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Jun
29
2015
City Council Testimony Supports 'Right to Know Act' to Make Everyday Police Encounters Safer

The New York Civil Liberties Union will today testify before the New York City Council in support of the Right to Know Act, a package of two bill which require police to identify themselves when they stop someone and explain why the stop is taking place, and inform a person when he has a right to refuse being searched.

Jun
24
2015
Report Exposes Illegal Treatment of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students in New York Public Schools

The New York Civil Liberties Union today released a report revealing the serious and pervasive discrimination and harassment faced by transgender and gender nonconforming youth in New York public schools across the state. Despite New York’s reputation as a progressive leader, the state is failing to protect the right to an education of one of its most vulnerable student populations.

Jun
24
2015
State Legislative Leaders Fail to Agree to Any Major Criminal Justice Reforms

Despite countless protests, the deaths of Eric Garner, Kalief Browder and too many others, and growing distrust between communities and law enforcement agencies, New York State’s legislative leaders announced they have failed to agree to any major criminal justice reforms, inaction denounced by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Jun
18
2015
Lawmakers Prioritize the Health of Pregnant Women

The New York Civil Liberties Union today commended the State Legislature for passing a bill that allows uninsured women who become pregnant to sign-up for health insurance without delay. “In a rare bright spot this legislative session, our elected officials have wisely recognized that health care during pregnancy reduces health care costs and improves the health outcomes of both women and children,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman. “No woman should have to forgo prenatal care simply because she cannot afford the hefty out of pocket costs. ”

Jun
18
2015
State Legislature Stands Up for Rights of New York Families

The New York State Assembly today passed a bill outlawing discrimination against parents in the workplace. The New York Civil Liberties applauds the Assembly and bill sponsor Assemblymember Addie Russell in their effort to put the rights of New York families first.

Jun
18
2015
Broadway's Finest to Headline Annual NYCLU Benefit "Broadway Stands Up for Freedom"

SUSAN BLACKWELL TO HOST JEANINE TESORI TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER Michael Cerveris, Ruthie Ann Miles, Judy Kuhn, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Steven Boyer, Beth Malone, Brandon Uranowitz, Montego Glover, Seth Rudetsky, and more to perform

Jun
17
2015
New York City Must End Cash Bail System, NYCLU Testifies

The New York Civil Liberties Union will today testify before the New York City Council that it must immediately abolish cash bail for New Yorkers accused of misdemeanors and non-violent felonies.

Jun
12
2015
Warrantless Grab of Cell Phone Location Records Unconstitutional, NYCLU Argues

In a new legal brief, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Brennan Center for Justice and the Electronic Frontier Foundation argue that the government cannot pry into historical databases of people's cell phone location information without a warrant. The brief concerns a case in which prosecutors compelled a cell phone provider to turn over more than half a year of a Long Island man's cell phone location records without a warrant.

Jun
10
2015
Obituary: Barbara Shack, Fierce Advocate for Reproductive Rights

The New York Civil Liberties Union mourns the death of Barbara Shack, an emeritus member of the NYCLU Board of Directors and a women’s rights advocate who served as interim director and built the organization’s state legislative program in the 1980s. Through her tireless work the NYCLU became a force to be reckoned with in Albany—shaping policy and state law affecting the lives of millions of New Yorkers.

May
7
2015
Appeals Court Strikes Down NSA Phone Spying Program in ACLU, NYCLU Lawsuit

In a landmark decision, a federal appeals court unanimously ruled today that the NSA’s phone-records surveillance program is unlawful.

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