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Groups Oppose Proposed Veterans’ Home Regs Banning Use of Medical Marijuana by Residents

Posted: Aug 29, 2018 |Category: Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Medical Marijuana The "War on Drugs"

Citing concerns about the impact on veterans participating in Rhode Island’s medical marijuana program, three advocacy organizations have submitted testimony expressing strong opposition to a Department of Human Services proposal that would ban the use of “narcotics prohibited by federal law” at the Veterans’ Home in Bristol.

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ACLU Sues Woonsocket for Retaliating Against Domestic Violence Service Agency

Posted: Aug 20, 2018 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Poor Due Process Free Speech Open Government Women's Rights

The ACLU of RI today filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Woonsocket for unlawfully withholding critically needed grant funds from Sojourner House, a social service agency that helps victims of domestic violence. The lawsuit alleges that the City withheld the funds without cause or due process, and retaliated against the agency after it petitioned other government agencies for help in resolving the dispute over the funds.

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ICE and USCIS Conspired to Arrest, Detain Immigrants Wishing to Remain with Families

Posted: Aug 14, 2018 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Immigration

It was no coincidence when undocumented immigrants like Rhode Island resident Lilian Calderon were arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials immediately after showing up for interviews at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices (CIS) to legalize their status. Instead, documents released yesterday reveal that CIS officials informed Boston ICE agents of the interviews, scheduled them at a convenient time for ICE, and sometimes even notified ICE when an individual arrived for his or her interview and how the interview was progressing.

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ACLU Sues Charter School for Failing to Provide Records on Policy Governing Transgender Students

Posted: Aug 01, 2018 |Category: Active Case Discrimination LGBT Rights Open Government Students' Rights

The ACLU of Rhode Island has today filed a lawsuit against the Achievement First Mayoral Academy in Providence for violating the state’s open records law. The lawsuit, filed in R.I. Superior Court by ACLU volunteer attorney Annie Goldberg, charges that the school failed to respond to requests from the ACLU for a copy of its policies pertaining to the rights and protections afforded transgender students.

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ACLU and Media Groups Submit Brief in Lawsuit Challenging Court’s Denial of Jury List in Murder Case

Posted: Jul 31, 2018 |Category: Active Case Free Speech Open Government

The ACLU of RI, joined by three media organizations, today submitted a “friend of the court” brief in support of a federal lawsuit filed by the Providence Journal seeking a ruling on the constitutionality of Superior Court Associate Justice Netti Vogel’s controversial orders in April that initially blocked the release of the juror list, and barred members of the public from contacting the jurors, in a completed, high-profile murder case.

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ACLU and RI Legal Services Ask Dept of Ed to Reject Warwick Request to Impose Student Fees

Posted: Jul 26, 2018 |Category: Discrimination Rights of the Poor Students' Rights Youth Rights

The ACLU of Rhode Island and R.I. Legal Services today called on R.I. Commissioner of Education Ken Wagner to reject a request from the Warwick School Committee to allow the school district to charge students for busing them to school and for participation in school sports activities.

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After ACLU Intervention on Free Speech Grounds, Japan-America Society Drops Suit Against Journalist

Posted: Jul 20, 2018 |Category: Free Speech

Within hours of learning that the ACLU had agreed to represent Newport blogger Christian Winthrop, the Japan-America Society dropped him from a lawsuit it had filed alleging that he had engaged in trademark infringement -- based solely on articles he had posted on his website.

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