In January 2013, CPR launched the first Leadership Development Institute (LDI) to build the capacity of directly affected communities to hold the NYPD accountable. The LDI trained almost 30 individual members from nine organizations to conduct Know Your Rights workshops in their communities. Knowing our rights is the first step in protecting ourselves from discriminatory and abusive policing.
On October 10, New Yorkers from across the city testified before members of the City Council at a legislative hearing on the four bills (Intros 799, 800, 801 and 881) comprising the Community Safety Act. Over 30 CPR members, supporters and partners gave testimony and answered questions from council members on the need for reform and oversight of the NYPD.
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On September 24, the New York City Council announced two community hearings to be held by the Council Committee on Civil Rights in Brooklyn and Queens to provide the public with opportunities to submit testimony on the NYPD’s practice of stop, question and frisk. Communities United for Police Reform encourages all New Yorkers concerned about ending the discriminatory and abusive policies and practices of the NYPD to attend.
Communities United for Police Reform has released a new Know Your Rights booklet with critical information for New Yorkers to know when interacting with the police.
On September 24, the New York City Council announced an initial hearing to be held by the Public Safety Committee on the four bills (Intros 799, 800, 801 and 881) that comprise the Community Safety Act, and hearings by the Council's Civil Rights Committee on the NYPD's stop, question and frisk practices. Collectively, the four Community Safety Act bills will reform discriminatory, abusive and unlawful policing practices, and create greater accountability and transparency of the NYPD. The Community Safet
On Thursday, September 27, CPR organized an Advocacy Day for NYPD Accountability and Community Safety at New York City's City Hall.
On Monday September 24, Latino leaders, including Congressional, State and City elected officials, community, labor and faith representatives gathered on the steps of City Hall to demand reform of discriminatory policing practices in New York City including stop and frisk, call for passage of the Community Safety Act package of bills currently before the New York City Council, and encourage New Yorkers to attend the Rally and Advocacy Day for Community Safety on Thursday, September 27.
Want to know more about the Community Safety Act? Watch this short video introduction created by CPR member NYCLU working together with Picture the Homeless, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Streetwise and Safe, and the Muslim American Civil Liberties Union. CPR is holding a rally on September 27 to call for passage of the Community Safety Act. For more info, click here.
Oct 1, 2012 deadline to submit surveys if you have been unjustly stopped by the NYPD since January 2005! The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a member of Communitied United for Police Reform, is currently litigating, along with its co-counsel, a federal class-action lawsuit called Floyd v. City of New York, challenging the New York City Police Department’s illegal stop-and-frisk practices.