The year 2020 was a dark time for our country, our state, and our people. The global pandemic, the killings of Black people by police, and the white supremacist campaign to hijack the Presidential election posed existential threats our democracy. And the threats continue.April 21, 2021
Over the course of 2019, the NYCLU worked to achieve some important victories: reforming New York's criminal legal system, protecting immigrants from Trump's deportation machine, taking steps to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, advancing reproductive rights, and much more.July 20, 2020
Throughout this report, you’ll see evidence of our work to fight back against the unconscionable actions of our government leaders. To advance a robust agenda in Albany. And to build a coordinated civil liberties majority throughout New York.May 14, 2019
Tens of thousands of New Yorkers like you have teamed up with the New York Civil Liberties Union since Trump’s election. Many followed individual paths to join together for this singular fight against the unprecedented perils of the Trump administration.April 10, 2018
For the past 65 years, the New York Civil Liberties Union has been dedicated to defending civil liberties and civil rights.July 29, 2017
Dignity emerged as a decisive theme of the NYCLU’s work in 2015. We fought to protect and elevate the value of all New Yorkers’ rights to bodily integrity and self-determination.May 17, 2016
The victories of 2013 were far-reaching and numerous: Fair marriage won the day in the Supreme Court as DOMA tumbled, and stop-and-frisk was condemned as unconstitutional, opening the way for broad, progressive reforms. New York City and State stand poised for positive change, buoyed by a new mayoral administration explicitly committed to equity and advancing the rights of all New Yorkers.January 25, 2014
At the New York Civil Liberties Union, change is constant. Each day we work to change laws, change
minds and change hearts. And although the results of this work are often slow, they are far from invisible.
But this year has been different. This year, change was not merely an idea, but something tangible that
we felt, heard and saw. Real couples granted the right to marry. Real communities marching for fair and
just policing. Real students receiving comprehensive sex education.
The New York Civil Liberties Union’s 60th anniversary is both a milestone and a marker in our ongoing commitment to preserve and protect our democracy. Since its founding in 1951, the NYCLU has helped shape our society and made a difference in people’s lives.
Over the past 60 years the NYCLU has:
- Contested the witch hunts and loyalty oaths of the McCarthy era and protected the right to protest
- Stopped school censorship and ended forced prayer in the public schools