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IN TUNE: More and more, institutions are reconfiguring bathrooms to be more inclusive of transgender people. Shauna Duffy, managing director of Providence’s AS220, is overseeing a renovation project that will include adding a gender-neutral restroom on its first floor.

Transgender bathroom issue moves to the fore

Before starting a $4 million remodeling of its Empire Street complex in downtown Providence, leaders of the nonprofit community arts organization AS220 thought carefully...
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.

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 has filed a lawsuit challenging the program that has removed Rhode Islanders from Medicaid benefits.

ACLU files federal lawsuit over Medicaid benefits

PROVIDENCE – The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit that seeks class action status on behalf of people who say they...
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...
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has eliminated the Affordable Care Act guarantee of contraception coverage for women without copay. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/JULIA SCHMALZ

Medical community decries Trump administration’s cut of birth control coverage

PROVIDENCE – The Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services’ new rules eliminating the mandate that all businesses provide coverage for birth control...

R.I. Training School improvements help resolve landmark ACLU lawsuit

PROVIDENCE – U.S. District Court Chief Judge William Smith has closed the American Civil Liberties Union’s longstanding lawsuit against the Rhode Island Training School...
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