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Another Busy Week at the State House: Week of May 28

Posted: May 28, 2018 |Category: Abortion Category: Discrimination Category: Gender Discrimination Category: Free Speech Category: Privacy Category: Students' Rights Category: Women's Rights Category: Youth Rights

It's another busy week at the State House. Here are some of the civil liberties-related bills that are on the table for discussion and votes in committee and on the floor.

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.

Civil Liberties Advocacy Toolkit

Posted: Mar 01, 2018 |

Concerned about a vote on a particular issue? Contact your Rhode Island legislators!  We put together this toolkit to help you advocate for the civil liberties issues you care about.

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.

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