New Civil Liberties Minutes on the "Occupy" Protests

Two new Civil Liberties Minute episodes highlight the importance of the "Occupy" movement across the country and in the Commonwealth:

Occupy Protests
Can the police arrest you for demonstrating in a public park? Inquiring minds occupying Wall Street (and Main Street) want to know.

The One Percent
What does the constitutional guarantee of equal protection say about the wealth of the top 1% of Americans and the bottom 90% being equal?

Listen to all of the CLM episodes on the podcast page

NAACP, ACLU, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights write US Department of Justice regarding Springfield voting rights violations

Letters cite multiple areas of noncompliance with the Federal Voting Rights Act and the Department of Justice's 2006 settlement order with the City of Springfield.

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.

Read the news release | Read more about the case