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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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ACLU Sues Over Selective Enforcement of Cranston Sign Ordinance

Posted: May 02, 2017 |Category: Active Case Due Process Free Speech

The ACLU of Rhode Island today filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Cranston, challenging its blatantly selective enforcement of an ordinance that bars the placement of commercial advertisements on city property. The lawsuit argues that the City's conduct violated Hunter's rights to freedom of speech and equal protection of the laws, and seeks an injunction to prevent the City from continuing to interfere with his constitutional rights.

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ACLU Of RI Urges Compliance With Open Meetings Act in Letter to City Council Ordinance Committee

Posted: May 01, 2017 |Category: Open Government

The ACLU of Rhode Island today sent a letter to the Ordinance Committee of the Providence City Council in response to a resolution to establish a working group to ensure proper implementation and enforcement of the Community Safety Act (CSA) ordinance.  The letter raised a few concerns, most notably the resolution's proposal that the working group be permitted to "enter executive session," in possible violation of Rhode Island's Open Meetings Act.

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