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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
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.

Oct
24
2013
125 Rights, Faith and Community Groups Ask Justice Department to Investigate NYPD for Muslim Surveillance

A coalition of 125 religious, racial justice, civil rights and community-based organizations sent a letter to the Justice Department today urging it to open a civil rights investigation into the NYPD for its program of spying on Muslims without suspicion of wrongdoing.

Sep
30
2013
Argument before Federal Judge to End NYPD Surveillance of Muslim Community; Advocates Call for Court to Appoint a Monitor

Tomorrow, Federal District Court Judge Charles S. Haight will hear arguments in the long-running class action lawsuit governing New York City Police Department surveillance of First Amendment activity, asking him to enjoin the NYPD’s program of surveillance of Muslim communities in New York and elsewhere in the absence of suspected criminal activity. The motion, made in February 2013, contends these NYPD activities violate court-ordered guidelines, and asks the court to appoint a monitor to ensure compliance with the guidelines.

Jun
18
2013
Rights Groups File Lawsuit Challenging NYPD’s Muslim Surveillance Program as Unconstitutional

The NYPD is routinely violating the civil rights of Muslims across New York City by operating an unconstitutional religious profiling and suspicionless surveillance program, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by New York City residents represented by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project of Main Street Legal Services, Inc. at CUNY School of Law.

Jun
13
2013
NYCLU Sues on Behalf of Driver Arrested for Writing Expletives on a Speeding Ticket

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the law firm of Bergstein & Ullrich, LLP today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a driver who got a speeding ticket in the Catskills town of Liberty and ended up arrested and prosecuted under New York’s aggravated harassment statute for exercising his right to free speech and expressing his dissatisfaction with the ticket. The driver was prosecuted after writing expletives on the ticket payment form and crossing out the town’s name of “Liberty” and replacing it with “Tyranny.”

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