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RI NOW holds annual meeting; officers elected for new, two-year term

RI NOW held its Annual Meeting on November 30, 2011. To view RI NOW’s annual report, click here. Officers elected to serve a new, two year term are as follows:

Carolyn Mark, President

Laura Costa, VP Membership

Josephine Martell, VP Action

Lisa Ariosto, Treasurer

Robin Dionne, Secretary

The Annual Meeting featured guest speakers Representative Teresa Tanzi and Representative Maria Cimini on the subject of Politics and Gender in Rhode Island.


Poll: Public support for same-sex marriage grows

August 19, 2010 – Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A poll on same-sex marriage released Wednesday shows that support for legalizing same-sex marriage in Rhode Island is growing while opposition is decreasing.

ACI’s pregnancy policy under fire

August 17, 2010 – Providence Journal

The state’s chapters of the National Organization for Women and the American Civil Liberties Union called the state prison’s policies on handcuffing and shackling pregnant inmates “troubling” and “unnecessary” and vowed to press the General Assembly to pass legislation to change it.

Candidates for R.I. governor offer views on social issues

May 5, 2010 – Providence Journal

Providence — The candidates fighting to become Rhode Island’s next governor had sparred publicly before, but never quite like this.

Seated in the auditorium of an all-girls school Tuesday night, the six men faced an audience dominated by women and explained their positions on explosive issues such as abortion, sex education and welfare.


Candidates for RI governor pledge support for same-sex marriage

March 4, 2010 – Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE — They filled the State House rotunda and lined the balconies on the second floor — so many that organizers said it was the largest turnout yet for a marriage-equality rally in the building where Rhode Island makes its laws. The same-sex marriage supporters, more than 400 of them, held signs, cheered and sang as they called on state lawmakers to help them in their quest. Full article, click here.


Rules on restraining prisoners in labor sought

February 2, 2010 – Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE — The state’s chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Organization for Women said yesterday they were going to federal court to compel the state to reveal its policies on restraining female prisoners at the Adult Correctional Institutions while they are in labor or giving birth.


Open Records Suit Filed Against Department of Corrections Over Policies Governing Pregnant Prisoners

February 1, 2010 -Press Release

The Rhode Island ACLU and the R.I. Chapter of the National Organization for Women have today filed an open records lawsuit against the Department of Corrections (DOC), contesting the agency’s refusal to release its policies relating to the use of restraints on women prisoners when they are in labor, delivering a baby or in post-delivery recuperation.

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