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An absurd example of government secrecy to celebrate Sunshine Week.

Posted: Mar 15, 2017 |Category: Criminal Justice Category: Open Government Category: Police Practices

The second week in March is Sunshine Week, which celebrates the importance of transparent and accountable government.  Here’s a ridiculous example from of secrecy on the part of state police (from a suit we won in 2008).

In Honor of Sunshine Week – ACLU of Rhode Island Victories in Support of Open Government

Posted: Mar 13, 2017 |

The second week in March is Sunshine Week, which highlights the importance of transparent and accountable government.  Here’s a look at several important ACLU of RI victories in support of open government.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Posted: Mar 08, 2017 |Category: Abortion Category: Discrimination Category: Gender Discrimination Category: Privacy Category: Women's Rights

Happy International Women’s Day! In the spirit of celebrating progress towards gender equality, here’s a brief look at the ACLU of RI’s history of defending women’s rights in the courts.

A Day in the ACLU’s Life at the State House

Posted: Feb 22, 2017 |

If you think you've got a lot of things on your mind, check out one relatively quiet day for us at the State House.

Know Your Rights Roundup: Discrimination, Raids, Protesting, and Police Practices

Posted: Feb 13, 2017 |Category: Civil Rights Category: Discrimination Category: Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Category: Free Speech Category: Immigration Category: Police Practices Category: Religious Freedom

Discrimination is on the rise….and so is dissent.  Here are quick links to our related Know Your Rights info to keep you informed and help your efforts to educate others.

“Blue Lives Matter” Comes to Rhode Island

Posted: Feb 13, 2017 |Category: Criminal Justice Category: Discrimination Category: Police Practices

Making an assault on a police officer a "hate crime"? Restoring the death penalty?  This regressive “blue lives matters” agenda has come to the Rhode Island State House and should be summarily rejected.

Protecting Dissent in School: A Never-ending Battle

Posted: Jan 30, 2017 |Category: Free Speech Category: Right to Petition & Protest Category: Students' Rights

Responding to an ACLU complaint, the Providence school district has issued a timely reminder about students’ right to dissent.

A Win for Open Records That Wasn’t

Posted: Jan 08, 2017 |Category: Open Government

When the Valley Breeze obtained a ruling last month from the Attorney General ordering the City of Pawtucket to turn over a document, it seemed like a victory for open government. It wasn't.

Abortion Rights in Rhode Island If Donald Trump Has His Way

Posted: Nov 16, 2016 |Category: Abortion

Though not quite The Handmaid's Tale, this is what abortion rights could look like in Rhode Island if President-elect Trump has his way.

The Challenges of a Trump Presidency

Posted: Nov 12, 2016 |

The Trump Presidency will undoubtedly bring great challenges to civil liberties. But we have lived through similar challenges before, and if we can't count on Washington, D.C., we must be prepared to focus on promoting civil rights and civil liberties at the state and local level. 

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