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IMMIGRATION ACTIVIST: H. Jefferson Melish is a lawyer, as well as a member and activist on the South Kingstown Immigration Task Force and the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. South Kingstown is the only municipality in the state to adopt a version of an ACLU ordinance that rejects local police cooperation with a federal program that deputizes local police departments to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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Long-simmering divisions on immigration have boiled over nationally. Is the Ocean...

In March 2017 the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union drafted a model ordinance that would reject local police cooperation with...

Gov. erred in signing this version of revenge porn legislation

On June 4, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo signed into law an act passed by the General Assembly related to “revenge porn,” reversing a decision...
THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION of Rhode Island has appealed a Superior Court ruling on FHC V. City of Providence that prohibited more than three college students from living in non-owner-occupied single-family homes in certain residential areas. The case now proceeds to the R.I. Supreme Court.

ACLU appeals ruling in Providence student housing ordinance case

PROVIDENCE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is appealing a R.I. Superior Court decision that upheld the constitutionality of a Providence...
THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION of Rhode Island has requested the East Greenwich Town Council take another look at its employee social media policy as it relates to First Amendment rights. / COURTESY ACLU

ACLU: East Greenwich social media policy violates First Amendment rights

EAST GREENWICH – The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has asked the East Greenwich Town Council to review its new employee social...
THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION of Rhode Island said it was "alarmed" by the R.I. Department of Human Services' November 2017 food stamp timeliness rates.

ACLU: DHS SNAP figures ‘alarming’

PROVIDENCE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has said that the latest figures from the R.I. Department of Human Services on...
THE ACLU OF RHODE ISLAND has applauded U.S. District Judge William Smith's appointment of Deming Sherman, a retired attorney, as a special master to oversee the resolution of the state's ongoing issues with UHIP.

Special master appointed to oversee UHIP resolution

PROVIDENCE – U.S. District Judge William Smith appointed Deming Sherman as a special master to oversee the resolution of Rhode Island’s ongoing problems with...
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