Mayor de Blasio’s new administration brings possibilities of change, but to what extent? In his article Police Reform’s Next Step Alex Vitale encourages reform advocates to continue to monitor levels of stop-and-frisk and other forms of aggressive and invasive policing.
“Reformers should not have any illusions about the extent to which radical reforms will be forthcoming. Both de Blasio and Bratton have signaled a continued allegiance to the ‘broken windows’ theory, which is at heart a deeply neoconservative approach to public safety in which the police are used to create a renewed moral order of public civility through ever more invasive and pervasive interventions into our personal affairs.
While the NYPD may reduce its reliance on ‘stop, question, and frisk’ as such, it is likely to be replaced by more targeted forms of order-maintenance tactics, possibly with greater buy-in from the communities being policed.”
PROP extends many thanks to Alex V., and the folks at The Indypendent, for the shout-out and for continuing important dialogue about police reform.
“Volunteers with the Police Reform Organizing Project, an advocacy group that works to end discriminatory police practices, gathered at the Union Square subway station and several other stations to collect signatures for a petition putting pressure on the city to set up an independent agency that would monitor the NYPD’s operations.
’It’s not just about stop-and-frisk but about bad police practices,’ said Robert Gangi, the director of the organization. ‘We have to raise concerns about harassment of homeless people, LGBT youth, sex workers, street vendors and the mentally ill.’”
Our next petition day is set for Saturday, April 12th.
On Jan. 16th, PROP hosted a panel event featuring a variety of policy advocates discussing their suggestions to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for police reform.
If you missed the forum, “Changing the NYPD: A Blueprint for Sweeping Reforms,” don’t worry!
Special thanks to our media sponsors Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio for putting the podcast together.
As always, we invite all New Yorkers to attend our public forums and events. See our homepage for event updates and details.
We have our next General Coalition Meeting on Thursday, December 19th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Urban Justice Center (123 William St), where we will discuss our upcoming plans and activities. These meetings are open to the public, and we welcome all people who want to participate and bring their ideas to the table. Our meetings are attended by a large, diverse group of people representing a cross section of our city – many ages, colors, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities – everyone sharing a commitment to the need for sweeping NYPD reforms. Food, as always, will be provided and will be delicious.
“While politicians often soften or even renege on campaign promises once they assume office, we have several reasons to believe that a Mayor de Blasio will not follow this cynical course regarding policing policies in NYC.”
The next gathering of PROP’s city wide coalition, New Yorkers for Police Reform, will take place on Thursday, November 21st from 6 to 8 p.m at the Urban Justice Center. These gatherings offer an excellent opportunity for people to meet others who share their concerns and explore ways to join the movement to change police practices in New York City. The meeting will focus on the future plans and strategies of both PROP and CAN for advancing their agendas for sweeping police reforms with the new city policy makers: Mayor de Blasio, Public Advocate James and City Council leaders. PROPers will discuss and plan such future actions as: meetings with government officials; outreach to high school and college students and teachers; in-and -outdoor petition drive days; new reports on the specific and substantive reforms needed now and on the race of people killed by the NYPD since 1999; videos and written narratives, featuring New Yorkers relating their accounts of harsh police encounters; and additional art pieces, essays, and poems for the Youth Speakout page on PROP’s website. Our plans are many and far-reaching – we welcome all interested persons to join us on November 21st and to lend their support and presence to the city-wide movement to create a just, safe, and livable city for all New Yorkers.
The meeting will be held at the Urban Justice Center, 123 William Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY. Click the image below to RSVP:
The two leading mayoral candidates, Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio, have expressed very different views on a variety of policing issues. Here’s a PROP infographic that compares the candidates’ stated positions on policing concerns other than stop and frisk. Given these stark contrasts on NYPD practices, it is fair to say that November’s general election will, in effect, represent a referendum on stop and frisk and other NYPD tactics. It is yours and every New Yorker’s responsibility to get out and vote on November 5th.
Here is a short clip of PROP Director, Bob Gangi, on the August 13th WPIX 11 Morning News, speaking to the political implications of Judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling that stop and frisk is unconstitutional. Thank you to everyone at WPIX 11 for hosting Bob for such a critical commentary and discussion!