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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:

Jun
27
2013
NY's Highest Court Rules GPS Tracking of State Employee's Personal Car Unlawful

In a victory for privacy rights, the New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, unanimously ruled today that New York State acted unlawfully when it planted a GPS tracking device on a government employee’s personal car and tracked his movements outside of working hours.

Jun
4
2013
New Yorkers Descend on Capitol for Women's Equality Rally and Lobby Day

Thousands of New Yorkers from every corner of the state descended on Albany today for a rally and lobby day in support of the Women’s Equality Act.

May
28
2013
NY’s High Court to Hear NYCLU Challenge to GPS Tracking of State Employee’s Personal Car

The state’s highest court will tomorrow hear arguments in a New York Civil Liberties Union case challenging New York State’s warrantless planting of a GPS tracking device on a government employee’s personal car. The device, planted as part of an investigation into workplace misconduct, tracked the whereabouts of 30-year Department of Labor employee Michael Cunningham and his family on their personal car for at least a month, including during evenings, weekends and while the family went on vacation out of state.

May
13
2013
NYCLU Urges State Lawmakers to Provide Basic Labor Protections to NY Farmworkers

The New York Civil Liberties Union will join farmworkers, community and civil rights advocates, and religious leaders in Albany today to urge state lawmakers to enact the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act – legislation that will extend basic labor rights and protections to the state’s farmworkers. Even though they form the backbone of the state’s $4.7 billion agriculture industry, farmworkers are denied basic labor protections, including rights to overtime pay, to a day off per week, to workers’ compensation if they are injured on the job and to engage in collective bargaining.

Jan
9
2013
NYCLU Applauds Governor’s Position on Women’s Equality, Marijuana Arrests

In response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, the New York Civil Liberties Union released the following statement, attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman: “We’re pleased that the governor’s priorities for the coming session include a vigorous agenda for women’s equality that would make major strides in closing loopholes in New York’s existing protections for women. We particularly applaud his commitment to pay equity, extending protections against sexual harassment to all workers in New York, and protecting women’s fundamental right to choose.

Dec
6
2012
NYCLU Lawsuit Challenges New York State’s Use of Solitary Confinement

The New York Civil Liberties Union today filed a federal lawsuit challenging New York prison officials' system-wide policies and practices governing solitary confinement that are responsible for the arbitrary and unjustified use of extreme isolation on thousands of individuals incarcerated in New York’s prisons every year.

Nov
2
2012
NYCLU and Common Cause/NY Partner to Combat Voter Intimidation on Election Day

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Common Cause/NY today announced joint measures to protect New Yorkers’ voting rights in polling districts in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Poughkeepsie, Albany and Long Island. The NYCLU and Common Cause/NY have learned that True the Vote, a Houston-based organization with a history of using voter intimidation tactics in minority and low-income voting precincts, is recruiting and training poll watchers to challenge voters on Election Day at polling places in where U.S. Congressional races are tight.

Oct
2
2012
NYCLU Report Exposes Inhumane, Arbitrary Use of Solitary Confinement in NY State Prisons

The New York Civil Liberties Union today released an investigative report documenting in unprecedented detail how the use of solitary confinement in New York State prisons is arbitrary and unjustified; harms prisoners and prison staff; and decreases prison and community safety.

Aug
30
2012
NYCLU Launches Online Voting Rights Guide

The New York Civil Liberties Union today launched Let Me Vote – an all-inclusive guide on the right to vote in New York State. The toolkit provides everything New Yorkers need to register to vote and cast their ballots on Election Day. “The right to vote is a fundamental pillar of our democracy,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “At a time when this sacred right is under assault in states across the nation, our new voting rights guide will help empower all New Yorkers to protect their right to vote.”

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