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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
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
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.

May
5
2014
Supreme Court Upholds Town Government Prayers

The Supreme Court today upheld a New York town’s practice of starting town meetings with official sectarian prayer. The practice was challenged by residents of Greece, who objected to hearing government prayers, the vast majority of which were expressly Christian invocations, as a condition of attending public meetings.

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
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
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.

Jan
28
2014
NYCLU: JCOPE Decision Violates the Right to Political and Ideological Association

In response to a decision today by the state's lobbying regulator to decline to exempt the New York Civil Liberties Union and three other controversial organizations from disclosing its donors, the NYCLU released the following statement. It is attributable to Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jan
15
2014
Victory in Unlawful Mass Arrest During 2004 RNC the Largest Protest Settlement in History

In a settlement announced today with the New York Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights advocates, New York City has agreed to pay nearly $18 million for the arrest, detention and fingerprinting of hundreds of protesters, journalists, legal observers and bystanders during the 2004 Republican National Convention – the largest protest settlement in history. The NYCLU filed the first cases following the Convention and has been central to the legal challenge to the NYPD’s actions.

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