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Court Issues Major Ruling Protecting Medical Marijuana Patients From Discrimination

Posted: May 23, 2017 |Category: 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ruled that a Westerly fabrics company discriminated against Christine Callaghan when the offer of a paid internship was rescinded solely because of her participation in the state’s medical marijuana program.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:

ACLU of RI statements 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 Open Government

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: Discrimination Gender Discrimination Women's Rights Workplace 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: Discrimination Rights of the Poor Open Government

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:

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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