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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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Appeals Court Rules Immigration Officials May Be Held Accountable For Unlawful Detention

Posted: Jul 17, 2015 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Due Process Immigration

In an important victory against overzealous and unconstitutional immigration enforcement practices, a federal appeals court today rejected efforts by immigration officials to be dismissed from an ACLU lawsuit on behalf of a North Providence resident who was locked up at the ACI in 2009 as a deportable “alien” even though she is a U.S. citizen. Today’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirms a decision issued last year that there are critical constitutional limits on the power of immigration and corrections officials to detain people while investigating their immigration status.

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ACLU Sues Providence To Defend Street Musician’s Right To Play In Public

Posted: Jul 14, 2015 |Category: Active Case Free Speech

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Manuel Pombo, a 62-year-old local street musician who has been arrested once, and threatened with arrest on numerous other occasions, for playing his saxophone on sidewalks and street corners in Providence. This is the third time in five years the ACLU of Rhode Island has sued the City of Providence for interfering with the exercise of free speech rights on the City’s streets and sidewalks.

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Statements on the General Assembly’s Inaction on Good Samaritan Legislation

Posted: Jun 26, 2015 |Category: The "War on Drugs"

The R.I. Medical Society, the ACLU of Rhode Island, and Protect Families First issued the following statements today in response to the General Assembly’s failure to pass legislation that would continue to provide Good Samaritan protection to individuals calling 911 in overdose emergencies.

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ACLU Statement On U.S. Supreme Court Ruling On Hotels Sharing Guest Lists With Police

Posted: Jun 22, 2015 |Category: Privacy

Today’s Supreme Court decision makes clear that establishments like Motel 6 have a constitutional right to keep their guest registries confidential in the absence of the use of a formal legal process by police or exigent circumstances.

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Medical Professionals, Advocates Urge Gov., Health Officials To Push For Expanded Good Samaritan Law

Posted: Jun 22, 2015 |Category: The "War on Drugs"

As Gov. Raimondo and top state health officials meet to address problem of overdose, doctors and public health experts say more immunity needed in Good Samaritan law to save lives.

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Doctors, Public Health Experts, Advocates: “Expanding Good Samaritan Law Critical to Saving Lives

Posted: Jun 18, 2015 |Category: The "War on Drugs"

Expressing concern that “lives are on the line,” nineteen local medical professional associations and dozens of public health experts and activists are urging the Rhode Island House of Representatives to expand the Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act’s immunity to include more charges and provide protection for people on parole and/or probation in order to save more lives.

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