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Statement in Response to Governor’s Signing of “Medicine Cabinet” Bill

Posted: Jul 20, 2017 |Category: Privacy The "War on Drugs"

The ACLU is deeply disappointed in the Governor’s decision to sign the so-called 'medicine cabinet' bill, giving law enforcement officials the ability to obtain without a warrant Rhode Islanders’ private prescription drug information from a Department of Health database.

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ACLU Again Sues Cranston Over Anti-Panhandling Ordinance

Posted: Jul 18, 2017 |Category: Active Case Civil Rights Discrimination Rights of the Poor Free Speech

The ACLU of Rhode Island today sued the City of Cranston over its latest anti-panhandling ordinance.  The suit, filed in federal court by ACLU of RI volunteer attorney Lynette Labinger, argues that the ordinance, enacted earlier this year by a 5-4 vote of the City Council, violates the First Amendment right of individuals to solicit donations and distribute literature on Cranston roadways.

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Organizations Ask Governor to Veto Bill Allowing Law Enforcement Access to PDMP Without Warrant

Posted: Jul 17, 2017 |Category: Privacy The "War on Drugs"

The ACLU of RI and twenty other organizations have sent a letter to Governor Gina Raimondo asking her to veto a law that would allow law enforcement access to confidential healthcare information without a warrant. Specifically, the law would grant some state and federal law enforcement agents access to the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), which contains information on every prescription for a controlled substance dispensed by RI pharmacies, including cough syrup, common painkillers, and various other routinely prescribed medications.

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Statement in Response to the Request from the “President’s Commission on Election Integrity”

Posted: Jul 07, 2017 |Category: Privacy Voting Rights

The ACLU of Rhode Island is deeply concerned about the Presidential Commission’s request for detailed information on every registered voter in the country. There can be little question that this Commission has a preordained agenda aimed at promoting voter suppression.

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ACLU and RI Legal Services File Civil Rights Complaint Against RIDLT

Posted: Jul 06, 2017 |Category: Civil Rights Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Rights of the Poor Workplace Rights

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island and R.I. Legal Services have filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) against the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT) for failing to provide non-English speaking residents with meaningful access to the agency’s critical unemployment insurance (UI) services.

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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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