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Homeless Rights Organizations Commend Mayor Elorza’s Vow to Veto Discriminatory No Smoking Ordinance

Posted: May 30, 2017 |Category: Discrimination Rights of the Poor Fair Administration of Justice

An array of groups and individuals that advocate for the rights of the homeless sent a letter today to Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza commending his vow to veto a discriminatory anti-smoking ordinance passed by the City Council last week. The ordinance, enacted under the guise of promoting public health, bans smoking in downtown Providence’s Kennedy Plaza area.

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Court Issues Major Ruling Protecting Medical Marijuana Patients From Discrimination

Posted: May 23, 2017 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Medical Marijuana The "War on Drugs" Workplace Rights

Ruling in an important ACLU of Rhode Island lawsuit dealing with the rights of medical marijuana patients, R.I. Superior Court Justice Richard Licht today ruled that a Westerly fabrics company discriminated against Christine Callaghan when the offer of a paid internship was rescinded solely because of her participation in the state’s medical marijuana program.

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ACLU of RI Statement on 38 Studios Grand Jury Decision

Posted: May 18, 2017 |Category: Open Government

ACLU of RI statement in response to Superior Court Presiding Justice Alice Gibney's decision.

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Report Shows Lack of Improvement by Department of Human Services In Processing SNAP Benefits

Posted: May 18, 2017 |Category: Discrimination Rights of the Poor Due Process

The fallout from the rollout of UHIP, the state’s troubled new computer system, continues to plague Rhode Island’s poorest residents, as the Department of Human Services (DHS) showed virtually no improvement in April in the timely processing of SNAP (food stamp) applications, including for people the Department acknowledges were entitled to emergency relief.

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ACLU Sues YMCA in Westerly for Violating Woman’s Right to Breastfeed

Posted: May 12, 2017 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Gender Discrimination Women's Rights

The ACLU of RI today filed a lawsuit against the Ocean Community YMCA in Westerly on behalf of Elizabeth Gooding for violating her right to breastfeed in public.

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Thirteen Organizations Call on Top State Officials to Protect RI Immigrants

Posted: May 09, 2017 |Category: Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Immigration

Thirteen non-profit organizations today sent letters to Governor Gina Raimondo, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Suttell asking them to take specific actions within their power to help protect Rhode Island’s immigrants.

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Report Shows RI Department of Human Services Still Far Behind in Processing SNAP Benefits

Posted: May 04, 2017 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Poor Due Process

Over 1,200 needy families suffered delays in receiving SNAP benefits in March, including over 800 families who qualified for expedited benefits because of their emergency need, according to a recent RI Department of Human Services (DHS) report. The report was required by the recent settlement of a lawsuit filed in December by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island (ACLU) and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice  (NCLEJ), challenging DHS's failure to timely process SNAP applications.

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