Constitution in Crisis: How the Power of People can Save Our Republic


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Start Date: 01/30/2020, 1 meeting
Class Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Lexington Depot
Instructor: Carol Rose
Status: Running/Openings


“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The United States Constitution, signed in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787, created a government that put power in the hands of the people, created a Separation of Powers between three equal branches of government and laid out a system of checks and balances to ensure that no one branch has too much power. This evening, ACLU of Massachusetts Executive Director Carol Rose will discuss this still very relevant historic document.

Carol Rose is the Executive Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts (, a nonpartisan membership organization that uses litigation, legislation, communications, and people power to promote civil rights and defend civil liberties, including voting rights, racial justice, freedom of speech, privacy, and equal protection for all.

A lawyer and journalist, Rose started her career as a reporter for United Press International, The New York Times, and the Des Moines Register, with reporting stints in Washington, D.C., Japan, the Middle East, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. She later became a First Amendment and civil rights lawyer before taking the helm at the ACLU of Massachusetts.

Under her leadership, the ACLU of Massachusetts’ has won historic legal and legislative victories in the areas of free speech, equal marriage, gender equality, criminal law reform, immigrant’s rights, voting rights, privacy, and reproductive justice.

She is a graduate of Stanford University (BSc), the London School of Economics (MSc), and Harvard Law School (JD), and a proud resident of Lexington, MA.