Freedom of Speech and Religion
President Trump represents a historic threat to freedom of speech and religion in our country. The President made Islamophobia official government policy and encouraged police to patrol and profile Muslim neighborhoods. He regularly calls the press and his critics the “enemy of the people” and encourages his supporters to attack peaceful protesters. The rights to speech and religion are fundamental to the founding of our country and if they fall, our democracy could collapse along with them.
While Trump’s actions capture the headlines, there are constant threats to free speech from local governments that sometimes fly under the radar. The New York Civil Liberties Union protects the rights of New Yorkers to protest and to engage in political boycotts. We continue our decades-long effort to stop police departments from using a person’s religion as a pretext for unjustified and unwarranted spying. And we beat back efforts to erase the bedrock separation of church and state in our schools and our communities.
- March 24, 2016
- July 1, 2013
Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International (Defending right to freedom of belief)April 10, 2013
Charles v. City of New York (Challenging unlawful arrest of NYC resident for filming stop-and-frisk encounter)January 3, 2013
People v. Harris (Challenging court order requiting Twitter to disclose information on an individual's use of the site)October 25, 2012
- April 18, 2012
Legislative Memo: Executive Chamber’s Proposed FY20 Good Government & Ethics Reform Article VII LegislationMarch 4, 2019
Legislative Memo: Opposing Senate legislation regarding bias-based offenses and politically motivated boycottsMarch 8, 2017
- April 5, 2016