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.

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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military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy – which threw out soldiers for being openly gay – was repealed today.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 | Boston.com: 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

"Secure Communities" is not a crime-fighting tool

What happened to Matthew Denice--the 23-year-old from Milford killed by a reportedly drunk driver--is so horrific that it is important to get the response right. Yet proponents of the S-Comm or "Secure Communities" federal immigration dragnet are getting it wrong.

Read the full post on Boston.com | S-comm page

Victory! Brookline Selectmen reject state funding for license plate scanners

"This is a substantial victory for privacy advocates and for ordinary people in Brookline who don't want their travel information to be shared broadly with the state and federal governments," said Kade Crockford, privacy rights coordinator for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

Read the news release | Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR) page