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Three Actions NYC Mayor and Other Public Officials Must Take to Protect Its Citizens from Police Abuses

03/20/2017
Atlanta Black Star

In the weeks since Donald Trump won the presidential election and assumed office, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has sought every opportunity to present himself as opposed to Trump. While de Blasio has promoted his administration as a defender against Trump’s anti-immigrant and racist agenda, he has refused to take concrete action within his own power to protect New Yorkers.

A True Sanctuary City Requires Action to Change The NYPD

As New Yorkers resist the Trump administration’s racist, anti-immigrant, Islamophobic, and other discriminatory actions, it’s more urgent now than ever for New York’s elected and public officials to take action to protect our communities.  We saw some of that in Albany this week with the State Assembly passing criminal justice reform legislation, even as action is still needed in NYC to end broken windows policing and pass the Right to Know Act.

Bill de Blasio’s Police Accountability Problem

12/29/2016
Gotham Gazette

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign account recently posted a Twitter message touting the NYPD’s neighborhood policing initiative. “New York City is proving to the rest of the country that respectful, compassionate neighborhood policing drives down crime & makes us safer,” the tweet from @BilldeBlasio read.

Over 130 Feminist Leaders & Organizations Urge NYC Elected Officials to Take Swift Action on Police Reform to Provide Protections for Women

Women continue to experience gender-specific police abuses and impending Trump administration make local action even more urgent, and city should demonstrate leadership with action.

In letter to NYC Council Speaker Mark-Viverito, Public Safety Chair Gibson, and Women’s Caucus Co-Chairs Cumbo & Rosenthal, group encourages NYC’s women elected officials to lead efforts to pass Right to Know Act

A group of over 130 feminist leaders and organizations committed to the improvement of the lives of women (cisgender and transgender) and gender non-conforming (GNC) people urged New York City elected officials to pass key legislative police reforms to protect women and GNC people from police abuses.

Revealing Documentary on the Right To Know Act

12/13/2016
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

The film, titled "Police Reform, Ramarley Graham, and The Right To Know Act,” details the story of how the city pushed hard to legislate a promising police reform this year, but ultimately failed when City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and former NYPD Commissioner William Bratton struck a deal to implement the act administratively, but not by law.

Feminist Leaders ‘Confident’ Mark-Viverito Will Back NYPD Reform Bills

12/12/2016
Observer
Feminist leaders in New York City said at a rally outside City Hall today they believe City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will eventually come out in support of a package of police reform bills which have stalled in the Council because of her opposition and obstruction.

Broken Windows Policing | BK Live

10/07/2016
BRIC TV

The broken windows policing policy came into existence nationwide in the early 80s, with the intent to reduce criminal activity in what were known as "disruptive environments.'

To speak on the dated and problematic nature of the policies are Alex Vitale, a professor of sociology at Brooklyn College, Nahal Zamani, Program Manager at the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Anthonine Pierre, Community Organizer at the Brooklyn Movement Center.

Cops & Community: Innovations Around Policing Town Hall | #BHeard

10/06/2016
BRIC TV
The killings of unarmed black civilians by the police have sparked a nationwide conversation around race and police violence. What innovations are underway that can help us think differently about the role of law enforcement in our society? BRIC TV Senior Correspondent Brian Vines moderates a panel of luminaries about ideas around innovations around policing practices in our communities.

Police Accountability | BK Live

09/28/2016
BRIC TV

Police-community relations are once again among the top stories nationwide, from Charlotte to Tulsa to Columbus. In New York, the recent debate has been not just about what police reform is needed, but how it should be done.

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