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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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ACLU Statement on Court’s Appointment of a Special Master to Oversee UHIP

Posted: Nov 02, 2017 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Poor Open Government

The ACLU of Rhode Island today issued the following statement in response to U.S. District Judge William Smith’s  appointment of retired attorney Deming Sherman as a special master to oversee the resolution of the State’s ongoing problems with UHIP.

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ACLU Sues Over State Police Abuse of Power

Posted: Nov 01, 2017 |Category: Active Case Due Process Fair Administration of Justice Open Government Police Practices

The ACLU sued the RI State Police (RISP) for abusing their power by retaliating against Marissa Lacoste, 25, a Warwick resident who declined to serve as an informant for the agency in an ongoing criminal investigation.

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Important Court Hearing Scheduled on UHIP Debacle

Posted: Oct 31, 2017 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Poor Due Process

A federal judge will consider on Thursday whether to appoint a "special master" to address the state's continued failure to comply with an earlier court order requiring the timely provision of food stamp benefits to needy families.

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