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Ragtime celebrates Boston's role as a champion of equal rights and the arts

Posted by Carol Rose, On Liberty September 28, 2012 05:00 AM

Boston has always been center stage for American history. So it's both timely and inspiring that the historic Strand Theatre will celebrate its revival with the opening of Fiddlehead Theatre's production of the Tony award-winning musical Ragtime (Sept. 28-October 7).

The musical is set in the early 1900s--the same era as Strand Theatre's opening--and celebrates in word and song America's struggle for equal rights for women, blacks, immigrants, and workers.

It's also fitting that the Fiddlehead Theatre Company chose to honor the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) with its Ragtime production in Boston. After all, the ACLU of Massachusetts has for more than 90 years been at the forefront of America's struggle to realize equal justice for all. (I know this because, among other things, I have been the executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts for nearly a decade).

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Mitt Romney, you're on candid camera

Posted by Carol Rose, On Liberty September 18, 2012 11:50 AM

What goes around comes around. Mitt Romney--who as governor called for wiretapping mosques and pioneered the creation of the so-called Commonwealth Fusion Center that keeps us all under surveillance--now finds himself in a storm of controversy over self-described off the cuff remarks caught on tape at a major-donor fundraiser.

In a forum like that, of course, a presidential candidate has no reasonable expectation of privacy--but the rest of us ordinary citizens do as we go about our lives, and Romney has led efforts to dismiss those privacy rights.

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Carol Rose is executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. A lawyer and journalist, Carol has spent her career working for and writing about human rights and civil liberties, both in the United States and abroad. More »

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