New York Civil Liberties Union - Capital Region Chapter

New York Civil Liberties Union - Capital Region Chapter BECAUSE FREEDOM CAN'T PROTECT ITSELF
Chapter Board Colin Donnaruma President Kathy Manley Vice President Mark Witecki Treasurer Justiin Harrison Legal Committee Chair

Like its parent organization, the ACLU, the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Capital Region Chapter is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization devoted exclusively to protecting the civil liberties of all persons, and to extending them to persons traditionally denied fundamental rights. We seek to preserve and enhance the principles embodied in the United States and the New York State constitutions. The Chapter receives no governmental funding and is supported by individual contributions, grants from foundations, and more than 2,800 dues-paying NYCLU members in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Washington, Warren, Columbia and Greene counties. Through litigation, advocacy and public education, we strive to ensure that the civil liberties guaranteed to all of us by the Constitution are not infringed by the government or private individuals. Since our founding in 1991, the chapter has challenged racism and police brutality, and defended freedom of expression and privacy, including reproductive choice, right here in your community. We have protected people of color, women, lesbians and gays, and handicapped persons from discrimination. We have sought to expand the rights of the mentally ill and the homeless, and to establish the right to counsel in landlord/tenant cases. We have fought to secure the right of students to an education free of censorship. The Capital Region Chapter is a visible and articulate defender of civil liberties. Staff and board members appear frequently in the media, and in public forums to educate and promote the individual rights and fundamental freedoms that our nation is based upon.

06/15/2020
www.supremecourt.gov

GORSUCH, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which ROBERTS, C. J., and GINSBURG, BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN, JJ., joined. ALITO, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which THOMAS, J., joined. KAVANAUGH, J., filed a dissenting opinion.


SCOTUSblog: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII.

Opinion: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/17-1618_hfci.pdf.

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New York Civil Liberties Union
01/30/2020
New York Civil Liberties Union

New York Civil Liberties Union

Let’s be clear:

✔️This fearmongering is nothing new. The same playbook was used to fuel the war on drugs and stop-and-frisk.

✔️Bail reform will continue to change the lives of thousands of legally INNOCENT New Yorkers.

✔️We refuse to go backwards.

01/27/2020
Defund Hate, Indivisible, Capital District Border Watch and Women Against War have sent us this notice of local actions ...
09/10/2019
Find an Event | Indivisible

Defund Hate, Indivisible, Capital District Border Watch and Women Against War have sent us this notice of local actions for this week to speak out against the removal of children from their parents. Please feel free to join the efforts. Melanie
DEFUND HATE : NATIONAL WEEK OF ACTION , JOIN US FOR SOME LOCAL EVENTS

Thursday Sept 12 noon West Capital Park Washington Ave & Swan St, Albany

Join us to hear mental health professionals speak out against child separation and detention " Lift Every Voice "

Friday September 13 noon at the Leo O"Brien Federal Building , Clinton and N. Pearl Street, Albany

Join Defund Hate, Indivisible, Capital District Border Watch and other groups to hear various speakers and music by Terri Robin. Also, see events across the country at https://indivisible.org/events

Friday September 13 4:30 pm at 1086 Troy-Schenectady Rd. Latham

Join Defund Hate, Indivisible and Capital District Border Watch for a Honk and Wave outside the ICE office

Friday September 13 4:30 pm Maple Ave behind Crandall Library in Glens Falls

Join Defund Hate at a march and rally to call on Congressional Member Stefanik to Defund Hate! Many groups include Saratoga Progressive Action, New Resistance USA, Close The Camps, Saratoga Peace Alliance, Veterans For Peace, ADK chapter 147 and allies

Please pass this on and follow.

There are actions around the country and some have already happened such as : Never Again Action : Capital Region this past Sunday in Troy,
#NeverAgainIsNow

This is a page for an Find Event Map

Our own Executive Director!!
08/30/2019
The Sanctuary for Independent Media

Our own Executive Director!!

Hudson Mohawk Magazine correspondent Steve Pierce speaks with Melanie Trimble, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union - Capital Region Chapter. She discusses local efforts to enhance civilian control of municipal police forces in the wake of new revelations about the deadly shooting of Edson Thevenin, and how Troy residents can get involved.

New York Civil Liberties Union
08/01/2019
New York Civil Liberties Union

New York Civil Liberties Union

Low-income communities across the country are still reeling from the effects of decades-old urban renewal policies.

Syracuse, New York has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change course.

