Communications Director's blog

Fall River Public Schools suspend Black and Latino students, and students with disabilities, at unusually high rates

Civil Rights Project at UCLA and ACLU of Massachusetts file complaint with U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, alleging violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Immigration plan shows that defending rights is smart politics

Carol Rose

Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, originally wrote this guest blog for

It's heartening to see that President Obama is ready to offer immigrants to this country some relief--or at least to their children--by granting work permits to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors and have since led law-abiding lives.

WTF, Middleborough?

Matt Segal

Matthew R. Segal, legal director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, originally wrote this guest blog for

Some laws are good, some are bad, and some are just @!#$! ridiculous. A new anti-swearing provision passed by the town of Middleborough falls into that last category.

On Monday night, Middleborough voted to allow police officers to write $20 tickets to enforce the town's longstanding ban on addressing anyone in public using profanity. The profanity ban is clearly unconstitutional because the Supreme Court has held that a government cannot ban public speech just because it contains profanity. In Cohen v. California, a man was arrested for disturbing the peace after he went out in public--in fact, he went to a courthouse!--wearing a jacket bearing the words "Fuck the Draft." The Supreme Court held that he had a First Amendment to wear the jacket, noting that "one man's vulgarity is another's lyric."

Federal appeals court in Boston rules 3-0 against DOMA

Great news today, DOMA is unconstitutional says federal appeals court in Boston! Our friends at GLAD brought this challenge, and the ACLU joined with 30 civil rights and legal organizations in support.

ACLU of Massachusetts executive director Carol Rose blogged the hearing in April that led to today's decision, and here is more on ACLU work for marriage equality.

Study finds three Massachusetts cities overuse arrests at schools

Ground-breaking report on Springfield, Worcester, and Boston schools by ACLU and Citizens for Juvenile Justice uncovers significant racial disparities as well as arrests for disruptions once handled by schools and parents.