Everyone has the right to be free from Harassment and Family Violence
Every citizen has the responsibility to uphold these rights.

If you are harassed because of your race, color, sex, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation, civil rights laws offer you protection. You can seek a court order when your rights are interfered with by force, threat, or intimidation. Any damage to your property or threat of injury to your person is a crime under many laws. Concord and Carlisle police are well-trained in dealing with ‘hate crimes’ and domestic violence, and should be called immediately.

The Massachusetts Civil Rights Act also protects a citizen’s rights to:

  • look for and obtain housing
  • live in any neighborhood
  • use public transportation
  • seek and perform work
  • use buildings such as restaurants, hotels, and hospitals
  • participate in court proceedings (give evidence, be a witness, be a juror)
  • hold, attend, publicize, or speak at a meeting, assembly, or demonstration
  • attend and participate in the religious service of their choice
  • not have excessive force used by the police