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 firstname.lastname@example.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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