes local police departments to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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Long-simmering divisions on immigration have boiled over nationally. Is the Ocean...

In March 2017 the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union drafted a model ordinance that would reject local police cooperation with...
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