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How We’re Spending Our Summer (Non)Vacation

Posted: Jul 21, 2015 |

Our time at the State House may be over for the year, but the ACLU hasn’t left our desks to head to the beach. We’re here, working to protect your rights.

Updates from the Court

Posted: Jul 15, 2015 |Category: Active Case Category: Due Process Category: Workplace Rights

Our volunteer attorneys have filed briefs in two of our ongoing count cases. One deals with the seizure of guns and the other deals with discrimination against medical marijuana users. 

Weekly Round-Up: July 6-July 10

Posted: Jul 10, 2015 |

Good Samaritans, DNA collection, and Muzzle Awards.

Protecting Veterans From Discrimination

Posted: Jul 09, 2015 |Category: Civil Rights Category: Discrimination

With an estimated 49,933 veterans homeless on any given night nationwide, no one should be making it harder for them to find a place to live.

The 2015 WGBH New England Muzzle Awards

Posted: Jul 07, 2015 |Category: Free Speech

Journalist Dan Kennedy gave Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré a Muzzle Award this year for the Providence Police Department's practice of recording peaceful protests. Learn more about New England's award "winners."

Your DNA Rights Are Changing

Posted: Jul 03, 2015 |Category: Criminal Justice Category: Due Process Category: Privacy

As of July 1, 2015, you won’t have to be a convicted criminal for the police to take a DNA sample from you. Here's what you need to know. 

On This Day: The Civil Rights Act of 1964

Posted: Jul 02, 2015 |Category: Civil Rights

"Lyndon Johnson signing Civil Rights Act, July 2, 1964" by Cecil Stoughton, White House Press Office (WHPO) - Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Good Samaritans in the War on Drugs

Posted: Jul 01, 2015 |Category: The "War on Drugs"

No one should have to choose between saving a life and going to jail, but as of today, that’s exactly the choice Rhode Islanders will have to make.


Celebrating Marriage!

Posted: Jun 26, 2015 |Category: Discrimination Category: LGBT Rights

The ACLU has been fighting for LGBT rights for years. Thank you for standing by our side. 


Deaf In Prison: A Sentence Of Isolation

Posted: Jun 24, 2015 |Category: Criminal Justice Category: Discrimination Category: Rights of the Disabled

Many of us will never personally understand the struggles of being part of this country’s penal system. Sure, we’ve all read stories about those who have been and presently are incarcerated around this country and the world, for that matter. It’s not a place anyone truly wants to be -- now imagine being there without the ability to communicate with those around you. This is life for the unknown number of deaf and deaf-blind inmates currently incarcerated.


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