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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.

Should Candidates Who Owe Campaign Fines be Barred from the Ballot?

Posted: Mar 19, 2017 |Category: Rights of Candidates Category: Voting Rights

The ACLU of RI's view on why legislation barring candidates who owe campaign fines from running for office should be rejected.

Another City, Another Proposed Attack on the Poor

Posted: Mar 17, 2017 |Category: Discrimination Category: Rights of the Poor Category: Free Speech

Yet another Rhode Island municipality considers whether the cure to poverty should be punishing the poor instead of helping them.

An absurd example of government secrecy to celebrate Sunshine Week.

Posted: Mar 15, 2017 |Category: Criminal Justice Category: Open Government Category: Police Practices

The second week in March is Sunshine Week, which celebrates the importance of transparent and accountable government.  Here’s a ridiculous example from of secrecy on the part of state police (from a suit we won in 2008).

In Honor of Sunshine Week – ACLU of Rhode Island Victories in Support of Open Government

Posted: Mar 13, 2017 |

The second week in March is Sunshine Week, which highlights the importance of transparent and accountable government.  Here’s a look at several important ACLU of RI victories in support of open government.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Posted: Mar 08, 2017 |Category: Abortion Category: Discrimination Category: Gender Discrimination Category: Privacy Category: Women's Rights

Happy International Women’s Day! In the spirit of celebrating progress towards gender equality, here’s a brief look at the ACLU of RI’s history of defending women’s rights in the courts.

A Day in the ACLU’s Life at the State House

Posted: Feb 22, 2017 |

If you think you've got a lot of things on your mind, check out one relatively quiet day for us at the State House.

Know Your Rights Roundup: Discrimination, Raids, Protesting, and Police Practices

Posted: Feb 13, 2017 |Category: Civil Rights Category: Discrimination Category: Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Category: Free Speech Category: Immigration Category: Police Practices Category: Religious Freedom

Discrimination is on the rise….and so is dissent.  Here are quick links to our related Know Your Rights info to keep you informed and help your efforts to educate others.

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