Rhode Island Affiliate, American Civil Liberties Union


2011 Events

Pride Fest 2011 - June 18

Rhode Island ACLU staff, board members, and volunteers spoke with visitors at our booth at the 35th Annual Rhode Island Pride Fest. In 1976, the ACLU made this very event possible when we took on the case Toward a Gayer Bicentennial Committee v. McQueeney; after a permit was denied by Providence police, a federal judge issued a restraining order allowing the state’s first gay pride parade to proceed.



Annual Legislative Wrap-Up and Dessert Evening - August 3

On August 3rd we held our annual Legislative Wrap-Up and Dessert Evening to discuss how the 2011 General Assembly session impacted our civil liberties. Legislators Christopher Blazejewski, Rhoda Perry, Art Handy, Edith Ajello, and Frank Ferri held a panel discussion about voting rights, racial profiling, marriage equality, internet subpoenas, and more.  Guests enjoyed desserts donated by local businesses. 


Rhythm and Rebellion: A Jazz Gala to Benefit the Rhode Island ACLU - August 19

On Friday, August 19th jazz musicians Kim Trusty and Tish Adams entertained our audience at the Roots Cafe in downtown Providence.



Banned Books 2011 - September 23

The Providence Athenaeum and the Rhode Island Affiliate of the ACLU co-hosted our annual Banned Books Event at the Providence Athenaeum.  Rhode Island Authors Indigo Bethea, Tina Cane, Michael S. Harper, Jane Lancaster, and Max Winter read from several banned books.

2011 Annual Dinner Celebration - November 3

On November 3rd, the Affiliate gathered to honor Former State Representative and Senator Charles J. Levesque as the "Raymond J. Pettine Civil Libertarian of the Year" and to present Cranston High School West Student Jessica Ahlquist with the "William G. McLoughlin First Amendment Award." Additional photos can be found on our Facebook page.


Events in 2010

Events in 2009

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