Students testify before Joint Education Committee on bills to reduce school dropouts, increase fairness

ACLU of Massachusetts backs measures filed by state Rep. Alice Wolf, to ensure a consistent, fair, and responsible process for school discipline, and continued educational services for all students.

Davis execution shows need to end the death penalty

The ACLU of Massachusetts is proud of our role in keeping the death penalty out of Massachusetts--by just one vote in 1997--but the execution of Troy Davis shows the importance of ending this injustice nationwide. Learn more about capital punishment and the ACLU's work against it.

Background: Capital Punishment | Podcast: Saying "never again" to the death penalty

Blog: Troy Anthony Davis: Victim of American Injustice

Letter: A Message From Troy Davis (

ACLU supports easier access to public records

The ACLU of Massachusetts supports public records reform, to make it easier for citizens to get the information they need to watch what our government is doing. Public money pays for the creation of this information, so it only makes sense that most of it should be easily available to the public.

On Sept. 24, 2011, in a rare move, 20 Massachusetts newspapers published a joint editorial on the need for reform of the state's public records laws.

Fact Sheet (PDF) | Testimony (PDF) | Take Action

Military "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" anti-gay policy ends

After 18 years, it’s finally over. The American military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy – which threw out soldiers for being openly gay – was repealed today. There’s still much work to be done – including fighting for fair treatment of those who were discharged under the policy – but it’s worth taking a moment to celebrate a big step forward for LGBT equal rights.

Blogs: BMG: DADT in Massachusetts | Soldiers discharged under DADT deserve fairness

Massachusetts law permits organizational T-shirts at polling places

"Those who tried to get the Worcester Elections Commission to prohibit the wearing of T-shirts bearing Neighbor to Neighbor's name are not only misrepresenting the law for their own political purposes, they are trying to divert attention away from real issues about access to the polls, such as efforts to intimidate and deter people from voting. Wearing a T-shirt that supports a community organization like Neighbor to Neighbor, the Main South Alliance, or the Worcester Homeless Action Committee is not prohibited at the polls under state law, and people willing to assist with and observe the elections process should not be attacked for their commitment to our democratic system."

Read the news release | Read more about voting rights