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ACLU Objects To TF Green Airport Participation In Homeland Security ‘Behavior Detection’ Experiment

Posted: Aug 17, 2015 |Category: Discrimination Privacy

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today raised deep concerns about a decision by T.F. Green Airport officials to participate in a Department of Homeland Security field test designed to expand a largely discredited “behavior detection” program that attempts to determine travelers’ motives of “mal-intent” by monitoring their mundane actions.

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ACLU of Rhode Island Statement On HPV Vaccine Mandate For Students

Posted: Aug 17, 2015 |Category: Privacy Students' Rights

The ACLU of Rhode Island recognizes the Department of Health’s legitimate interest in promoting the HPV vaccine for both boys and girls. We also appreciate that there are some illnesses that warrant imposition of mandatory vaccinations in order to protect children attending school. However, excluding middle and high school students from school for being unvaccinated against HPV strikes us as an unfitting and disproportionate remedy.

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Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss ACLU’s Medical Marijuana Lawsuit

Posted: Aug 11, 2015 |Category: Active Case Medical Marijuana

A Superior Court judge this morning rejected a motion to dismiss a lawsuit by the ACLU of Rhode Island regarding the state's medical marijuana program.

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ACLU Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act; Highlights More Work To Be Done

Posted: Aug 06, 2015 |Category: Voting Rights

On today’s 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the ACLU of Rhode Island issued the following statement to highlight that even in our state, people of color continue to face barriers to voting that undermine the spirit of that monumental Act.“With the August 5, 1965 signing of the Voting Rights Act, the United States declared that racial discrimination in voting could no longer be tolerated. Yet, decades later, minority voters in Rhode Island – and across the country – face barriers to voting and representation that undermine the actions taken by so many to ensure equal voting access.

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ACLU Calls On Cranston City Council To Initiate Broader Investigation Into Police Practices

Posted: Aug 05, 2015 |Category: Open Government Police Practices

Calling the findings of the Rhode Island State Police (RISP) investigation into the Cranston Police Department likely the “tip of an iceberg,” the ACLU of Rhode Island urged the Cranston City Council to call for further investigations into police practices and possible abuses of power against individuals outside the department.

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ACLU Calls on Cranston Mayor to Release Full Report of State Police Investigation into City’s Police

Posted: Jul 29, 2015 |Category: Open Government

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today called on Cranston Mayor Allan Fung to promptly release the full, unredacted report on the State Police investigation into the Cranston Police Department, noting that Mayor Fung’s stated plan to consult the Attorney General about what information would be appropriate to release under the state’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA) was “unnecessary and unwarranted,” and would likely significantly delay access to the critical report.

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ACLU Files Federal Civil Rights Complaint Against RI DMV For Refusing Some Language Accommodations

Posted: Jul 23, 2015 |Category: Civil Rights Discrimination

The ACLU of RI has filed a federal civil rights complaint against the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on behalf of a recent Italian immigrant whom the DMV has barred from taking the written driver’s license exam in any language other than English, Spanish or Portuguese. The complaint, filed with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), charges the DMV with violating a law that requires agencies receiving federal funding to provide meaningful access to programs and services for individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP).

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