"I am embarrassed to admit that I only joined the ACLU after the presidential election. That does not mean, however, that I am a newly minted fan of the ACLU's work. I cheered from the sidelines as the RI ACLU stood up for the separation of church and state in Ahlquist v. Cranston. I have applauded the organization's work in documenting the scourge of racial profiling by the state's law enforcement agencies. I have rooted for the ACLU as it stood against the criminalization of poverty. And that is a just a very short list of the many, many ways the ACLU has protected civil liberties, held our elected officials accountable and improved the lives of all Rhode Islanders."
"Being a member of the ACLU gives me the opportunity to have a voice on issues that I care about, but have little opportunity to impact as one person -- like the rights of detainees held illegally and indefinitely, and the right of immigrants to fair and humane treatment."
"I joined the ACLU because I wanted to take a more active role in advocating for the causes that are most important to me, including voting rights, privacy and LGBT equality. There is no other organization on Brown’s campus whose primary mission is to protect and defend the civil liberties of its students and of Rhode Islanders."
“I had sworn an oath as a military officer to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” I believe that my involvement with the ACLU continues to fulfill that patriotic oath.”
“Each civil rights violation is threat to all minority group members if allowed to stand. Unless you're the very privileged, and sometimes even then, the ACLU is there for you, and needs your support.”
"There is no organization quite like the ACLU; the ACLU stands alone in its concern for so many of the issues that matter to me, its ability to act on the national, state, and local level, and its multifaceted approach to defending civil liberties. I am proud to be a card-carrying member of the Rhode Island ACLU."
“A country proclaiming that its people have the freedom to speak their minds and to meet peacefully with anyone they wish, that the practice of religion is each citizen’s choice, that unreasonable searches and arrests are not permitted, and that equal protection of the law is required for all of its citizens has its heart in the right place. But that heart needs to be protected.”
"The ACLU fights to protect so many of our everyday rights and freedoms. Regardless of how much or how little of a contribution or time commitment you think you can make, simply becoming a member and spreading the message of the ACLU is crucial for this fight to continue."
“I am an Arab-American, and because of where I’ve been, and all the injustices that I have witnessed, I can tell you directly--I will not stand by as people are denied their basic human freedoms. I am honored to be a part of the ACLU because they help me prepare to fight the battle I intend to wage against violators of civil liberties.”
"I joined the ACLU over twenty years ago because I witnessed the organization’s value, worth, and wisdom while I was working at the State House. Civil liberties were, and continue to be, pilloried by dangerous legislation considered by the General Assembly. I have seen firsthand that civil liberties are defended in this state by too few organizations. The ACLU is willing to stand up for the people who have no support elsewhere, and I value and respect the organization’s experience and dedication in protecting our freedoms."
“When you are seeking to vindicate a civil right or civil liberty, the result you seek to achieve typically has far reaching consequences beyond the litigants involved—not just in the here and now but also for our posterity. It is both challenging and rewarding. Try it. You may also become hooked.”
"Growing up in R.I. as a Latino in the late 60’s and early 70’s, when there were few Latinos here, I often experienced and witnessed blatant discrimination and injustice. I was never able to ignore it. One of my first jobs in R.I. was a 2 year Vista Volunteer community organization position. This position made me even more aware and sensitive to the way our society and our political system took advantage of the poor and less fortunate. Although, the community organization position ended, my desire to fight for justice, equality, and the rights of others was burning like a fire inside of me. It will probably never go out."