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We don’t see single causes; we see connected movements. The fight for digital privacy is key to protecting abortion access, just as reining in over-policing helps dismantle systemic racism in schools. Yet our work can be understood through four main themes:

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The NYCLU is the state affiliate of the ACLU. We fight for a New York where everyone lives with dignity, liberty, justice, and equality. We advance civil rights and civil liberties through an expert mix of litigation, policy advocacy, field organizing, and strategic communications. Our work is informed by the insights of our communities and coalitions, and is powered by our supporters.


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