Lowell will not enforce anti-panhandling ordinance during the holiday season

Court decision expected next year on ordinance banning charitable requests in Lowell's Downtown Historic District.

REVISED: Judge dismisses criminal complaint against ACLU client who recorded Somerville police encounter

Court had previously charged Wenzday Jane for "interfering with a police officer" after she used her phone to video-record police questioning three teenagers on a playground.

ACLU investigates charge that Massachusetts state trooper used pepper spray against peaceful protestor

First Amendment protects rights of demonstrators, including the right to record police officers performing their duties in public.

"You helped me realize that the law can be a tool to foster social justice."

On Thanksgiving, thanks to Juliana Morgan-Trostle, who gave us permission to share this email she wrote to Bill Newman, ACLU of Massachusetts attorney and director of our western Massachusetts legal office in Northampton. Bill helped in 2008 when Amherst Regional High School tried to restrict a student production of The Vagina Monologues.