07/14/2019
New York Civil Liberties Union
07/12/2019

New York Civil Liberties Union

With #ICERaids looming, here are a few things everyone should know:

DO NOT:
-open your door to ICE
-sign anything
-lie to an ICE agent

DO:
-ask to see a warrant signed by a judge
-insist on your right to remain silent
-have someone document the interaction
-ask for a lawyer

06/23/2019
ACLU

ACLU

Know your rights if ICE agents show up at your door.

New York Civil Liberties Union
06/22/2019
New York Civil Liberties Union

New York Civil Liberties Union

Hundreds of innocent undocumented teens have gotten caught up in ICE's MS-13 sting, called "Operation Matador."

We want answers.

05/23/2019
What can you do?
05/22/2019

What can you do?

Our own Zach Ahmed!
05/22/2019

Our own Zach Ahmed!

The amazing Claire Thomas speaking.
05/22/2019

The amazing Claire Thomas speaking.

Immigration panel.
05/22/2019

Immigration panel.

New York Civil Liberties Union
05/14/2019

New York Civil Liberties Union

We spent the day in Albany telling our representatives that the fight is far from finished.

New York still needs to:

👨🏾‍🌾 give farmworkers labor rights

🚙 expand access to drivers’ licenses

💨 legalize marijuana

📚 ban biometric surveillance in schools

💕 pass comprehensive sex ed

You can join in from wherever you are, by writing to your reps here: nyclu.org/lobbyday2019

New York Civil Liberties Union
04/27/2019
New York Civil Liberties Union

New York Civil Liberties Union

When it’s used for prolonged periods of time, solitary is nothing short of torture, and its effects can be deadly.

Tell your state representative to pass the help pass the Humane Alternatives to Long-term Solitary Confinement (HALT) Act:

Green Light NY Driving Together : Luz Verde NY Manejando Juntos
04/26/2019
Green Light NY Driving Together : Luz Verde NY Manejando Juntos

Green Light NY Driving Together : Luz Verde NY Manejando Juntos

Please share this excellent article from NBC about our efforts, featuring The New York Immigration Coalition and Make the Road New York member, Jorge, who is part of the Green Light campaign’s leadership council of directly impacted people.

Por favor, comparte este excelente artículo de NBC en el cual aparece la Coalición de Inmigración de Nueva York y Jorge, miembro de Make the Road NY y de líder de nuestro consejo de personas directamente afectadas.

Green Light NY Driving Together : Luz Verde NY Manejando Juntos
04/25/2019

Green Light NY Driving Together : Luz Verde NY Manejando Juntos

04/25/2019
Labor Religion Coalition of New York State

Labor Religion Coalition of New York State

This morning state Sen. Daphne Jordan, County Executive Steve McLaughlin and other local officials held a misleading, fear-mongering press conference against restoring equal access to driver's licenses, regardless of immigration status. Thankfully, Bryan MacCormack of Columbia County Sanctuary Movement set the record straight afterword.

"I would like to ask Sen. Jordan, how do the workers that cook the food at the restaurants she goes to get to those restaurants? How do the kids who live in the school districts she claims to represent get to school? How do mothers get into the school with the increased safety requirements like a form of identification? How does food get to her table when workers are driving to farms? How does a mother get to health care or the hospital when she or her child are sick? The answer is driver's licenses. It's ridiculously inhumane to not see all those aspects and to solely make this an anti-immigrant issue."

#GreenLightNY

04/21/2019
New York Civil Liberties Union

New York Civil Liberties Union

No 420 jokes or memes from us.

Just stats about how marijuana prohibition disproportionately hurts black and brown people. ⬇️

04/19/2019
Empire Justice Center
04/18/2019

Empire Justice Center

• BREAKING: OCA announced a new court rule today, prohibiting ICE from arresting immigrants in New York State courthouses WITHOUT a judicial warrant or order! This is a huge victory, as advocates have been pushing for #ICEfreecourts in New York for ~2 years! #ProtectOurCourts

04/12/2019
New York Civil Liberties Union

New York Civil Liberties Union

On Syracuse's Southside, homeowners, renters, and school students live and play next door to a crumbling highway that has caused segregation and health impacts for decades. www.nyclu.org/i81

New York Civil Liberties Union
04/02/2019
New York Civil Liberties Union

New York Civil Liberties Union

This weekend, our lawmakers made it easier for New Yorkers to access the information they need to defend themselves in court.

It's the first substantial change to our discovery laws since 1979.

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