Events

Connect with the ACLU of Massachusetts at one of our upcoming events. Be it the annual Bill of Rights Dinner, a rally or a film screening, we strive to offer opportunities for civil liberties fans to get together and participate. We invite you to join us to learn more about what the ACLU is doing to defend liberty and justice for all!

For more information about any of the events below, please contact Meaghan Giangregorio, events manager, at mgiangregorio@aclum.org or 617-482-3170 x 339. We hope to see you soon!

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Screening of To Be Takei

Thursday, April 2 | Cambridge

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway
Main Library Lecture Hall
6pm

Join us at the Cambridge Public Library for a free screening of To Be Takei, a documentary about U.S. internment camp survivor, Asian-American pioneer, LGBT rights activist and honoreee at our 2015 Bill of Rights Dinner George Takei. A lifelong champion of liberty and justice, Takei first came to prominence portraying Mr. Sulu in the TV and film series Star Trek.

Please RSVP to rsvp@aclum.org or contact Meaghan Giangregorio at 617-482-3170 x 339.


2015 Bill of Rights Dinner

Thursday, May 21 | Boston

Westin Copley Place Hotel
10 Huntington Avenue
Reception at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:30pm

Join fellow ACLU supporters for our annual celebration! This year's Bill of Rights Dinner honors actor and activist George Takei. Learn more about the event, including how to get your tickets.



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#BlackLivesMatter...Now What?

Because of the weather, this event has been postponed. Please continue to check this page for the new event date.

Monday, February 9 New date TBD | Dorchester

Freedom House
5 Crawford Street
Time TBD

New England Blacks in Philanthropy hosts a discussion that offers a deeper understanding of the current civil rights movement, Black Lives Matter and the systems change needed to reflect that Black lives do, indeed, matter.

The panel includes ACLU of Massachusetts attorney Carl Williams, who Tweets at @carltonwilliams; Alicia Garza and Kwabena Frimpong, Black Lives Matter, National; Daunasia Yancey, Black Lives Matter, Boston; Nakisha M. Lewis, Black Lives Matter Philanthropic Action; Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain; Eric Ward, Ford Foundation; and Adebukola Ajao, Emmanuel College Black Student Union.

The event is free and open to all.


Guantánamo and the Legacy of Torture

Wednesday, March 18 | Boston

Northeastern University School of Law
400 Huntington Avenue
240 Dockser Hall
12pm

Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the national ACLU, has for years been at the center of the national and international debate around the detainment center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In this 22nd Valerie Gordon Memorial Lecture, Jaffer discusses the ways in which the treatment of Guantánamo prisoners contributes to a legacy that will influence the global image of the US for decades to come.

Register for the event.

See other events in the Confronting Guantánamo event series at Northeastern University.


Police Body Cameras and Privacy Concerns: Can There Be Benefits for Everyone?

Wednesday, March 25 | Boston

Boston Bar Association
16 Beacon Street
5:30pm

In light of last year's tragic events surrounding the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, the nation has turned its attention to effective forms of police accountability. A long list of panacea have emerged in recent months ranging from an increased emphasis on community policing to civilian oversight committees to the use of body cameras.

Panelists Matthew Segal, legal director of the ACLU of Massachusetts; Tom Nolan, Associate Professor of Criminology at Merrimack College and former Boston Police Department lieutenant; and State Representative Byron Rushing will focus on how recent events have led to a vigorous discussion around issues of police accountability and oversight of law enforcement in the United States. They will discuss the merits of the use of small, mobile video cameras, known as "body cams," by local police department. Furthermore, the panel will delve into whether body cams could have a positive impact on police-civilian interactions without unduly interfering with personal privacy, and whether having a police force equipped with such "body cams" could benefit everyone.

RSVP for the discussion.


National Lawyers Guild Northeast Regional Conference

Friday, April 17 - Sunday, April 19 | Springfield

Western New England University School of Law
1215 Wilbraham Road

ACLU of Massachusetts attorney Carl Williams (@carltonwilliams) discusses finding your place as law students, legal workers, lawyers and jailhouse lawyers in the struggle for Black Liberation, and Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU Human Rights Program (@jdakwar), speaks with Tufts University professor Amahl Bishara on the history, legal status and human rights struggles facing Palestinians.

Register to attend, and learn more about the conference program.


Little Brother and Our Rights: The fight for 21st century privacy in Massachusetts

Sunday, May 17 | Bedford

First Parish in Bedford
75 Great Road
12:30pm

License plate readers documenting where you drive, with whom, and when. Databases at the Commonwealth Fusion Center and Boston Regional Intelligence Center chock full of information about your private life and your associations. Secrecy at local police departments concerning their collaboration with federal agencies like the FBI. Massive quantities of federal funds flooding into our communities for surveillance programs and technologies.

Digital technology has created a new world of possibility for government and corporate spying, but our privacy law is stuck in the 1980s. The ACLU is fighting to establish 21st century First and Fourth Amendment rights—a movement that manifests in our communities, the press, the courts, and the legislature.

Kade Crockford, director of the ACLU of Massachusetts' Technology for Liberty initiative, addresses the state of surveillance today in the Commonwealth, the ACLU's efforts to bring privacy law in line with 21st century technology and police practices, and how you can get involved.

Follow her on Twitter at @onekade.



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