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May
7
2015
Appeals Court Strikes Down NSA Phone Spying Program in ACLU, NYCLU Lawsuit

In a landmark decision, a federal appeals court unanimously ruled today that the NSA’s phone-records surveillance program is unlawful.

May
6
2015
Rikers Violence Requires Focused Reforms, NYCLU Testifies

At a hearing examining violence at and oversight of Rikers Island, the New York Civil Liberties Union will today urge the New York City Council to consider the 11 bills currently before the Council within the context of broader reforms focused on the root factors contributing to the jail’s over-population.

May
5
2015
NYCLU to File Appeal for Public Release of Garner Grand Jury Transcripts

The New York Civil Liberties Union will today pursue an appeal from a Staten Island judge’s March 19 decision to keep secret records from the Grand Jury that failed to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner. The NYCLU in December petitioned the court to release to the public the transcript, as well as the evidence presented and the instructions the jury was given.

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
30
2015
Bratton Report Glosses over Impact Broken Windows Policing Has on New York’s Communities of Color

In response to a report released today by the NYPD and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton in defense of Broken Windows policing, the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement. It is attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman. “It is disingenuous to suggest that critics of Broken Windows do not care about the quality of life of all New York City residents.

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
22
2015
Government Surveillance Records Show E-ZPass Readers Around New York City

The New York Civil Liberties Union this morning released a trove of government records that reveal that both city and state transportation agencies have set up E-ZPass readers in locations far from toll plazas. The records are part of the NYCLU’s new webpage that hosts records on how government agencies collect information on innocent New Yorkers, which includes recently released documents on Stingray surveillance equipment.

Apr
16
2015
NYC Principals Alerted to Students’ Privacy Rights on Cell Phones

The New York Civil Liberties Union today sent a letter to all New York City public school principals alerting them to students’ privacy rights and urging they adopt a model policy with regard to how their schools handle student cell phones. The letter comes in response to the end of the citywide ban on cell phones in school.

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
19
2015
Decision in Garner Grand Jury Records Case Adds Fuel to New Yorkers’ Distrust of System

In response to a Staten Island judge’s decision to keep secret records from the Grand Jury which failed to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement. The NYCLU in December petitioned the court to release to the public the Grand Jury’s transcript, as well as the evidence presented and instructions the jury was given.

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