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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.

TBT to: Traffic Violations on 00/00/0000?

Posted: Apr 09, 2015 |Category: Due Process

In April of 2010, we sued the Division of Motor Vehicles for telling thousands of motorists that their license and registration were to be suspended due to unpaid fines without providing any information about the alleged offense, the penalty, or even the date that the offense supposedly took place.

When A Bad Day Leads To A Lifetime Of Consequences

Posted: Apr 07, 2015 |

Imagine for a moment that you are in the first grade, and you’ve had a bad day.

Weekly Round Up: March 30-April 3

Posted: Apr 03, 2015 |

This week, we had the pleasure of working with some of the state’s top advocates to discuss women’s issues and gender equality here in Rhode Island. We also had another busy week at the State House where we testified on bills that would protect youth from certain life sentences and would limit out-of-school suspensions. We also have more to share about the ACLU’s work to address mass incarceration and other criminal justice issues.

Tune In: The School-to-Prison Pipeline

Posted: Apr 01, 2015 |Category: Discrimination Category: Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Category: Students' Rights

We recently sat down with Jordan Seaberry, of the Univocal Legislative Minority Advisory Committee and Jim Vincent, president of the NAACP-Providence Branch to discuss the far reaching impact of these racial disparities and how the state must act to improve the lives of all Rhode Islanders.

Dispelling Misconceptions

Posted: Mar 31, 2015 |

Many people have an opinion about the ACLU and our work, but those opinions aren't always based on the right information. Here are five common misconceptions about the ACLU that deserve to be dispelled.

Weekly Round Up: March 23-March 27

Posted: Mar 27, 2015 |

From drone surveillance and cell phone tracking to prison-based gerrymandering and women's rights, we covered it all this week. 

#TBT to: The Birth of Gerrymandering

Posted: Mar 26, 2015 |Category: Voting Rights

In March 1812, the Boston Gazette coined the phrase gerrymander, and a cartoon depicting a salamander-like beast made up of the far-reaching towns of a newly created district in Massachusetts became the iconic cartoon of the practice. More than 200 years later, we’re taking on another kind of gerrymandering.

Our Privacy Rights Are Up In The Air

Posted: Mar 24, 2015 |Category: Privacy

There are drone film festivals, wedding photographer drones, drones that may soon be able to deliver your Amazon purchases, and even a Rhode Island Fire Drone. Yet, as drone hobbyists and business alike find new and innovative ways to use this technology, Rhode Island's laws lag woefully behind in understand that law enforcement has an equal or larger interest in using drone technology.

Blogging Your Rights

Posted: Mar 23, 2015 |

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is always working to protect your fundamental rights and freedoms, but we don’t always have the opportunity to widely share what we are working on or our position on current issues impacting civil liberties. With our new blog, we hope to change that.

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