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Even with ban, we haven’t won battle to end militarization

Posted: Jun 16, 2015 |Category: Police Practices

Last month, President Obama announced a ban on certain types of military equipment, but heavily armed local police can still roll down our streets in MRAPs. 

Weekly Round Up: June 8-June 12

Posted: Jun 12, 2015 |

The 2015 legislative session is in its final weeks and we are busier than ever here at the ACLU. 

Celebrating Pride Month At The ACLU

Posted: Jun 11, 2015 |Category: Discrimination Category: LGBT Rights

It’s that time of year again when Rhode Islanders from all walks of life come together to show celebrate the strides made by the LGBT community. The ACLU has been a long, proud supporter of equal rights for LGBT individuals and we are eager to join in the celebration. After all, there are successes to celebrate this year.

Fighting for Journalists, Accountability, and Transparency

Posted: Jun 09, 2015 |Category: Active Case Category: Open Government

By Philip Eil, journalist and RI ACLU plaintiff

What power does a lone citizen have to influence a law enforcement agency with a multibillion-dollar budget, a reputation for wrongdoing, and a longstanding disregard for transparency laws? Not much. But when the RI ACLU stands with me, I have a little more.

Weekly Round Up: June 1-June 5

Posted: Jun 05, 2015 |

Our latest suspension report looks at suspension rates of children with disabilities in Rhode Island schools; we joined a petition to delay PARCC; and Edward Snowden talks surveillance on the anniversary of his NSA leaks. 

1965: Griswold v Connecticut

Posted: Jun 04, 2015 |Category: Privacy Category: Women's Rights

(Public Domain/Wikimedia)

Estelle Griswold, executive director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut, was convicted of a crime for providing information and advice about birth control to married couples in 1961.

Pregnancy Discrimination: How Much Has Really Changed?

Posted: Jun 02, 2015 |Category: Women's Rights Category: Workplace Rights

For all of the cries that gender inequality is no longer a reality in this country, its continuing presence is perhaps nowhere clearer than in the workplace.

A Lifelong Punishment: Juvenile Life Without Parole

Posted: May 27, 2015 |Category: Criminal Justice Category: Youth Rights

Is a child ever irredeemable? The United States thinks so – we’re the only country in the world that sentences children to life without parole, sending them prison as teens to grow old and die with no chance experiencing the world as adults. In Rhode Island, we’re trying to change that.

Margarita Machines, A Zamboni, And No Due Process

Posted: May 19, 2015 |Category: Criminal Justice Category: Due Process Category: Police Practices Category: The "War on Drugs"

John Oliver probably explains it best, but civil asset forfeiture is no laughing matter. 

 

SWAT Raids & The Safety of All

Posted: May 15, 2015 |Category: Police Practices

Every year, SWAT teams across the country conduct an estimated 45,000 raids. These raids are often not done to take down dangerous, large-scale criminal enterprises but are instead done to search for drugs in the homes of American families.

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