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May
5
2015
Assembly Vote Protects Women's Ability to Work Free from Discrimination

The New York State Assembly today passed a pair of bills to protect New York women from workplace discrimination, legislation initially introduced as part of the Women’s Equality Act and championed by the New York Civil Liberties Union. The vote clears the way for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the legislation into law.

Apr
29
2015
Cuomo’s AIDS Task Force Report Promotes Civil Rights, Individual Autonomy and Bodily Integrity

Governor Cuomo’s Task Force to End the AIDS Epidemic today released a report calling for statewide protections for New Yorkers who are transgender, comprehensive sex education in public schools, the ability for minors to consent to the HPV vaccine, decriminalizing syringe possession and a comprehensive ban on the ability of law enforcement to use a person having condoms on them as evidence of prostitution — all important measures the New York Civil Liberties Union has long advocated for.

Apr
23
2015
NYCLU, LSCNY Sue Utica School District for Illegally Denying Refugee Youth an Education

Public schools in Utica are unlawfully excluding refugee youth and segregating them to inferior alternative programs that offer no opportunity to earn a high school diploma, according to a federal class action lawsuit filed today by the New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of six refugee students and a class of similar immigrant students who have been excluded from public high school despite the fact that New York law guarantees a free, public education to youth younger than 21 who have not earned a diploma.

Mar
25
2015
Assembly Stands Up for Healthy Families by Passing Reproductive Services Act

The New York Civil Liberties Union today applauded the Assembly for passing the Reproductive Services Act, a bill that will strengthen and modernize New York’s abortion laws. “The State Assembly has a proud record of championing the rights of women,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “This important legislation is not only about strengthening reproductive rights. It’s about supporting autonomy, privacy and dignity. It’s about supporting healthy families.”

Mar
17
2015
Assembly Stands Up for NY’s Families, Economy by Passing Paid Family Leave

The New York State Assembly today passed the Paid Family Leave Act, legislation that allows New York workers to take paid leave to bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill family member. The New York Civil Liberties Union is among the advocacy organizations that has been pressing for years for the state to support New York’s workers and families by passing the legislation.

Jan
30
2015
Gov. Cuomo Endorses Police Accountability with Pocket Veto

In response to Governor Cuomo’s pocket veto of a bill that would have undermined the ability of local government officials across New York State to discipline police officers engaged in misconduct, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement, attributable to Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jan
29
2015
NYCLU Provides Body Camera Guidelines to White House Policing Task Force

On Saturday, Jan. 31, the New York Civil Liberties Union will testify on police body cameras during a White House hearing on 21st century policing. In its testimony, the NYCLU encourages police departments to adopt sensible and enforceable policies that ensure body cameras are used for the limited purpose of maximizing officer accountability, with privacy protections and oversight to prevent abuse of the technology.

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.

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