Communications Director's blog

"You helped me realize that the law can be a tool to foster social justice."

On Thanksgiving, thanks to Juliana Morgan-Trostle, who gave us permission to share this email she wrote to Bill Newman, ACLU of Massachusetts attorney and director of our western Massachusetts legal office in Northampton. Bill helped in 2008 when Amherst Regional High School tried to restrict a student production of The Vagina Monologues.

Reasons For Hope—And Caution—In Obama’s Immigration Announcement

WBUR has published a response to President Obama's immigration announcement by ACLU of Massachusetts staff attorney and community advocate Laura Rótolo and executive director Carol Rose.

Boston police chief warns of overreactions to racial discrimination, but has yet to remedy racial disparities shown by BPD data

The following statement may be attributed to ACLU of Massachusetts executive director Carol Rose:

Don’t be misled: ACLU supports students’ rights to freedom of expression

We have been contacted by a number of people concerned about Kevin Cullen's column criticizing school officials in Duxbury for prohibiting high school students from wearing t-shirts supporting a now-fired coach/teacher (Teaching the wrong lesson at Duxbury High, Boston Globe, Oct. 21).

ACLU thrilled to host Mozilla Fellow

How can we use technology to help shield people from dragnet surveillance, instead of enable it? What’s happening in the lesser noticed corners of public policy, where data collection and the proffering of government services meet? Where are the best places to draw meaningful connections between technologists and law reform advocates, and how can we best help one another understand not just today’s challenges, but tomorrow’s?