Civil rights groups file suit to shed sunlight on police surveillance operations

Monitoring of political activity has become a serious concern in light of expanded police activities and capabilities. The ACLU of Massachusetts and the National Lawyers Guild of Massachusetts have filed suit on behalf of eight Boston-area political groups and four individual activists.

ICE rescinds "Secure Communities" memoranda of understanding

"This latest power-grab by the feds shows complete disrespect for the cities and states that worked hard to negotiate agreements and those that, like Massachusetts, decided after much consideration not to sign on the dotted line. Police and communities have real, on-the-ground concerns that S-Comm makes our communities less safe. ICE has once again steamrolled over those concerns and claimed a right to rule by decree."

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ACLU seeks details on government phone tracking in massive nationwide information request

In a massive coordinated information-seeking campaign, 34 American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in 31 states across the nation today are sending requests to 379 local law enforcement agencies--including 11 in Massachusetts--demanding to know when, why, and how they are using cell phone location data to track Americans. The campaign is one of the largest coordinated information act requests in American history. The requests, being filed under the states' freedom of information laws, are an effort to strip away the secrecy that has surrounded law enforcement use of cell phone tracking capabilities.

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ACLU supports bills to address students’ access to educational services, exclusion from school

Massachusetts schools continue to face huge civil liberties challenges. Rigid “zero tolerance” rules, expulsions and suspensions from school, discipline procedures, rising dropout rates, and the Commonwealth’s responsibility to provide all students with a constitutionally adequate education have long been ACLU concerns.

Mayor Menino takes a stand against S-Comm

Responding to concerns from community members and law enforcement officials, Mayor Menino today sent a strong message to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that the so-called "Secure Communities" (S-Comm) program is not working for Boston. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts praised the Mayor's strong stance on this overreaching federal deportation dragnet and encouraged the city to withdraw completely.

News Release | Read Carol Rose's "On Liberty" blog about the Mayor's decision: I ♥ Menino