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.

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ACLU and other civil rights organizations challenge lack of Boston police oversight

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino created a civilian panel to review allegations of police abuse in 2007--but that agency has not met since November.

News Release | Blog: What are Mayor Menino and the Boston Police hiding?

Miz Liberty 2011: "I will not let go of justice"

For this year's Boston Pride parade, the ACLU of Massachusetts held a contest for one supporter to be our "Miz Liberty"--to ride in our VIP car and hold forth as our chosen symbol of justice and equality. Our winner, Caroline McHeffey, sent us this eloquent letter on her time as a canvasser for the ACLU in Boston, and the importance of activism in her life, making her this year's definitive "Miz Liberty".

Civil Liberties Minute episodes: LGBT Rights

Just in time for LGBT Pride season, the following is a collection of Civil Liberties Minute episodes that highlight issues and news stories concerning LGBT rights and equality.

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ACLU testifies for Transgender Equal Rights

Gavi Wolfe, our legislative counsel, gave this testimony in favor of the Transgender Equal Rights bill to a packed hearing of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, at the Massachusetts State House on June 8, 2011.