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Week of May 21: What’s Happening at the Capitol

Posted: May 21, 2018 |

This week is poised to be a busy one at the State House as the General Assembly considers a number of bills affecting civil liberties - some good, some bad.  Here's what to expect.

Traffic cameras. If you aren’t mad about them, you should be.

Posted: Mar 16, 2018 |Category: Due Process Category: Privacy

Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of calls about both red light cameras and speed cameras. One thing is clear: drivers are pretty angry. If you aren’t mad about them, you probably should be.

The “Internet Porn Tax” Bill: An Idea Whose Time Hasn’t Come

Posted: Mar 10, 2018 |Category: Free Speech

The proposed "Internet porn tax" bill in the R.I. General Assembly would require consumers to pay a $20 fee to unblock "sexual content" on the Internet. If you're concerned about it, donate the $20 to the ACLU instead to help us fight this attack on the First Amendment.

Mother of Two Goes to Immigration Interview and Ends Up in ICE Detention

Posted: Feb 09, 2018 |Category: Active Case Category: Civil Rights Category: Discrimination Category: Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Category: Immigration

A federal judge has stayed the deportation of Lilian Calderon pending review of the petition we filed challenging her detention and the government’s efforts to remove her.

The Statehouse-to-Prison Pipeline: Criminal Injustice in RI

Posted: Jan 31, 2018 |

Earlier this week, we released a report about RI lawmaking on crimes and penalties which found a disturbing mess of arbitrary, unfair and costly new laws and sentences.

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Posted: Jan 15, 2018 |Category: Civil Rights Category: Discrimination Category: Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Category: Fair Administration of Justice Category: Police Practices Category: The "War on Drugs"

It’s MLK Day.  In the spirit of racial justice, here’s a quick look back at several older ACLU of RI cases defending racial and ethnic equality.

Warrantless Surveillance: Forgoing privacy in the name of security.

Posted: Jan 12, 2018 |Category: Open Government Category: Privacy

Journalists, activists, critics of the government and other marginalized groups know that a government with the ability to spy unchecked means being targeted for simply doing your job, or expressing yourself as the Constitution guarantees.

The Invisible Censorship of School Internet Filtering

Posted: Jan 04, 2018 |Category: Free Speech Category: Students' Rights

Imagine a school administrator telling a high school political science teacher that a whole range of timely topics – for example, medical marijuana, terrorism in the Middle East, gun control, or even politics in general – was off-limits for class discussion.

Top Civil Liberties Issues of 2017

Posted: Dec 28, 2017 |Category: Active Case Category: Criminal Justice Category: Discrimination Category: LGBT Rights Category: Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Category: Rights of the Disabled Category: Rights of the Poor Category: Due Process Category: Fair Administration of Justice Category: Immigration Category: Medical Marijuana Category: Open Government Category: Police Practices Category: Privacy Category: Students' Rights Category: The "War on Drugs" Category: Voting Rights Category: Workplace Rights

We work tirelessly to protect civil liberties all year round.  Here’s a look at the top issues – including some big victories and losses – of 2017.

Every day, virtually every one of us breaks a traffic law.

Posted: Dec 04, 2017 |Category: Due Process Category: Fair Administration of Justice Category: Police Practices

Nobody likes getting pulled over by the police, but when even the police officers making the stops are doing it against their will, something is seriously wrong. Welcome to the world of traffic ticket quotas.

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