Monday, September 27, 2021 – CPR members testified at the New York City Council Oversight Hearing of the Committee on Public Safety to examine reducing the responsibilities of the NYPD and related policies and practices. Among those that testified were representatives from the NYPD, District Attorneys, public
defender offices, advocates, and members of the public.
CPR staff and CPR member testimony at the hearing which included advocates, legal experts, and directly impacted communities called for:
Monday, January 11, 2021 – Families of loved ones killed by the NYPD, advocates, and legal experts will testify at the New York City Council Oversight Hearing of the Committee on Public Safety.
In 2020, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) led a historic #NYCBudgetJustice coalition of over 200 local and national organizations that demanded a $1B cut of the NYPD's expense budget in FY21 and the reallocation of those monies to core service programs and infrastructure for Black, Latinx and other communities of color. Following a year of historic protests, it’s critical that we keep the pressure up and hold our elected officials accountable, especially after last year’s budget tricks and funny math.
On Friday, May 22, 2020, at a City Council public safety committee hearing, members and leaders of Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) called for complete removal of NYPD officers from enforcement of social distancing enforcement. They recommended that public health professionals and community organizations are tasked with educating New Yorkers about the importance of social distancing and helping to create new norms that will protect all communities through the pandemic. They also called for deep NYPD budget cuts to be redirected to agencies to meet basic needs and help ensure an equitable COVID-19 recovery for Black, Latinx, and other communities of color in NYC. Written and oral comments were submitted by Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) and CPR Members from New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU); Drug Policy Alliance; Justice Committee, Legal Aid Society; Center for Constitutional Rights; and Take Root Justice.
On Thursday, May 21, 2020, at a city council finance committee hearing, members and leaders of Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) called for deep NYPD budget cuts, and a redirection of resources toward underfunded city agencies that will need to play a large role in driving an equitable recovery for New Yorkers hit hardest by COVID-19. Written and oral comments were submitted by Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) and CPR Members from Audre Lorde Project; Arab American Association of NY; Brooklyn Movement Center; Girls for Gender Equity; Jews for Racial and Economic Justice; and Justice Committee.
April 8, 2019
This past week had some good news related to what Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) was able to secure in the New York State budget. It was also a hard week with actions and events related to the continuing fight to secure some semblance of accountability for the killings of Saheed Vassell and Eric Garner.