Though generations of civil rights activism have led to important gains in legal, political, social, employment, educational and other spheres, inequality of resources and opportunity still disproportionately and negatively impact people of color, and New Yorkers of color still bear the brunt of attacks on civil rights and liberties.
The New York Civil Liberties Union aims to preserve and extend constitutionally guaranteed rights to people who have historically been denied their rights on the basis of race.
Please explore the links to the right and below to learn about the NYCLU’s work to combat racism through litigation, organizing, legislative advocacy, and public education.
- 3.8 millionfrom 2002 to 2011, black and Latino residents made up close to 90 percent of people stopped, and about 88 percent of stops – more than 3.8 million – were of innocent New Yorkers
- December 4, 2017
Charles v. City of New York (Challenging unlawful arrest of NYC resident for filming stop-and-frisk encounter)January 3, 2013
Peoples v. Fischer (Challenging policies governing use of solitary confinement in New York's prisons)January 3, 2013
Ligon v. City of New York (Challenging the NYPD’s aggressive patrolling of private apartment buildings)April 17, 2012
Ithaca City School District v. State Division of Human Rights (Arguing that state Human Rights Law covers school districts)March 8, 2012
NYCLU v. New York County District Attorney (Seeking access to records concerning the D.A.'s Trespass Affidavit Program)February 13, 2012
- July 5, 2015
Statement in Support of the Community Safety Act: Guaranteeing Safety and Respect for All New YorkersJune 12, 2013
- February 10, 2011