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Weekly Round Up: May 4—May 8

Posted: May 08, 2015 |

Check out the latest from our office. 

Tune In: Ending Mass Incarceration

Posted: May 06, 2015 |

The United States incarcerates more of its population than any other country in the world.

Locking Kids Up For A Single Joint

Posted: Apr 29, 2015 |Category: The "War on Drugs"

When the State of Rhode Island decriminalized small amounts of marijuana just three years ago, lawmakers agreed that locking people up for marijuana – especially youth – was failed drug policy. So why now are legislators considering putting juveniles back in front of judges?

The Long Road To Marriage Equality

Posted: Apr 28, 2015 |Category: Discrimination Category: LGBT Rights

As the nation rallies around same-sex families and the Supreme Court hears arguments in six different marriage cases (two of which are being represented by the ACLU), we’re remembering how far we’ve come, and looking toward where we need to go next.


Weekly Round Up: April 20—April 24

Posted: Apr 24, 2015 |

Learn more about our latest case, upcoming events, and our updated legislative page.

TBT to 1975: Playing Ball Like a Girl

Posted: Apr 23, 2015 |Category: Discrimination Category: Gender Discrimination

Playing ball like a girl used to be considered an insult, so we helped to open the playing field for one Rhode Island resident and countless others. 

It’s Your State House—Be Part Of It

Posted: Apr 21, 2015 |Category: Civil Rights

Last month, we held an advocate training day to teach members of the community how to effectively lobby for and against bills being considered by the General Assembly. The General Assembly is on a break this week, but that doesn't mean you can't make a difference. Whether you're a seasoned community activist or still learning your way around the State House, check out our top tips for testifying before legislative committees.

Weekly Round Up: April 13 – April 17

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 |

Equal pay, privacy, and a new look. 

ICYMI: PARCC As High-Stakes Test Will Be A Repeat of NECAP Fiasco

Posted: Apr 14, 2015 |Category: Students' Rights

By giving school districts the option to use the test results against students a year from now, RIDE is actually doing everything it can to make sure students are not fully prepared. 

Weekly Round Up: April 6 – April 10

Posted: Apr 10, 2015 |

In the wake of yet another senseless killing of an unarmed black man by police, the ACLU continued our fight to address some of the issues that have created this unacceptable reality. Here in Rhode Island, we joined the community for discussion about urban policing, and called for a thorough public investigation into a police department’s practices given recent allegations of racism among officers. Take a look at some of our work from the past week and see what you can do.

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