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The Good and the Bad of the 2016 General Assembly Session

Posted: Jun 28, 2016 |Category: Civil Rights Category: Criminal Justice Category: Free Speech Category: Privacy Category: Students' Rights Category: The "War on Drugs"

When the sun rose and the gavel came down at 6am on Saturday morning, June 18th, the ACLU of Rhode Island was still at the State House, monitoring important civil liberties legislation until the very last moments of the session. We will provide a more detailed review of the legislative session, along with a 2015-2016 voting scorecard, in our next newsletter, and you can check out an expanded list of some of the legislation we monitored last year here. For now, here are some of the highlights - and the lows - of the 2016 General Assembly session.

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Recalling The Gay Pride Parade Case of 1976

Posted: Jun 14, 2016 |Category: Discrimination Category: LGBT Rights

Today, CEO’s of major corporations, entertainers, congresspersons and others visible in our political and social institutions are openly gay and may marry the person of their choice, but in June of 1976, when the RI ACLU undertook to represent gays and lesbians who wanted to have a Pride Parade, political and cultural conditions were radically different. In fact, affectionate and intimate contact between persons of the same sex was criminal.

Your Medications Are Under Investigation

Posted: May 12, 2016 |Category: Police Practices Category: Privacy Category: The "War on Drugs"

The House and Senate Judiciary Committees have each approved dangerous legislation allowing law enforcement access to your prescription information without a warrant.

Help us keep your prescriptions private! Contact your legislator today and ask them to oppose H 7518/S 2713.

 

2015: A Year In Review

Posted: Dec 22, 2015 |

2015 brought many challenges to civil liberties, but thanks to our dedicated supporters and volunteers, we faced them head on and helped protect the rights of all Rhode Islanders. 

Tune In: 2015 Annual Meeting Celebration

Posted: Dec 15, 2015 |

If you weren’t able to attend our October celebration, tune into “Rights of a Free People” throughout December to watch Ms. Smith and RI Coalition for the Homeless executive director Jim Ryczek discuss their work and accept their awards.

What’s Your Car Worth?

Posted: Dec 08, 2015 |Category: Due Process

Imagine living in an automotive utopia where all cars are as pristine as they were the day they are driven off the lot. Outside, each car has a nearly perfect paint job. Inside, the coffee stains are barely noticeable and the seams aren’t frayed. Even better, everything works as it should. We all know this is far from reality, but when Rhode Island car owners receive their tax bills they are told it is.

Week In Review: Nov. 30-Dec. 4

Posted: Dec 04, 2015 |

This week: discrimination, medical marijuana and privacy, religious freedom, and giving back.

Religious Freedom Isn’t A Seasonal Issue

Posted: Dec 03, 2015 |Category: Church and State Category: Religious Freedom

As Rhode Islanders get ready to celebrate the holiday season at the State House tonight, it’s critical to remember the importance of religious freedom here in the land of Roger Williams.

On This Day in 1955: Rosa Parks Takes a Stand

Posted: Dec 01, 2015 |Category: Civil Rights Category: Discrimination

Rosa Parks"Rosaparks" by Unknown - USIA / National Archives and Records Administration Records of the U.S. Information Agency Record Group 306. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks sat down on a city bus, refused to give up her seat to a white man, and made history.

Week In Review: Nov. 2 - Nov. 6

Posted: Nov 06, 2015 |

We weighed in on conversations about racial disparities and gender stereotypes, and made news with two of our court cases this week. 

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