Events

Connect with the ACLU of Massachusetts at one of our upcoming events. Be it the annual Bill of Rights Dinner, a rally or a film screening, we strive to offer opportunities for civil liberties fans to get together and participate. We invite you to join us to learn more about what the ACLU is doing to defend liberty and justice for all!

For more information about any of the events below, please contact Meaghan Giangregorio, events manager, at mgiangregorio@aclum.org or 617-482-3170 x 339. We hope to see you soon!

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March with the ACLU at Northampton Pride

Saturday, May 2 | Northampton

Meet at 11:30am at the parking lot on Hampton Avenue in Downtown Northampton across from the Northampton Brewery.

Come rain or shine to march with the ACLU at this year's Northampton Pride parade, where we're celebrating heroes of equality—family, friends, members of the LGBT community and defenders of equal rights and the constitution.

An RSVP isn't required to march, but it would help us get supplies. Write to massaction@aclum.org to let us know you're attending.


2015 Bill of Rights Dinner

Thursday, May 21 | Boston

Westin Copley Place Hotel
10 Huntington Avenue
Reception at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:30pm

Join fellow ACLU supporters for our annual celebration! This year's Bill of Rights Dinner honors actor and activist George Takei. Learn more about the event, including how to get your tickets.



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Winning the Future: The Struggle for Privacy and Democracy in the 21st Century

Saturday, May 2 | Cambridge

MIT Media Lab, Bartos Theater
20 Ames Street Building E15 (Directions)
4:30pm

Julia Angwin, senior reporter at ProPublica; James Bamford, author and columnist at Foreign Policy Magazine; and Bruce Schneier, cryptographer, computer security and privacy specialist and author, deliver the keynote panel concluding the Point to Point Camp, an unconference on technology and civil liberties.

This event is free and open to the public.



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Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Systemic Racism in the Criminal "Justice" System

Wednesday, April 15 | Boston

Northeastern University School of Law
65 Forsyth Street
Dockser Hall, Room 240
7:30pm

ACLU of Massachusetts attorney Carl Williams (@carltonwilliams) joins Dr. Khalilah Brown Dean, author and associate professor of political science at Quinnipiac University, and a panelist from Black Lives Matter for a discussion on how to combat systemic racism in the "justice" system.

This event is co-Sponsored by the Northeastern and Suffolk Law School chapters of the National Lawyers Guild and the United for Justice with Peace coalition.

Free and open to all.


Torture and National Security Roundtable

Thursday, April 16 | Boston

Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Avenue
Room 102, Redstone Building
6:30pm

Boston University School of Law presents a roundtable conversation on the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture and the treatment of prisoners in Guantánamo Bay. Panelists includes Alberto Mora, former General Counsel to the Navy and critic of the CIA's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques"; Jerry Cohen and Stephen Oleskey, attorneys who have represented Guantánamo prisoners; Stephen Soldz, a clinical psychologist who has written extensively on torture; and Chris Anders, a senior lobbyist with the ACLU who has worked on issues related to Guantánamo and the Torture Report with Congress and the White House. Journalist Scott Horton will moderate the discussion.

Please RSVP online.

This event is co-sponsored by the ACLU of Massachusetts, American Constitution Society, International Law and Policy Society student groups, Boston University International Law Journal and BU Law Student Affairs.

Free and open to the public. If you require disability assistance, please contact the Office of Disability Services at access@bu.edu or 617-353-3658.


National Lawyers Guild Northeast Regional Conference

Friday, April 17 - Sunday, April 19 | Springfield

Western New England University School of Law
1215 Wilbraham Road

With an array of other speakers, ACLU of Massachusetts attorney Carl Williams (@carltonwilliams) discusses finding your place as law students, legal workers, lawyers and jailhouse lawyers in the struggle for Black Liberation.

Register to attend, and learn more about the conference program.


Little Brother and Our Rights: The fight for 21st century privacy in Massachusetts

Sunday, May 17 | Bedford

First Parish in Bedford
75 Great Road
12:30pm

License plate readers documenting where you drive, with whom, and when. Databases at the Commonwealth Fusion Center and Boston Regional Intelligence Center chock full of information about your private life and your associations. Secrecy at local police departments concerning their collaboration with federal agencies like the FBI. Massive quantities of federal funds flooding into our communities for surveillance programs and technologies.

Digital technology has created a new world of possibility for government and corporate spying, but our privacy law is stuck in the 1980s. The ACLU is fighting to establish 21st century First and Fourth Amendment rights—a movement that manifests in our communities, the press, the courts, and the legislature.

Kade Crockford, director of the ACLU of Massachusetts' Technology for Liberty initiative, addresses the state of surveillance today in the Commonwealth, the ACLU's efforts to bring privacy law in line with 21st century technology and police practices, and how you can get involved.

Follow her on Twitter at @onekade.



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