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Press Releases and Statements
Day March Against Racial Profiling
March with Peoples’ Justice in the Communities United for Police
Where: March starts at 110th St. and 5th
Ave. PJ meeting spot is TBA.
When: June 17, 1pm (subject to change)
Wear your Cop
Watch T-shirt and march with PJ orgs, volunteers, and allies. Don‘t have a Cop Watch t-shirt? We’ll bring you one!
Wanna help prep and learn more?
Peoples’ Justice for a briefing and prop-making.
Sat. June 9, 2pm
CAAAV’s Office, 46 Hester St. Storefront (B/D to Grand, F to E Broadway)
To RSVP email
and tell us if you’re coming to June 9th, 17th or
both. If you need a Cop Watch
t-shirt, tell us your size. (RSVP
is preferred, but not required.)
Conference Statement, May 6, 2012
Steve Kohut, Peoples’ Justice Representative, 646.696.6683,
Justices for Community Control and Police Accountability (Peoples’ Justice): is coalition of New York
City grassroots organizations that seeks to contribute to the movement to end
discriminatory, unlawful and abusive policing through activities aimed at
educating and empowering affected communities. Commissioning Know Your Rights mural like the one recently
completed near Ravenswood Houses is one example of this work.
Know Your Rights?
New Yorkers, whether they are citizens or not, have certain rights when
interacting with law enforcement: the right to not consent to a search during a
street stop, to not be profiled based on how one looks or where one lives, and
to not be subjected to harassment or excessive force are some of these rights. Unfortunately, as the NYPD’s
stop-and-frisk data – and the experiences of members of Peoples’ Justice
organizations – show, too often the police violate these rights in a manner
that is embarrassing, frightening and dangerous for those targeted. Peoples’ Justice feels strongly that
teaching affected New Yorkers their rights, as well as how to exercise those
rights safely, is one of the first steps we must take to empower the
communities in which we work to respond to and deter discriminatory, unlawful and
WHAT: Community members will gather outside the Ravenswood Housing complex in Long Island City to unveil a new know your rights mural and to call for reform of the NYPD's aggressive and discriminatory stop and frisk policies.
Across New York City, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers of color are targeted by an increasingly confrontational police force, and humiliated in their own homes, schools and neighborhoods. Stop and Frisk policing wastes resources that could be better used on effective policing strategies and damages trust and collaboration between New Yorkers and their police.
Councilmember Jimmy Van Brammer
NYC Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio
High School Students and LGBTQ members of Make the Road New York
Representatives of Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) and People's Justice
WHEN: Sunday May 6, 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Ravenswood Housing Complex in Long Island City, Queens (Corner of 12th Street and 35th Avenue).
Take F train to 21st - Queensbridge, or N,Q train to 36th Avenue
About Communities United for Police Reform (CPR). CPR is a coalition of community organizations united to end discriminatory policing practices in New York, bringing together a movement of community members, lawyers, researchers and activists to work for change. To learn more, visit www.changethernypd.org.
Peoples' Justices for Community Control and Police Accountability (PJ) is coalition of grassroots organizations working in Black, Latino, Asian and LGBT communities in New York City formed in the wake of the 2006 NYPD killing of Sean Bell. To learn more, visitwww.peoplesjustice.org.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Broader Community Plans
Wednesday Press Conference In Response To New Documentation That Reveals
Government Surveillance Program Expanded Far Past Muslim Communities
Press Contacts: DRUM, Executive Director,
Monami Maulik. Email:
. Direct phone:
Community activists, organizations, religious leaders, elected officials,
Muslim community organizations,
and legal and community advocates.
