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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.

Jun
24
2015
State Legislative Leaders Fail to Agree to Any Major Criminal Justice Reforms

Despite countless protests, the deaths of Eric Garner, Kalief Browder and too many others, and growing distrust between communities and law enforcement agencies, New York State’s legislative leaders announced they have failed to agree to any major criminal justice reforms, inaction denounced by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Jun
24
2015
Report Exposes Illegal Treatment of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students in New York Public Schools

The New York Civil Liberties Union today released a report revealing the serious and pervasive discrimination and harassment faced by transgender and gender nonconforming youth in New York public schools across the state. Despite New York’s reputation as a progressive leader, the state is failing to protect the right to an education of one of its most vulnerable student populations.

Jun
18
2015
Broadway's Finest to Headline Annual NYCLU Benefit "Broadway Stands Up for Freedom"

SUSAN BLACKWELL TO HOST JEANINE TESORI TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER Michael Cerveris, Ruthie Ann Miles, Judy Kuhn, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Steven Boyer, Beth Malone, Brandon Uranowitz, Montego Glover, Seth Rudetsky, and more to perform

Jun
17
2015
New York City Must End Cash Bail System, NYCLU Testifies

The New York Civil Liberties Union will today testify before the New York City Council that it must immediately abolish cash bail for New Yorkers accused of misdemeanors and non-violent felonies.

Jun
12
2015
Warrantless Grab of Cell Phone Location Records Unconstitutional, NYCLU Argues

In a new legal brief, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Brennan Center for Justice and the Electronic Frontier Foundation argue that the government cannot pry into historical databases of people's cell phone location information without a warrant. The brief concerns a case in which prosecutors compelled a cell phone provider to turn over more than half a year of a Long Island man's cell phone location records without a warrant.

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.

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