Nearly 60 Organizations Urge City Council to Drop Proposal for 1,000 New NYPD Officers

A group of nearly 60 organizations that represent diverse communities across New York City sent a letter to Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the City Council to oppose their proposal to increase the NYPD headcount, urging that they instead prioritize vital police reforms and funding for unfulfilled community needs.

In the letter, Communities United for Police Reform and other organizations called for fundamental reforms to fix the broken NYPD accountability system and culture that promotes discriminatory and abusive policing.

  • Click here to read the full letter.  The signatories of the letter include community-based and national organizations representing communities of color, legal assistance and advocacy organizations, advocates for LGBTQ, low-income, youth, homeless and immigrant New Yorkers, and social justice groups that represent communities of color.
  • Download the Programmatic Alternatives for Community Safety Investments, which outlines critical funding needs that would provide for a more holistic and far-sighted view to public health, safety and community investment.
  • Click here to read our press statement and a New York Times article about the letter.

Full list of signatories:

Communities United for Police Reform
Arab American Association of New York
Association of Legal Aid Attorneys - UAW Local 2325
Audre Lorde Project
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Blacks In Tech/BIT-NYC
Bronx Defenders
Brooklyn Movement Center
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
Center for Constitutional Rights
Center for Popular Democracy
Center on Race, Crime & Justice, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Coalition for the Homeless
Community Voices Heard
Drug Policy Alliance
DRUM South Asian Organizing Center
Equality for Flatbush
Faith In New York
Gay Men's Health Crisis
Girls for Gender Equity
Global Action Project
Good Old Lower East Side
Harm Reduction Coalition
Housing Works
Jews for Racial & Economic Justice
Justice Committee
Justice League
Kairos Center for Religions, Rights & Social Justice
La Fuente, Tri-State Worker & Community Fund
LatinoJustice PRLDEF
Legal Aid Society
Make The Road New York
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Mekong NYC
Million Hoodies
Mothers On the Move
MuslimARC, the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative
NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund
New York City Anti-Violence Project
New York Communities for Change
New York Harm Reduction Educators
Nodutdol for Korean.Community Development
Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
Peoples Power Assemblies
Picture the Homeless
The Poverty Initiative
Rockaway Youth Task Force
Streetwise & Safe
Ugnayan Youth for Justice and Social Change
Urban Youth Collaborative