NYCLU Releases Guide on New NY Marriage Law

NYCLU Releases “Know Your Rights” FAQ on New York’s Marriage Fairness Law  The New York Civil Liberties Union today released a “Know Your Rights” guide that answers frequently asked questions concerning the Marriage Equality Act – the new law granting lesbian and gay couples the freedom to marry in New York State. The guide, written […]

NYPD Stopped and Frisked Record Number of Innocent People during First Quarter of 2011

The NYPD stopped and interrogated more than 161,000 completely innocent New Yorkers in the first quarter of 2011, the highest number over a three-month period since the Police Department began reporting data on its troubling stop-and-frisk program. About 88 percent of the 183,326 stop-and-frisk encounters recorded from January through March resulted in neither an arrest […]

NYCLU Challenges Illegal Stop & Frisk of Livery Cab Passengers

The New York Civil Liberties Union today filed a federal lawsuit challenging the NYPD’s unlawful practice of detaining, questioning and searching innocent New Yorkers – particularly blacks, Latinos and other non-whites – who are riding in livery cars. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, maintains that the NYPD is using its […]

NYCLU Supports NYC Law that Balances First Amendment and Women’s Right to Health Care

The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed an amicus brief in federal court in support of a New York City law that requires pregnancy service centers to disclose whether they have a licensed medical provider on staff and whether they do or do not provide prenatal care, emergency contraception, or abortion services or referrals. […]

NYCLU Advocacy: DOJ Affirms Immigrant Children’s Right to Attend Schools

IW:  The government should be putting school officials in jail who break this law, just like the school officials try to put parents in jail for trying to get their children a good education. The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education have issued guidance <http://www.nyclu.org/files/releases/DOJ%20DOE%20guidance.pdf> to all the nation’s school districts clarifying […]

Laurence Tribe Decries Unconstitutional Treatment of Private Bradley Manning

A few days after Barack Obama gave that inspiring acceptance speech, having won the Democratic nomination for the presidency, Laurence Tribe, the preeminent constitutional law professor and scholar at Harvard Law School, circulated a letter about just how smart Obama is.  Tribe hired him as a research assistant during his first year of law school, […]

SALT book: Vulnerable Populations, Economic Realities

Carolina Academic Press is about to publish VULNERABLE POPULATIONS AND TRANSFORMATIVE LAW TEACHING: A CRITICAL READER, a collaboration between SALT and Golden Gate University School of Law.  Publication is anticipated in mid-March. The essays included in this volume began as presentations at the March 19–20, 2010, “Vulnerable Populations, Economic Realities” teaching conference organized and hosted […]

Obama Kills The Fourth Amendment » American Civil Liberties Union

In 1994 the FBI decided it needed a surveillance system built into the telephone network to enable it to listen to any conversation with the flip of a switch. Congress obliged by passing the Communication Assistance to Law Enforcement Act CALEA, forcing the telecoms to rebuild their networks to be “wiretap ready.” Seventeen years later, […]

Elon James White: What To Do When You’re Stopped By Police video

Comedian Elon James White speaking on behalf of the ACLU explains your rights in the event that you get stopped by police.

NYCLU Sues Police Officer Over Taser of a Syracuse 9th Grader

The New York Civil Liberties Union today filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court on behalf of a Syracuse student who was shot with a Taser by a police officer last year. The student, a ninth grader at the time, was attempting to stop a fight between two female classmates at Fowler High School […]

Police Tactics in New York City Housing Are Criticized – NYTimes.com

h/t NYCLU A Manhattan judge criticized the policing tactics in New York City Housing Authority developments, ruling on Tuesday that officers appeared to be routinely flouting the law by questioning people without legal justification. via Police Tactics in New York City Housing Are Criticized – NYTimes.com.

ACLU: The Single Greatest Chart Ever (At Least if You Want to Know Where Your Personal Information Goes)

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report (PDF) on Wednesday that provides an outstanding start on describing the problems of data collection both on and offline. Buried in that FTC report is a small gem: On pages 107 and 108 is Appendix C, a chart prepared by technologist Richard Smith which conveys all of […]

NYCLU Challenges Queens DA’s Interrogation Program

In a legal brief filed this week, the New York Civil Liberties Union argued that Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s attempt to prevent a judge from reviewing his office’s program of interrogating people accused of crimes before they are arraigned or have seen an attorney should be rejected as an attempt to shield an unethical […]

Doubts About Cuomo’s Support of Gay Rights | Greens for Greens ™

“He plays catch-up on our issues,” said Libby Post, who founded Empire State Pride Agenda, the influential gay-rights group that pushed for the same-sex marriage legislation last year. “I don’t think his heart is really there. He does not have a record you can look to.” via Doubts About Cuomo’s Support of Gay Rights | Greens for […]

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