Communities United for Police Reform are launching a campaign with events around New York City, taking our message to City Hall, and to the communities most intensely targeted by these profoundly unfair policing practices.
CPR’s Week of Action starts February 26: Stepping Up Resistance to Police Violence.
“Stop and Frisk” policies and related “broken windows” policing has spiraled out of control. Across New York City, millions of New Yorkers have been wrongfully profiled, stopped, frisked, searched, summonsed, arrested, harassed or even physically or sexually assaulted by an increasingly confrontational and arrogant police force — often humiliated in their own homes, schools and neighborhoods. This is an outrage.
Communities United for Police Reform is an unprecedented campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York, bringing together a movement of community members, lawyers, researchers and activists to work for change. The partners in this campaign come from all 5 boroughs, from all walks of life and represent many of those unfairly targeted the most by the NYPD.
In 2010 Colorlines.com asked youth in Brooklyn’s Brownsville: How does it feel to be stopped and frisked?
* In 2011, the New York Police Department made over 684,000 street stops – a 14% increase over 2010 (and a 603% increase since 2002, Bloomberg’s first year in office)! Close to 90% of the stops resulted in no arrest or summons whatsoever.
* Even when these stops yield arrests, almost all are low-level, many resulting directly from citizens questioning the rights of the police to stop them in the first place. While most of these arrests don’t result in criminal convictions, they often trigger severe consequences – including job loss, eviction, and even deportation of permanent residents who are not citizens.
* Stop and frisk and other “broken windows” policing aggressively targets low-income communities of color, young people, homeless people, LGBT people, people with disabilities, immigrants, and women. Many people who have been stopped have reported intense harassment by police. Young people expect to be stopped every day, often multiple times a day, even in school.
* These policies make us ALL less safe, by creating an atmosphere of fear of the police, instead of trust.
These policies are an outrage, violating our fundamental rights and even the most basic fairness in our city. This is not an acceptable approach to public safety in New York.
Get Involved. Join the movement to stop “stop and frisk” and discriminatory policing.
Schedule as of 2/20/2012, subject to change.
SUNDAY 2/26, 1pm – 6pm (@ Audre Lorde Project, 147 W. 24th St., 3rd floor, MANHATTAN)
Culture + Resistance = Justice: Kick off Communities united for Police Reform’s (CPR) week of action with banner-making, puppet-making, music, poetry and food! For more info, contact: Picture the Homeless, 646-314-6423 or email@example.com
MONDAY 2/27, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (@ The Point, 940 Garrison Ave, Hunts Point, BRONX)
Calling on the Bronx & all New Yorkers to Watch the Cops: Free hands-on Cop Watch training to learn more about your rights and get tips on how to educate your community and prevent police abuse. RSVP required. For more info, to request childcare, or to register, contact Peoples Justice: firstname.lastname@example.org
TUESDAY 2/28, 4pm – 7pm (@ Make the Road New York, 301 Grove Street, BROOKLYN)
Youth Open Mic on Police Violence. For more info, contact Make the Road NY/Youth Power Project: Jose, 646.496.3469 or Jose.Lopez@maketheroadny.org
WEDNESDAY, 2/29, 12 noon (@ City Hall, MANHATTAN)
Communities united for Police Reform (CPR) press conference and rally to end stop-and-frisk and discriminatory policing. For more info: email@example.com
WEDNESDAY, 2/29, all day (@ throughout the city)
Stand with CPR. Whether you can join us on the steps of City Hall or not, wear your Cop Watch t-shirt. If you don’t have one, pick one up at the Sunday 2/26 or Monday 2/27 events.
THURSDAY 3/1, 6:30pm – 9pm (@ Audre Lorde Project, 147 W. 24 St., 3rd floor, MANHATTAN)
Know Your Rights Training for lesbian, gay, bisexual, two spirit, transgender, and gender non-conforming people of color. RSVP required. For more info, contact Audre Lorde Project: Irma, 212-463-0342, ext. 17 or firstname.lastname@example.org
THURSDAY 3/1, 10am – 4pm (@1399 Lafayette Ave., BRONX)
Help paint a Know Your Rights Mural. Work with artists to help with the underpainting of a new Know Your Rights Mural. For more info, contact email@example.com.
FRIDAY 3/2, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (@MS35, 272 McDonough Street, BROOKLYN)
Cop Watch Training. For more info, contact Malcolm X Grassroots Movement: firstname.lastname@example.org
All listed events are free, some have pre-registration or other specific requirements.
For general information about the week: email@example.com
For press inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
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