Law enforcement agencies nationwide make decisions about surveillance in secret, without input from the public or democratic oversight—endangering civil rights and civil liberties for all, but especially for people of color, Muslims, immigrants, and dissidents. Cambridge residents have an opportunity to flip that script, but only if you get engaged right now.
The ACLU, allied organizations, and Cambridge residents have been working since November 2016 on a surveillance oversight ordinance at Cambridge City Hall. We are close to getting the language right, and this ordinance committee meeting is an extremely important moment in the campaign.
We need to make sure the ordinance committee strengthens the City's draft ordinance to require community control over police surveillance.