Press Conference in front of One Police Plaza
March 28th at 11:30pm EST
Why: The most recent set of documents revealed by the Associated Press on Friday,
March 23rd uncovers that the scope of the NYPD’s Intelligence Divisions
surveillance program far exceeded what was previously known in regards to the
local New York Muslim community. The now well-documented program also ensnared
dozens of other local community organizations that have simply questioned or
publicly opposed government policies over the past decade, including several
groups specifically working on NYPD accountability. It was also revealed that
the program’s geographic scope went far past Muslim student organizations
across the Eastern seaboard, going as far away as public events and
demonstrations down in New Orleans.
new revelations continue to heighten and significantly broaden the very serious
questions that have yet to be answered by the NYPD and elected officials
surrounding this program. For weeks the local Muslim community has stood
together with other leaders from around this city and decried that blanket
surveillance of a community based on religion and race goes in the face of
constitutional rights and to the core of what American values in this great
city stand for. This cry has grown louder with these new revelations and
confirms that the program was not developed as a response to security threats,
but as a way of keeping track of those who have actively opposed government
from surveilled organizations will be holding a press conference this Wednesday
at 1p.m. EST to join the ever-growing call for greater NYPD oversight,
transparency and accountability.
Organizing Groups: DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, War Resisters League, The
International Action Center, Al Awda NY, The Ruckus Society, The Mosque of
Islamic Brotherhood, Justice Committee, Peoples’ Justice for Community Control
and Police Accountability, CAAAV, The New York May 1st Coalition, Domestic
Workers United, and Critical Resistance.
Endorsers: National Lawyers Guild
NYC Muslim Defense Committee, Majlis ash-Shura (Islamic Leadership Council) of
Metropolitan New York, CUNY CLEAR, VAMOS Unidos, Center for Constitutional
Rights, SAALT, Arab American Action Network, Pakistan Solidarity Network, South
Asian Solidarity Initiative, Southwest Workers Union, Pakistan USA Freedom
Forum, Filipino Advocates for Justice, Dignity Campaign for Real Immigration
Reform, Muslim Legal Fund of America, Masjid as-Salam, Defending Dissent
Foundation, Turning Point for Women and Families, International Socialist
Organization, Judson Memorial Church, Occupy Faith NYC, Trinity Lutheran
Church, Project Salam, Jews Against Islamophobia, BAYAN USA, Campaign for Peace
and Democracy, New York City Labor Against War, Labor for Palestine, Socialist
Action, Solidarity, Blacks in Law Enforcement of America, St. Mark's Church in the Bowery
(Episcopal), Jordan Flaherty, Professor Chip Pitts
(Standford Law School & Oxford University), Shamshad Ahmad, Professor Vijay
Prashad (Trinity College), Aysha Ghani, Audre Lorde Project, Streetwise and Safe, Picture the Homeless, Communities united for Police Reform, Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment, FIERCE (list in formation)
Statement in Solidarity with (Un)Occupy
Together Protestors in Oakland, NYC and Around the World
Peoples’ Justice for
Community Control and Police Accountability (Peoples’ Justice or PJ) stands in
solidarity with (Un)Occupy1 protests in New York City, Oakland,
throughout the country and around the world, and with all others who struggle
against capitalism, the severe economic inequality it causes, and the unjust
systems of oppression (e.g. white-supremacy/racism, patriarchy/sexism,
heterosexism/homo- and trans-phobia, xenophobia etc.) that co-arise with it.
Furthermore, we stand for the rights of protestors to make their voices heard
without fear of repression by police departments that use our tax dollars to
protect and defend the wealthy elite (the 1%). These departments do not serve
our communities and never have.
In recent weeks, in cities
across the US, the police have been deployed to silence and violently suppress
protestors and evict encampments.
The tear gas, “non-lethal rifles”, and concussion grenades used against
Oakland protestors last week were perhaps the worst attack so far, but sadly,
not the first and probably not the last.
Here in New York City, over the past forty-plus days, we have repeatedly
witnessed the New York Police Department (NYPD) attacking people exercising
their right to assemble. They have used pepper spray, batons, fists and unjust
arrests against protestors since the beginning of Occupy Wall Street, most recently
severly beating several protestors who were marching in solidarity with
Oakland. Through these actions the
police in Oakland and New York have only demonstrated that they do not serve