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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
13
2015
New Rules Make Rikers a Leader in Solitary Confinement Reform

The New York City Board of Correction today announced nationally unprecedented new rules governing the use of solitary confinement at Rikers Island, including ending its use on people 21 and younger and reducing solitary confinement for all prisoners to no more than 30 consecutive days. The New York Civil Liberties Union was among the organizations pressing the Board for the reforms.

Jan
7
2015
NYCLU Commends End of Cell Phone Ban, Demands More Reforms in Schools

In response to press reports that the de Blasio administration will today end the ban on cell phones in New York City public schools, the New York Civil Liberties Union issues the following statement. It is attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman.

Dec
30
2014
NYCLU Applauds Cuomo Veto of Bill That Would Decrease Accountability at Rikers Island

Governor Cuomo late last night vetoed a bill drafted by the correction officers' union that seeks to protect guards from prosecution for acts of brutality against inmates at Rikers Island facilities. The bill would have given the Queens District Attorney exclusive jurisdiction in such cases.

Dec
19
2014
With Reforms, Rikers Housing Unit Can Improve Prison Conditions

At a New York City Board of Correction hearing, the New York Civil Liberties Union today submitted testimony in support of comprehensive reforms to the use of punitive segregation and solitary confinement. The Board is considering a proposal for a new housing unit, “enhanced supervision housing,” for incarcerated people who are deemed to pose a serious threat to safety.

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
15
2014
NYC Must Reform Aggressive Policing of Low-Level Offenses and Summons Court Operations

At a New York City Council hearing on summons court operations and impact, the New York Civil Liberties Union will today testify in support of reforming the system for issuing and processing summonses and urge the Council to re-consider the city’s aggressive enforcement of non-criminal offenses, which has a disproportionate impact on communities of color.

Dec
12
2014
Motion Demands Public Release of Garner Grand Jury Transcript

The New York Civil Liberties Union yesterday submitted a formal application to the judge who oversaw the Grand Jury proceedings in the chokehold death of Eric Garner asking for the public release of the Grand Jury proceedings transcript, as well as the evidence presented and instructions given to the jury. The NYCLU’s application specifically requests that any personally identifiable information about the jurors, witnesses and employees of the office of the Staten Island District Attorney be redacted.

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.

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