CPR Announcements

Hip Hop Star Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) releases PSA on stop-and-frisk

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.

CPR to Co-sponsor Mayoral Candidates Forum on Community Safety

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.

CPR Releases Statement on Speaker Christine Quinn's Public Safety Speech

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.

CPR Holds Leadership Development Institute, January 2013

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.

CPR Members Testify at City Hall in Support of the Community Safety Act

Photo of CPR representatives testifying before City Council

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.

NY City Council to Hold Hearings on Stop-Question-and-Frisk Practice of NYPD


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.

NY City Council to Hold Hearing on Community Safety Act

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