Billy Porter, Mark Ruffalo, John Leguizamo, Tituss Burgess, Claude Copeland, Brandon Victor Dixon, Kathy Najimy, Fisher Stevens, and frontline activists call on Mayor de Blasio and City Council to cut at least $1B from NYPD budget & redirect funds to Black, Latinx & other communities of color.
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.
On February 7, 2019, family representatives for Ramarley Graham, Eric Garner, Saheed Vassell, and Delrawn Small joined Communities United for Police Reform to present testimony to the New York City Council on reforming the broken NYPD disciplinary process for police officers who engage in misconduct and perpetrate harm against New Yorkers. Written and oral comments were also submitted by Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) and CPR Members from Make the Road New York, Girls for Gender Equity, Legal Aid Society, New York Civil Liberties Union, Center for Constitutional Rights, and Bronx Defenders.
In 2013, a federal court found the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices unconstitutional. NYC's current mayor, Bill de Blasio, ran on a platform of addressing racial disparities in policing that same year. Yet in 2018, five years later, unconstitutional and abusive stops by the NYPD continue, impacting mostly New Yorkers of color.
On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, several CPR members testified before a Civilian Complaint Review Board public hearing on a resolution that would enable the agency to begin investigating certain sexual misconduct complaints against NYPD officers from civilians and proceed with administrative prosecutions for substantiated cases of such misconduct. The resolution unanimously passed, which means these complaints will now receive independent investigation outside of the NYPD.
Over a year ago, Colin Kaepernick pledged to give $1 million to groups across the nation, and we were thrilled to be included as a recipient in late 2016. For the final $100,000 of his #MillionDollarPledge, Kaepernick launched a #10for10 campaign where he matched gifts of at least $10K from his friends with $10K grants to 10 organizations over the course of 10 days. Entertainer/entrepreneur Nick Cannon chose to give a double gift to CPR with a donation of $20K and hip hop artist Joey Bada$$ also gave $10K, which Kaepernick matched with $10K. As part of the Encore portion of #10for10, music and business executive Steve Stoute donated $10K to us on February 1, 2018. It brings a total of $50,000 to our racial justice and police accountability work in 2018.