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Screening and Discussion of
"The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers"
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | Cambridge
Cambridge Public Library
Main Library - Lecture Hall
The ACLU of Massachusetts, in collaboration with PBS' award-winning nonfiction film series POV, presents "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers" by award-winning filmmakers Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith. In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist concludes that America's role in the war is based on decades of lies. He leaks 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that leads directly to Watergate, President Nixon's resignation and the end of the Vietnam War. Ellsberg and a who's-who of Vietnam-era movers and shakers give a riveting account of those world-changing events.
Join us to view the film and talk with ACLU of Massachusetts Executive Director Carol Rose and Technology for Liberty Project Director Kade Crockford about the important role whistleblowers play in protecting the public interest and promoting government accountability.
This is a free event, but seating is limited and advance reservations are requested. To RSVP and reserve your seat, please contact Meaghan Giangregorio at 617-482-3170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Bill of Rights Dinner
Monday, May 12, 2014 | Boston
Westin Copley Place Boston Hotel
10 Huntington Avenue
On Monday, May 12, the ACLU will honor whistleblowers including Daniel Ellsberg, the patriot who leaked the Pentagon Papers and helped bring about the end of the Vietnam War, at our 2014 Bill of Rights Dinner. Join us to celebrate the important role whistleblowers play in protecting the public interest and promoting government accountability, and to be entertained by up-and-coming political comedian W. Kamau Bell. It will be an enjoyable as well as enlightening evening—we hope you'll be a part of it!
Visit our Bill of Rights Dinner page to learn more and buy tickets.
For information about being a member of the Host Committee or an event sponsor, contact Meaghan Giangregorio at 617-482-3170 x 339 or email@example.com.
The New Marijuana Laws:
How They Affect Public Health Policy, Personal Rights, and Law Enforcement
Monday, March 17, 2014 | Boston
Boston Bar Association
16 Beacon Street
Whitney Taylor, director of public advocacy at the ACLU of Massachusetts, joins a panel discussion on the myriad issues confronting the courts, the public and law enforcement agencies as a result of the legalization of medical marijuana and the decriminalization of possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in the Commonwealth.
The panelists will discuss whether and how consumers and dispensers of medical marijuana can exercise their rights under the new law without running afoul of existing federal prohibitions against possession and distribution, as well as changes in the law of arrest and search and seizure brought about by partial decriminalization of marijuana possession.
Contact Elizabeth Vincensi at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Jobs Not Jails Forum
Thursday, April 3, 2014 | Jamaica Plain
First Church of Jamaica Plain
6 Eliot Street
The U.S. locks up a higher percentage of its population than any other nation in the world. In Massachusetts, the prison population has tripled since the 1980s. At this rate, Massachusetts will spend $2 billion in the next 7 years to build 10,000 new jails. Meanwhile, the state is shedding jobs and people are looking for work.
The Jobs Not Jails campaign, part of a national movement to end mass incarceration, is calling on the state to stop construction of new prisons and redirect money saved into jobs programs. The campaign will present Jobs Not Jails petitions to the legislature at a rally on the Boston Common on April 26. We need your help in collecting 10,000 signatures before then!
Learn more about mass incarceration, the Jobs Not Jails campaign and how you can help: attend this free forum to hear from Josh Beardsley of EPOCA (Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement), Andrea James of Families for Justice as Healing and a member of Youth Against Mass Incarceration.
Religious Accommodation in the Age of Civil Rights
Thursday, April 3 - Saturday, April 5, 2014 | Cambridge
Harvard Law School
1585 Massachusetts Avenue
Current controversies over marriage equality, antidiscrimination law, and the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate have raised conflicts between religious claims, on one hand, and LGBT equality and women's rights, on the other.
The conference—co-sponsored by the ACLU, Harvard Law School, Williams Institute and the USC Center for Law, History and Culture—seeks to deepen our understanding of the competing claims by bringing together nationally recognized scholars in the fields of sexuality, gender and law and religion.
Panel Discussion: NSA, Privacy and What Does It Mean?
Thursday, March 6, 2014 | North Attleboro
North Attleboro High School
1 Wilson W. Whitty Way
Kade Crockford, director of the ACLU of Massachusetts' Technology for Liberty Initiative, joins Peter Ubertaccio, professor of political science at Stonehill College for a discussion of privacy, the NSA and George Orwell's "1984," in which Big Brother government controls and spies on its citizens.
This is the first event in North Attleboro's community-wide reading program, which focuses on portrayals of dystopian futures—including "1984," "Brave New World," "Minority Report" and more. Call 508-699-0122 to reserve a spot for this event or other events in the program.
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