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Mar
19
2014
NYCLU Expands Lawsuit Challenging Taser Abuse in Syracuse Schools

The New York Civil Liberties Union today expanded its lawsuit challenging abuse of Tasers by the Syracuse Police Department in Syracuse City schools. The new plaintiff was a 12th grader when he was shot with a Taser three times while lying on the floor and crying because he was afraid he might not graduate with the rest of his class.

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
19
2012
Syracuse Common Council Extends Basic Civil Rights Protections to Transgender Residents

The New York Civil Liberties Union today applauded the Syracuse Common Council’s passage of legislation amending local civil rights law to protect transgender and gender non-conforming residents from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, such as restaurants, hotels and stores.

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.”

Jul
12
2012
False Occupy Murder Match Raises Concerns about DNA Database and NYPD Practices

In response to reports that an apparent link between a DNA sample taken at an Occupy Wall Street action and the 2004 unsolved murder of a Julliard student may be the result of a crime lab error, the New York Civil Liberties Union today issued the following statement, which is attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jan
19
2012
NYCLU: Syracuse Park Eviction an Affront to Free Speech

In response to the overnight eviction of Occupy Syracuse demonstrators from Perseverance Park, the New York Civil Liberties Union today issued the following statement attributable to Central New York Chapter Director Barrie Gewanter:

Jan
17
2012
NYCLU Urges Syracuse Mayor to Halt Plan to Evict Protesters from Perseverance Park

The New York Civil Liberties Union today called on Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner to halt plans to evict Occupy Syracuse protesters from Perseverance Park tomorrow morning.

Dec
6
2011
NYCLU: Cortland Common Council Must Revise Unconstitutional Lawn Sign Ordinance

The New York Civil Liberties Union today urged the Cortland Common Council to take action to amend a city zoning ordinance that places unconstitutional restrictions on residents' ability to place political signs on their property. “It’s time for the Common Council to stop talking about this ordinance, and act to fix it,” said Barrie Gewanter, director of the NYCLU”s Central New York Chapter. “Council members cannot address the constitutional violations at issue through silence and inaction. Some simple changes would protect people’s free speech rights.”

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