NYCLU educates activist groups about filing FOIA requests

If you’re a member of any progressive, pacifist, peace, or radical organizations I recommend you get in touch with the NYCLU and see if they’ll help your organization keep an eye on what the FBI thinks of said organization.

From the village voice:

If you would like to find out whether an organization to which you belong, or which you have supported, is being targeted, the New York Civil Liberties Union—much to its credit as an unintimidated bulwark of the First and Fourth Amendments—has begun a “Spy Files Campaign.”

As NYCLU field director and legislative counsel Udi Ofer explains, this New York affiliate of the national ACLU is involved in educating activist groups on “their right to obtain information about their government surveillance files by filing federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and New York Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests.”


As Ofer says, you can get a copy of the NYCLU’s tool kit for individuals and organizations interested in filing Freedom of Information requests by contacting him at the New York Civil Liberties Union, 125 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004 (phone: 212-607-3300, ext. 342; web: Also, for details and legal papers regarding the FOIA requests filed by ACLU affiliates around the country, including a list of clients, go to