What is the ACLU doing about "Occupy" protests in Massachusetts?

The ACLU of Massachusetts sprang into action in response to the "Occupy" protests currently taking place throughout Massachusetts and around the country. Here is some of what we've done:

- We've taken legal action--with the National Lawyers Guild-Massachusetts Chapter, through attorney Howard Cooper of Todd & Weld--to protect the rights of Occupy Boston protesters.

- We put together a list of resources for protesters.

- We are urging Boston residents to tell Mayor Menino to respect demonstrators' rights.


- We sent a letter to Mayor Menino, urging him to respect demonstrators' rights.


- We put out a call for arrestees to contact us if they were mistreated or questioned about their political activities and associations. If you have something to report, please email info@aclum.org.


- We issued a call for police restraint as demonstrations grow and spread.


- We provided a training on government and police surveillance methods at an Occupy Boston teach-in, and compiled a map of surveillance cameras in and around Dewey Square in Boston.


- ACLU of Massachusetts executive director Carol Rose criticized police and city officials in a blog--"What would Rose Kennedy do about Occupy Boston?"--about the mass arrest of demonstrators on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Boston.com featured the blog prominently on its homepage.


- We have spoken out in defense of "Occupy" protestors rights in the media, including this interview on WBUR's Radio Boston.


- We publicized our resources on the rights of demonstrators, and guides for what to do in case of arrest, in English and Spanish.

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