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Jan
13
2016
Governor’s Progressive Agenda Deserves Support but Must Include Statewide Public Defense

In response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, the New York Civil Liberties Union released the following statement, attributable to Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Dec
4
2015
NYCLU Denounces Bill to Fund Security Officers in Private and Religious Schools with Taxpayer Money

The New York City Council announced that its Public Safety Committee will hold a public hearing this afternoon on Intro 65A, a bill to appropriate $20 million from taxpayer money to pay for security officers for private and religious schools. The following statement is attributable to Johanna Miller, advocacy director at the New York Civil Liberties Union: “We're extremely disappointed in our city council today for its widespread support of a scheme to divert tens of millions of dollars away from our struggling public school kids.

Nov
19
2015
School Discipline Settlement Underscores Harm to City Students and Importance of Reform

The New York Civil Liberties Union, the American Civil Liberties Union and the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP today agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit on behalf of six New York City public school students who were punched, thrown, handcuffed for hours, verbally abused and wrongfully arrested at school by the NYPD School Safety Division.

Nov
2
2015
NYCLU Praises Mayor’s Roadmap to Reduce Punitive School Discipline

Mayor de Blasio today announced a roadmap to improve the climate in New York City public schools and end overly punitive school discipline policies that push students out of school, increase drop-out rates and unfairly impact students of color and those with special needs.

Oct
12
2015
NYCLU Kicks Off Week of Action to Teach Students their Rights During Suspensions

The New York Civil Liberties Union will kick off its annual Week of Action at the Washington Irving Education Campus in Manhattan from 7-8:30 a.m. tomorrow, Oct. 13. This year’s Week of Action will focus on students’ rights when facing suspensions. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, NYCLU volunteers will visit selected schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx before classes start and after the school day ends to speak with students and distribute Know Your Rights When Facing a Suspension palm cards.

Sep
29
2015
Amendments to Student Safety Act Are a Win for School Discipline and Student Well-being

The New York City Council is set to pass a set of sweeping reforms to the Student Safety Act that will result in increased data reporting on school discipline practices and their impact on our city’s children. The amendments will require, for the first time, reporting by both the NYPD and the Department of Education on the use of metal detectors, handcuffs and restraints in city schools.

Jul
23
2015
NYC Report a Monumental Step toward Safe, Nurturing Schools

The de Blasio administration today released a report outlining ways to improve the climate in New York City public schools while minimizing the use of suspensions, arrests, summonses and other excessively harsh discipline practices that push students out of school, increase drop-out rates and unfairly impact students of color and those with special needs. The report, Safety with Dignity, details policy recommendations made by the Mayor’s Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline, a team which included New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman.

Jul
21
2015
Annual Broadway Stands Up for Freedom Concert Features Star-Studded Performances for NYCLU Youth Work

The New York Civil Liberties Union’s 13th annual Broadway Stands Up for Freedom concert was a sold-out spectacular. Monday night, dozens of Broadway’s finest graced the stage of the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts to salute the work of the NYCLU.

Jul
7
2015
Final Line-Up of Performers Announced for Annual NYCLU Benefit "Broadway Stands Up for Freedom"

The New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York State affiliate of the ACLU, announced today that more performers have joined the star-studded lineup for its annual benefit concert. “Broadway Stands Up for Freedom,” a celebratory event in honor of the recent Supreme Court victory for the freedom to marry, will boast performances by some of Broadway’s finest on Monday, July 20, at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place). Tickets are available now by visiting http://nyuskirball.org/calendar/broadwaystandsup.

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.

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