Protecting Privacy & Autonomy

Every New Yorker should be able control their body and conduct their personal lives without coercion, interference, or surveillance. We’re combatting law enforcement, government, and private sector overreach into our personal lives — from dictating our health care decisions like abortion, to police spying on our activities, to secret collection of our personal data online.

By the Numbers

76 days

It would take 76 workdays to read every privacy policy one encounters annually.


The NYPD spent $3 billion dollars on surveillance technology in a twelve-year period with little to no oversight or disclosure.


Nearly 4 in 10 counties in New York have no clinics offering abortion care.


Over 90,000 New York City students are searched by metal detectors everyday.

Our Approach


We’re challenging power in the courts, the state house, city hall, local offices, the streets, and more. Take action on some of today’s most important fights by exploring our major campaigns.

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Our Approach

Know Your Rights

You have rights while protesting, attending school, accessing health care, voting, and more. Empower yourself by learning more about your rights, how to exercise them, and what to do when they are violated.

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Our Approach


Whether at the town council or the state capitol, we fight for laws and policies that advance justice and liberty. With offices across New York and a major presence in Albany, we push lawmakers and leaders, evaluate proposed legislation, and draft justice-forward bills. Explore our policy memos, testimonies, comments, and more.

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