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ACLU Sues Town of Smithfield Over Restrictive Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Posted: Jun 22, 2017 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Medical Marijuana The "War on Drugs"

In its first legal effort to counter efforts across the state to undermine the state’s medical marijuana law, the ACLU of Rhode Island today filed a lawsuit against the Town of Smithfield over a recently enacted ordinance that imposes significant burdens on medical marijuana patients’ access to treatment.

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ACLU Settles Case on Behalf of Third Grader Searched and Arrested Without Cause

Posted: Jun 20, 2017 |Category: Active Case Privacy Students' Rights Youth Rights

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today announced the settlement of a lawsuit against Tiverton police and school officials over a 2014 incident in which an 8-year-old girl was removed by police from a school bus, taken alone to the police station without her parents’ knowledge, and then held and questioned at the station for several hours before being released.

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ACLU of RI Statement on ICE Agent Arrest of Immigrant at Providence Courthouse

Posted: Jun 13, 2017 |Category: Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Fair Administration of Justice Immigration Police Practices Religious Freedom

The arrest - by ICE agents - of an immigrant outside a Providence courthouse underscores the urgency of our request to top state officials to use their power to protect Rhode Island immigrants.

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ACLU Report Highlights Need for Statewide Policy to Protect Transgender Students

Posted: Jun 13, 2017 |Category: Discrimination LGBT Rights Students' Rights Youth Rights

In the wake of the Trump Administration’s repeal of federal guidance addressing the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming students, the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today released a report finding that only 60% of the state’s school districts currently have policies in place to protect the rights of transgender students. In light of that finding, the ACLU report is calling for the state Department of Education to require adoption and implementation of such policies by all local school districts.

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ACLU of RI Report Highlights School Officials’ Ability to Spy On Students at Home

Posted: Jun 01, 2017 |Category: Privacy Students' Rights Youth Rights

Raising alarm about the lack of privacy for students and their families, the ACLU of Rhode Island today released a report showing that many school districts in the state give themselves the right to remotely spy on students through the use of school-loaned laptop computers.

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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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