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It’s been a busy year.

Posted: Nov 08, 2017 |Category: Active Case Category: Discrimination Category: Gender Discrimination Category: LGBT Rights Category: Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Category: Fair Administration of Justice Category: Immigration Category: Open Government

This time a year ago, we were digesting the election results and hoping that the Trump presidency wouldn’t be based on the same hateful ideas that made up much of his campaign.  By February, we had stopped hoping and were hard at work trying to protect Rhode Island’s immigrant communities.  And that was just the beginning...

Reality Check: There is no illegal loophole in RI voting procedures.

Posted: Oct 27, 2017 |Category: Discrimination Category: Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Category: Rights of the Poor Category: Open Government Category: Voting Rights

Yesterday a federal court ordered the release of information highlighting that Kris Kobach - the head of President Trump’s “Commission on Election Integrity,” - is dead set on undermining voting rights.  Unfortunately, similar attempts to make voting harder are also happening locally.

Setting the Records Straight on 38 Studios and Transparency

Posted: Sep 29, 2017 |Category: Open Government

Yesterday, Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law a bill providing for the release of various state records from the investigation of the 38 Studios scandal.

And Tango Makes…The Banned Books List

Posted: Sep 27, 2017 |Category: Free Speech

A children’s picture book. About real-life penguins. Trying desperately to create a family...is “anti-family” and “unsuitable for the age group.”

The Scary Stories of Banned Books

Posted: Sep 26, 2017 |Category: Free Speech

We must stand up for our right to read books that make us laugh, make us cry, or that don’t make us feel much of anything at all. One of my most beloved banned books was one that simply scared me. In fact, it chilled me right to my 6-year-old bones.

What’s So Wrong With a Little Sex, Drugs & Blasphemy in the Books I Read?

Posted: Sep 25, 2017 |Category: Free Speech

Let’s start with an important question.  What’s more dangerous: talking animals, curse words and passages that mention sex OR restricting speech and preventing individuals (in some cases children) from freedom of expression and the ability to freely form thoughts about the world around them? For me it’s the latter.

What Happened to Your Civil Liberties During the 2017 Legislative Session

Posted: Sep 21, 2017 |

Hundreds of bills and countless hours later, on September 19th the General Assembly’s 2017 Legislative Session finally came to a close. Read more about it here.

The Providence Community Safety Act - Working to End Racial Profiling

Posted: Apr 10, 2017 |Category: Discrimination Category: Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Category: Rights of the Poor Category: Due Process Category: Fair Administration of Justice Category: Open Government Category: Police Practices Category: The "War on Drugs"

The ACLU of RI is proud to testify today in support of the Community Safety Act.  The comprehensive ordinance was spearheaded by the STEP Up Coalition to ban racial profiling and other discriminatory practices by Providence law enforcement.

Why the ACLU of Rhode Island Opposes Conversion Therapy, But Also Opposes Legislation to Ban It

Posted: Mar 22, 2017 |Category: Discrimination Category: Gender Discrimination Category: LGBT Rights Category: Youth Rights

Legislative regulation of conversion therapy is problematic because of its potential civil liberties impact far beyond its designated intent.  Regulation of this misguided and potentially harmful therapy is better left to the professional disciplinary process.

It’s not “good government” to keep candidates from running for office.

Posted: Mar 21, 2017 |Category: Rights of Candidates Category: Voting Rights

Our right to vote means little if the government imposes undue restrictions on who can run for office. Lately, we’ve witnessed a troubling trend to this effect.

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