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Jul
23
2014
NYCLU, Civil Rights Orgs, Labor Unions Urge Cuomo to Veto Bill Immunizing Police Officers from Discipline

The New York Civil Liberties Union and a coalition of civil rights organizations and labor unions today sent a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to veto legislation that would all but eliminate the ability of local government officials across New York State to discipline police officers engaged in misconduct. The letter comes just days after a Staten Island man died after an NYPD officer put him in an illegal chokehold.

Jul
22
2014
Stars Dazzle at the NYCLU’s 12th Annual Broadway Stands Up for Freedom Benefit Concert

The 12th annual Broadway Stands Up for Freedom benefit concert was a bona fide smash. A cast of Broadway's finest – including Tony winners Lena Hall and nominees Celia Keenan-Bolger (Glass Menagerie), Condola Rashad (The Trip to Bountiful) and Robin de Jesus (In the Heights) – took the stage at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on Monday night to celebrate the work of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Jul
18
2014
Judge Rules NYCLU Can Protect Donor Lists in Victory for Free Speech

In response to a decision today that the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) erroneously denied the New York Civil Liberties Union and three other organizations exemption from disclosing their donor lists, the NYCLU released the following statement. It is attributable to Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jul
16
2014
NYCLU Announces Freedom of Expression Youth Contest Winners

The New York Civil Liberties Union today announced the winners of its annual Freedom of Expression Contest, which invites young people in New York City to voice their opinion on important civil rights and civil liberties issues of the day.

Jul
11
2014
Justin Guarini, Adam Chanler-Berat, Zach Unger and Barret Foa Join Star-Studded Lineup for the 12th Annual NYCLU Benefit Concert

The New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York State affiliate of the ACLU, today announced additions to the company of award-winning performers for Broadway Stands Up for Freedom, its annual benefit concert to be held on Monday, July 21 at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place, NYC).

Jul
9
2014
NYCLU: NYC ID Invites Risks for Vulnerable New Yorkers

At a hearing today about the New York City Council's proposal to issue municipal identity cards to city residents regardless of their immigration status, the New York Civil Liberties Union plans to testify about the risks the legislation creates for some of New York City's most vulnerable residents. The following can be attributed to NYCLU Advocacy Director Johanna Miller:

Jul
1
2014
NY’s Highest Court Says Cyberbullying Criminal Law Goes Too Far

In a victory for free speech, the New York State Court of Appeals today struck down Albany County’s cyberbullying law, finding that it sweeps too broadly and criminalizes protected speech. The decision is important nationally as it is one of the first times any state’s highest court has taken on a law that makes it a crime to bully people online, ordinances that are becoming increasingly popular and overwhelmingly target children.

Jun
26
2014
NYCLU Reaches Settlement with Ontario County as part of Landmark Public Defense Suit Against New York State

The New York Civil Liberties Union reached an agreement today with Ontario County, one of the five counties named in its landmark class-action lawsuit aimed at overhauling New York State’s failed public defense system for poor or indigent defendants. The settlement comes after ongoing efforts by Ontario County to enhance public defense services for poor people accused of crimes before the lawsuit, Hurrell-Harring v. New York, goes to trial in the fall.

Jun
18
2014
NYCLU Applauds Decision Upholding NYC's Racial Profiling Ban

A State Court tonight ruled that New York City's ban on racial profiling is constitutional, a decision applauded by the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Jun
18
2014
New Settlement Protects Right to Film Police in Suffolk County

In a settlement approved late Tuesday by the Suffolk County Legislature, the Suffolk County Police Department has agreed to annually train and test all police officers on the First Amendment right of the public and the media to observe, photograph and record police activity in public locations.

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