More than two centuries after the Declaration of Independence promised equal justice for all, that promise remains unfulfilled. New York State is home to some of the most segregated school districts in the country, Black and brown New Yorkers face disproportionate police attention and criminal penalties, and New Yorkers of color are most impacted by inequitable housing and development.

The NYCLU works to identify, challenge, and stamp out the ideologies and impacts of racism. We take on racial injustice in government institutions, including New York’s criminal legal and education systems, and we fight to make sure that all New Yorkers have access to the same opportunities.

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