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ACLU to Honor RI Coalition for the Homeless and Homeless Rights Advocate Megan Smith At Celebration

Posted: Oct 09, 2015 |Category: Civil Rights

The ACLU of Rhode Island is honoring the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless and homeless rights advocate Megan Smith at its Annual Meeting Celebration on Thursday, October 22, at the Providence Biltmore.

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Statement from the ACLU of Rhode Island on the State’s Sex Offender Residency Law

Posted: Oct 08, 2015 |Category: Rights of Ex-Offenders

The ACLU of Rhode Island issued the following statement today in response to a meeting held last week by the Department of Corrections’ probation and parole division, at which dozens of sex offenders were told they must leave their current residence in order to comply with a recently-enacted state law:

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After Recent Inadequate Open Records Responses, Groups Call On Gov. Raimondo To Promote Transparency

Posted: Oct 07, 2015 |Category: Open Government

Citing a recent “pattern of disturbingly inadequate” responses to open records requests “on truly critical matters of public import,” five open government organizations have called on Governor Gina Raimondo to issue an executive order that calls on state agencies to “adopt a strong presumption in favor of disclosure in addressing requests for public information.”

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ACLU Calls For Intervention After DMV Refuses To Transfer Licenses of U.S. Citizens from Puerto Rico

Posted: Oct 02, 2015 |Category: Discrimination Due Process

After receiving complaints that the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles was requiring licensed drivers from Puerto Rico to pass a written exam and road test in order to transfer their driver’s license to Rhode Island, the American Civil Liberties of Rhode Island has urged Governor Gina Raimondo to immediately order the DMV to accept and transfer licenses from former Puerto Rican residents.

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“Pleading The Fifth” Is A Fundamental Right

Posted: Sep 25, 2015 |Category: Due Process Fair Administration of Justice

In light of the release of the depositions in the 38 Studios case, it is important to remember that "pleading the fifth" is a fundamental right that protects us all and supports a fair system of justice. Consider how the U.S. Supreme Court eloquently explained it over 50 years ago.

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ACLU Raises Concerns Over Report of Children Denied Education in Johnston

Posted: Sep 22, 2015 |Category: Due Process Students' Rights

After WJAR-TV reported that a family was told they could not send their children to Johnston Public Schools because they were living in a motel in town, the ACLU of Rhode Island contacted the Rhode Island Department of Education to urge Commissioner Ken Wagner to promptly intervene.

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Federal Complaint Alleges Court Questions To Bar Applicants Violates Americans With Disabilities Act

Posted: Sep 16, 2015 |Category: Discrimination Privacy

The complaint, filed with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, challenges the legality of three broadly worded questions that ask about applicants’ past history of drug or alcohol abuse, mental illness, or other disability, and require applicants to provide detailed information about any treatment they have had or are receiving.

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