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Unions, activists react to Cuomo’s State of State

New York Amsterdam News

During last week’s State of the State address in Albany, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo touched on almost every hot-button topic that’s dominated public conversation, like women’s rights and gun control. Cuomo also discussed education, increasing the minimum wage and stop-and-frisk. It’s no surprise that several union members and activists had something to say about Cuomo’s take on those subjects.

As stop-and-frisk anger grows, local City Council members step up

Columbia Spectator

Former New York City police sergeant Anthony Miranda has a simple piece of advice.

“Every time you see a police encounter, pull out your cell phone,” Miranda said during a panel discussion at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem on Monday. “Videotape it, whether you think it’s right or wrong, and upload it onto the Internet.”

A plea for reforms to halt NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy

Increasing number of New Yorkers oppose practice, new poll finds
New York Daily News

It is a simple concept: We are all New Yorkers and, as such, we all deserve to be equally respected by authorities.

It is a simple concept, yet those who are supposed to “protect and serve” every city resident have had a very tough time grasping it.

The increasing number of New Yorkers who oppose stop-and-frisk — and its obstinate defense by Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly — is the most blatant example of this disconnect.

Momentum Builds in the Fight Against Stop-and-Frisk

The Nation

New York City Council member Deborah Rose adjourned a three-and-a-half-hour evening hearing on stop-and-frisk with a word of advice:

“Be safe traveling home,” she said. “Avoid the police.”

There seemed little else to say, now that Rose and the packed room of hearing attendees had heard nearly thirty testimonies of abuse and harassment at the hands of the New York City Police Department.

City Hall rally demands halt to NYPD stop-and-frisk tactic, passage of Community Safety Act

Legislation provides ‘transparency, oversight, and accountability’ to prevent police abuse
Daily News

Fed up with what they believe are discriminatory practices by the NYPD, more than 800 New Yorkers rallied last Thursday at City Hall.

Among other things they called for is an end to stop-and-frisk, which overwhelmingly affects black and Latino youth and has become the most visible example of police discrimination and abuse of power.

“Stop-and-frisk makes youth of color feel like we are criminals and not welcome in our own city,” said Alfredo Carrasquillo of the Brooklyn-based VOCAL-NY, one of the groups that participated in the rally,