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“Blue Lives Matter” Comes to Rhode Island

Posted: Feb 13, 2017 |Category: Criminal Justice Category: Discrimination Category: Police Practices

Making an assault on a police officer a "hate crime"? Restoring the death penalty?  This regressive “blue lives matters” agenda has come to the Rhode Island State House and should be summarily rejected.

Protecting Dissent in School: A Never-ending Battle

Posted: Jan 30, 2017 |Category: Free Speech Category: Right to Petition & Protest Category: Students' Rights

Responding to an ACLU complaint, the Providence school district has issued a timely reminder about students’ right to dissent.

A Win for Open Records That Wasn’t

Posted: Jan 08, 2017 |Category: Open Government

When the Valley Breeze obtained a ruling last month from the Attorney General ordering the City of Pawtucket to turn over a document, it seemed like a victory for open government. It wasn't.

Abortion Rights in Rhode Island If Donald Trump Has His Way

Posted: Nov 16, 2016 |Category: Abortion

Though not quite The Handmaid's Tale, this is what abortion rights could look like in Rhode Island if President-elect Trump has his way.

The Challenges of a Trump Presidency

Posted: Nov 12, 2016 |

The Trump Presidency will undoubtedly bring great challenges to civil liberties. But we have lived through similar challenges before, and if we can't count on Washington, D.C., we must be prepared to focus on promoting civil rights and civil liberties at the state and local level. 

What Yoga Pants Can Teach Us About Civil Liberties     PART 2: Freedom from Sex Discrimination

Posted: Oct 30, 2016 |Category: Discrimination Category: Gender Discrimination Category: Women's Rights

A controversy over yoga pants has a surprising number of lessons to teach about free speech and sex discrimination. This blog looks at the discrimination issues, while an earlier blog examined the free speech issues generated by this dispute.

What Yoga Pants Can Teach Us About Civil Liberties     PART 1: Freedom of Speech

Posted: Oct 30, 2016 |Category: Free Speech Category: Right to Petition & Protest Category: Women's Rights

A controversy over yoga pants has a surprising number of lessons to teach about free speech and sex discrimination. This blog looks at the speech issues, while an upcoming blog examines the concerns about sex discrimination that propelled the controversy.

Why the Mattiello-Frias House Race is Different—and it Has Nothing to do With the Candidates

Posted: Oct 24, 2016 |Category: Voting Rights

The electoral race between Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello and his Republican challenger Steven Frias has, for obvious reasons, drawn an incredible amount of attention.

ACLU of Rhode Island Position Paper on Question 2, the Ethics Commission Constitutional Amendment

Posted: Sep 21, 2016 |Category: Open Government

In response to questions about the ACLU's position related to Question 2, the ACLU of Rhode Island has issued the following position paper.

The FBI, the ACLU, and the GAO: A Tale of Two Maps

Posted: Aug 18, 2016 |Category: Privacy

As the federal agency tasked with auditing and evaluation of Congressional programs, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) doesn’t like to make mistakes. The “congressional watchdog,” the GAO’s mission is to provide Congress “timely information that is objective, fact-based, nonpartisan, nonideological, fair, and balanced” in order to help Congress fulfill their Constitutional responsibilities. Legislation may be crafted and changed based solely on what the GAO includes in their findings, and the GAO’s legitimacy depends heavily on the infallibility of their reports.

That’s why it’s so shocking that recent work by the ACLU of Rhode Island and other affiliates resulted not only in a public change to a GAO report, but a near-reversal of their original findings.

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