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ACLU Applauds New Regulations Protecting Privacy of Toll Gantry Information

Posted: Dec 12, 2017 |Category: Open Government Privacy

RI Department of Transportation (DOT) has adopted new regulations designed to protect the privacy of motorists when the state’s new truck toll gantry system takes effect.

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Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Involving Rhode Island’s Public Breastfeeding Law

Posted: Dec 08, 2017 |Category: Discrimination Gender Discrimination Women's Rights Workplace Rights

The ACLU of RI today announced a settlement in its case on behalf of Elizabeth Gooding who, in May 2017, sued the Ocean Community YMCA for violating her right to breastfeed in public.

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ACLU Sends Letter to RI Police Chiefs Reminding Them that Ticket Quotas are Against Law

Posted: Nov 28, 2017 |Category: Due Process Police Practices

In response to recent news reports indicating that some local police departments may be implementing traffic ticket quotas among their ranks, the ACLU of Rhode Island has sent letters to all RI police chiefs reminding them of a state law, enacted in 2010, that specifically prohibits this practice.  The ACLU is also considering legal action on behalf of affected motorists.

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ACLU Says Latest Figures From State on Providing Food Stamp Benefits are “Jaw-Dropping”

Posted: Nov 20, 2017 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Poor Due Process

After failing to provide court-ordered reports for August and September on the status of its efforts to ensure the timely provision of food stamp assistance to needy families, the state Department of Human Services has released a report for October, and the results, the ACLU stated today, are “jaw-dropping” and “demonstrate a continuing and unconscionable crisis affecting the state’s neediest families.” The report shows that some families waited more than a year before getting benefits to which they were entitled.

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ACLU Re-Staffs Hotline for UHIP-Related Food Stamp Complaints: 1-877-231-7171

Posted: Nov 16, 2017 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Poor

The ACLU of RI has re-staffed their telephone hotline for people having trouble with SNAP (food stamp) application processing delays due to the state’s year-long UHIP computer fiasco.  The hotline number is 1-877-231-7171.

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Open Government Coalition Calls on East Greenwich Town Council to Cancel Meeting

Posted: Nov 14, 2017 |Category: Open Government

Today the open government coalition ACCESS/RI wrote a letter to Town Council President Suzanne McGee Cienki asking her to cancel tonight’s meeting. ACCESS/RI believes the agenda for tonight’s meeting, specifically the item to ratify retroactively “all” the decisions of the Town Manager, violates the OMA requirement for public notice.

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ACLU Releases Analysis of Recent Police Shooting; Says Many Questions Remain Unanswered

Posted: Nov 13, 2017 |Category: Criminal Justice Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Due Process Fair Administration of Justice Police Practices

Saying that many questions remain unanswered, the ACLU of RI has released a five page commentary on the Thursday shooting of Joseph Santos by Providence and RI State Police.

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