American Civil Liberties Union http://ripr.org en Coalition Mounts Opposition To RI Constitutional Convention http://ripr.org/post/coalition-mounts-opposition-ri-constitutional-convention <p>Dozens of people gathered in Providence Wednesday to protest a proposed constitutional convention in Rhode Island. The debate whether to hold this convention comes up every 10 years.</p><p></p><p>The constitutional convention gives Rhode Island voters an opportunity to change their state constitution.&nbsp; Delegates outside the general assembly are chosen to represent districts across the state in a meeting to draft referenda that will appear at state-wide elections.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:15:56 +0000 John Bender 32867 at http://ripr.org Coalition Mounts Opposition To RI Constitutional Convention State Police To Be Outfitted With Tasers http://ripr.org/post/state-police-be-outfitted-tasers <p>Rhode Island state police have a new weapon in their war on crime.</p><p></p><p>Rhode Island state police have purchased Tasers for all troopers and are training them in their proper use.&nbsp;</p><p>State police commander Colonel Steven O&rsquo;Donnell said the aim is to prevent the use of firearms where possible.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:54:07 +0000 Flo Jonic 23177 at http://ripr.org Father-Daughter Dances Go Up for Vote http://ripr.org/post/father-daughter-dances-go-vote <p></p><p>The Senate Education Committee votes Wednesday on legislation allowing schools to hold events like father-daughter dances. Cranston’s school committee asked lawmakers to draft the bill after a complaint last year shut down its father-daughter dance.</p><p></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:12:20 +0000 Catherine Welch 12630 at http://ripr.org ACLU Wins Free Speech Case Against Providence http://ripr.org/post/aclu-wins-free-speech-case-against-providence <p></p><div>The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has won a First Amendment case against the city of Providence. A&nbsp;federal judge has found the city violated a woman’s free speech rights when they tried to prevent her from leafleting a political event.&nbsp;</div><div><p></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:14:55 +0000 Flo Jonic 12555 at http://ripr.org ACLU Wins Free Speech Case Against Providence