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City Officials Stoke Mob Mentality in Front of Sex Offender’s Home

Posted: Oct 26, 2018 |Category: Free Speech Category: Privacy Category: Right to Petition & Protest Category: Rights of Ex-Offenders

When Richard Gardner, a convicted child sex offender, was released from prison after serving almost 30 years, he quietly moved into the Washington Park neighborhood in Providence. One would not have expected a welcome wagon — but an angry mob should not have been the result either.


Posted: Aug 22, 2018 |Category: Active Case Category: Civil Rights Category: Discrimination Category: Rights of the Poor Category: Open Government Category: Rights of Candidates Category: Voting Rights

In case you didn’t notice, election season is in full swing. Since the ACLU of RI is strictly non-partisan, we’re somewhat above all the shouting, promises, and finger-pointing that accompany electoral politics. But that doesn’t mean we don’t care about the electoral process itself.  Quite the opposite, in fact.

Widening the RI Wage Gap with an “Equal Pay” Bill

Posted: Jul 09, 2018 |Category: Civil Rights Category: Discrimination Category: Gender Discrimination Category: Women's Rights Category: Workplace Rights

One of the most stunning actions taken by the House of Representatives on women’s rights during the session’s final days has hardly been mentioned: the overwhelming support by House members for a bill that would have WEAKENED the state's existing equal pay law.

What Happened to Your Civil Liberties During the 2018 Legislative Session

Posted: Jun 29, 2018 |Category: Abortion Category: Civil Rights Category: Criminal Justice Category: Discrimination Category: LGBT Rights Category: Rights of the Poor Category: Due Process Category: Free Speech Category: Open Government Category: Privacy Category: The "War on Drugs" Category: Voting Rights Category: Women's Rights

The 2018 Legislative Session seemed like it should be the year of #MeToo, but when the General Assembly adjourned at the end of June with an exhausting Saturday session (that almost went into Sunday) they failed to approve legislation ensuring equal pay for equal work, or any of the bills that emerged from a commission tasked with helping address sex harassment in the workplace.

Weekly State House Preview: June 4, 2018

Posted: Jun 03, 2018 |

Here is a summary of some of the bills affecting civil liberties that have been posted for votes on the committee or the floor thus far this week.  Click here for our civil liberties Advocacy Toolkit.

Another Busy Week at the State House: Week of May 28

Posted: May 28, 2018 |Category: Abortion Category: Discrimination Category: Gender Discrimination Category: Free Speech Category: Privacy Category: Students' Rights Category: Women's Rights Category: Youth Rights

It's another busy week at the State House. Here are some of the civil liberties-related bills that are on the table for discussion and votes in committee and on the floor.

Week of May 21: What’s Happening at the Capitol

Posted: May 21, 2018 |

This week is poised to be a busy one at the State House as the General Assembly considers a number of bills affecting civil liberties - some good, some bad.  Here's what to expect.

Traffic cameras. If you aren’t mad about them, you should be.

Posted: Mar 16, 2018 |Category: Due Process Category: Privacy

Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of calls about both red light cameras and speed cameras. One thing is clear: drivers are pretty angry. If you aren’t mad about them, you probably should be.

The “Internet Porn Tax” Bill: An Idea Whose Time Hasn’t Come

Posted: Mar 10, 2018 |Category: Free Speech

The proposed "Internet porn tax" bill in the R.I. General Assembly would require consumers to pay a $20 fee to unblock "sexual content" on the Internet. If you're concerned about it, donate the $20 to the ACLU instead to help us fight this attack on the First Amendment.

Civil Liberties Advocacy Toolkit

Posted: Mar 01, 2018 |

Concerned about a vote on a particular issue? Contact your Rhode Island legislators!  We put together this toolkit to help you advocate for the civil liberties issues you care about.

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