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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.

The 2015 Legislative Session: Legislation Threatening Civil Liberties

Posted: May 12, 2015 |

The legislative session is far from over, and if history tells us anything it’s that our greatest civil liberties battles have yet to make themselves known. In our latest newsletter to members, we discussed the many bills that threaten your liberties in 2015 and beyond.

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. 

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