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Jan
19
2017
NYCLU Praises New Sanctuary City Guidance from Attorney General

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced today that his office provided local governments and law enforcement agencies with a legal roadmap to enact sanctuary city policies and protect vulnerable immigrant communities. The following is attributable to Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union:

Jan
18
2017
State Assembly Approves Reproductive Health Protections Ahead of Trump Presidency

The New York State Assembly last night passed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA), two bills that protect women’s reproductive health and rights in New York State.

Jan
18
2017
NYCLU Analysis: CCRB Misconduct Findings Rise and Serious Discipline is Rarely Recommended

An analysis by the New York Civil Liberties Union of data released last week by the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board shows a dramatic increase in the number of substantiated cases of officer abuse in the last three years and that the NYPD rarely imposes serious discipline on officers for their misconduct. The analysis, which was contained in a letter the NYCLU sent to the CCRB last night, also shows that the CCRB is recommending serious discipline of officers in far fewer cases than in years past.

Jan
17
2017
Landmark Civil Rights Lawsuit Turns Horrific Mental Health Hospital into Model Facility

Nearly ten years after filing a landmark civil rights lawsuit, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Mental Hygiene Legal Service and Kirkland & Ellis LLP have informed a court that the Kings County Hospital Center’s psychiatric facilities have lived up to a 2010 settlement that required wholesale systemic changes to address dangerous and sometimes deadly conditions. The court granted their motion today.

Jan
13
2017
NYCLU: DOE Must do More to Keep Children in School

The New York City Department of Education today posted changes to its discipline code. The changes include measures designed to reduce suspensions for all children, especially the city’s youngest, but fall short of ending all suspensions for students in Kindergarten to second grade. The following statement is attributable to New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jan
12
2017
New Non-Profit Donor Disclosure Rules Will Not be Enforced While NYCLU and ACLU Lawsuit Proceeds

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has agreed to hold off on enforcing certain provisions of a recently enacted state ethics law that the New York Civil Liberties Union and American Civil Liberties Union argue violates the First Amendment. Following a lawsuit filed in federal court by the NYCLU and ACLU, the Attorney General agreed last week not to enforce parts of the law until the court considers the statute’s enactment and reaches a preliminary judgement on whether it violates the Constitution.

Jan
9
2017
In State Addresses, Cuomo Must Announce Plans to Make New York a Progressive Leader

Governor Andrew Cuomo will lay out his vision for New York this week during a series of State of the State addresses beginning today. With just days before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, the New York Civil Liberties Union urges Gov. Cuomo to put forth a plan that will safeguard New Yorkers from the threats to freedom posed by the incoming administration.

Jan
4
2017
NYCLU Settlement: City to Compensate Homeless People for Destroyed Possessions

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Picture the Homeless today announced a settlement on behalf of three homeless New Yorkers who were kicked awake and whose belongings were thrown into a trash compactor by police and sanitation workers. In the settlement, New York City will provide compensation for the personal items police illegally seized and discarded, which included social security cards, birth certificates and medication.

Dec
22
2016
NYCLU: Let Facebook Defend Users’ Private Information from Illegal Searches

The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a motion for leave to file an amicus brief today recommending that the New York Court of Appeals reverse a lower court’s decision barring Facebook from protecting the privacy of its users against sweeping search warrants issued by the Manhattan district attorney. The request comes after the court agreed to hear the case in December of last year.

Dec
22
2016
NYCLU Files Lawsuit Challenging Overbroad Campaign Finance Law that Threatens Free Speech

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging provisions of a New York State law that will curtail free speech and discourage people from donating to non-profit organizations that advocate for issues they care about.

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