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FIERCE to form Safe Zone

Chelsea Now

The Christopher Street Pier — known as a longtime safe haven for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color — has been threatened in recent years due to the city’s desire for private development on nearby Pier 40, according to members of an LGBTQ youth-advocacy group.

Inside the NYPD's New Stop-and-Frisk Training


POLICE TRAINING HEADQUARTERS — Standing in front of a classroom at the NYPD’s training headquarters at Rodman’s Neck in the Bronx, Detective James Shanahan, a veteran police academy instructor, stressed the importance of courtesy during police stops.

"People need to be treated with dignity and respect," said Shanahan, standing at a lectern in the building, where thousands of officers will receive training this year. But this time he wasn't speaking to cops.

How ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ (Not So) Quietly Became the Center of NYC Politics


Beneath the sounds of birds and children playing in Central Park, thousands marched quietly down Manhattan’s 5th avenue on Sunday afternoon carrying signs bearing the faces of a decade of victims of police violence and the words “Stop Racial Profiling: End Stop and Frisk.” Contingents from nearly 300 groups including labor unions, community groups, national civil rights organizations as well as the unaffiliated gathered in Harlem and marched past khaki-clad upper east siders walking their poodles, to the home of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Their demand?

Silent march to protest NYPD's "stop-and-frisk" policy


(Reuters) - Several thousand New Yorkers marched silently down Manhattan's Fifth Avenue from lower Harlem to the mayor's Upper East Side townhouse on Sunday to protest the New York Police Department's contentious stop-and-frisk policy.

Civil rights leaders the Reverend Al Sharpton and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President Benjamin Jealous marched with U.S. Representative Charles Rangel, union and civil liberty leaders.

Silent march against stop and frisk carries message loud and clear


Thousands marched down 5th Avenue on Father's Day, yet the only sound that could be heard were the birds chirping above.

A mass of people, ranging from small children to those in wheelchairs, made their way from 110th Street to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's doorstep on 79th Street in a silent protest against the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

The Long Roots of the NYPD Spying Program

The Nation

The stories are as remarkable for their banality as for their detail.

On February 8, 2006, the imam at a Bronx mosque advised congregants to boycott Danish products in response to caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad published by a Danish newspaper. In November 2006, a member of the Muslim Students Association at the state university in Buffalo forwarded an e-mail to a Yahoo chat group advertising a conference featuring various Muslim scholars. And in April 2008, college students on a rafting trip discussed religion and prayed “at least four times a day.”

An Independent Monitor for the Police Is Proposed

The New York Times

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency have inspectors general who function as independent monitors. So do the police departments of major cities like Los Angeles and Chicago, as well as the nation’s capital. Even most New York City agencies, like the Education Department and the Housing Authority, have similar monitors.