On May 21, 2013, Rap artist Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, in conjunction with theCenter for Constitutional Rights a member organization of Communities United for Police Reform, released a public service announcement video featuring his song "Don't Tread on Me" and the voices of anonymous police officers as well as affected community members speaking out against the unconstitutional stop-and-frisk practices of the NYPD.
Communities United for Police Reform is sponsoring a Candidates Forum on Community Safety for the 2013 race for New York City Mayor on Thursday May 9, 2013, 5-7pm (doors open at 4pm) at the Riverside Church in Manhattan. With the question of "What will NYC's Next Mayor Do to Ensure that ALL New Yorkers are Safe", the Candidates Forum is co-sponsored by New York Amsterdam News, Gay City News, and GlobalGrind.com.
Communities United for Police Reform released a statement in response to New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s announcement on April 24, 2013 that she will not support an amended version of the anti-profiling bill – Intro 800 – of the Community Safety Act pending in the City Council. For the complete statement, click here.
The first week of the historic Floyd v. City of New York stop-and-frisk trial included an appearance and words from Reverend Jesse Jackson at the Communities United for Police Reform rally and press conference on the opening day (March 18). Speaking on the movement to change the NYPD and its abusive and discriminatory stop-and-frisk practices, Rev.
On Monday, March 18, 2013, the historic class action lawsuit, Floyd, et al. vs City of New York, et al. will head to federal court and the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policies will finally be put on trial. For more information about community events happening during the trial, please visit our Floyd page.
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