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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.

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 “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.

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