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You Have Every Right to Snap That Picture

By Michael Cummings, New York Civil Liberties Union at 5:50pm
Snapping a picture of a federal building from public property is every photographer’s right. Unfortunately, in recent years, pointing a camera at federal building seems to magnetically attract suspicion from federal security officers.
Stop and Frisk Watch: Keep Tabs on the NYPD with Your Smart Phone

Stop and Frisk Watch: Keep Tabs on the NYPD with Your Smart Phone

By Michael Cummings, New York Civil Liberties Union at 11:13am

The New York Civil Liberties Union is giving smart phones a social conscience. This week, we unveiled Stop and Frisk Watch – a new smart phone app that will empower New Yorkers to hold the NYPD accountable for unlawful, abusive street stops and…

Life in a Box: Inhumane and Unsafe Extreme Isolation in New York’s Prisons

Life in a Box: Inhumane and Unsafe Extreme Isolation in New York’s Prisons

By Michael Cummings, New York Civil Liberties Union at 12:54pm

In New York’s prisons, people caught with too many postage stamps in their cells can land a stint in extreme isolation – the harshest possible punishment in the state prison system.

Extreme isolation – locking one or two people…

NYCLU Reveals Suspension Spike in NYC Schools

By Michael Cummings, New York Civil Liberties Union at 4:45pm

"Elijah," an eighth grader, enjoyed school and got good grades. A black student at a mostly white school in Queens, he got caught with some friends one day playing with a miniature baseball bat — the kind sold at the Yankee Stadium…

Mayor Bloomberg Stands Up for Religious Freedom

By Michael Cummings, New York Civil Liberties Union at 5:11pm

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg should get a standing ovation for his teary-eyed speech yesterday in defense of pluralism and religious freedom with regard to the proposal to build an Islamic cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero.

"We…

In New York, Be Black (or Latino), Be Stopped, Be Frisked

By Michael Cummings, New York Civil Liberties Union at 5:10pm

The New York Times ran an article today showing the alarming racial disparities in the New York Police Department's (NYPD) stop-and-frisk practices.

The New York Civil Liberties Union has spent years exposing the NYPD's unlawful and racially…

Imprisoned by the Census

By Michael Cummings, New York Civil Liberties Union at 4:45pm

Anyone imprisoned in the United States as of April 1 will remain behind bars for the next decade — at least as far as the U.S. Census is concerned.

Even if their sentence ends today, the census still counts them as residents of the…

Wedding Planning: New York-Style

Wedding Planning: New York-Style

By Michael Cummings, New York Civil Liberties Union at 1:06pm

With New York State's new law giving lesbian and gay couples the freedom to marry set to take effect on July 24, thousands of same-sex couples are facing complex and serious questions regarding their rights — questions most wedding planners can't answer.

New York Governor Suspends Harmful Deportation Program

By Michael Cummings, New York Civil Liberties Union at 4:38pm

In a huge victory for civil liberties, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, suspended his state's participation in a federal deportation program that tore apart families, encouraged racial profiling and harmed public safety by …

Live from New York, It's Project Liberty!

Live from New York, It's Project Liberty!

By Michael Cummings, New York Civil Liberties Union at 12:44pm

Project Liberty, the New York Civil Liberties Union's (NYCLU) very own TV show, makes its broadcast debut this week in New York City on a public access channel. While we don't expect to win Emmy awards, Project Liberty provides New Yorkers a sleek…

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