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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.

May
6
2015
Rikers Violence Requires Focused Reforms, NYCLU Testifies

At a hearing examining violence at and oversight of Rikers Island, the New York Civil Liberties Union will today urge the New York City Council to consider the 11 bills currently before the Council within the context of broader reforms focused on the root factors contributing to the jail’s over-population.

May
5
2015
Assembly Vote Protects Women's Ability to Work Free from Discrimination

The New York State Assembly today passed a pair of bills to protect New York women from workplace discrimination, legislation initially introduced as part of the Women’s Equality Act and championed by the New York Civil Liberties Union. The vote clears the way for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the legislation into law.

May
5
2015
NYCLU Supporters in Albany to Demand Justice for All

New York Civil Liberties Union supporters from across the state are in Albany today to call on lawmakers to fix the state’s broken public defense system during the first annual NYCLU Lobby Day, the largest ever gathering of NYCLU members and supporters. Kicking off with a rally and press conference in West Capitol Park on the Swan Street steps, advocates were joined by legislators voicing their firm commitment to the statewide reform of public defense.

May
5
2015
NYCLU to File Appeal for Public Release of Garner Grand Jury Transcripts

The New York Civil Liberties Union will today pursue an appeal from a Staten Island judge’s March 19 decision to keep secret records from the Grand Jury that failed to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner. The NYCLU in December petitioned the court to release to the public the transcript, as well as the evidence presented and the instructions the jury was given.

Apr
30
2015
Bratton Report Glosses over Impact Broken Windows Policing Has on New York’s Communities of Color

In response to a report released today by the NYPD and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton in defense of Broken Windows policing, the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement. It is attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman. “It is disingenuous to suggest that critics of Broken Windows do not care about the quality of life of all New York City residents.

Apr
29
2015
Cuomo’s AIDS Task Force Report Promotes Civil Rights, Individual Autonomy and Bodily Integrity

Governor Cuomo’s Task Force to End the AIDS Epidemic today released a report calling for statewide protections for New Yorkers who are transgender, comprehensive sex education in public schools, the ability for minors to consent to the HPV vaccine, decriminalizing syringe possession and a comprehensive ban on the ability of law enforcement to use a person having condoms on them as evidence of prostitution — all important measures the New York Civil Liberties Union has long advocated for.

Apr
27
2015
Assembly Champions Women’s Rights by Passing Equal Pay Protections

The New York State Assembly demonstrated its firm commitment to advancing the rights of women in New York State today by passing a package of equal pay protections, including A6075, legislation which closes loopholes that allow employers to pay women less and creates robust wage secrecy protections so employees cannot be retaliated against for sharing their wage information. The vote clears the way for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the measure into law.

Apr
23
2015
NYCLU, LSCNY Sue Utica School District for Illegally Denying Refugee Youth an Education

Public schools in Utica are unlawfully excluding refugee youth and segregating them to inferior alternative programs that offer no opportunity to earn a high school diploma, according to a federal class action lawsuit filed today by the New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of six refugee students and a class of similar immigrant students who have been excluded from public high school despite the fact that New York law guarantees a free, public education to youth younger than 21 who have not earned a diploma.

Apr
22
2015
Government Surveillance Records Show E-ZPass Readers Around New York City

The New York Civil Liberties Union this morning released a trove of government records that reveal that both city and state transportation agencies have set up E-ZPass readers in locations far from toll plazas. The records are part of the NYCLU’s new webpage that hosts records on how government agencies collect information on innocent New Yorkers, which includes recently released documents on Stingray surveillance equipment.

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