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Jan
22
2015
Obituary: Faith Seidenberg, Pioneer in Women’s Rights and Dedicated Activist for Civil Liberties

The New York Civil Liberties Union mourns the passing of Faith Seidenberg, an attorney and civil rights advocate who worked tirelessly for equality and freedom for all people. Seidenberg is perhaps best known for successfully challenging the 115-year ban on women at East Village institution McSorely’s Old Ale House, a lawsuit which led to legislation in 1970 barring discrimination in public places in New York City based on sex.

Jan
21
2015
Governor Outlines Important Criminal Justice Reforms, but Should Not Link DREAM Act to Private School Tax Credit

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:

Jan
6
2015
NYCLU Applauds Onondaga Co. Legislature for Improving Oversight of Jail

The Onondaga County Legislature today passed legislation that will improve oversight at the local jail and help ensure that the basic rights of people incarcerated there are protected. The bill comes after the deaths of Chuniece Patterson and Raul Pinet Jr., two prisoners who died while in custody at the Onondaga County Justice Center. The New York Civil Liberties Union applauded the Legislature for standing up for basic transparency and accountability around serious issues such as use of force against prisoners and the grievous injury or death of a prisoner or employee at the jail.

Dec
17
2014
Board of Regents, AG Take Important Step to Help Ensure Immigrant Kids Can Go to School

The Board of Regents and State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday issued an emergency regulation to help ensure that immigrant children can attend school in New York State. The regulation comes after the New York Civil Liberties Union in October released a review that showed that many school districts across the state may be unlawfully barring the enrollment of immigrant students.

Dec
12
2014
NYCLU Releases Police Reform Platform for New York State

The New York Civil Liberties Union today sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio proposing a platform for statewide and citywide police reform focusing on de-escalation of policing practices and meaningful accountability for police wrongdoing.

Dec
4
2014
Settlement Secures New Taser Policy in Syracuse to Help Stop Abusive Police Tactics

In a settlement reached today, the Syracuse Police Department has agreed to new rules governing the use of Tasers. The agreement is the result of a 2010 lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union challenging Taser abuse in city schools.

Oct
30
2014
NYCLU Survey: NY School Districts Illegally Denying Education to Immigrant Children

The New York Civil Liberties Union today released findings from a review of approximately 20 percent of New York State school districts revealing that the majority of those districts may be unlawfully barring the enrollment of immigrant students.

Oct
21
2014
Settlement Begins Historic Reformation of Public Defense in New York State

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP today announced a historic settlement that overhauls public defense in five counties and lays the foundation for statewide reform of New York’s broken public defense system. By entering into the agreement, the state is taking responsibility for providing public defense for the first time in the more than 50 years since the Supreme Court held that it is a state obligation.

Sep
25
2014
Justice Department Issues Landmark Support for Public Defense Suit

The Justice Department today submitted a “statement of interest” in a case filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and the law firm of Schulte, Roth and Zabel LLP aimed at overhauling the state’s public defense system and slated to go to trial on Oct. 7. This is the first time that the Department of Justice has weighed in on public defense in a state court proceeding in the more than 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court held that states must provide the right to counsel to poor people accused of crimes.

Sep
17
2014
NYCLU Report Exposes NY’s Failure to Provide Public Defense to Poor in Violation of Constitution

The New York Civil Liberties Union today released a report revealing grim new data regarding New York State’s abject failure to provide public defense services to poor people accused of crimes, a violation of the U.S. Constitution, state constitution and the laws of New York. The new report also features testimonials from New Yorkers across the state whose families, homes and livelihoods were devastated by the broken public defense system.

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