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Apr
15
2014
NYPD Shuts Unit That Mapped Muslim Communities

The New York Police Department has shuttered the unit that created maps and collected other information on Muslim communities in the New York City area, according to a report today by The New York Times. "The NYPD's disbanding of a unit that targeted New York Muslims and mapped their everyday institutions and activities is a welcome first step for which we commend Commissioner Bratton," said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. "We hope that the Demographics Unit's discriminatory activities will not be carried out by other parts of the NYPD."

Apr
3
2014
Federal Appeals Court Supports Religious Freedom by Keeping Worship Out of Public Schools

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday morning that the New York City Department of Education may restrict churches from using public school facilities for religious worship services, a decision applauded by the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Mar
31
2014
Rise in School Suspensions Disappointing, but Hopeful New Administration Changing Course

New data released late Monday by New York City reveals a troubling rise in school suspensions during the waning days of the Bloomberg administration, according to the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union. But a dip in student suspensions since leadership of the schools shifted to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña may indicate the start of a culture shift toward a learning environment that is supportive of all students.

Mar
31
2014
Victory: Park in Hasidic Enclave Kiryas Joel Will Not Segregate Based on Sex

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union have settled a lawsuit against the Village of Kiryas Joel with the government agreeing it will not endorse segregation of the sexes in a public park.

Mar
25
2014
NYCLU Calls on Legislature to Resist Scheme Giving Public Money to Private Schools

The leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union today called on the New York State Legislature and the governor to reject a Republican budget proposal that would provide $500 million in tax credits to those who donate money to support privately owned charter schools or students who attend private religious schools.

Mar
19
2014
NYCLU Expands Lawsuit Challenging Taser Abuse in Syracuse Schools

The New York Civil Liberties Union today expanded its lawsuit challenging abuse of Tasers by the Syracuse Police Department in Syracuse City schools. The new plaintiff was a 12th grader when he was shot with a Taser three times while lying on the floor and crying because he was afraid he might not graduate with the rest of his class.

Mar
18
2014
NYCLU Settlement Ensures Salvation Army Will Not Discriminate Using Government Funds

In a settlement approved today, The Salvation Army has agreed not to discriminate against beneficiaries of government-funded social services or against employees administering those services.

Mar
5
2014
NYCLU Applauds de Blasio Administration for Dropping its Challenge to Anti-Racial Profiling Law

New York City today announced it is dropping its challenge to a new racial profiling ban that will help restore community trust in the police and make city streets safer for all New Yorkers, a move celebrated by the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Mar
5
2014
NYCLU Applauds State Assembly for Passing the Paid Family Leave Insurance Act

The New York State Assembly today passed the Paid Family Leave Insurance Act, legislation that allows New York workers to take paid leave to bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill family member. “Family leave insurance will provide essential support for the working families of New York,” said New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman. “This is a huge step forward for women who typically take on more child and elder care responsibilities – and for our children whose health and wellbeing depend on parental support.”

Feb
26
2014
NYCLU Applauds Expansion of NYC Paid Sick Leave Law

The New York City Council this afternoon voted 46-to-5 to expand the Earned Sick Time Act, giving a total of 1.2 million New York City workers the ability to care for their health and the health of their families without having to sacrifice their pay. Under the new law, all businesses with at least five employees must provide workers with five paid sick days a year. The bill also contains measures to include manufacturing workers previously excluded under the prior version of the act, and expands the categories of family members whom employees are allowed to take time off to care for.

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