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Aug
18
2015
NYCLU Motion: Garner Grand Jury Records Must Be Public

The New York Civil Liberties Union today requested that the New York Court of Appeals review a lower court’s decision to keep secret records from the Grand Jury which failed to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner. The lack of accountability for Eric Garner’s death dramatically shook the public’s confidence in the grand jury system and subsequently prompted conflicting policy proposals, including and up to abolishing the grand jury system altogether.

Jul
29
2015
NYCLU Will Appeal Garner Grand Jury Transcript Decision

In response to the Appellate Division, Second Department’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.

Jul
23
2015
NYC Report a Monumental Step toward Safe, Nurturing Schools

The de Blasio administration today released a report outlining ways to improve the climate in New York City public schools while minimizing the use of suspensions, arrests, summonses and other excessively harsh discipline practices that push students out of school, increase drop-out rates and unfairly impact students of color and those with special needs. The report, Safety with Dignity, details policy recommendations made by the Mayor’s Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline, a team which included New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman.

Jul
21
2015
Annual Broadway Stands Up for Freedom Concert Features Star-Studded Performances for NYCLU Youth Work

The New York Civil Liberties Union’s 13th annual Broadway Stands Up for Freedom concert was a sold-out spectacular. Monday night, dozens of Broadway’s finest graced the stage of the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts to salute the work of the NYCLU.

Jul
20
2015
Victory: Landmark State Policy Promises Transgender Students an Equal Education

The New York State Education Department today released official guidance for school districts across the state, a major step toward ensuring that transgender and gender nonconforming youth can access their right to an education.

Jul
9
2015
Freedom of Expression Youth Contest Winners Announced

The New York Civil Liberties Union today announced the winners of its annual Freedom of Expression Contest, which invites young people in New York City to voice their opinion on important civil rights and civil liberties issues of the day.

Jul
8
2015
New York City Takes Important Step toward Ending Destructive Cash Bail System

In response to press reports that New York City will next year begin offering alternatives to cash bail for New Yorkers accused of low-level or non-violent crimes, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement. It is attributable to Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jul
8
2015
Victory Allows Families to Visit Hart Island Graves

Starting later this month, family members will be able to visit the graves of loved ones buried in New York City’s potter’s field, Hart Island, thanks to a settlement reached today between the New York Civil Liberties Union and New York City. The agreement comes in response to a class-action lawsuit filed by the NYCLU in December 2014 challenging a city policy barring people from visiting the gravesites of family members buried on the island – the final resting place for 1 million people and the largest mass grave in the United States.

Jul
7
2015
Final Line-Up of Performers Announced for Annual NYCLU Benefit "Broadway Stands Up for Freedom"

The New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York State affiliate of the ACLU, announced today that more performers have joined the star-studded lineup for its annual benefit concert. “Broadway Stands Up for Freedom,” a celebratory event in honor of the recent Supreme Court victory for the freedom to marry, will boast performances by some of Broadway’s finest on Monday, July 20, at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place). Tickets are available now by visiting http://nyuskirball.org/calendar/broadwaystandsup.

Jun
29
2015
City Council Testimony Supports 'Right to Know Act' to Make Everyday Police Encounters Safer

The New York Civil Liberties Union will today testify before the New York City Council in support of the Right to Know Act, a package of two bill which require police to identify themselves when they stop someone and explain why the stop is taking place, and inform a person when he has a right to refuse being searched.

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