The year 2021 began with the promise of change. But just six days in, it became clear that cynical forces intent on damaging the integrity of our elections, maintaining racial injustice, and rolling back reproductive autonomy were gaining momentum in our country.
These threats to our democracy and liberty highlight the importance of the ACLU. Together with you, the ACLU is on the frontlines of the movement to defend, restore, and strengthen civil rights and civil liberties across the country—starting here in Massachusetts.
As you’ll see and hear in this report, your ACLU is a strong and steady force for equal justice under the law. Using our powerful combination of strategic litigation, legislative advocacy, and people power, we fight for law and policy reforms that advance our vision of a world in which all people are safe and free. In Massachusetts, we have expanded voting rights, secured and improved abortion access, and protected the privacy rights of Bay Staters—and we’re just getting started.
Please join us on this journey: Learn more about our recent civil rights successes, meet our remarkable staff and partners, and join our work to make 2022 a historic year for civil rights and civil liberties in Massachusetts and across the nation.
Looking ahead, Massachusetts must be a beacon for civil rights and civil liberties. Indeed, our Commonwealth has a unique and important role to play in resisting attacks on democracy and liberty. Our history is rich with revolutionaries, abolitionists, suffragettes, and other civil rights heroes.
In 2022, the Massachusetts political landscape is once again ripe for revolutionary reforms. Elections for governor, attorney general, secretary of state, district attorneys, sheriffs, and local councils and school boards offer renewed opportunities for public debate over the future direction of our Commonwealth. As a non-partisan organization, the ACLU is well-positioned to advance civil rights and civil liberties priorities with voters and the public who care about defending democracy, promoting equality, advancing racial justice, ensuring reproductive autonomy, and strengthening privacy.
We have achieved much together in the past year. But opponents of civil liberties aren’t taking a break, and neither will we. Together with you, the ACLU is poised to uphold civil rights and civil liberties in the year ahead. Our democracy and liberty depend on it.
Executive Director, ACLU of Massachusetts