Freedom of expression under attack in “material support” case

Tarek Mehanna, a young Muslim pharmacist from Sudbury, Massachusetts, faces trial beginning October 24, 2011, on federal criminal charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and providing or attempting to provide material support to terrorists. The ACLU of Massachusetts has condemned the use of conspiracy and material support charges where the charges are based largely on First Amendment-protected expression.

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ACLU challenges religious restrictions on government-funded trafficking victims' program

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Massachusetts argued in federal court today that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must be prohibited from imposing religiously based restrictions on reproductive health services for victims of sex trafficking.

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ACLU calls for police restraint as "Occupy" demonstrations grow, and seeks information on processing of arrestees

"Political expression deserves the highest level of protection under the First Amendment, and it is unreasonable to suddenly and forcibly oust peaceful protestors from streets, sidewalks, and parks that have long been used as places for peaceful expression."

—Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts

An Act Relative to Healthy Youth

Many public school districts in Massachusetts include sexuality education in the curriculum; others do not. These are local decisions based on local resources and priorities. When public schools do provide such education, however, it should be done right. It should be comprehensive, medically accurate, and age-appropriate. This bill would make sure that’s what students receive.

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