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Aug
12
2016
Letter: The Right Call on Getting it Wrong (NY Daily News)

Manhattan: As long-time opponents of the NYPD’s aggressive stop-and-frisk program, we’re glad to see the Daily News’s mea culpa for supporting the strategy (“We were wrong” editorial Aug. 8). The drop in stop-and-frisks has not only lifted a massive burden from New Yorkers of color but has in fact corresponded with historically low crime numbers.

Jun
18
2016
Letter: Boycotts Are Still Speech (NY Daily News)

In his June 11 Op-Ed on the governor’s blacklist of entities that boycott Israel, Professor Eugene Kontorovich claims that “boycotting Israel isn’t free speech” protected by the First Amendment because the act of boycotting is conduct, not speech. But political boycotts — compared to simply economic boycotts — are a way people convey political ideas, similar to other conduct like leafleting or protesting. That’s why the Supreme Court considers political boycotts speech protected by the First Amendment.

Mar
25
2016
Letter: Safety Though Trust, Not Tech (NY Daily News)

Metal detectors make “me feel like I’m going in a prison.” That’s from one of the 100,000 students in New York City who must take off their shoes, belts and even bobby pins to put their belongings through X-ray machines every day just to go to school (“Civil liberties misfire,” editorial, March 20). A safe environment is essential to education. But metal detectors only give the illusion of safety without actually making schools safer.

Nov
17
2015
Letter: State Law Rightfully Bans Discrimination (Times Herald-Record)

To the Editor: In a recent letter to the editor, the New York State Division of Human Rights' regulations banning discrimination against transgender people were described as negating the "will of the people." They do no such thing. The governor asked the state agency tasked with protecting all New Yorkers from discrimination to interpret the Human Rights Law consistent with how courts already do.

May
22
2015
Letter: Private School Tax Credits (New York Times)

To the Editor: Re “Cuomo Promotes Tax Credits for Families of Students at Private Schools” (news article, May 18): The right to a meaningful public education is at the core of our democracy, and educational opportunity must be available to all children on a fair and equitable basis, no matter how poor they are, no matter what their educational needs are, and no matter their race, religion or sexual orientation.

Feb
25
2015
Letter: Treat Student Misbehavior with Common Sense (Staten Island Advance)

To the Editor: Tom Wrobleski misses the point in his 2-23 column ("New school discipline rules a recipe for disaster"). All kids break the rules - that's what being a kid is all about. The question is how do you respond to routine misbehavior? Is it a teachable moment or a one-way ticket into the criminal justice system? Sadly, over the past decade, New York City has increasingly responded with the latter - at least in some schools.

Jul
16
2014
Letter: Stop-and-Frisk, Cause-and-Effect (NY Daily News)

To the Editor: While the Daily News and others continue to mislead the public, the NYPD’s own data show that stopping and frisking people without reasonable suspicion of criminal activity doesn’t get guns off the streets (“Scared stiff on shootings,” editorial, July 14).

Jun
9
2014
Letter: Civil Liberties Union Advocates for Privacy (The Riverdale Press)

To the Editor: Contrary to what’s asserted in The Riverdale Press article “Surveillance has become a fact of life” (May 8, 2014), the New York Civil Liberties Union has long advocated for inclusion of basic privacy protections in surveillance camera measures like the speed camera legislation recently approved in Albany.

Mar
11
2014
Letter: Governor Paterson’s Legacy in New York (New York Times)

To the Editor: David A. Paterson’s tenure as governor of New York is described as a time of tumult and scandal. Far more significant is what this characterization doesn’t include: his record on civil rights and civil liberties. In 2009, Governor Paterson signed legislation that reformed the notorious Rockefeller drug laws, eliminating harsh mandatory sentences and empowering judges to authorize treatment as an alternative to prison.

Jul
19
2013
Letter: Sex, Parents and Plan B (New York Times)

To the Editor: Re “Ready Access to Plan B Pills in City Schools” (front page, July 12): New York City’s program providing teenagers in city schools access to Plan B One-Step contraception is a vital resource to students who may have no other way to obtain desperately needed health care. Parents should be made aware of the program, and the schools work through multiple avenues to inform them of it.

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