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ACLU Report Finds Numerous Violations of Open Meetings Act; Calls for Revisions to the Law

Posted: Feb 01, 2016 |Category: Open Government

Public meeting agendas in Rhode Island are “often vague, lacking critical information, and at times entirely unhelpful” to residents attempting to participate in their government, a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has found. In reviewing just one week of public meeting agendas, the ACLU of RI discovered numerous violations of a critical portion of the state’s Open Meetings Act (OMA), and recommended that the law be strengthened in order to adequately protect the public’s right to know.

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ACLU Statement On Passage of Good Samaritan Legislation by the House

Posted: Jan 21, 2016 |Category: The "War on Drugs"

The ACLU of Rhode Island issued the following statement on the passage of Good Samaritan Legislation by the Rhode Island House.

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ACLU Files Second Charge of Sex Discrimination Against Harmony Fire District

Posted: Jan 11, 2016 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Gender Discrimination Women's Rights Workplace Rights

For the second time in three months, the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has filed a complaint of sex discrimination against the Harmony Fire District for terminating a female employee who had raised concerns that male and female firefighters were being treated differently. The ACLU filed this latest charge with the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of Linda Ferragamo, an EMT/firefighter at the department for more than a decade.

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Statement on the Passage of Good Samaritan Legislation by the Senate

Posted: Jan 06, 2016 |Category: Criminal Justice The "War on Drugs"

The Rhode Island Medical Society, Protect Families First, and the ACLU of Rhode Island issued the following statement on the passage of Good Samaritan Legislation by the Rhode Island Senate:

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Providence Street Musician Can Perform Without Interference In Settlement of Free Speech Case

Posted: Jan 06, 2016 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Free Speech

The City of Providence can no longer stop musician Manuel Pombo from performing or soliciting donations on city streets as part of a settlement reached today in a First Amendment lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island.

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