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Apr
15
2014
NYPD Shuts Unit That Mapped Muslim Communities

The New York Police Department has shuttered the unit that created maps and collected other information on Muslim communities in the New York City area, according to a report today by The New York Times. "The NYPD's disbanding of a unit that targeted New York Muslims and mapped their everyday institutions and activities is a welcome first step for which we commend Commissioner Bratton," said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. "We hope that the Demographics Unit's discriminatory activities will not be carried out by other parts of the NYPD."

Apr
3
2014
Federal Appeals Court Supports Religious Freedom by Keeping Worship Out of Public Schools

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday morning that the New York City Department of Education may restrict churches from using public school facilities for religious worship services, a decision applauded by the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Mar
31
2014
Rise in School Suspensions Disappointing, but Hopeful New Administration Changing Course

New data released late Monday by New York City reveals a troubling rise in school suspensions during the waning days of the Bloomberg administration, according to the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union. But a dip in student suspensions since leadership of the schools shifted to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña may indicate the start of a culture shift toward a learning environment that is supportive of all students.

Mar
18
2014
NYCLU Settlement Ensures Salvation Army Will Not Discriminate Using Government Funds

In a settlement approved today, The Salvation Army has agreed not to discriminate against beneficiaries of government-funded social services or against employees administering those services.

Mar
5
2014
NYCLU Applauds de Blasio Administration for Dropping its Challenge to Anti-Racial Profiling Law

New York City today announced it is dropping its challenge to a new racial profiling ban that will help restore community trust in the police and make city streets safer for all New Yorkers, a move celebrated by the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Feb
26
2014
NYCLU Applauds Expansion of NYC Paid Sick Leave Law

The New York City Council this afternoon voted 46-to-5 to expand the Earned Sick Time Act, giving a total of 1.2 million New York City workers the ability to care for their health and the health of their families without having to sacrifice their pay. Under the new law, all businesses with at least five employees must provide workers with five paid sick days a year. The bill also contains measures to include manufacturing workers previously excluded under the prior version of the act, and expands the categories of family members whom employees are allowed to take time off to care for.

Jan
30
2014
NYCLU Applauds New York City’s Commitment to Start Stop-and-Frisk Reform Process and Drop Appeal

The New York Civil Liberties Union today applauded Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that New York City will drop its appeal in two class-action lawsuits challenging the NYPD’s unconstitutional and discriminatory stop-and-frisk regime. The City also committed to reforming the Police Department as well as a historic community engagement process involving New Yorkers who have been subject to a decade of racial profiling.

Jan
17
2014
NYCLU Supports Appeals Decision: City Law on Crisis Pregnancy Centers Upheld

A decision handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals today upheld the central provisions of New York City law mandating transparency by crisis pregnancy centers, anti-choice “clinics” that masquerade as medical offices. “We are gratified by the court’s decision to uphold important protections for women in New York City,” said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. “This decision recognizes that the law was carefully crafted simultaneously to respect First Amendment rights and to protect women against deceptive practices,” Lieberman said.

Jan
15
2014
Victory in Unlawful Mass Arrest During 2004 RNC the Largest Protest Settlement in History

In a settlement announced today with the New York Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights advocates, New York City has agreed to pay nearly $18 million for the arrest, detention and fingerprinting of hundreds of protesters, journalists, legal observers and bystanders during the 2004 Republican National Convention – the largest protest settlement in history. The NYCLU filed the first cases following the Convention and has been central to the legal challenge to the NYPD’s actions.

Jan
7
2014
NYCLU Demands NYPD and DOT Records on E-ZPass Readers

The New York Civil Liberties Union today sent the New York State Department of Transportation, the New York City Department of Transportation and the NYPD formal legal requests for information on how they use E-ZPass readers to track and record New Yorkers’ movements. The request was filed after several recent press reports documented the use of E-ZPass readers to collect information on law-abiding New Yorkers far from toll plazas.

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