GO FOIL YOURSELF! Join Countless Others in AALDEF's Campaign to Help You Find out What's in Your NYPD File

Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012

500_NYPD_Red.jpgAre you being watched? From the recent AP reports, it's clear that the NYPD kept hundreds of individual names and businesses on file without any suspicion of wrongdoing. Undercover informants recorded how many times Muslim students prayed, tracked which businesses Muslim immigrants frequented, and mapped the locations of mosques and community centers -- and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

In response, last month the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) launched a mass Freedom of Information Law campaign -- GO FOIL YOURSELF -- that is helping community leaders, organizations, business owners, students, activists, and individuals find out if they have their own NYPD file - and what it contains.

"Individuals across the Northeast have contacted us about finding out whether the NYPD is spying on them," said Nermeen Arastu, staff attorney at AALDEF. "The reports about widespread secret surveillance have left many Muslims and non-Muslims wondering what they can do to create change and advocate for their rights. With GO FOIL YOURSELF, there can now be strength in numbers. If the NYPD is secretly collecting information on you, you have the right to request that information. The more requests that are filed, the stronger the message sent to the NYPD."

Are you ready to GO FOIL YOURSELF? Visit the GFY webpage for FAQs on how to file a FOIL and download blank FOIL templates to get started.

AALDEF would like to know about the results of your FOIL request:

Collecting the information from your FOIL will allow us to document the scope of the NYPD's secret snooping into the lives and lawful activities of the Muslim community. Our reports will only use summary data and anonymous anecdotal information and will not use your name or personal information without prior permission.

Go to the GFY webpage >

For further information, contact:

Nermeen Arastu
212.966.5932 ex. 207
narastu@aaldef.org

Ujala Sehgal
212.966.5932 ex. 217
646.207.1497
usehgal@aaldef.org


12.8.16

Census Bureau releases new list of counties requiring Asian-language assistance under the Voting Rights Act

11.22.16

AALDEF exit poll reveals new data on Muslim voter discrimination and GOP crossover voting for Clinton

11.18.16

After the 2016 presidential election, the fight for DACA and immigrant rights will continue

11.11.16

American Muslim voters faced extra hurdles at poll sites in Michigan & NY in the 2016 elections

11.9.16

In AALDEF's Election Day exit poll of Asian American voters, Clinton favored over Trump by wide margin

11.8.16

Despite high turnout, Asian American voters faced barriers to voting on Election Day

10.26.16

AALDEF to poll 10,000 Asian American voters in 14 states on Election Day

10.10.16

AALDEF criticizes Fox News for racist Chinatown segment on "The O'Reilly Report"

9.17.16

Oct. 4: Joyce Xi talks about racial profiling & the wrongful prosecution of Chinese American scientists

9.16.16

Sept 29: AMPLIFY(HER) zine launch at Asian American Writers Workshop

9.6.16

Sept 6 rally: AALDEF Statement on NY Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan

8.16.16

Federal court blocks Texas law restricting language assistance to voters

7.18.16

Remembering Grace Hwang, 1956-2016

6.23.16

National Asian American groups applaud Supreme Court decision in Fisher II affirmative action case