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Mar
31
2014
Victory: Park in Hasidic Enclave Kiryas Joel Will Not Segregate Based on Sex

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union have settled a lawsuit against the Village of Kiryas Joel with the government agreeing it will not endorse segregation of the sexes in a public park.

Dec
11
2013
NYCLU, ACLU Sue Hasidic Enclave Kiryas Joel for Information on Sex-Segregated Park

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit challenging the village of Kiryas Joel’s refusal to disclose public records about a sex-segregated park.

Jun
13
2013
NYCLU Sues on Behalf of Driver Arrested for Writing Expletives on a Speeding Ticket

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the law firm of Bergstein & Ullrich, LLP today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a driver who got a speeding ticket in the Catskills town of Liberty and ended up arrested and prosecuted under New York’s aggravated harassment statute for exercising his right to free speech and expressing his dissatisfaction with the ticket. The driver was prosecuted after writing expletives on the ticket payment form and crossing out the town’s name of “Liberty” and replacing it with “Tyranny.”

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
5
2012
NYCLU Victory in Class Action Lawsuit Protects Student Voting Rights in Presidential Election

College students who registered to vote but had their applications denied by Republican Commissioner Erik Haight will be able to vote in tomorrow's presidential election, a federal district court judge ruled from the bench late Monday afternoon.

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.

Nov
1
2012
College Students Sue Dutchess County to Remove Barrier to Student Voting in Presidential Election

Four college students have filed a federal class action lawsuit against the Dutchess County Board of Elections to protect the fundamental right to vote in next week's presidential election. The students -- who attend the Culinary Institute of America, Marist College and Bard College -- registered to vote and provided both street and mailing addresses, but had their applications denied by Republican Commissioner Erik Haight because they either did not provide the technical name of their dormitory buildings or their room numbers on their applications.

Oct
11
2012
NYCLU, Brennan Center Urge Dutchess County to Remove Barrier to Voter Registration for Local College Students

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the Brennan Center for Justice today urged Dutchess County Board of Elections Commissioner Erik Haight to stop requiring Bard College and Culinary Institute of America students to identify the names of their dormitories on voter registration forms.

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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