On Liberty

Parade street sweep violates the spirit of St. Patrick


Carol Rose

Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, originally wrote this blog for Boston.com.

Everyone marching in Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston knows--or should know--the story of how the 5th-century saint drove the “snakes and toads” out of Ireland.

LGBT opponents were right: Their support is vanishing


Christopher Ott

Christopher Ott, communications director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, originally wrote this guest blog for Boston.com.

Opponents of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people aren't right about much, but they were right about one thing: how quickly their support would vanish.

Three reasons why S-Comm numbers do not add up


Laura Rotolo

Laura Rótolo, FOIA counsel and community advocate for the ACLU of Massachusetts, originally wrote this guest blog for Boston.com.

Sunday's article on Secure Communities asks some important questions. Why, despite the Obama administration's focus on deporting criminals, do the numbers tell a different story? Why does the administration's signature program, Secure Communities (S-Comm), continue to deport so many undocumented workers and so few dangerous persons?

First Circuit Court should defend victims of human trafficking


Carol Rose

Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, originally wrote this blog for Boston.com.

"We are worried about the consequences of our decision."

Today's utterance by Chief Judge Sandra Lynch, of the First Circuit Court of Appeals, gives me hope that the court will do justice for the victims of human trafficking who will be impacted by how the First Circuit rules in a case argued before it this morning.

Despite succeeding in court, "show me your papers" has failed in action





Laura Rotolo

Matthew Segal

Laura Rótolo, FOIA counsel and community advocate for the ACLU of Massachusetts, and Matthew Segal, legal director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, originally co-wrote this guest blog for Boston.com.

Today the Supreme Court struck down several provisions of Arizona's controversial anti-immigrant law, but it upheld the infamous "show me your papers" provision. Although the Court's decision to uphold that provision is a blow against civil rights and liberties, the "show me your papers" provision is likely to be relegated to the dustbin of history anyway.