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What’s Happening at the Capitol

Posted: Mar 22, 2019 |

We may only be 3 months into the session, but we’ve already lobbied on over 100 bills. Every week, we update our legislative page with significant bills that could affect your civil liberties, positively or negatively. Here are two of the biggest highlights, and what we’re anticipating for the next few weeks of the session.

Has the Attorney General Put the Final Lapel Pin in The Coffin of the Access to Public Records Act?

Posted: Jan 07, 2019 |Category: Open Government

While almost nobody was looking, the Office of the Attorney General has abruptly made secret literally tens of thousands of government records.

Yet another challenging year for civil liberties.

Posted: Dec 27, 2018 |

It has been yet another challenging year for civil liberties.  (We predicted as much.)  Here's a brief look at some of the work we've done to protect the rights of all Rhode Islanders in 2018.

The Providence Board of Licenses Comes for the Foxy Lady

Posted: Dec 26, 2018 |Category: Due Process Category: Free Speech Category: Police Practices

The Providence Board of Licenses' revocation of the Foxy Lady's licenses is hypocritical and an outrageous abuse of authority.

10 of the most absurd civil liberties violations we encountered in 2018.

Posted: Dec 20, 2018 |

Our unexhaustive “top 10 list” of the most absurd civil liberties violations we encountered in 2018.

The ACLU of RI Supports the Rights of Veterans

Posted: Nov 11, 2018 |Category: Civil Rights Category: Discrimination Category: Due Process

The ACLU's work in support of the civil liberties of all Rhode Islanders means we've supported the rights of veterans too.

City Officials Stoke Mob Mentality in Front of Sex Offender’s Home

Posted: Oct 26, 2018 |Category: Free Speech Category: Privacy Category: Right to Petition & Protest Category: Rights of Ex-Offenders

When Richard Gardner, a convicted child sex offender, was released from prison after serving almost 30 years, he quietly moved into the Washington Park neighborhood in Providence. One would not have expected a welcome wagon — but an angry mob should not have been the result either.


Posted: Aug 22, 2018 |Category: Active Case Category: Civil Rights Category: Discrimination Category: Rights of the Poor Category: Open Government Category: Rights of Candidates Category: Voting Rights

In case you didn’t notice, election season is in full swing. Since the ACLU of RI is strictly non-partisan, we’re somewhat above all the shouting, promises, and finger-pointing that accompany electoral politics. But that doesn’t mean we don’t care about the electoral process itself.  Quite the opposite, in fact.

Widening the RI Wage Gap with an “Equal Pay” Bill

Posted: Jul 09, 2018 |Category: Civil Rights Category: Discrimination Category: Gender Discrimination Category: Women's Rights Category: Workplace Rights

One of the most stunning actions taken by the House of Representatives on women’s rights during the session’s final days has hardly been mentioned: the overwhelming support by House members for a bill that would have WEAKENED the state's existing equal pay law.

What Happened to Your Civil Liberties During the 2018 Legislative Session

Posted: Jun 29, 2018 |Category: Abortion Category: Civil Rights Category: Criminal Justice Category: Discrimination Category: LGBT Rights Category: Rights of the Poor Category: Due Process Category: Free Speech Category: Open Government Category: Privacy Category: The "War on Drugs" Category: Voting Rights Category: Women's Rights

The 2018 Legislative Session seemed like it should be the year of #MeToo, but when the General Assembly adjourned at the end of June with an exhausting Saturday session (that almost went into Sunday) they failed to approve legislation ensuring equal pay for equal work, or any of the bills that emerged from a commission tasked with helping address sex harassment in the workplace.

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