ACLU supports bills to address students’ access to educational services, exclusion from school

Massachusetts schools continue to face huge civil liberties challenges. Rigid “zero tolerance” rules, expulsions and suspensions from school, discipline procedures, rising dropout rates, and the Commonwealth’s responsibility to provide all students with a constitutionally adequate education have long been ACLU concerns.

Mayor Menino takes a stand against S-Comm

Responding to concerns from community members and law enforcement officials, Mayor Menino today sent a strong message to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that the so-called "Secure Communities" (S-Comm) program is not working for Boston. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts praised the Mayor's strong stance on this overreaching federal deportation dragnet and encouraged the city to withdraw completely.

News Release | Read Carol Rose's "On Liberty" blog about the Mayor's decision: I ♥ Menino

El Alcalde Menino se declara en contra de S-Comm

ACLU aplaude la decisión, dice que la operación de deportación "Comunidades Seguras" daña la seguridad pública.

English: Mayor Menino takes a stand against S-Comm

Saying "never again" to the death penalty

A number of former executioners are taking a stand against the death penalty--what makes someone like that say "never again"? Our own Bill Newman grapples with that question in the latest episode of the Civil Liberties Minute.

Listen now | podcast page

Remember the Fourth Amendment this Fourth of July

"Uncontrolled search and seizure is one of the most effective weapons of every arbitrary government."

As we head into this Fourth of July weekend, take a minute to listen to our "Civil Liberties Minute" podcast--and remember the fiesty spirit of the Declaration of Independence and the abuses it laid out when you listen to this round-up of the latest erosions of Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Listen now | podcast page