Late last year, the NYCLU, our local ACLU chapter, happened to catch a glimpse of a new playground at Kiryas Joel, the orthodox enclave in upstate New York. As photos published by Haredi news site Behadrey Haredim reveal, the park boasted blue playground equipment for boys, red for girls, and vast e ... More >>
In 2012, with great fanfare, the village of Kiryas Joel opened a park on 283 unincorporated acres just outside their borders: slides, swings, benches, and, because Kiryas Joel's 22,000 residents are all members of the Satmar Hasidic movement, separate playing areas for boys and girls. Haredi news si ... More >>
Yesterday the ACLU and the UAW Local 2110 sat down yet again to negotiate the terms of a new five-year contract for the 28 employees it represents. After bargaining and caucusing late into the night, negotiations failed to produce a contract both sides could agree on.
After yesterday's story about the the planned picket line of union workers at the ACLU headquarters over botched contract negotiations, Runnin' Scared spoke with ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero. In no uncertain terms, he said that Local 2110 was being unfair, not him.
Try this for irony: The ACLU is taking a melon baller to its union workers' contracts. The collective bargaining unit representing legal assistants, receptionists, bookkeepers, accounting assistants, mail clerks, and most of the rest of the ACLU's support staff plans to picket the national headquart ... More >>
[UPDATE]: Testimony at the 9/11 military tribunal trial at Guantanamo Bay will be subject to censorship, according to court documents released yesterday. Judge Col. James Pohl ruled last week that the testimony of the defendants, including alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, could conta ... More >>
The military tribunal -- where alleged 9-11 master-mind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other alleged 9-11 conspirators will be tried -- is expected to rule at a pre-trail hearing today on the government's request to censor testimony. The government filed the motion back in April, requesting that ... More >>
The New Jersey branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has developed a smartphone app that allows users to easily record what happens during a police stop without the officer knowing he or she is getting recorded. The app is called "Police Tape" and was developed with the idea of letting the ge ... More >>
A few weeks back, The Associated Press reported some more sucky news about the job market: Employers increasingly want passwords to social networking sites, and will demand that info from prospective employees on job apps. Creeped out because H.R. might soon click through your private spring break ... More >>
Thanks to State Senator Russell Pearce and Governor Jan Brewer
How refreshing to get a moment -- just a moment -- of clarity in the Balloon Boy story. Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden, who expects to bring charges against the Balloon Boy's dad, Richard Heene, has told reporters the ACLU is representing the Heene family. In other media sources, it is ... More >>
ACLU Benefit Hillstock, the first ever installment of this permit-less backyard-and-rooftop festival, went off this weekend--though there was one hitch. The quieter Sunday singer-songwriter portion was supposed to happen on the rooftop of co-organizer Eric Williams, yet Eric's landlord magically di ... More >>
Oh great: the panopticon New York has created around Ground Zero may be coming to midtown. If Commissioner Kelly gets his ways and the funds from Homeland Security, thousands of surveillance cameras will be installed the width of Manhattan between 34th and 59th Streets. They'll be recording your mo ... More >>
Beginning today, the U.S. government will collect DNA samples from people arrested and detained for suspected immigration violations, the Los Angeles Times reports. Expectedly, the usual suspects are battling it out: An ACLU tech expert is concerned that "people who are merely accused of a crime or ... More >>
Badge sold in Union Square, November 4, 2008. Look familiar? Goodbye to being a "socialist" and "anti-American" because you supported a moderate Democrat. Some people will still call you these things, but it is transparently crazy now that the alleged leader of all anti-American socialists is also ... More >>
New report shows New York police arresting schoolchildren for non-crimes
A private corporation joins Bush administration's conspiracy to obstruct justice
Now you can find out if you're being surveilled by the FBI or the NYPD.
Getting over the gay-wedding jitters
Figuring that daylight is a spy's worst enemy, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed freedom of information requests to several military agencies trying to find out if they've been snooping on political groups from Greenpeace to the Rhode Island Community Coalition for Peace. This is probably ... More >>
ACLU releases documents of U.S. torture of detainees by more than 'a few bad apples'
A story in The New York Times causes an ACLU leader to scurry to create a cover-up
ACLU head signed agreement to abide by a requirement of the patriot act
Prying in a Terrorized World
A Bipartisan Groundswell of Rebellion
The Media Blew This One Big-Time
The ACLU Supports a 'Constitutional' Death by Starvation
'Everyone in This Room Is a Suspect'
Clean Air Act Polluted by the Justice Department
Justice Department vs. Democracy
Organizing Against General Ashcroft
A Rigged Board Election at the NYCLU?
Who's That Next to Us at the Meeting?
Whos Afraid of John Ashcroft?
The Return of 'Black Bag Jobs'
Giving the FBI a Blank Warrant
Thomas and Sic Heil Politics
The Presumption of Innocence Gets Lost
Lawsuit Filed Against the FBI for Foul Play
The Names of Murdered Doctors Are Crossed Out
'Diversity Cannot Continue by Crude Racial Categories'