Sen Jabour Annajane Yolken Mike Galipeau ACLU Steven Brown On The Coalition To Discuss Kristen's Law
Citing grave concerns with Kristen’s Law, advocates host an anti-bill signing press event as the governor commits to signing this harmful bill into law, despite strong opposition
PROVIDENCE-- Opponents of “Kristen’s Law” will gather in the rotunda of the state house to protest the governor’s signing of Kristen’s Law. The governor is committed to signing this bill into law despite the continued and vehement opposition from the medical, public health, and recovery communities. This law, which provides a potential life prison sentence to anyone who provides a controlled substance to someone who has a fatal overdose, doubles down on the failed war on drugs. As highlighted by Rep. Walsh, “this bill however represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the opioid epidemic...this will no save lives, it will ruin them.” Advocates will gather for an anti-bill signing press conference and protest, underscoring their concerns with this bill and the further approaches to seek criminalization rather than public health approaches to the tragic overdose epidemic.
WHAT: Anti-bill signing press conference and protest to highlight the concerns with Kristen’s Law, which the governor will sign into law
WHEN: Monday, June 25th at 4:00 PM
WHERE: In the rotunda of the Rhode Island State House, 82 Smith Street, Providence
WHO: Rep. Moira Walsh (District 3, Providence) Annajane Yolken, Executive Director of Protect Families First Haley McKee, recovery advocate Lisa Peterson LMHC/LCDP/MAC, RI Womxn’s Action Initiative (formerly RI Women’s March) # # #
Protect Families First is a non-profit that advocates for drug policies and practices that promote community health and safety, prevents overdose deaths, and keeps families in tact.
CITING RHODE ISLANDERS’ RIGHT TO KNOW, OPEN GOVERNMENT GROUPS SUBMIT BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF RELEASE OF 38 STUDIOS RECORDS
Four organizations have submitted a “friend of the court” brief in the RI Supreme Court in support of Governor Gina Raimondo’s appeal for the release of the grand jury records in the 38 Studios proceedings. The organizations are the ACLU of RI, the RI Press Association, the New England First Amendment Coalition and Common Cause RI. The brief, submitted by ACLU cooperating attorneys and RWU Law School professors Jared A. Goldstein and Andrew Horwitz, argues that, in the case of 38 Studios, “the fundamental right of the people to know about the operations of their government” far outweighs any standards generally barring disclosure of grand jury proceedings.