Since 1951, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) has been New York State's preeminent organization devoted to protecting civil liberties and civil rights. You can help counter threats to fundamental freedoms – including personal privacy, the freedoms of speech, association and religion, and the right to due process before the law – and by supporting the NYCLU's work. Our legal, legislative, educational and community organizing efforts depend on donations from engaged supporters. Join us in defending liberty and justice.
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Gifts of Stock to the NYCLU
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Michael Friedman was a brilliant theater composer who was deeply committed to civil liberties and civil rights. Known for his work on Gone Missing, which he created with the theater company, The Civilians and Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, he also wrote music and lyrics for Fortress of Solitude and Love’s Labour’s Lost for Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater among many others. After the 2016 election, Michael created The State of the Union Songbook, a body of songs based on interviews with voters. Michael frequently donated his music to the NYCLU’s annual Broadway Stands Up for Freedom Concert.
To honor his memory, his parents, John and Carolyn Friedman, and his sister, Marion Friedman Young, created the Michael Friedman Fund for Voting Rights to support the ACLU’s and NYCLU’s voting rights work.