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Civil Rights Groups Respond to Latest Traffic Stop Findings

Posted: Apr 27, 2018 |Category: Civil Rights Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Police Practices

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, the R.I. Commission for Human Rights, and Rhode Island for Community and Justice today expressed concern about the latest results of a study finding racial disparities in traffic stops in the state, while expressing hope it would spur police departments to meaningfully tackle this persistent and troubling problem.

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ACLU Statement on Governor Raimondo’s Net Neutrality Executive Order

Posted: Apr 24, 2018 |Category: Free Speech

The ACLU of RI issued the following statement today in response to Governor Raimondo’s issuance of an executive order requiring all internet service providers seeking contracts with the State to adhere to “net neutrality” principles.

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ACLU Appeals Court Ruling in Providence Student Housing Case

Posted: Apr 13, 2018 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Poor Due Process Students' Rights

The ACLU has appealed to the R.I. Supreme Court a Superior Court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of a problematic Providence housing ordinance that prohibits more than three “college students” from living together in certain areas of the city.

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ACLU Files Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Immigrant Couples Torn Apart by ICE

Posted: Apr 11, 2018 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Fair Administration of Justice Immigration

The ACLU has filed a class action lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s pattern of separating married couples and families pursuing lawful immigration status. The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit is Rhode Island resident and mother Lilian Calderon, who was recently released from detention as the result of earlier ACLU court action.

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DHS Timeliness in Processing SNAP Applications Decreased in February, Report Shows

Posted: Apr 09, 2018 |Category: Active Case Civil Rights Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Rights of the Poor

In his latest update on the state’s compliance with a court order designed to ensure the timely provision of food stamp assistance to needy families, Special Master Deming Sherman indicated that the Department of Human Services’ timeliness in processing requests for food stamp benefits went slightly down, not up, in February.

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ACLU of RI Statement on the Inclusion of a Question about Citizenship on the 2020 Census

Posted: Apr 02, 2018 |Category: Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Immigration

A thorough and accurate census is essential to a properly functioning democracy, and it is mandated by the Constitution of the United States.  The federal government's actions will only serve to scare people away from participating, undermining this critical tool.

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ACLU Applauds Filing of Formal Regulations to Protect Rights of Trans Students

Posted: Mar 29, 2018 |Category: Civil Rights Discrimination Gender Discrimination LGBT Rights Students' Rights

The ACLU of RI today applauded the formal filing of regulations this week by the RI Department of Education (RIDE), requiring all public school districts to adopt a comprehensive policy outlining the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming students.

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